Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within By Juliet Diaz

Ich habe Witchery: Entdecke die Hexe in dir von Juliet Diaz an nur einem Nachmittag durchgelesen.

Sowohl das wunderschöne Cover, als auch der Klappentext haben mich so neugierig auf das Buch gemacht, dass ich es einfach sofort lesen musste, als es bei mir eintraff. Leider wusste ich schon nach nur knapp 30 Seiten, dass das Buch letztendlich nicht das ist, was ich mir erhofft hatte und mir somit auch nicht den Einstieg geliefert hat, den ich mir gewünscht hätte.

Kommen mir zuerst zu den Dingen, die mir gefallen haben: Ich mag sowohl das Cover, als auch die Gestaltung und den Aufbau des Buches sehr. Es ist mit viel Liebe gestaltet worden und dazu noch sehr übrsichtlich aufgebaut, was es einem erleichtert bestimmte Teile im Buch schnell wieder zu finden. Positiv zu vermerken ist, dass es viele sehr schnelle und vor allem einfache Zaubersprüche, Tränke, Tees und Rituale gibt, mit denen man als Anfänger beginnen kann - aber es gibt keine wirklichen Informationen darüber, warum all das in den bestimmten Kombinationen genutzt wird und wozu jedes Werkzeug benutzt werden kann.

Letztendlich hat mir das Buch jedoch einfach nicht zugesagt. Juliet Diaz spricht sehr viele verschiedene Themen an, umreißt diese aber nur sehr kurz und beschreibt dadurch eher grob worum es geht, sodass nicht wirklich viele tiefgehendere Informationen im Buch entalten sind.
Mir fehlte grundsätzlich immer die fragen nach dem Warum. Es ist zu oberflächlich geschrieben, mit vielen Ideen, Ansätzen und Herangehensweisen aber besonder was die Rituale, Kräuter, Kristalle u.a. angeht, hätte ich mir viel mehr Tiefgang und fundiertes Wissen gewünscht.

Fazit: Ich denke das Witchery - Entdecke die Hexe in dir eine nette kurzweilige Lektüre ist um die ganze Thematik rund um Magie erstmal grob einzuordnen. Jedoch ist es kein wirklich ausführliches Buch um in die Thematik einzusteigen.

* Ich habe das Buch als Rezensionsexemplar von Randohouse zur Verfügung gestellt bekommen. 233 Ormai ho capito che qualsiasi manuale di stregoneria scritto negli ultimi anni è solo una copertura per il manifesto femminista, ma Wichery in realtà mi ha colpito molto rispetto a quelli che ho già letto.
In primo luogo è scritto in modo molto diverso. È quasi una lettera al lettore e ho gradito l’approccio e lo stile con cui l’autrice ha scelto di narrare le sue esperienze e dare consigli a chi si avvicina a questo mondo per la prima volta. È quasi come un dialogo amichevole davanti a una tazza di tè caldo.
Inoltre non risulta pretenziosa o “aggressiva” nelle sue credenze e sebbene la scelta degli argomenti esposti sia basilare, riesce comunque a essere varia e a svolgere il loro scopo.
Certo, alcuni punti mi hanno lasciato perplessa e la scelta degli ingredienti per gli incantesimi è alquanto costosa, ma questo è più un problema per chi vuole praticare davvero.
Insomma, la stregoneria non è certo cheap.
Per il resto, è ideale se volete informarvi sull’argomento o se volete un manuale che non confini troppo con la politica.
233 I like a lot about this book but be aware that some of the spells are wasteful in terms of their ingredients - who wants to buy a full jar of honey only to bury it later? It's only an introduction so don't expect anything particularly comprehensive, as you're directed to research the things that take your fancy.

The two biggest downsides for me were the inclusion of the Law of Attraction (really? Did a book on witchcraft need that? Especially when Diaz makes no mention of its origins in Hermetic philosophy) and the commentary around vivid memories from when she was 3 or 4. I'm dubious that a 3 year old would demonstrate quite the self awareness that the retellings would suggest.

Still, as with any book on the craft, take what you like and leave the rest. 233 Witchery by Juliet Diaz sounds like an incredible, but I found it to be really disappointing, actually. Diaz covers lots of very different subjects, but only just touches on them. It's 243 pages long, but it's actually quite a small book, with a lot of space around the text, so you're not really getting as much info as you think you will. It talks about the Wheel of the Year and the different Sabbats, what kinds of spells to perform on those Sabbats, and various correspondences, and it also talks about the Moon and working with it, but there's very little as regards to why. There's no real information regarding correspondences; you don't know why you're using certain herbs or crystals. Diaz tells you how to create your own spells, and tells you to think about the correspondences, but doesn't actually give any.

