bree's book of shadows

Books I’ve Gotten For Free or Very Cheap on Amazon Kindle

This is just a list I could come up with through five or ten minute searches per subject. Not all of these are worth the read, but some of them are hidden gems!

For Free:

  • The Modern Guide To Witchcraft; Skye Alexander
  • The Way of the Hedge Witch; Arin Murphy-Hiscock
  • Good Spells for Bad Days; Skye Alexander
  • Bare Bones Cunning Craft; David Mackenzie
  • Craft of the Untamed; Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold
  • Witches, Broomsticks, and Flying Ointments; Abigail Lance
  • The Only Tarot Book You’ll Ever Need; Skye Alexander
  • Naughty Spells/Nice spells; Skye Alexander (Lots of Skye books!)
  • Several Other Skye Alexander Books
  • Candle Magic; Raven Willow 
  • Magick in the Kitchen; Leandra Witchwood
  • Book of Shadows; Ashlyn Hawthorne 
  • The Way of the Green Witch; Arin Murphy-Hiscock
  • A Green Witches Cupboard; Deborah J. Martin
  • West Country Witchcraft;Gillian Macdonald & Jessica Penberth
  • The Green Mother’s Book of Shadows; Gwenyfur Draigtanllwyth
  • Moon Spells; Diane Ahlquist
  • Sisters Grimmoire; Bree Nicgarren and Anna Zollinger
  • The Witches Cupboard; Bree Nicgarren and Anna Zollinger
  • Suburban Witchcraft; W.B. Skowronska

For Cheap:

  • Pagan Portals-Hedge Witchcraft; Harmonia Saille(2.99)
  • Traditional Witchcraft For Fields and Hedgerows; Melusine Draco (1.99)
  • All Traditional Witchcraft books by M. Draco for 1.99
  • A Deed Without a Name; Lee Morgan (4.61)
  • A Grimoire For Modern Cunningfolk; Peter Paddon (4.99)
  • Pagan Portal- By Wolfsbane and Mandrake Root; Melusine Draco (5.99)
  • What’s Next After Wicca?; Sophia diGregorio (2.99)
  • Traditional Witches’ Formulary and Potion Making Guide; Sophia diGregorio(4.99)
  • Pagan Portals- Kitchen Witchcraft; Rachel Patterson (3.03)
  • The Kitchen Witch Glossary of Cooking Herbs & Spices; Mimi Riser (.99)
  • Simple Tea Lead Divination; Deran Gray (.99)
  • The History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718; Wallace Notestein(.99)
  • Witchcraft Today; Gerald Gardner (1.20)
  • Fairycraft; Morgan Daimler (3.99)
Reclaiming the Pagan Tag: Prosperity Charm

I wrote this spell in early 2012 when I was having some trouble finding a steady job with good pay. Paying my bills and doing frivolous things like buying food was becoming difficult. This charm was cast in an early Beltane circle on my birthday. Three weeks later, I was offered a job that was exactly what I needed.

*The name of your preferred God or Goddess, if you have one, may be substituted for Brighid. You can also substitute your own chant if it seems appropriate.

Intent: To bring gainful employment and good fortune

Supplies:

  • green candle
  • needle & green or gold thread
  • sachet bag
  • herbs: dandelion, goldenrod, violet, star anise
  • violet essential or fragrance oil

Timing: Waxing Moon

Ritual:

Gather your supplies and cast your circle, if you’re using one.

Light the green candle.

In the sachet bag, combine dandelion blossoms, goldenrod, violet, and one star anise. Anoint with three drops of viol oil.

Sew the bag closed, back and forth at least three times, while chanting:

Let fortune come with the waxing moon
Help what I need to find me soon
A better job to pay the bills
Come find me as the Goddess wills
Mark, O Mother and good Brighid
Hear me now, I pray you heed
A wish from necessity, not from greed

[This is my personal invocation. Feel free to make up your own.]

Pass the sachet bag over the candle three times to seal it.

Keep the sachet bag in your purse, wallet, pocket, with your resume, or in a crock with your spare change. I find it works best if you can put it in something and carry it with you as often as possible. Mine is in my purse, and has been since it was made.

A Witch's Workbench

From my packet, “Intro to Witchcraft,” written for a friend who is taking her first steps out of the broom closet. The items listed here will have more in-depth lessons attached to them. The practices listed are based off of my own, and are by no means meant to be a definitive guideline for anyone else’s workings.

Craft workings can utilize any number of tools, from the fantastic to the mundane. The lovely thing is that there IS so much flexibility. An object does not necessarily need to be fancy or expensive to be useful. Many modern witches head to craft shops, dollar stores, and even the Goodwill to find items for magical use. Listed below are some of the items most commonly used in magical practices.

Note: This list is by no means exhaustive. Always feel free to be creative and seek out the tools and trappings that are the best fit for your personality, lifestyle, budget, and preferences.

Candles - Useful for just about anything. Chime candles are particularly good for spells which require you to light a candle and let it burn all the way down. The wax is also soft enough for basic carving. Tapers, pillars, and jar candles make great additions to the altar for rituals or special occasions. Tealights are fantastic for quickie spells, especially with you don’t have candleholders or a whole lot of space. A few tealights in a saucer on a table works just as well as a fancy candelabrum.

