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Werewolf Magick

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You ever finish a book, close the page and place it on the shelf, and think to yourself, you know, I'm glad I read that book but it wasn't for me at all? Well, that's how I felt with this one. I've never read a book about werewolf magick before so when I saw it, I just knew I had to give it a go. Werewolf magick is not for me at all. Some parts of this book just had me blinking and wondering how it even worked but it takes all kinds to make the world go round.

It's well written the author seems very down to earth, very in touch with his animalistic self. Sometimes it's good to simply focus on our base needs most problems can be found in these simple areas we often overlook. That was something I took away from this book personally.

So if you're into werewolf magick, are just curious like I was, I do say give this a try, you might learn something nifty.

Will go live on my blog: 10/18/20
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This was a great book. It really let me focus on my feral side. I am interested in magic,  all magic. It was very helpful explaining about shamanic magic. It was easy to read and understand. I definitely recommend this book.
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"Unleash the wolf within you with the help of this empowering guide to lycanthropic magic. Denny Sargent shows you how to improve your confidence, authenticity, and personal power using werewolf rituals, spells, meditations, folklore, and more."

I read a LOT of paranormal books. I love reading about shifters and all the magic and animal things therein. I love reading about different facets of Magick and different practices. So, I must say that was my headspace walking into this. Hmmm... this sounds... interesting. Well, the author completely acknowledged the likelihood of anyone approaching this book would be coming from all walks of experiential and novice. He fully recognized that some people may be completely into it while others might just read for the experience of reading.

"The goal of werewolf magic is to awaken, free, and revitalize out whole being by the energizing. and reviving of this part of our brain, our Animalself."

The author provides a lot of history and where he originated his Wer practice. Further, there is so much provided in the level of experience from novice to advanced with many types of exercises and rituals as well as different pantheons to recognize and work with. 

Werewolf Magic is definitely a fun read with a lot to consider and work with even if this may not be your forte. The author did an excellent job in harnessing the essence of wolfy magic. If this even slightly sounds interesting to you I would definitely give it a read.

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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I requested this ARC out of sheer curiosity even this is not part of my chosen path.
It was an entertaining read and I like the part about the folklore but the rest of the book didn't keep my attention.
Not my cup of tea.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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Some of it might seem like it stretches a bit, but there's enough quality occult information and foundation behind the offered spells, rites, and rituals.
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"Embrace your monster." That line in the Preface really appeals to me.  The author explains how he came to develop his own system of werewolf magick and though it may seem a little weird, it actually makes sense.

This could have gone airy-fairy, but instead the author gives us history of Shamanic practices where the essence of animal mind gets induced by ritual. He emphasises that he is not a Shaman himself, but the history is well-researched and he relates some personal experience of meeting with genuine Shamans.

I was impressed with the amount of research that went into the history of animalistic ritual in different cultures and the serious approach. I found it extremely interesting and may well refer back to it sometimes as an academic work.
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Animals and animal magic interest me. I consider myself a spiritual therian, and my theriotype is the Asian small-clawed otter. Animals have always been important to me in many different ways, including magically. 
So, naturally, any book on the subject piques my interest. I’d been looking forward to this new book by Denny Sargent, Werewolf Magick, for quite some time. 

I’m sorry to say that I found this book somewhat disappointing. The book begins with the author describing his own journey into animal (specifically wolf) magic. 

That part was interesting, even though it was prefaced by a strange disclaimer about not eating raw meat. 

Sargent acknowledges that much of the book comes from first-hand experiences and unverifiable personal gnosis, which is refreshing in books these days. Still, beyond the author’s autobiographical parts, I didn’t get a lot out of this book.

While there’s not really many books in print about therianthropy specifically, most books on animals and animal-related magic at least mention it briefly. Not so with Werewolf Magick. 

The author never mentions otherkin or the concept of therianthropy, though his subject matter pairs well with that sort of belief. Instead, he refers to practitioners of his own variety of  “werewolf magick” as “wers.”  

I thought this was a little awkward. Since I received a review copy, it’s possible that this was simply a reoccurring typo for “were,” which makes more sense.  

The author has obviously done his research - he mentions Lecouteux and a few other sources. He must be aware of therians, and while there’s few books as sources on that, internet resources are plentiful.

