Baylee's Metaphysics for All Seasons
Halloween may be over, but good metaphysical reads are available all year. Need any great gift suggestions for friends or for yourself? Take a look at some of Baylee's recommendations.
Llewellyn's 2023 Witches Datebook
I buy this planner/datebook every year and it's always my favorite item to start off the new year with! It has your usual monthly and weekly planner layout to keep track of all your day to day plans, but also includes various pagan holidays, daily planetary alignments, and fun articles and recipes to use throughout the year! *they also make a corresponding monthly wall calendar with some very beautiful artwork on them*
Baba Yaga's Book of Witchcraft: Slavic Magic from the Witch of the Woods by Madame Pamita
Many of you may be unfamiliar with Slavic folklore and the witchy nature spirit of the forest, Baba Yaga. But if the subject intrigues you I highly recommend picking this book up! Filled with rich Slavic and Ukranian history, folklore, and magic, this book is as entertaining as it is enchanting. Bringing stories of magic, mischief, and sometimes malicious water spirits, this book is perfect for a night in by your own warm hearth.
The Modern Witchcraft Guide to the Wheel of the Year by Judy Ann Nock
For those not familiar with the Wheel of the Year, it is the 8 holidays, or "Sabbats" often celebrated and practiced within many pagan communities. With two of my favorite Sabbats to celebrate coming up (Samhain and Yule). It is time for a refresher on the meanings of these sabbats and the many ways in which they represent our ability to live in togetherness with the seasonal cycle.
Brujas: The Magic and Power of Witches of Color by Lorraine Monteagut
While much of the modern world is far more accepting of those who identify as "witches" and those who live by those practices, it has not always been that way. Often people who feared such practices did quick work to demonize and eradicate them (and their practitioners) from history, and those who have suffered most from this erasure are the Brujas, the many practitioners of color whose traditional practices drew speculation and fear from white settlers. This book is another step on the long road to bringing their stories, practices, and the history of their ancestors back into the light. All practices, even among the mystical world, require decolonization. It is a comeback many centuries in the making and one of great healing for many.
Toil and Trouble: A Women's History of the Occult by Lisa Kroger
This book is a history of people who in one way or another were thought to be connected to the magical world. From Marie Laveau, historic herbalist and "voodoo queen" of New Orleans; to Joan Quigly, Nancy Reagan's personal psychic. A mystical guide to many influential "witches" throughout history and the (often underappreciated) roles they played in many events that have shaped our world into what it is today.
The Spirited Kitchen: Recipes and Rituals for the Wheel of the Year by Carmen Spagnola
From the Halloween festivities of Samhain to Midsummer celebrations and the return autumn at Harvest Home, witch and animist Carmen Spagnola guides you through the modern pagan Wheel of the Year. Learn to channel folk magic into every ingredient, feast, and centerpiece. In winter, Cranberry Custard Tarts encourage health and well-being; in spring, Deep Dish Nettle Quiche ushers in resilience after cold months; and Calendula Chicken embodies the abundance of summer. Along the way, ritual crafts like Salt Spells, Witches Ladders, and Corn Dollies set the scene with extra symbolism. A gorgeous book with so many delicious extras!