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Basic Witches

How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven
Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
4 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 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. Contains mature themes.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Heather
  • Broomfield, CO, United States
  • 07-07-18

Absolute garbage

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this book should just be called “how to be gothy but not in, like, a scary way.” Literally no substance at all. I have no idea who this book is for. It is full of “spells” (mostly thought experiments, really) but it’s constantly explaining how much the authors don’t believe in witchcraft or the occult. The first chapter is literally a how-to guide for goth fashion. It’s all in the name of empowerment, but it’s seriously defanged by the authors’ seeming to apologize for every line. I don’t even think this book would have taught me anything when I was fifteen. It’s short and I couldn’t even make it halfway through.

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One word: cute. Know what you're in for.

This book is CUTE. From the concepts to the tone to the delivery, this book is just plain cute. This book is basically a self-care book shown through the lens of "modern witchcraft". This book has a slightly liberal and feminist slant, so if you have issues with those concepts then you may not like the author's opinions. If you are Christian then this book will show you there is nothing evil about "witchcraft" aka self-care rituals and you will see that you can adapt the ideas in this book to just about any religious belief.
All this book does is take basic wiccan and magik principals and apply them to a modern teenage girl's life. If you are not a young lady then this will absolutely not appeal to you. If you are already schooled in basic concepts of ritual magic and mindfulness then this will not give you any new info. If you are young and brand spankin' new to developing a spiritual practice then this book might appeal to you. It has some half-decent ideas for basic self-care rituals.

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Loved it

Loved it. Being new to this way of life this book helped me discover a side of me that I didn't know was there. I liked that everything was easy to understand.

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Not what I expected.

This is a self help book at best. It’s not a practical guide. If that’s what you’re looking for, this ain’t it...

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Extras no longer available

I was looking forward to the extras but they no longer seem to be available from the site. Very disappointing.

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I've listened to this book all day very insightful

loved ot very detailed a nf reassuring about things I already practice I recommend this yo ant beggining witch there's nice history lessons very inpowering

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amazingly inspirational

From start to finish this book taught me so much about myself. I will definitely listen again!

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Great book for any witch if...

Great for any witch who wants to see a non-spiritual approach to witchcraft! Great read!

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HELP, code not valid

the book seems great, but when I enter the code "broomstick" on the tantor website to get the pdf files it just says "code not valid" please enter the code phrase at the beginning of the audio.....which was BROOMSTICK. I want that file please.

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for entertainment purposes only

thought this would be a fun informational book. the narrorator is great she's just meant to speak to a much younger crowd. if I were in high school or middle school I would have loved it, but unfortunately this is not what I was looking for. thought I would learn the history of Wicca along with a few spells or practices they might have done over the centuries.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-18

Really wasn't for me at all

Talking about what to wear and make up bit boring for me could finish this book