Everyday Witchcraft: Making Time for Spirit in a Too-Busy World by Deborah Blake
Walk your personal Pagan path with grace and wisdom, integrating a spiritual practice into your life in just a few minutes per week. Simple, fun, and easy to follow, Everyday Witchcraft shows that, no matter how busy or hectic life is, even small acts can add meaning and depth to your life.
This remarkable book is filled with creative ideas and a variety of quick yet significant ways to connect with the rhythms of nature each day, not just on sabbats or the full moon. Make your home into a magickal place, work with the God and Goddess on a regular basis, and discover the magickal power of animals. From five-minute rituals and “hibernation vacations” to mini daily divinations, you can easily make the wisdom and practice of Witchcraft an enriching part of everyday life. (Goodreads)
I have read Deborah Blake books before (The Goddess is in the Details) and I find her style of writing easy to read and friendly. I was looking for a book that wasn’t a Wicca 101, nor a deep scholarly review of esoteric principles, but a common sense book for the modern pagan. The number one question I had: how do we fit our pagan practice into our busy lives?
This book was similar to The Goddess is in the Details, but was structured differently and contained some very usable rituals and small tasks that help incorporate personal spirituality into the mundane. She helps you move from a Sabbat-and-Esbat-only witch to an Everyday Witch.
- Witchcraft in the Modern World
- Creating your personal path based on your preferences
- The Everyday Witch
- Find a daily practice, connect with deity, and find magick in everyday life
- Making Time for Spirit in a Too-Busy World
- Quick rituals, connections to nature, and daily divinations
- Walking Your Talk in Everyday Life
- Awareness, appreciation, attitude, service as sacred work
- A Simple Pagan Practice
- Follow the cycles of nature, Wheel of the Year, lunar cycles, and elements
- With a Little Help from My Friends
- Group practice, learning and teaching
- Fur, Feather, and Fang
- Pets, familiars, power animals and totenism
- Your Magickal Home
- Sacred space, altars, cleansing, purification, and protection
- God and Goddess in Everyday Life
- See divine in the mundane, seek them out and listen to their call
- Moving Forward: Lessons Along the Way
- Be the best you can be with positive attitude and gratitude
- Recommended Books for the Basics and Beyond
- Book lists for further reading
I love how she urges you to create your own daily practice that works for you based on your needs and desires, personality and preferences, time, and energy. If you’re not doing something because you’re “too busy”, its not working for you! Simplify your life and set achievable goals, such as greeting the sun in the morning, singing Goddess chants in the shower, practicing mindfulness meditation, saying a protection verse as you cook, or going outside and look at the moon when she’s full.
This book has helped me focus on my own daily practice and I recommend it to anyone looking for a similar common-sense approach to integrate spirituality into your mundane life.
© West Coast Pagan