A Box of Magick
A Guided Journey to Crafting a Magickal Life Through Witchcraft, Ritual Herbalism, and Spellcrafting
by Jamie Della
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Pub Date 26 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 29 Sep 2023
Sounds True Publishing, Sounds True
Discover the Magick that lives within you. A Box of Magick will connect you with herbalism, rituals, and spells through the guidance of two priestesses, one from beyond the veil.
A Box of Magick is a call to adventure, an invitation to awaken and activate the deepest part of your most mystical, powerful self. Traditionally, Magick has been taught with close, one-on-one guidance that is rarely available to practitioners of all levels today. This book invites us to practice with two magickal guides, author Jamie Della and her Elder Wiccan High Priestess and mentor Connie DeMasters. Fifteen years after Connie’s passing, Jamie received a literal box of Magick on her doorstep, 23 pounds of Connie’s rituals, hymns, spells, charts, astrology, and more. Through this unexpected gift, Connie is still teaching Jamie―and now they are both teaching us!
With the warmth of female mentorship, A Box of Magick offers a path of personal growth and empowerment and shares:
• Inspiration to recognize the magickal lessons, universal messages, and helpful signs that exist all around us―from cycles of the sun, moon, and planets to herbs
• Rituals that help us face and integrate the shadow self, develop abiding self-love, and stand with a sword of personal truth held ready
• Lessons in how to foster a relationship with crystals, herbs, living creatures, and elemental spirits, as well as our own stories, and write your own spells
• Storytelling and parables that teach discernment as we connect magickal insights with our own experiences
As Jamie shares, this guide offers “a mentor to help you live the craft of the wise and deepen your ability to manifest, intuit, and connect with the language of our alive world and its limitless possibilities.” A Box of Magick shares seeds of magickal wisdom and shows us how to turn them into a blossoming, evolving magickal life, spiced with the essence of our own unique spirit.
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I loved it from the beautiful intro, and then the first paragraphs of chapter 1 cemented my joy for this book. What if it’s the spirit of the lavender oil pulling us into its state of calm — yesss! The cosmic language of energy and vibration is the language I know best ✨ I’ve tried Abhyanga a dozen times ish, but after years, I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately and this seems to be my sign to rekindle this practice. The stories and lessons, the moon, tarot, circles, blessings and rituals, all the things are touched on in her lyrical way, sharing conversations and experiences. Plus, with a dose of magical synchromysticism, I read this on my way to Mexico. Bravo!
THis original and reflective book is a guided journeyto crafting a magical practice through witchcraft, ritual Herbalism and spellcraft. It's twelve magical lessons corresponds to the twelve steps in Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey. Discusses setting up sacred space and altar, working with elementals, divination, archetypes, gods and goddesses, shadoe work, universal influences, circle magick, writing your own spells and coming out of the broom cliset. Illustrations. Autobiograpical material rituals. Recommended reading. Appendix.
I enjoyed this book very much. I loved the relationship between the author and Connie. It made me feel like I knew Connie too. Their shared love of the craft was quite apparent. The book was well written in a down-to-earth manner. An excellent read! I voluntarily read this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
This book is a gift to all witches! It's beautifully written, and makes you feel good. A Box of Magic is a cornucopia of information valuable to Any practitioner of magic regardless of your chosen path. This one on one style writing is particularly helpful to a newer witch. I highly recommend this treasure to all!
This is a very thorough and practical book teaching one how to have a magical life daily. From the everyday chores to the rituals of magic there are steps to take and learning the reasons for them. After reading this book I feel confident in making Magick part of my life.
A Box of Magick by Jamie Della will be a wonderful addition to the bookshelves of practitioners old and new alike. This book feels like a one on one guide through settling into a practical daily routine of magic and opportunity.
This book is written with so much care and love, you can read it on every page. I loved how the introduction weaves a story of how this book and the title came to be and how it represents not only the author's mentor's life but a life of magic. This book has so much to offer; anyone who is interested would surely be able to find something in this book that resonated with them. I love this book and what a tremendous addition to the genre!
A Box of Magick was part reflective and part guided journey to exploring magic in your own life. With the author's own personal experiences shaping the layout, it felt like she was trying to take you on that journey with her own exploration of magical practices. I would have liked to see more practical applications for a reference book, but what was there was very well done. Overall, an interesting read.
This was a NetGalley review.
It is evident that this book has been crafted with immense care and love, and this sentiment shines through on every page. The introduction itself weaves a captivating story of the book's origin, demonstrating how it not only honors the author's mentor but also embodies a life filled with magic.
There is an abundance of treasures within this book, catering to a wide range of interests and experiences. Every reader is bound to find something that deeply resonates with them, making it an enriching and fulfilling read.
Personally, I fell in love with this book and found it to be a remarkable addition to its genre. Its heartfelt approach and the touch of magic woven throughout make it a truly special and memorable experience. #ABoxofMagick #NetGalley
Good book to read. 5 star book
Not sure who to recommend this book to
Might reread it later on in the year
Okay, so this is a very basic witchcraft book for neophyte witches, but what I loved about it was how the author weaves in a touching memoir of her teacher throughout. A worthwhile read if you're new to witchcraft and looking for some inspiration and wisdom.
