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Enchantments: A Modern Witch's Guide to Self-Possession by Mya Spalter

Book review for ENCHANTMENTS, a modern guide to witchcraft, by Mya Spalter.
A wise, witty, and welcoming guide to modern witchcraft and magic and how you can use it to positively affect your life--from an experienced practitioner and employee at New York City's oldest occult shop.

"Our brains seek patterns, our hearts seek miracles. And witchcraft is nothing if not a pursuit of everyday miracles."

Mya Spalter has spent fifteen years among candles, herbs, cats, and spell books as an employee at New York City's oldest occult shop, Enchantments, and she's crammed all that experience teaching others the building blocks of magic into this book. In a fresh and inclusive voice, Spalter offers practical information for building your own eclectic, self-guided witchcraft practice, illustrated with beautiful black and white drawings by artist Caroline Paquita: how to set up a home altar, how to cast a love spell on yourself (which is really the best way), the many uses for candles, the differences between need and greed in money magic, and all the magical ingredients you can get at the dollar store. She covers healing herbs you might try out in your bathtub, tells stories of divination gone wrong--and right!, describes witchy holidays to celebrate with friends or covens, explains the best way to ask an Aries for a favor, and much, much more. On every page, Mya offers smart, hilarious, and, most importantly, concrete ways to incorporate intentional magic in your own life.
Source: I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review.
Genre: Nonfiction, Spirituality, Witchcraft
Format: eBook, Print, Audio
Publication Date: October 2, 2018

Front cover image of ENCHANTMENTS by Mya Spalter.

Review

As someone who used to practice witchcraft, I've read my fair share of books on the subject. Most of the books I've read were boring, confusing, impractical, or just plain weird; which is why I stopped reading nonfiction books on the subject of witchcraft. Life is really too short to read boring or confusing books about a subject that is actually quite interesting and easily simplified.

When the opportunity to read Enchantments presented itself, I almost turned it down, but the blurb compelled me to give it a try. I'm glad I took the opportunity to read Enchantments because what's inside impressed me. It's a practical easy-to-understand guide to witchcraft that covers the basics, and a bit more.

I absolutely loved the tone of the book! Conversational, quirky and imbued with enthusiasm, it's written like Spalter is teaching her friends about witchcraft. She shares her mistakes, what she's learned during her time working at "Enchantments," and explains it in a way that makes witchcraft approachable. Spalter really nails it in the sections about astrology and numerology! These concepts can become very complex, very quickly; however, Spalter simplifies them so that everyday people, like you and me, can understand them. She shares relevant and practical examples of how to practice witchcraft and often refers readers to other books where they can read more about the different subjects if they choose to do so.

Enchantments is a great book for those who are curious about witchcraft, new witches who are just beginning their journeys, or seasoned witches who just need to look something up quickly. 

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About Mya Spalter

Mya Spalter, author of ENCHANTMENTS. Courtesy of myaspalter.com.
Mya Spalter, author. Photo courtesy of myaspalter.com.
Mya Spalter is a writer, editor, and lifelong New Yorker. Longtime employee at Enchantments, New York’s oldest occult shop, she writes nonfiction about witchcraft and poetry about science. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Book review of ENCHANTMENTS by Mya Spalter. Reviewed at On My Kindle Book Reviews.