Given that therianthropy exists as an established concept, I found it odd that he wouldn’t mention it, particularly since so much of what he’s written resembles and relates to the therian experience. It just seems like a particularly glaring omission. 

I wanted to like this book. The focus on wolves at the exclusion of other animals put me off. I also found a lot of the exercises would really only be helpful if you had an affinity towards wolves. 

The author refers to the “animalself” but focuses exclusively on the wolf, going as far as to argue that it’s natural for humans to identify with wolves. This is true of a lot of witches and pagans, but hardly all. I would have liked more material in the book addressing other animals and their magic.

Overall, I’ve got to give this book two stars out of five. It has numerous issues, but I could see someone who does connect well with wolves finding it useful. I myself was just disappointed.
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Ok, first off I will say I absolutely love wolves and have always been fond of and fascinated by this beautiful animal. The myths/lores of werewolves are interesting (no, I do not believe werewolves are real, but hey that's just me) and the idea of working these into tour Magick was quite intriguing to me.
The book is a bit repetitive, which I didn't like, but if you are into Magick work and incorporating wolves and werewolves into your work then you may want to pick this little gem up!
I will be going through this more in the near future because I just dig the material.

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the eARC. All opinions are my own.
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Actual Rating: {2.5/5 stars}
First Glance:
As a therian and animist, I enjoy any opportunity to delve into magic related to shapeshifting and spirit work. This book clearly focused on wolves, which happen to be one of my favorite animals, so I decided to ask for a first look. I received an advanced readers’ copy (ebook) through NetGalley. As usual, I get paid nothing to give my honest opinion.

Positive Bits:
The overall idea behind werewolf magick is that we need to (and can) embrace our wild side and go a little feral if we want to really connect to our own power. I’ve written and participated in several different versions of this kind of magic, where you reach deep down to find your inner wildness; it’s a powerful piece of energy work.

The author clearly runs with this wildness, as the majority of the rituals included are wordless. Howls and yips and growls are the only magical words used, and I think that’s a smart approach. It makes it a little harder to plan your ritual, as there are no cue cards, but sound is a good carrier of energy regardless of its form.

I appreciated the notes on animal parts and meat usage throughout the book. As someone who prefers to be an ethical omnivore rather than a vegetarian, I respect the balancing act it takes to honor the animals who obviously had to die in order for you to eat or wear them. There are different ways to approach animal parts (fur, bones, or meat) and they all start with an acknowledgement of death and your role in the process.

Less Enjoyable Bits:
I’ll admit that this book is too eclectic for me. There are repeated notices that the author makes no claim at being a shaman, which is all well and good. But then there are random pieces of the Greco-Roman pantheon, modernized versions of old Nordic ritual, and a surprise visit from an Egyptian god. Throughout that mix, we have Gaia used as a name for the Earth as a being (but not as Gaia, the Greco-Roman goddess) and a liberal smattering of mantras from Hindu practices (without any explanation about their source or purpose). The author could’ve used a bit more explanation between rituals to tie together his eclectic pieces, but they were presented as disjointed mosaic pieces.

In the history of werewolves presented, the author travels a familiar and well-worn path of pretending that witches (and, therefore, werewolves) have always existed and were hunted down during the Burning Times. And yet, enough witches and werewolves hid to bring their practices to us today. The truth is, we’ve recognized as a community that the “history” we were taught was a tool to loan authenticity to new practices. After all, everyone respects an ancient teaching, right? Each example of werewolves in the past is dubiously tied together in a string, and it’s supposed to guide us from ancient werewolves to today’s shifters in an unbroken line… that I’m not buying.

Based on personal studies and experience, I found his entire section on Fetches to be misguided. Take it or leave it as you will, but I find that a Fetch or similar thoughtform isn’t an alter ego (wolf or otherwise) of myself. Rather, it’s a separate and directed entity. The author treats the animalself (his word for your animal side) as both a part of you and something apart from you, depending on the working presented. I feel there’s no ambiguity in what is Self versus what is outside of Self, and this makes the entire use of animalself as a Fetch an impractical process – one that I would expect to cause you some discomfort, if not exhaustion. There’s a reason we practice magic with the help of external energies and items other than ourselves.

