My thoughts on Blackthorn’s Protection Magic & Brigid’s Light, available now from @WeiserBooks

The world is on fire. It is times like these when we need the comfort of magic the most. Let’s face it, social upheaval, pandemic, and war are clear and present signs of transition, and magic is always at the fore as we realign ourselves for the age to come. For me, I find solace in well crafted esoterica, and I am thrilled to share with you today two books celebrating birthdays, both from the good folks at Red Wheel/Weiser.

A hands-on guide to protection magic using essential oils, incense, spells, and tarot from a beloved and trusted authority.

Blackthorn’s Protection Magic
guides readers through the realm of the green witch to a glade filled with options for your protection. Amy Blackthorn discusses spiritual, emotional, and physical security in an easy-to-understand way. The book provides an overview of what protection means to witches and then explores practices in more depth, including:

  • Essential oils for protection magic
  • The role plant allies play in both protecting and healing
  • What tarot can teach us about our strengths and weaknesses
  • Oracle spell work as a potent source of protection

As a witch who has worked in executive security for nearly fifteen years, Amy possesses the botanical spirit of an animist witch, able to see the inherent spirit in plants, as well as a keen eye on ways to make a home feel safer and more secure, on the magical and the mundane levels. For example, holly trees provide magical protection from lightning, but also make a prickly barrier outside the home to keep burglars from lurking in the shadows.

I love me some Amy Blackthorn. I spoke of comfort earlier, and Amy epitomizes comfort in all the best ways. Her books, while erudite and insightful, are also the literary equivalent of comfort food. Her latest, Protection Magic, is a timely read.

Divided into four parts, Blackthorn covers magical protection for the Mind (Psychic), Body (Physical), and Spirit (Emotional), with the final section delving into an info dump of miscellany and correspondences.

This is a lovely little primer that I feel is ideal for new practitioners, especially for women. Not that there aren’t new tricks to be found for us old dogs and of the male variety. The thrust, however, is practicality in every sense of the word. There are so many little tidbits that stand out as the author attempts to cover every situation, from identifying magical components (and weeding out fakes) to real world protection and defense in the physical sense.

This is a holistic approach that transcends mere occult protection, but impresses upon you the need to make magic a part of your being, utilizing it in all facets of your life.

Brilliant stuff, and the book cover is lovely to boot. The interior is spartan, with newsprint-like pages. At times the font-size runs a tad small in some of the subsets, but nothing to overly concern yourself with. It’s a book I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend, especially for those in the early stages of their craft.

Blackthorn’s Protection Magic: A Witch’s Guide to Mental and Physical Self-Defense by Amy Blackthorn is available today, the 1st of March, wherever books are sold. Here’s a link to Amazon.

Stories, spells, rituals, and recipes celebrating the worldwide influence of this beloved Celtic goddess, with contributions from Amy Blackthorn, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Courtney Weber, and many others

This anthology celebrates Brigid, an ancient and mysterious Celtic spirit who ranks among today’s most popular modern goddesses. Venerated in many forms including as a saint and a goddess, Brigid has traveled the globe alongside the Celtic diaspora. Once a goddess with a narrow territory, she is now an internationally beloved presence. While acknowledging her origins, this book also explores Brigid from the perspective of those outside her original Celtic homeland.

Editors Cairelle Crow and Laura Louella have gathered art, poetry, stories, spells, rituals, recipes, and traditions as an homage to the worldwide influence of Brigid’s magic and lore, especially among the descendants of immigrants to the Americas. In compiling these individual works, Cairelle and Laura have given voice to those traveling ancestors by showcasing a rich and beautiful heritage manifested through embodiments of devotion by their descendants, as well as others touched by Brigid.

Are you looking for inner healing, something to help take the weight of these past few years off your shoulders, even if it’s just for a brief respite? Brigid’s Light is what you’ve been waiting for. This book is a celebration and I assure you, it will lift your spirits and fill you with light and hope.

Past the powerful cover art by the talented Stuart Littlejohn you are treated to wonderful examinations of the Brigid Spirit. It begins with an insightful foreword by one of my favorite people to chat with, Judika Illes, then the anthology becomes a spiritual journey through the many facets of the character of Brigid, through ritual practice, poetry and essays, recipes and spellwork, and more.

I was thrilled by all of the contributions, but especially Courtney Weber’s A Ritual with Brigid — “I crave. You crave. We crave.” — and Lucia Moreno-Velo’s Brigid’s Place, which really caught me off guard.

Even without a personal connection to Brigid, you will find the warmth of the words inside a sublime comfort, which seems to be the theme for today.

I recommend this book wholeheartedly. I think you will love it. It’s light and passionate, and we can all use a little bit of that in our lives right now.

Brigid’s Light: Tending the Ancestral Flame of the Beloved Celtic Goddess, edited by Cairelle Crow and Laura Louella is available wherever books are sold. Here’s a convenient link to its Amazon listing.

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