Jars & Bottles - Give that witch a jar. Witches love jars. No, seriously, witches LOVE jars. From storage to spellcraft, jars and bottles are some of the most useful things you’ll come across. Mason jars are particularly good for storing dried herbs. Bottles of all shapes and sizes can be used to hold oils and potions. Glass containers like these are great for holding spells of many sorts, if that’s how your workings roll. (Plastic is also acceptable.) Plus, there’s just something so satisfying about a shelf full of bottles and jars.

Herbs - Plants and flowers and trees of just about every sort are useful in magic. There are some herbs you won’t find unless you go to a specialty shop or look online, but there’s a laundry list of magical herbs that you can find, cheap and pre-dried, right in the grocery store spice aisle. Herbs lend themselves well to charms and cleansings (think smoke-cleansing), and of course there’s always the burning bowl of loose incense for ritual purposes. Herbs are also a staple of kitchen witchery and can be used to imbue food with magical purpose. (No, I’m not kidding.)

Stones & Crystals - Like herbs, stones and crystals have a thousand-and-one uses. There is something for every sort of spell you could bring to mind. Stones and crystals may not have the material flexibility that herbs do, but they can serve many of the same purposes (i.e. a stone charm is easier and less messy to carry in your pocket than an herb-filled charm bag).

Knife - Here’s where it gets a little tricky. Not every witch feels the need to have a knife for magical workings; some even avoid them altogether. Knives are useful for harvesting herbs, shaving or carving candles, ritual symbolism, and a host of other spell-specific things that I won’t go into here. However, they’re hardly mandatory. Scissors can be substituted in many cases, for working purposes, and pins or needles carve just as well as a blade, and sometimes with better accuracy. Whether you wish to have an athame (ritual dagger) or a boline (curved working knife) for magical use, or if you prefer to stick with scissors, the same principle still applies. Whatever blade or carving tool you use, it helps to have one that’s dedicated for magical purposes and isn’t used for random tasks around the house.

Cauldron - Yes, the iconic iron pot. Good for decoration and ritual, as well as a neat place to store stones or small objects. Since iron cauldrons tend to be expensive, many witches substitute a dedicated “burning bowl,” which is used for any sort of fire-related magic that might call for a cauldron. Kitchen witches may also substitute a large saucepan or crockpot. (The latter especially works surprisingly well.)

Burning Bowl - When an iron cauldron just isn’t in the budget, a fireproof bowl, usually clay or ceramic, can easily take it’s place. Since the bowl is usually for fire magic and will have burning material in it, it’s best to have something that’s not used for anything else. Burning bowls are also recommended for outdoor use on a heatproof surface only, since heat and smoke are not always desirable for indoor workings. (In all things, practice fire safety. No amount of magic can take the place of common sense.)

Oils - Essential oils and magical scented oils aren’t every witch’s cup of tea, whether because of finances or rarity, but they are useful for strengthening intent, sealing, binding, refreshing, and anointing. You can make your own essential and magical oils with fresh herbs and a thing bland oil like grapeseed or almond. (Olive oil is also useful, but again… can be expensive.) A few drops of essential oil added to water can be used for cleansing or refreshing when put in a spray bottle, the mopping bucket, or the bathtub. Magical oils are general used more sparingly, usually in a ritual setting, to anoint participants or objects.

Elemental Water - Any water gathered directly from a natural source can be considered elemental water. (Tap or bottled water is generally considered to be “processed” water, but it can be used in ritual after consecration. Yes, witches have holy water too.) Elemental water commonly comes from collected rain, melted snow, or hail. Witches living near the sea collect saltwater as well. Rivers and streams are a little trickier, since they can be polluted. It is recommended that you only collect elemental water from a river or stream if it is far from an urban area. All elemental water should be strained through cloth or a paper towel to remove dirt and random particles, and then stored at room temperature out of direct sunlight. (This prevents the growth of algae and icky smells in the container.)

Note: There are such things as “sun water” and “moon water.” Making these involves leaving a jar os water to soak up the light of a high-noon sun or a particular phase of the moon (usually full). For these, tap or bottled water is perfectly acceptable to use.

Books - Happy is the witch who is well-read! Read voraciously. Build your own library of reference books, both magical and practical. Collect anything that you feel is related to your area of study. Due to the modern proliferation of “fluff” and New Age literature, a certain amount of fact-checking and critical thinking must be done, and books should be examined before being purchased. If a text contains any mention of Wicca as an “ancient religion,” any mention of “the Burning Times,” any use of the word “totem” to describe an animal guide or companion, or any implication that the author’s methods are the only correct methods, drop it like it’s hot. In general, stay away from anything by Silver Ravenwolf or D.J. Conway. They are RIDDLED with misinformation. Online sources are to be taken with a grain of salt as well, as they may contain people’s personal views and practices in addition to proffered reference materials. If something smells hinky, double-check it. When in doubt, ask a fellow witch. THE ONLY STUPID QUESTION IS THE ONE YOU DON’T ASK.

Additional notes, customized to the person for whom the packet is intended, include information on grimoires, the Book of Shadows, altars, and gardens. Later notes in the packet include how to recognize and avoid cultural appropriation and erasure.