Is it worth the coin? No – there are other resources on wolf mythology and shapeshifting that can be found, and I would pick up something more focused if I were studying either topic.
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This was an okay read, but I got a bit annoyed with all the repetition at times. I did however enjoy the folklore section of the book.
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There are three types of people who will be the most likely to read this book: 

1. Those who have a genuine belief in magic and also want to learn how to incorporate werewolf symbology into their rituals. 

2. Those who enjoy werewolf myths and legends (like myself) and are drawn in by the awesome cover and the section on werewolf cults throughout history. 

3. Those who truly believe they have the spirit of a wolf or werewolf inside them. 

I was drawn to this book based on a lifelong interest in werewolves, ranging from ancient myths to modern cinematic depictions. Although I do not believe that werewolves are real in any sense, I also thought I owed it to my 8-year-old self (who wanted so badly for werewolves to be real) to check Werewolf Magick out. 

Toward the beginning of the book, the author says: “One thing I can guarantee, you have never read a book quite like this.” This is a bold claim, but it’s definitely true.

The writing is decent and easy to read. It does gets repetitious at times, so I ended up skimming past some of that. As to the subject matter... well, the werewolf cult history was fascinating. It was way too hard for me to take the author seriously otherwise due to his repeated commentary on werewolves being real (at least in the metaphysical sense), along with his constant urging to use a variety of growls, howls, yips, etc. as werewolf lingo. 

I know this isn’t what the author was looking for, but some of his stories made me crack up laughing. And in today’s world, laughter is a gift. For that, the folklore section, and the fact that the author can write, I’m giving this book 3 stars. If you’re into magic and open to growling naked in the woods while letting your wolf-self take over, you may be more impressed. On the other hand, if you’re a skeptic who can’t even allow yourself to be entertained by the topic, you’re going to want to steer clear, despite the awesome cover. 

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC. This review contains my honest, unbiased opinion.
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This book managed to far surpass anything I had expected when I read the title Werewolf Magick. Focusing on ritual and reflection to connect with one’s inner beast this book is a beautiful blend of magic information and application.

What I liked 
1. Exercises were provided directly after pertinent information so it provided.

2. The idea of working with rather than against the power of one’s inner beast harkens back to Carl Jung’s shadow work concept in a rather enjoyable way.

3. Werewolf magick and lore isn’t something there are a lot of pagan books written on so this will fill a gap in many esoteric collections.

What I didn’t like

1. I would have liked to see a little more werewolf lore and maybe reflection work connected to each cultures lore surrounding the beast. 

2. Some of the book feels like a rehash of 101 books I have already read for other magical topics.  This will be good for new workers but really slowed down my reading experience:

Who would I recommend this book for ?

Practicing witches both new and old who have not worked much with the archetype of the inner beast will greatly benefit from giving this book a read through.
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I wanted to learn a bit about this type of magic - even though I know it is not for me. I would have liked to see more information. and maybe the exercise/rituals in own section. But they do work when it is right after the information referenced.

Good for those who do want to this type of magic or have that connection.
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Thank you to NetGalley for gifting me a free digital ARC (e-book) of this title. I loved it! Werewolf Magick by Denny Sargent was a great read. I love books about the occult and I am proud to add this to my collection. It was interesting to learn about Warewolf Magik because I haven’t heard of it before, but I think it is a really cool way to connect with your inner spirit animal. I was most excited to learn about Hekate because I think she is a really under-represented goddess of the craft.
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Sorry for possible English mistakes. Very fine book. It can be used by complete beginners in occult world because things are presented in a clear way, then it can be used by experienced practitioners  to add or combine more excellent techniques to their own magical works. Finally book is for anyone interested to learn more about one of the most beautiful animals on the earth. To learn how to growl, bark or howl it is very valuable to for it's own sake let alone practice in magic and occult. So my dear wolf lovers all I can say or growl or bark or howl: Grrrr...Ruf...ruf...arf...afr...ARF...AAARF...AAWOOOOOOOOOO...Enjoy in this book and thanks :)
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This is an interesting book. One that I would love to check out at my local library. If you are into the a Occult than this book is for you. This book is about releasing your inner beast. In this particular story, his inner beast is a Werewolf. He gives you detailed chapters about what you need do. I personally thought this book was fascinating.
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