Basic Witches: How To Summon Success, Banish Drama, And Raise Hell With Your Coven by Jaya SaxenaBasic Witches: How To Summon Success, Banish Drama, And Raise Hell With Your Coven by Jaya Saxena

Basic Witches: How To Summon Success, Banish Drama, And Raise Hell With Your Coven

byJaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman

Hardcover | August 29, 2017

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A magical lifestyle guide for everything from powering up a stylish crystal to banishing terrible Tinder dates

Want to feel terrifyingly beautiful? Wear the right color of eye shadow to project otherworldly glamour. Need to exorcise a toxic friendship? Repeat the proper incantation and make it disappear. Want to increase your energy? Whip up a tasty herbal “potion” to rev up your stamina. DIY projects, rituals, and spells—along with fun historical sidebars—summon the best trends of the modern witchy lifestyle and the time-trusted traditions of the hell-raising women of the past. With humor, heart, and a hip sensibility, Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman dispense witchy wisdom for the curious, the cynical, and anyone who could use a magical boost.

Selected Table of Contents:

CHAPTER 1 - Self-Initiation: An Induction into Basic Witchery
What We Mean by “Witchcraft”
Our Favorite Pop Culture Witches

CHAPTER 2 - Glamours: The Power to Change How You Look
How to Clothe Yourself in Literal Darkness
The Dark Magic of Unfeminine Haircuts
A Spell for Self-Care

CHAPTER 3 - Healing: The Power to Care for Yourself
A Spell to Make Peace with Your Body
Magical Exercise
A Ritual for a Relaxing Netflix Binge

CHAPTER 4 - Summoning: The Power to Care for Others (and Have Them Care for You)
The Transformative Power of Vulnerability
A Collaborative Ritual to Deepen Friendship

CHAPTER 5 - Enchantment: The Power to Make Choices about Love and Sex
Conjuring Your Perfect Mate
The Magic Circle of Consent
A Spell for Talking about Sex

CHAPTER 6 - Banishment: The Power to Avoid What Brings You Down
Expelling Social Toxicity
The Different Types of Personal Demons
A Spell to Counter Impostor Syndrome

CHAPTER 7 - Divination: The Power to Decide Your Destiny
A Spell to Name Your Heart’s Desire
How to Read Tea Leaves
Jaya Saxena is coauthor of Dad Magazine (Quirk, 2016) and The Book of Lost Recipes (Page Street, 2016). Her work has appeared in, the Daily Dot, the Toast, Eater, Buzzfeed, and more. Jess Zimmerman is the editor-in-chief of Electric Literature. Her writing has been published in the Guardian, the New Republic, the Washington Po...
Title:Basic Witches: How To Summon Success, Banish Drama, And Raise Hell With Your CovenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 7.7 × 5.8 × 0.67 inPublished:August 29, 2017Publisher:Quirk BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1594749779

ISBN - 13:9781594749773


Rated 4 out of 5 by from More Self-care than anything Its a great book, but its not witchcraft. The woman who wrote the book dont identify as witches but they identify with the concept. I loved their version of things, and the way they presented the modern woman as the modern witch. A pleasant easy read, and the illustration are a delight as well. But it has nothing really occultish in it.
Date published: 2018-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute & Occult Accessible, adorable, insightful, and inclusive, Basic Witches is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to bring a little magic to their everyday practices.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So creative! First I eyed the book, expecting to be as basic and boring as these usually are... But after awhile I gave it a go, and I actually loved it. Shouldn't have judged the book by its looks! The spells in there are so creatively put to match a modern witch in a modern world, and it's quite funny too. The illustrations are very through the whole book. Don't take this book too seriously, as some written religious truth though, it's basic psychology imo for modern people :)
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I enjoyed this book very much, it never claims to be the best source of information, encourages you along the way in each chapter, is secular enough that anyone- even those with an already chosen religion- could possibly get something out of it, and made me smile and laugh along the way; I'd reccommend this one to folks struggling with anxiety even.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super cute! Picked this up not expecting to be as pleasantly surprised as I was - this is a no-nonsense book not claiming to be the best or the only source of knowledge about witchcraft as most occult-y books are wont to do. It made me smile and giggle, and boosted my confidence - which is exactly what it sets out to do.
Date published: 2017-10-26

Editorial Reviews

“The practical mantras and rituals in Basic Witches help banish toxic vibes and summon the sorcery to lead an empowered life. Pairs well with a cauldron of rosé.”— Los Angeles Times“The perfect book for our times… It’s not going to tell you how to turn invisible, or use positive thinking to bring yourself everything you ever want in life. What Saxena and Zimmerman created is a fun, thoughtful, and sometimes very funny way to use rituals to take care of yourself, to create reminders of the way you want to move through the world... Magic, indeed.”—“Packed with plenty of magick, including spells you can cast by yourself or with your BFFs, this book is for the basic witch in us all.”—HelloGiggles“A modern take on mysticism for the Rookie set.”—Sanctuary“A handy guide to boosting self-confidence and reaching positive outcomes.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review“This book is a gem—get it for you, for your girl gang, and any woman who might be occasionally tempted to hex a catcaller.”—BookRiot“An excellent book that puts a spell over its reader from start to finish.”—BioGamer Girl “Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman’s magical lifestyle guide is an uplifting and transformative must-read for anyone—witch or otherwise—in need of spiritual enlightenment.”—Signature Reads“The perfect read for women who wish to embrace the power they have from within and transform it into personal purpose, truth and intention.”—Soul & Spirit Magazine