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Everyday Witch A to Z
Everyday Witch A to Z
An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft

By: Deborah Blake
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738712758
English  |  288 pages | 8 x 8 x 1 IN
Pub Date: October 2008
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Introductions: from Onyx, xix, and from Magic, xxi

A: Attitude, Altar, Amethyst, Athame, Athena, Aphrodite & Artemis … 1

Helpful Hints: “Hidden in Plain Sight: Altar Alternatives” 3
Magic the Cat’s Simple Spells: “Amethyst Dreams” 4
Helpful Hints: “Call of Nine, My Athame Is Fine” 6
Wit from the World Wide Web: “Top 10 Reasons Why Athames Are Black” 7
Ask Magic the Cat: “Aura You a Good Witch?” 8
Elemental Essentials: “An Apple a Day …” 9
Witch 101: “Amulets, Talismans, and Charms” 11

B: Broomsticks, Books, Beltane, Banishing, Burning Times … 13

Helpful Hints: “Spiritual Spring Cleaning” 14
Witch Wit: “Burn, Baby, Burn” 17
Ask Onyx: “Beltane Blues” 18
Magic the Cat’s Simple Spells: “Banishing Act” 20
Magic’s Herbal Helpers: “Basil Basics” 20
Great Gods! “Brigit’s Bounty” 22
Food of the Gods: “Bread Basket” 22

C: Coven, Craft, Crone, Colors, Cakes and Ale, Correspondences, Candles, Charge of the Goddess … 23

Required Reading: “Circle, Coven & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice” 25
Witch 101: “How to Know if You’re a Crone” 28
Helpful Hints: “Color Under Where?!” 30
Quintessential Quotes: “Cakes and Ale Communion” 31
Stoned! “Carnelian Caresses” 36
Ask Magic the Cat: “Cat Magick” 37
Magickal Must-Haves: “Chants” 38
In the Witch’s Tool Chest: “Cauldron and Chalice—My Cup Runneth Over” 39
Magic’s Herbal Helpers: “Calendula and Chamomile Comforts” 40
Great Gods! “Cernunnos” 41
Food of the Gods: “Chocolate Lovers, Unite!” 42

D: Drumming, Dedication, Divination, Drawing Down the Moon, ys of the Week, Demeter … 43

Quintessential Quotes: “Dancing in the Dark” 44
Elemental Essentials: “Dedicated to You” 46
Magic the Cat’s Simple Spells: “Divine Divination” 48
Witch 101: “Deosil or Widdershins?” 52

E: Esbats, Elements … 53

Ask Onyx: “Esbat, Sabbat, What’s What?” 55
Magickal Must-Haves: “Earth to Witch …” 57
Quintessential Quotes: “Energy + Spells = Change” 57
Magic the Cat’s Simple Spells: “Energy Visualization” 58

F: Faeries, Feasts, Familiars … 59

Helpful Hints: “Faerie Nice” 61
Ask Magic the Cat: “Familiar Quandary” 64
Stoned! “Fluorite Fascination” 65
Great Gods! “Full Moon Females” 66

G: Garb, Goddess, God, Green Man, Grounding and Centering, Great Rite … 67

Quintessential Quotes: “Great Goddess” 70
Charmed, I’m Sure: “Goddess Charm” 71
Food of the Gods: “Garlic” 76
Witch 101: “It’s Easy Being Green” 76

H: Herbs, History, High Priestess/High Priest, Hecate, Healing … 77

Magickal Must-Haves: “Herbal Handbooks” 79
Required Reading: “History Lessons” 81
Wit from the World Wide Web: “The Priest, the Rabbi, and the Pagan Priestess” 83
Ask Magic the Cat: “Horned God Who?” 85
Magic the Cat’s Simple Spells: “Down the Drain Healing” 87
Stoned! “Hematite Healing” 88
Ask Onyx: “Happiness Is a Witch” 89
Elemental Essentials: “Handfastings” 90

I: Ignorance, Invocation, Imbolc, Isis … 91

Quintessential Quotes: “Invocation” 94
In the Witch’s Tool Chest: “Incense Incidentals” 97
Witch 101: “Inside the Internet” 98
Ask Onyx: “Initiation vs. Dedication” 99

J: Jewelry, Jasper, Juniper … 101

Quintessential Quotes: “Jewelry” 103
Magic the Cat’s Simple Spells: “Juniper Justice” 106
Stoned! “Jet & Amber” 107
Wit from the World Wide Web: “Witch Jokes” 108