On the positive side, it's full of very quick and simple spells, potions, teas and rituals to get the beginner witch started - but again, there's no real information as to why all of the above involve the particular tools. It does discuss cultural appropriation and terms to steer clear of, which was good to see, and there are some elements that I think will be useful to journal about, to get to know myself a little better. But Diaz believes in a lot of things I personally don't, and she focused a lot on the witch really digging deep into themselves and who they are, which was just a bit much for me, so I did struggle to connect to a lot of what she was saying. However, she does say not to trust any book - including hers - 100%, so she's of the same mind of pick and choose what works for you as I've read in some other books.

I think Witchery might be helpful along with a more in depth book, but I don't think it's going to do very much for a new witch on it's own. 233 So, unfortunately, this book wasn't the right fit for me.
I picked it up because I deeply, deeply love the Oracle decks that Juliet Diaz has worked on (the Seasons of the Witch series, as well as The Earthcraft) but I have to admit I didn't like it as much as I wish I had.
Witchery is aimed at beginner witches - which I'm not anymore, and so a lot of the information was irrelevant to me. But mostly, I was surprised by some of the stuff I read there. I felt like it was all lacking a lot (most subjects are just skimmed through) and sometimes, pieces of advice were just not right. I was unsettled to read that I should dispose of a spell with salt at the root of a tree. Or that I should put crystals in salted water (so many crystals aren't water and/or salt safe!). The idea of working with menstrual blood also made me queasy - though this one is a personal feeling.
What I mostly reproach this book is what I reproached a lot of books I read when I started my witchcraft journey: the lack of depth. I remember giving up on so many books out of frustration of reading the same things over and over (personal tips, personal recipes, personal thoughts) and experimented witches telling me to do my own researches. And honestly, when you're just beginning, it can be so hard to find the actual books of references in the multitude. Reading over and over again that you should just study when no one is giving you the material to actually study was so annoying. I felt like I was running in a circle and never getting anywhere. And reading this book reminded me of just that. We get long lists of spells with only rarely some basic explanation on why this herb or that crystal should be used (which could actually help find replacements when the ingredient is rare or very specific). It often felt like, having spent her life practicing, the author couldn't relate to someone entirely new to the craft who knows nothing... which still is the aimed public of the book.

So... I don't know. I'm more experimented now. I knew to pick what I need and leave the rest (a note that finally comes at the end of 'Witchery').
I also didn't connect with the author's voice until the very end of the book.
I still enjoyed the part about the Ancestors - that was very interesting to me and a subject I'm trying to learn more about but what I got from 'Witchery' was superficial (which feels quite saddening because I can tell that Juliet Diaz knows so much I just wish I could have learned more from her), and I found a couple of spells that I could get inspiration from, but that's basically it.

A 'sadly, no' from me. 233

Witchery:

This book is like a primer to witchcraft and the power that it can have if you accept it and believe it.  A major component of this book is the idea that women (in any form) have an innate connection to the divine and the universe in terms of power and abilities.  This book goes through different ways of accessing power and using intuition as well as using a suite of traditional tools such as crystals, tarot, herbs, candles, and spells.  This book also goes through the seasons and holidays, and how to use those to help with your practice.

This book is small but packs a punch.  At first, I was more curious about how Juliet Diaz could fit so much into this book!  This book is packed with so much information about anything and everything you would want to know.  It truly is a primer or introduction to witchcraft and what it means to be a witchy or witchy.  

I love the vibe throughout this book and how the author genuinely seems to care about her readers and truly wants what is best for them.  This book does not read like some arrogant attempt to distill something so innate and intuitive for a lot of people.  Juliet's authenticity and care pours out of every page.  I love how she invites the readers to follow her instagram page, which is full of extras and fun things related to both the book, and living a witchy life.  I love when authors really want to share something they are passionate about, whatever that may be, and it just flows out of their writing.

This book is easy (and fun) to read.  The language is simple and understandable and really does a great job getting the author's points across easily and with plenty of heartfelt meaning.  At not point was I bogged down by this book or confused; I finished it in a day and had plenty of sticky notes and highlights all throughout for things that I found interesting or important.  This is one of those books that is small but will give you plenty of things to remember or want to write down because of how honest it is. 

