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Magick & Witchcraft

1.  People get so upset about the fine line between ‘black’ magick and ‘white’ magick.  There really isn’t any line at all.  The intensity and direction of our magick depends upon our boundaries and how deeply we will allow someone to encroach upon our territory, our person, our life…when these boundaries are broached, that’s usually when magick begins to take on shades of gray…and in that case, it winds up being about protection and self-preservation.

2.  What kind of witch am I?…The ‘me’ that I normally am naturally slips into the witch that already exists.  If you are a normally bitchy person, you’re going to be one fine and mighty bitchy witch.  If you are a passive individual, so shall you be a passive witch.  The witch that you are is so wrapped up with the psyche that is ‘you’ that it is one and the same– indistinguishable from the rest of your humanity.


1.  The best writing that I’ve ever done is writing that I get lost in.

2.  Literature Classes…The most idiotic thing– this teacher in a Literature class in high school had us read some prose, and then she had us tell her how we interpreted it.  So I read it, and I told her.  I don’t remember today exactly what it was I read, but I do remember the intensity of feeling it created and the enthralling layers of personalities and possiblities that unfolded.

When I finished telling this teacher my breathless interpretation of this prose, she quietly and unceremoniously told me that I was wrong.

“Now”, she begins, “this is what it really means…”

I was stunned and crestfallen– had everything that I had experienced during my reading been false?


Some people should never teach art or literature…those people who are trapped inside an invisible box they can’t see out; those people who are trapped in small minds and small lives; those people who can only justify their existence by feigned superiority; those people who insist that everyone must view the world through their eyes; those people who color all flowers red and all leaves green; those people who only see the sky as blue.


1.  The older I get, the nearer the past seems.

2.  Life doesn’t slow down as you get older, it winds itself up tighter so that you have to run faster.

~ Amythyst Raine

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*Note:  This blog post is an excerpt from the last newsletter I published for The Witch’s Corner (December 2011)

An Inventory of my Occult Books

I said I was going to have a quiet Sunday, and indeed it is just that. So much so, that I thought it would be a good day to try and get an inventory on books I’ve collected over the years.  I’ve tried this several times and never finished for some reason, and alas, this list too is incomplete.  I know that my two oldest children have borrowed books from my shelves and still have them tucked here and there among their own stockpiles, and one of these days I’ll get around to gathering things up properly. But for now, the following list is what’s lining my shelves at the moment…

Inventory of my books:

