True Magic

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 29 Nov 2019

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I was given a copy of True Magic, by Cyndi Brannen, in Exchange of a review ofi t after Reading it. I’ve been a year into witchcraft now, and I’ve been reading and searching about it this whole period of time (I’m explaining this because I think this is a factor that has contributed to form my opinión on this book). I think this book can be a good book for total beginners. When you are first dabbling into something as witchcraft, the vast internet can be very overwhelming, so recurring to a book to get started can be a good idea to start with.If that’s the case, this book can be useful for the reader. In my opinion, the best thing about this book is that the author makes room for the reader’s adaptation to what’s being explained (As in: “This is done with these things, but if you dont have access to them, you can use these other things as well”) and makes clear that you don’t need fancy tools (social media can set up very high standards in this regard), since many of the ingredients are things that can be found in our houses or easily obtained in a drugstore. I’ve encuntered several books of spells and rituals that have very specific and long list of ingredients and instructions for rather simple outcomes. This can be overwhelming for a beginner, and it’s probably that such books will end up in the shelf, forgotten. Another thing that I like about True Magic is that the autor has consideration of its potential readers, when not excluding any “entity”, like deities, spirit guides, ancestors… and doesn’t stick to her own practice (I’ve found several books that are supossed to be about witchcraft in which Wicca and mentions of The Triple Goddess or the The God and The Goddess are included again and again, mixing witchcraft with them as if one thing were inherent to the other). 
However, this last point is also related about what I don’t like that much about htis book. At the beginning of it, the autor explains what is witchcraft, and it does it in a way that it can be misleading to someone completely new to witchcraft. Witchcraft is not an easthetic. I mean, it can be. People who doesn’t practice witchcraft can love and use a witchy easthetic. No problema with it at all. But if you are Reading a book about magic and witchcraft and “unleashing your Inner Witch”, it can be assumed that the person reading this is not doing so just to use it as an aesthetic. Witchcraft is NOT a religion. That must be cristal clear. Witchcraft is a practice. You can be a witch and include your religion into your craft, or not. But witchcraft itself is not a religion. You can be Wiccan and not being a witch, or you can be both too. You can be pagan and not a witch, or you can be both too. But you can be a witch and not part of any religion. Witchcraft and religion are two separate things. Another thing to take into account is cultural appropiation. There is no mention of it in this book and no reflection about it, and the general tone I get from this book is that you can do whatever you want and include in your practice whatever you consider.  Where do the practices, rituals, concepts and words you are taking into your craft and adapting to your craft, come from? Maybe some of these, or simply a whole kind of magic you are interested in is closed for us, and we must respect that. 
Overall, I think it is a good book for a complete beginner (although it shouln’t be the last one you read) and the techniques described is the book are easy to implement (although they can be a Little lengthy), so the reader won’t have any problem in getting practical. It explains everything well and in a friendly way. These and the good things mentioned at the beginning of my review are what made me grade this book with three stars.
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a number of topics/ideas/lists introduced. One thing right after the other - things like journaling, meditation, ancestors, sigil. Some rituals placed in. Seven witches' principles focus.
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It was an interesting and helpful book, but I thought not truly aimed at the beginner as it would cost a lot of money for what the author suggests and it’s not aimed towards anyone starting out at all, given it’s about awakening your inner witch I’d expect it to be aimed at novices.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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This was an interesting read about finding and utilizing your inner witch. Cyndi Brannen takes the reader through steps and rituals from binding to attraction and everything in between. She covers color magic, herbalism, and candle magic. The book also includes meditations and journaling for different purposes. 

I found it interesting, although it did not feel quite like a beginner witchcraft tool personally. I thought that to complete her tasks in the book would take a large investment of money and resources. I personally don't like that for a book that is geared toward novices and people new to the craft. That being said I am definitely going to use the information and rituals in this book in my own personal craft.
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Published on: 10/25/19
Review: "I am a reader of Cyndi Brannen's blog Keeping Her Keys, so when her latest book, True Magic: Unleashing Your Inner Witch became available on NetGalley, I jumped on the opportunity to review it for the publisher. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed. Overall the book is decent, but if you regularly follow her, it felt like longer versions of some of her blog posts.

