My Thoughts on Ancestral Grimoire by Nancy Hendrickson, published by @WeiserBooks

Sometimes books enter your life you didn’t know you needed. Ancestral Grimoire is one of those books. I received it a few weeks back from the publisher, Weiser Books, along with another, the rerelease of Gerina Dunwich’s seminal Gemstone & Crystal Magic (highly recommended). I was behind on other reviews, some pressing deadlines, and, to be honest, I’ve been rather sick off and on for almost a year and it’s rather taxing. Nevertheless, these books tend to be healers, of mind, body, and spirit, and Ancestral Grimoire was just such a visitor.

Here’s what the publisher had to say about it:

“Hendrickson takes readers on a magical journey where they learn how to construct a personal Book of Shadows filled with ancestral wisdom.” —Theresa Reed, author of Twist Your Fate
 
Most of us know our immediate family and maybe even a generation or two beyond, but few of us are attuned to those who lived earlier. Many of us have forgotten how to keep our own stories alive. This is where the ancestors come in and where this book begins.

Ancestral Grimoire is a guide to reconnecting with your ancestors. It will show you how to access their unique wisdom—their magic!—and create your own personal ancestral grimoire, a spell book or Book of Shadows, unique to you and your heritage. Through divination, intuition, and sometimes a little luck, you will learn the magic of each ancestor and how you can use their gifts to make your life richer and more fulfilling.

As you go through this book, you’ll save your ancestral work in a journal or loose-leaf binder that will become the place to store the stories, spells, rituals, and everyday life, lore, and legend of twelve of your ancestors. At the end of a year, you will hold a personal Book of Shadows with every bit of ancestral knowledge within its pages unique to you. No two will ever be alike. In an age when family storytelling has been lost, you will have created a legacy—and a life—that the ancestors could only dream of.

This is a lovely book. I just adore the cover art and design that went into it. Similarly so with the interior. Plenty of diagrams and illustrations, comfortable font choices, and the like. Care went into this one.

What I like best, beyond the soothing narrative of the author, is that this is a workbook, first and foremost. No passive read here. This is the sort of book to light a fire under you, to get you excited to make some magick.

We all need that little push sometimes and Ancestral Grimoire delivers, almost like an elder would with a child. An encouraging prodding. Fitting.

There are terrific revelations and discoveries to be found here. While ideally suited for those new to the path, I learned so much from this book I would encourage all practitioners, regardless of experience, to join Nancy Hendrickson on this magical journey.

Ancestral Grimoire: Connect with the Wisdom of the Ancestors through Tarot, Oracles, and Magic by Nancy Hendrickson is available now, wherever books are sold. This is not a book that will sit idly on your bookshelf and as such it is sure to become a treasured part of your esoteric library. You can pick up a copy today, from Amazon, and I encourage you to do so. It’s the spooky time, folks. A fresh Book of Shadows is a perfect way to embrace the season.

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