K: Knots, Kitchen Witch … 109


Helpful Hints: “Knot Hard” 111
Required Reading: “Witch in the Kitchen” 113
Ask Magic the Cat: “A Cat for Every Kitchen” 114
Witch 101: “Kisses” 115

L: Laughter, Lammas, Love, Lapis Lazuli … 117

Ask Onyx: “She Who Laughs Last” 119
Quintessential Quotes: “Lotsa Love” 122
Charmed, I’m Sure: “Lapis Lazuli Lift” 124
Magic’s Herbal Helpers: “Lavender Lightness” 125
Elemental Essentials: “Lunar Eclipse” 126
Wit from the World Wide Web: “Let There Be Light” 126

M: Mundanes, Magick, Motherhood, Mabon, Midsummer, Moon … 129

Helpful Hints: “Married to a Mundane” 131
Ask Onyx: “Mother, May I?” 134
Required Reading: “Books for Lunatics” 138
Food of the Gods: “Merry Mead” 138
Magic the Cat’s Simple Spells: “Dark Moon Magick” 139
Stoned! “Moonstone Moods” 140

N: Nature, Never, Naked, Names … 141

Quintessential Quotes: “Natural Magick” 143
Ask Magic the Cat: “It’s Only Natural” 144
Magic the Cat’s Simple Spells: “Naked in Your Sight” 148
Ask Magic the Cat: “Cat Names” 150

O: Ordination, Ostara, Oils … 153


Witch 101: “Coloring Ostara Eggs” 156
Magic the Cat’s Simple Spells: “Magickal Healing Oil” 158
Elemental Essentials: “Onyx” 158

P: Prosperity, Pentacle, Partners, Psychic Abilities, Protection, Perfect Love and Perfect Trust … 159

Magic the Cat’s Simple Spells: “Prosperity Possibilities” 161
Charmed, I’m Sure: “Protection Charm” 167
Witch 101: “Pantheon Pathways” 169
Witch Wit: “Top 13 Reasons to Be a Pagan” 170
Required Reading: “Positive Magic” 171
Quintessential Quotes: “Prayer” 171

Q: Quiet, Quartz, Qabalah, Quarters … 173

Magic the Cat’s Simple Spells: “Quartz Quickie” 177
helpful Hints: “Quality vs. Quantity” 180

R: Ritual, Rosemary, Reincarnation … 181

Ask Onyx: “Right Ritual” 184
In the Witch’s Tool Chest: “Runes for Ritual” 185
Magic’s Herbal Helpers: “Roses Are Red” 186
Quintessential Quotes: “Reincarnation” 188
Stoned! “Rose Quartz Rocks” 190

S: Solitary, Sage, Samhain, Sex, Spellcasting, Sabbats, Sacred Space … 191

Magic the Cat’s Simple Spells: “Sage Advice for House Cleansing” 194
Quintessential Quotes: “Sacred Space” 200
Elemental Essentials: “Speaking Stick” 202
Food of the Gods: “Seeds” 202
Required Reading: “The Spiral Dance” 203

T: Tea, Teaching, Tools, Threefold Law, Trees … 205

Magic’s Herbal Helpers: “Ten Terrific Teas” 207
Magic the Cat’s Simple Spells: “Tea and Tarot” 209
In the Witch’s Tool Chest: “Tarot Travels” 210
Witch 101: “Trances” 218
Ask Magic the Cat: “Tiger’s-eye Tales” 219
Great Gods! “A Sight for Thor Eyes”220
Ask Onyx: “To Hex or Not to Hex—That Is the Question” 216

U: Unity, Urban Witch, Universal … 221

Quintessential Quotes: “Universe” 227
Ask Magic the Cat: “Unlucky” 228

V: Vervain, Vacations … 229

Quintessential Quotes: “Village Witch” 232
Great Gods! “Venus” 233
Helpful Hints: “Votive Variations” 233

W: Witch, Wine, Wisdom, Wiccan Rede, Wheel of the Year … 235


Ask Onyx: “Wine Wisdom” 239
Required Reading: “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” 242
Witch 101: “Witches’ Rede of Chivalry” 243
In the Witch’s Tool Chest: “Wave a Magick Wand” 245

X: X, Xorguineria … 247

Magic the Cat’s Simple Spells: “X Is for Excellent” 249

Y: Yule, Yarrow … 251

Food of the Gods: “Yule Wassail” 253
Witch 101: “Year and a Day” 255

Z: Zodiac, Zenith … 257

Magickal Must-Haves: “Zest” 259
Required Reading: “Z. Budapest” 259

Resources and Recommended Reading … 261




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