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The Witch's Broom: Magic for Everyone
by Deborah Blake - April 2014

Everyone knows that brooms and witches go together. 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? Deborah Blake, author of The Witch's Broom, explains a few of the many magical uses for the humble broom.

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Back to Top - Author Interview - April 2014

by Llewellyn

1. Your new book is titled, The WItch's Broom; it explores the creation of both general and specialty brooms, and also includes tidbits of broom lore and personal stories from Witches in the community. Why are brooms important to spellcraft and ritual?

Deborah BlakeBrooms have been associated with witches for centuries, and they are a common, inexpensive, and easily accessible tool—and yet many witches don't use them for magical work on a regular basis. This may be because there just isn't a lot of information out there on how to make them work for you, no matter what kind of practice you have. Hopefully, The Witch's Broom will remedy that!

2. Wou are a prolific writer, and many of your books (such as Everyday Witch A to Z and Witchcraft on a Shoestring) focus on being a Witch in a mundane, everyday world. From where do you draw your ideas?

As you might guess from my titles, I get most of my ideas from my own everyday life. More specifically, from the issues I, or the women in my coven, run into as we try to live our best possible lives as witches and human beings. Sometimes I get my ideas from questions or requests for help from my readers, too. But much of the core of my books—rituals, craft ideas, recipes and such—come from my practice with my group, Blue Moon Circle, or my own personal practice.

3. The WItch's Broom features illustrations by Mickie Mueller and anecdotes from community voices like Tess Whitehurst, Melanie Marquis, Michelle Skye, and Linda Raedisch. How did these pieces of the book come together?

As far as Mickie Mueller goes, I think she was suggested as a possibility to me and I responded with an enthusiastic "YES PLEASE," because I love her work. In fact, we are currently working on a Top Secret project together, spawned in part by how excited I was to have her be a part of The Witch's Broom. As to the other authors who contributed, I was working on the book and it suddenly hit me that I knew all these amazing authors who had varying experiences and points of view, and how cool it would be if my readers could get a taste of how other witches and Pagans (besides me) used broomstick magic. So I reached out to folks like Linda, Tess, Melanie, and more, and thankfully, they loved the idea as much as I did. In fact, I SO loved the way it all came together, I'm doing the same thing in the book I'm working on now, Everyday Witchcraft (a follow-up to my most popular book, The Goddess Is In the Details.)

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Back to Top - Llewellyn Journal - April 2014

Are Paranormal Occurrences Real, or Are They a Trick of the Mind?
by Billy Roberts

Whether visiting a haunted location or simply sitting at our work desk, our mind—and our senses—can play tricks on us. So, what is real and what isn't—and how do we determine the difference when ghost hunting? Leading psychic medium and author of Ghostly Tales, Billy Roberts, explains.

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Past Lives: Some Helpful Information
by Marilou Trask-Curtin

Why experience regression? Where are resources found? Are past lives always negative? Marilou Trask-Curtin, author of Reincarnation and Dreaming of the Dead, answers some basic questions about past lives and regression, adding some comforting insight about the process.

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