Kate West, renowned author and leading authority on Witchcraft, shares her expertise in The Real Witches' Craft. A bestseller in the United Kingdom, this trusted guide to magic is for modern Witches who wish to hone their spellworking skills.
No shortcuts or gimmicks here—instead, West explores the fine points of real spellcraft, illustrated with stories from her own life. Chapter by chapter, you get seasoned practical guidance and time-proven exercises for building the skills crucial for practicing powerful, effective magic.
Work with the five elements • Raise and direct energy • Craft spells Visualize magical intent • Create power • Work on the astral plane Draw down the Moon and Sun • Use magical timing • Invoke Deities Keep a Book of Shadows • Fix spells that go wrong
New Year’s resolutions are a modern tradition but despite being neither a Wiccan tradition nor linked to the Witches’ year, which begins and ends at Samhain, many Witches still practice this.
Rather than setting yourself one or two difficult-to-attain targets, make a list of six to twelve things you would like to achieve during the coming year. Some could be linked to self-improvement like...
Music and music-making are some of the earliest forms of magic.
The use of drumming to raise energies, either those of the spirit world or those of the participants to power the magic, is evident in almost all societies around the world. Likewise the use of vocal sounds to harmonize with the Elements and the divine is a very ancient tradition. This is not surprising when you think of the...
Every so often in life something happens which makes you stop and take stock of life. An event, perhaps small, perhaps large, comes along and forces the mind to take a pause from daily concerns, to reassess priorities and to re-evaluate ourselves. Kate West, author of The Real Witches' Craft and The Real Witches' Handbook, discusses her journey of looking back and moving forward.
Writing on parchment, brewing a magical concoction in a cauldron over an open flame, hand-dipping wax candles to use during ritual…so romantic. But do today’s Pagans actually have the time or inclination for such old-fashioned workings? The great thing about witchcraft is that it’s both ancient and modern. You can fully embrace historical practices while staying grounded in our present-day...
Everyone knows that brooms and witches go together. Most popular images of witches show them with pointed hats, black cats, and a broom. And while not every witch has a cat (or a funny-looking hat, for that matter), most of us own a broom. But how many of us actually use them for our magical work?
When I started writing The Witch's Broom, I'll... read this article