My Thoughts on A Spirit Work Primer by Naag Loki Shivanath

A small, independent publisher out of Chicago, Crossed Crow Books, reached out to me some months back, asking for my review of a title they’d planned to re-release called A Spirit Work Primer: A Beginner’s Guide to Streamlined Spirit Work by Naag Loki Shivanath.

Here is the publisher’s description of the second edition of this work.

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Invocation, Evocation, Possession These words conjure forth feelings of unease and confusion for many magical practitioners, even today. This book, however, is a fantastic guide intended to shed some much needed light on these often misunderstood subjects. Within these pages, spirit worker and necromancer Naag Loki Shivanath serves as guide and teacher, taking all readers through a sophisticated yet highly practical system of spirit conjuration. If you’ve been interested in learning how to sharpen your spirit senses, safely practice spirit possession, work through spirit invocation and evocation, then this tome is the book you’ve been waiting for.

Whether you are a follower of the more ritualized manifestations of the magical arts or a Witch looking to deepen your practice with the spirit world, A Spirit Work Primer will prove to be a valuable resource that is referenced time and time again.

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A Spirit Work Primer was originally published by the author in 2017. The 2022 edition available now from Crossed Crow Books is an updated version, with more competent editing and better packaging. My review copy came by way of pdf, so I cannot vouch for the physical copy of the book, but the formatting and graphic design are solid. It’s clean, neat, and with excellent production values.

Admittedly, the author’s narrative voice felt off to me at first, but I eventually fell into his rhythm and I actually got rather comfortable with it. The information contained is sound magical instruction, but coming on the heels of having read Jason Miller’s Consorting with Spirits, A Spirit Primer suffers somewhat. But only just.

There are some very intriguing techniques delved into here, progressing from beginner to very advanced levels, and the author admirably navigates this with very insightful commentary throughout the experience. As a workbook, A Spirit Work Primer, really delivers.

The author is to be commended for producing a work that’s very tradition neutral. It’s a book anyone, from any background, can dive into and come out better for it. It is a very practical and informative guide and I would not hesitate to recommend it, particularly to someone new to the practice.

A Spirit Work Primer: A Beginner’s Guide to Streamlined Spirit Work by Naag Loki Shivanath is available via AMAZON for less than $20. Well worth it. In fact,l I’ll be picking up a physical copy for myself.

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