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Well written and complicated of the most important information for any beginner or anyone wanting more references sources in their bookcase. The author lack nothing when she tells her own story to better help you see context to material within the book. Very unique approach to a book of this type.
This book is a beautifully written reflection of the authors path into witchcraft after inheriting her mentors notebooks after her death.
The book is heavily Wiccan in tone which is understandable as she was initiated into a Wiccan practice.
This may not be the right book for those looking for a "how to" guide or reference book as the author weaves a biographical element through the text but having said that there is a lot of fantastic information to be gleaned from the book.
I don't often find a witchcraft book that teaches me "new" knowledge. I've been following and honing my craft for about 15 years now so I'm far from a beginner. I was impressed that this book actually brought some new, insightful information that I can add to my personal craft. I particularly enjoyed the little spells and meditation the author included in every chapter. This book also makes me want my own mentor, so I'm going to follow the spell provided and hope for the best. I can't wait to read more of the author's published work. Excellent guide for beginners and seasoned crones like myself.
I received this book for free. This does not impact my review in any shape or form.
A Box of Magick by Jamie Della, is a foundational guide for those interested in pursuing witchcraft as a spiritual practice. Della discusses how someone can use seemingly simple traditions to bring magic into their lives, from herbalism, to different divination techniques, to spell crafting tools and meditating styles. Unlike most other 101 books, Della takes an eclectic approach to teaching witchcraft, and encourages being inclusive with the traditions, in spite of what others may believe.
I appreciate Della including her mentor in the book, even more so when she has her writing the epilogue. It shows how important our elders are to our practice, which, surprisingly enough, there’s a lack of in foundational books. I also enjoyed how inclusive Della is, referring to either God, or Goddess, or Spirit, or the Universe as a main source of higher energetic power. It emphasizes the fact that witchcraft can involve worship of anyone. It’s there reason why there’s a growing number of witches who are atheists, who practice Abrahamic faiths, ect. You don’t necessarily have to be pagan, or even Wiccan, for that matter, to be a witch. It’s a lifestyle choice. There are also times I see the influences of other authors from Dr. Clarissa Estés and Danielle Dulsky, to Salicrow’s and, at times, even Raven Silverwolf.
Although I do wish Della included more references in regards to crystals and various herbs, I feel like this is a good general book for any witch who wants to start building their library. While I’d recommend them getting different compendiums and compiling your own book of shadows, I can see the value in a witch having this book. As such, I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
A Box of Magick: A Guided Journey to Crafting a Magical Life Through Witchcraft, Ritual Herbalism, and Spellcrafting" by Jamie Della, accomplishes beautifully what captivates most individuals within the realm of the mystical. It entices readers from the very start, gradually building intrigue that is simply irresistible. This book is an absolute necessity for those seeking to illuminate their lives and embark on a magical adventure.
Great Reference Material
Jamie Della discusses what magick is and how it works, stating that magick is created by aligning your will with a conscious world and universal influences. Further stating that all of nature, from the wind to the crystals on an altar to the herbs in a kitchen cabinet, is trying to help us experience great joy and satisfaction through continual conversation. She states that supernatural aids are always available because the law of attraction, the belief that you attract what you focus on, is a two-way one street.
The author, also, acknowledge that the law of attraction is real; we will attract whatever we focus on. However, it is important to take a moment here to reject feelings of guilt, shame, or blame for “attracting” bad things or living a life of oppressive social situations and status.
One of the things the author provides is anointing yourself using the Abhyanga method. She describes it as an Ayurvedic therapy that involves massaging. I found this to be very beneficial. Additionally, she discusses many of the tools and practices as with other forms of craft work.
This is a great book filled with much information and it is a great resource or reference book. Highly recommend.
This book is truly a witchy starter book packed with fun information on tarot, spells, and gorgeous illustrations. I enjoyed reading about all of the different tips and prose that Della has to share. I found myself feeling more mindful just based on trying to practice some of these tips. The guides on when to start trying new things based on moon cycles and when/how to practice rituals was also fantastic. I learned about new Gods and Goddesses to honor based on what you are calling for help with and hope that others find wisdom in "A Box of Magick" just as I did.
Thank you NetGalley for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Wonderful beginner witchcraft related book. It is well written, and enjoyable to read. I really liked how the author weaved in the stories about her teacher, and how it was almost like a memoir of her.
Sometimes in life we stumble upon a book that seems like it was written just for you. That’s how this book made me feel. Many times throughout this book the author would ask a question or describe a place they were in life and it mirrored my own questions and place in life. I wish I had my own Connie to help guide me. But in a way I guess I did for a short time while reading.
This book is a wonderful blend of the authors personal story while also having so much useful information and knowledge. I loved it! I hope you all get just as much as I have from this wonderful “Box of Magick”!