I wish there had been more books like this around when I younger because as a teenager, I needed these kinds of pieces to help me realize my own power and importance.  It is nice to read reminders of how crucial it is to listen to your intuition, especially as you get older and have more life experiences.  This book is like your cooler aunt or your big sister there to help you when things may get a bit dark or you just need a minute to pick yourself up.  Reading books like this isn't just about being a witch or leaning to do spells and rituals.  It's about taking time for yourself and learning to love and respect the things that you may or may not need.  It is very important to listen to yourself, because you probably already have the answer in some respect. 233 Good philosophy

I wish there was more philosophy, less spells. Solely because the ingredients required are obscure and not easily obtained. Otherwise, I quite enjoyed it. Refreshing that it wasn't new age or wiccan. 233 “ I love you, I care for you and I will never stop speaking up for us all”

“You are precious”

THIS BOOK IS AN GOOD BOOK

I think I’ve read too many books by whyte witches who are entirely too comfortable with appropriating other cultures and being disrespectful in general, reading a witch book by a person of colour was such a blessed reprieve. On top of that she acknowledged cultures that weren’t her own and suggested other phrases that aren’t specific to certain cultures to avoid appropriation.

This book was easy to read, not that it had overly simple language but in that it was a joy to read and made me want to read more. I felt guided but also not pressured in anyway, and most importantly I felt cared for. I read the phrase “you are precious” and I felt loved because I had such genuine caring vibes from the author. I can’t even attribute this to writing style, I think it was more that I could sense a genuine want to help and love from the author.

On top of that it actually had super useful information without being authoritative. AN GOOD BOOK. 233 I liked this book. It's very much a beginner book, more witch 101 than I usually buy, but I figured it's written by a WOC so I needed it.

I liked:
- The Practice Responsibly!!! I appreciated earlier in the book that she didn't use the term smudging but rather cleansing and clarified why near the end. As a Cree person who was taught to traditionally smudge by my kokum, I really appreciate this.
- The seasons of the witch section. I love a straight-forward correspondences section.
- The Love Letter in the back
- Her personal stories embedded throughout. I would totally read a memoir by her.

A few things I didn't love:
- the spells are very ingredient heavy, some including rarer ingredients such as high john the conqueror and dried white horehound. Lots of essential oils. It's not super accessible, but to be fair, Diaz is a herbalist so it makes sense that they're relied on!
- This is certainly not specific to the book and is present in so many witchy books, but I am not a fan of the whole positive vibes only thing. One small example from this book is always protect yourself by staying away from negative people or situations (p. 18)

Conflict and other negative things can spur growth. We can't be comfortable and happy all the time. Sometimes we need to fight. Sometimes we need to be angry. Sometimes we need to interact with difficult, hurt people. Sometimes people you love are difficult, hurt people with negative vibes. No, I don't mean it's your job to fix people or put your own wellness on the line, but I certainly don't think you need to unfriend someone because they're negative. Again, this certainly isn't specific to this book only, but this mentality is present throughout. 233 Every Witch should meditate daily..

Just.... no.

Also, I might just be a beginner, but why would an author include so many spells, rituals and potions that contain expensive and hard to find ingredients without every explaining the WHY of it.

What is the purpose of using rice to anoint a book?

Where do I even buy dried blue lotus?

Why would you anoint anything with menstrual blood?

How does holding a black obsidian help earth someone?

I have too many questions. 233

Everywhere, the witches are rising. Are you ready to answer the call and embrace your own inner witch? In this book, Indigenous Taino Bruja and Seer Juliet Diaz guides you on a journey to connect with the Magick within you. She explains how to cast off what doesn't serve you, unleash your authentic self, and become an embodiment of your truth. You'll also learn the skills and techniques you need to build your own Magickal craft and practice. This book isn't like any other witchy book out there, Juliet doesn't just hand over spells for you to dive into, she teaches you how Magick really works, how to tap into the frequencies that manifest your intentions and desires, and explains why you are the most powerful tool in your life and Magick. Within these enchanted pages you'll discover how   *  Connect with the power of your inner witch  *  Create spells, potions, and rituals for love, protection, healing, manifestation and more  *  Amplify your energy by working with a Book of Shadows  *  Create an altar and decorate it according to the seasons to tap into seasonal power  *  Work with the Moon and the Seasons of the Witch  *  Connect with your ancestors to receive their wisdomFilled with Magick, inspiration, and love, Witchery is your guide and companion on a wickedly delicious journey to true self-empowerment. In the book, Juliet has hidden a spell that spans through every page. In the beginning she asks readers to anoint the book (instructions in the book) to activate this spell which will connect you to the book at an intimate level. The book becomes an oracle! After you read the book and find yourself needing guidance on anything in life, simple grab the book and ask what it is you need to connect with, do or learn and flip the pages until you feel called to stop. Read the lessons or words on that page to guide you. (you can substitute any ingredients & you can anoint it via kindle as well) Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within

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