1.  Wicca:  The Complete Craft, D.J. Conway
2.  Solitary Witch, Silver Ravenwolf
3.  Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft, Raven Grimassi
4.  Palmistry, Roz Levine
5.  Wicca, Vivianne Crowley
6.  The Wicca Book, Sally Morningstar
7.  A Grimoire of Shadows, Fitch
8.  The Astrological Oracle, Lyn Birkbeck
9.  The Goodly Spellbook, Lady Passion & Diuvei
10.  Utterly Wicked, Dorothy Morrison (signed by author)
11.  Witch: A Magical Journey, Fiona Horne
12.  You Are Psychic, Katz
13.  A Witch’s Notebook, Silver Ravenwolf
14.  Crafting the Body Divine, Yasmine Galenorn
15.  The Enchanted Candle, Lady Rhea
16.  What’s Your Wicca IQ?, Laura Wildman
17.  The Second Circle: Tools for the Advanced Pagan, Venicia Rauls
18.  The Witch’s Book of Wisdom, Patricia Telesco
19.  The Modern Witch’s Spellbook, Sarah Lyddon Morrison
20.  The Witch in Every Woman, Laurie Cabot
21.  Psychic Development for Beginners, William H. Hewitt
22. Chakras for Beginners, David Pond
23.  The Wicca Bible, Ann-Marie Gallagher
24.  The Spells Bible, Ann-Marie Gallagher
25.  Crystal Energy for Your Home, Ken & Joules Taylor
26.  A Wizard’s Bestiary, Oberon Zell Ravenheart & DeKirk (signed by author)
27.  Pagan Christmas, Ratsch & Muller-Ebeling
28.  The Book of Chakras, Ambika Wauters
29.  The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need, Joanna Martine Woolfolk
30.  Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft, Raymond Buckland
31.  The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Divination, Stephen Karcher
32.  Witches, Hans Holzer
33.  Crones Don’t Whine, Jean Shinoda Bolen
34.  Dowsing for Beginners, Webster
35.  The Teen Spell Book, Jamie Wood
36.  Don’t Kiss Them Good-bye, Allison Dubois
37.  Diary of a Witch, Sybil Leek
38.  Old Souls, Tom Shroder
39.  The Ghost Hunting Casebook, Natalie Osborne-Thomason
40.  The Secret Teaching of All Ages, Manly P. Hall
41.  Celtic Magic, D.J. Conway
42.  The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Arthur Edward Waite
43.  Guide to Tarot, Sarah Kettlewell
44.  Reading the Tarot, Leo Louis Martello
45.  Llewellyn’s 2003 Wiccan Almanac
46.  Llewellyn’s 2003 Magickal Almanac
47.  Llewellyn’s 2003 Herbal Almanac
48.  Llewellyn’s 2005 Magickal Almanac
49.  The Witches’ Almanac 2004-2005, Elizabeth Pepper & John Wilcox
50.  The Witches; Almanac 2006-2007,  Elizabeth Pepper & John Wilcox
51.  Psychic Circle, Amyzerner & Monte Farber
52.  To Ride a Silver Broomstick, Silver Ravenwolf
53.  To Stir a Magic Cauldron, Silver Ravenwolf
54.  To Light a Sacred Flame, Silver Ravenwolf
55.  Moon Magic, D.J. Conway
56.  Embracing the Moon, Yasmine Galenorn
57.  Wicca:  A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Scott Cunningham
58.  The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, & Brews, Scott Cunningham
59.  Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, Scott Cunningham
60.  Spell Crafts, Scott Cunningham & David Harrington
61.  Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic, Scott Cunningham
62.  Nocturnal Witchcraft, Konstantinos
63.  Witchcraft:  Theory & Practice, Ly De Angeles
64.  The Magic Power of White Witchcraft, Gavin & Yvonne Frost
65.  The Witch’s Book of Magical Ritual, Gavin & Yvonne Frost
66.  Elemental Powers, Amber Wolf
67.  Green Witchcraft, Ann Moura
68.  The Lost Books of Merlyn, Douglas Monroe
69.  Modern Magick, Donald Michael Kraig
70.  Book of Shadows, Phyllis Curott
71.  Silver’s Spells for Protection, Silver Ravenwolf
72.  The Magical Household, Scott Cunningham & David Harrington
73.  Magical Herbalism, Scott Cunningham
74.  Drawing down the Moon, Margot Adler
75.  The Gods of the Witches, Margaret A. Murry
76.  The Book of Magickal Art, Hindoo magic, & Indian Occultism, Dr. L.W. De Laurence
77.  The Everything Astrology Book, Trish MacGregor
78.  The Complete Book of Dreams, Pamela Ball
79.  The Everything Dreams Book, Trish & Rob Macgregor
80.  The Everything Tarot Book, M.J. Abadie
81.  The Everything Wiccan & Witchcraft Book, Marian Singer
82.  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wiccan & Witchcraft, Denise Zimmerman & Katherine A. Gleason
83.  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Tarot, Arlene Tognettie & Lisa Lenard
84.  Guide to Astrology, Julia & Derek Parker
85.  Mythic Astrology, Liz Greene
86.  Darkside Zodiac, Stella Hyde
87.  The Astrology Directory, Annie Lionnet
88.  The Book of Runes, Ralph H. Blum
89.  The Learned Arts of Witches & Wizards, Anton & Mina Adams
90.  The Tarot Directory, Annie Lionnet
91.  A Magical Course in Tarot, Michele Morgan
92.  The Complete Book of Tarot Spreads, Evelyn Burger & Johannes Fiebig
93.  Tarot Mysteries, Jonathon Dee
94.  Tarot Tips, Ruth Ann & Wald Amberstone
95.  Power Tarot, Trish MacGregor & Phyllis Vega
96.  Witchcraft: A Mystery Tradition, Raven Grimassi
97.  Spells, Charms, Talismans & Amulets, Pamela Ball
98.  Herbal Medicine, Dian Dincin Buchman
99.  The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, Judika Illes
100.  Llewellyn’s 2008 Witches’ Companion
101.  1,001 Symbols, Jack Tresidder
102.  Tarot Reading, Bridget Reed
103.  Simply Tarot, Leanna Greenaway
104.  Visconti Tarot, Giordana Berti & Tiberio Gonard
105.  Spells Dictionary, Antonia Beattie
106.  Angel Signs, Heldane, Seraye & Lagowski
107.  Tao Oracle, Ma Deva Padma
108.  The Secret Language of Relationships (astrology), Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elfers
109.  The Complete Illustrated Guide to Palmistry, Peter West
110.  Crone’s Book of Charms & Spells, Valerie Worth
111.  Tarot Plain & Simple, Anthony Louis/illustrations Robin Wood
112.  Essential Reiki, Diane Stein
113.  Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Estes
114.  Teach Yourself Cyrstal Healing, Roger C. Croxen
115.  Crystal Healing Secrets, Brett Bravo
116.  Hoodoo Herb & Root Magic, Catherine Yronwode
117.  The Grandmother of Time, Z Budapest
118.  Crossing to Avalon, Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
119.  Crystal Prescription, Judy Hall
120.  The Gilded Tarot Companion, Barbara Moore
121.  Summoning the Fates, Z Budapest
122.  The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries, Z Budapest
123.  Celestial Wisdom, Z Budapest


First Edit:  (and I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last)  I found three more books yesterday, one tucked with my son’s tarot cards, another in my messy working arts n’ crafts corner, and a third under the coffee table– I told you I was a ‘hit n’ miss’ housekeeper. 

Second Edit:  Beginning with number 112…

Third Edit:  Beginning with number 116… A dear friend was very generous with her books and sent me a box of gems.  They are most appreciated!

*Note– since this post was originally made, there have been several new additions.  I don’t think it’s really possible for me to keep up with it anymore, as I’m not quite sure where I would’ve left off from the last purchase/aquisition!