In True Magic: Unleashing Your Inner Witch, Brannen discusses seven steps to unleash your inner witch: Healing, Relationships, Sovereignty, Growth, Connecting, Abundance, and Wholeness. In each step, Brannen walks you through a series of rituals specifically designed with each of these steps in mind in an attempt to focus your magical workings and grow as a witch. If you are a new witch, this is a good place to start actually practicing magic, after you have learned some of the basics. If you are a seasoned witch, there are some new approaches that may interest you. However, a little digging will find similar results in other books and online sources. Based on the writing, I believe that this book is designed to go with one of her workshops and maybe even an email course (she mentioned her email list in the book more than once), and the set up is slightly confusing. There were points where the book jumped around too much, or topics were not fully explained, especially how they connected with each other during a ritual. This may be because, as I said, this is designed for a course, or because I was reading an unpublished e-ARC.

There were some things, however, that I really liked. I loved that she made the connection between the Lower Realm, Middle Realm, and Upper Realm with the elements and parts of our bodies. This view of the World Tree grounds the realms in a tangible, human reality, making it easier to visualize and even travel between realms. My favorite piece, however, was her "Witch's Hour of Power." Brannen encourages her readers to set aside just one hour a day for magical workings. She even recognizes that to grow your craft you don't have to practice the Witch's Hour of Power every day, but the consistency of the practice leads to better magical results. I've started trying to intentionally set aside an hour a day for my practice, whether it be working on my blog, connecting with witches on Instagram, reading tarot or bones, hedge riding, meditating, or working on my Grimoire (which is seriously lacking at the moment!). This hour of time, set aside in the evening, is a great time for me to just decompress from the stress of my daily life. Brannen offers a number of suggestions on what you can do during your Witch's Hour of Power, so if you are unsure, she's got you covered. Her spell ideas and rituals are refreshing, and the magical crafts are useful and meaningful.

As I said, the book was decent. It isn't the best witchcraft book I have ever read, but it isn't the worst either. If you are just starting out and looking to grow your powers, this is a good place to start. If you are seasoned, I'd stick with following her blog and Facebook groups, or even attending one of her workshops. I'd give this book 3 stars."
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This book wasn't for me, but it is not a bad book if the subject material is what you are looking for. It is very heavy on spells and meditations in the way of rituals, so if someone is looking for mainly those, this would be a great source for them. The rituals were just a little too lengthy and involved for me. The book gives a brief overview of essentials such as setting up an altar and book of shadows to start, and then most of it is comprised of the ritual information, so it has a great variety of those for someone looking for them. 

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.
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2.5 stars rounded up to 3

This book takes you over the seven steps to find your inner witch. Power. There is lots of information if witchcraft is your thing. There are rituals, methods for using crystals and some spells

I was asked by the publisher to read and review this book. Although the subject matter is not what I would usually read, I did find parts of it interesting. It's well written and researched. It  might be more suited for people just starting out on their journey to becoming a witch. 

I would like to thank Netgalley,  John Hunt Publishing Ltd and the author Cindi Brennan for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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True Magic is a primer, of sorts, for witches both new and more experienced. It combines elements of witchcraft, self-help, psychology, and emotional healing to provide a path of transformation for anyone interested in empowering themselves and improving their life. Written by Cyndi Brannen, this is both different to and yet a companion of her previous book, Keeping Her Keys — in fact, I could see many of the practices and rituals crossing over from one book to the other, building upon each other in terms of both imparting knowledge and encouraging magical practice.  

The core framework running through True Magic is the power of the number seven — seven steps towards personal transformation, aligned with a form of witch’s ladder. These steps are Healing, Relationships, Sovereignty, Growth, Connections, Abundance, and Wholeness. Each step includes information, practices, rituals, botanicals, crystals, colours, and so on. There are seven moon phases featured within the book (new, waxing crescent, half waxing, full, half waning, waning crescent, and dark), each with their distinct energies. The four elements, three selves, and three worlds also feature, as does the liminal realm. 

This book contains a variety of magical techniques suitable for the newcomer to witchcraft as well as the more seasoned practitioner. I fall into the latter category, and while there was a lot of information here that I’ve read before, there were elements and tips that I hadn’t previously encountered. There is a lot of the basics here — how to create an altar, a book of shadows, a magical apothecary — but there are deeper aspects too, like sigil work, shadow work, and an ever-progressing journey into energy work. Some of the rituals and visualisations take you incredibly deep, and there’s good self-care advice for after doing this sort of work. The journal prompts and quizzes are well-considered and gently laid out, helping the reader to integrate their practices and experiences. The addition of further reading (books and links) is a nice touch. 

True Magic takes the reader on a journey of personal transformation through the blending of witchcraft, emotional healing, and psychology. Much of this work is based around healing the self, but there are options to expand upon this to offer healing and magic to those around you, your community, and the natural world. I liked how Brannen pointed out that all witchcraft should have an element of risk, should push you outside your comfort zone, should facilitate deeper understanding and healing. All of this is true, and learning how to hold all this and progress is just as important as knowing which stones, botanicals, colours (et cetera) one would use in a spell or ritual. As Doreen Valiente once said, “There’s a witch of the head and a witch of the heart…” 

I enjoyed reading this book and can see how I would use some of the practices and ideas as a springboard for other magical and healing workings. However, I did feel — being a regular reader of Brannen’s blog — that some of the sections of True Magic were more fleshed out posts that I’d read before, perhaps with some more advice or practical tips. I do mean it when I say that this book would be good for witches both new and more experienced — but if you have some years under your belt, you could argue that a decent browse around the web can provide you with much of the information here, albeit obviously presented differently, and you’d have to build up your own witch’s ladder of transformational steps — not a bad thing in itself, but if you’re looking for a guide through those steps or are pressed for time/energy, then the journey True Magic takes the reader on is not a bad place to start. It’s certainly given me much food for thought and I do recommend this book to all who are interested in healing themselves, taking responsibility for their actions, and manifesting magic in their own lives. 

I received an e-ARC from the publisher, Moon Books, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Furthermore, in the interests of transparency, I know the author via her blog and Facebook.
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An interesting and well written book, full of hints and tips that can be useful for beginner and more experienced partitioners.
I loved how the book is organised and the colloquial style of writing.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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3.75 stars

I am always on the lookout for books that can help me get in tune with my inner self. I had high hopes from this blurb. However, this seemed pretty basic and had a lot of things that are either quite common or can be found pretty much anywhere in this gilded age that we live in. However, there are parts of it that are worthwhile for some people, especially, those that are just starting out. There are some good rituals and grounding techniques for beginners complete with requirements, directions, and incantations.

One of the things that I REALLY did like though was the further reading and blog sites that allowed me further places to get more education on the topics. That is invaluable.
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"True Magic" is supposed to be a guide of sorts to lead those interested in awakening their inner witch and needless to say I was less than impressed with the findings. The guidance provided with the practical tips and tools can pretty much be found anywhere if you did a quick Google search. I didn't learn new nor relevant to the craft and found my overall time wasted on this book. Probably would be ideal for beginners and novices who are completely lost on where to start.
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this book was interesting. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it covered a lot of topics and had a lot of useful information actually!
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This book is is very well done. I love that it delves into many aspects of personal magic and how it incorporate it into your daily life. I feel that someone wishing to understand the basics of how magic works and even those that wish to practice magic can find interesting information within this book. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review. I enjoyed this book.
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I am interested in some metaphysical books even though I am not in any sort of practice myself, but for some reason I could not take this one seriously. Too “out there” for me.
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True Magic by Cyndi Brannen is a book about using the seven Principles of True Magic. It goes over seven steps that leads to unleashing your inner witch power. It goes true the seven steps one by one, starting with healing. There are spells, use of crystals, rituals and so much more. This book is great for witches just starting out and the more experienced as well. It opens up a world of different practices that many are curious about, but haven't had the opportunity to explore them. I recommend this book for everyone with an interest in finding your inner witch. I received this book from Net Galley and John Hunt Publishing for a honest review.
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True Magic is a primer for practitioners of The Craft. The thought behind it however, is heavily influenced by contemporary New Age thought and especially modern Shamanism, though arguably the traditional Witch has always been a type of Shaman. Nonetheless, this book takes a very practical, sometimes even pragmatic approach to the business of casting spells: you use and make do with what you have in the home: the approach tends towards that of kitchen magic. 
That is not to say the writer does not exort the budding witch to being conscientious when it comes to magical cleansing all materials used with salt and the light of the moon; the initiate will be shopping for the right kind of equipment and crystals etc too.
The main premise of this book is that magic is all about work on the self primarily, especially on self healing, with a large bulk of the spells dedicated towards this end. Most people, this wise woman maintains, are unable to realise their true potential and self due to cultural conditioning, and the effects of resolved traumas. Again, arguably, a sacred devotion to this kind of soul work might be preferable to taking Prozac or valium to cope with a dysfunctional life.
Each chapter comes with its own bibliography for further study. 
One criticism I have is that I do think the astrological table of correspondences could have been set out a little more clearly. The lunar glyph is correlated here as a circle with a dot in it, which astrologers will know corresponds to the Sun, not the Moon, the latter of  which in astrology is represented by a self-explanatory crescent symbol.
Otherwise this booklet is an excellent primer for aspiring witches - and perhaps for those seeking new ideas and frameworks on which to base their magic too.
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Love, love this book! It is filled with practical tips and I love the way the author speaks. It is as if she is talking directly to you with a down to earth approach. I highly recommend this book! I voluntarily read this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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