Ellen Dugan is one of my favorite Pagan authors. She’s published 15 books on Witchcraft thus far, with another currently in the works. “Natural Witchery” remains my favorite and I recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the Craft.
Paganism is an umbrella term that includes many different traditions. Witchcraft falls under that umbrella and also branches out to include traditions from across the world. From the Appalacian (or Granny) Tradition to Celtic Witchcraft to Strega (originating in Italy). The most commonly known are Wiccans, however you do not have to be a Wiccan to be a Witch. Some like to label themselves in order to further identify their practice. There are Kitchen/Cottage Witches, Solitary Witches, Eclectic Witches, and Ceremonial Witches. Those who work with herbs tend to refer to themselves as Green, Garden, or Hedgewitches. At the end of the day, it matters not what label you use to identify your Tradition. What matters is that you incorporate the Spiritual and Magickal into your daily life. Walk the walk, so to speak.
“Practical Protection Magick – guarding and reclaiming your power” was released in 2011. Now, there is a companion book – “Practical Prosperity Magick – crafting success and abundance”.
You cannot manifest anything if you are coming from a place of lack or fear. So it makes sense that “Practical Protection Magick” came first. The lessons inside regarding setting boundaries, shielding yourself from negativity, warding your home, herbs and crystals for protection are the foundation from which you can build a more prosperous life. Release the fear, express gratitude, welcome abundance.
Chapter Five, entitled “Physical Fitness Equals Magickal Strength” is especially interesting. It makes sense when we think about it, but how many of us stop to consider it? I attended a few “open circles” while deciding if I wanted to join a particular group. I noticed an odd pattern. After the Circle, there would be a potluck and some socializing. But the items some brought to share were a bit… concerning. A lot of junk food was present. Chips, cookies, pop, that sort of thing. But very few brought healthy food. It lead me to wonder, how does this lack of respect for our bodies translate into our Magickal lives? How can we hope to have success with our intentions if we fill our bodies with what we already acknowledge as “junk food”? I am definitely not the perfect model of health and fitness, not by a long shot. But these questions definitely gave me pause. This internal dialogue is prompting me to read the book through again and see what new information comes forward.
Both books contain a list of Moon phases, Deities, colors, herbs, and crystals specific to protection and prosperity. These are tools which enhance the work you are doing. Nothing is worse than figuring out the reason something isn’t working is because the Moon was void when you set your intention.
The Law of Attraction, The Power of Intention, Manifestation – these terms are becoming more and more known in all circles. People from all backgrounds are putting these concepts to work in their lives and seeing the results. “Practical Prosperity Magick” takes these Universal Laws and presents them from a Pagan perspective. This enables those who are observing a Pagan Tradition (whatever that may be) to incorporate them in a way that is in alignment with the other work they are doing. A way that speaks to them.
I love candle magick! I find candles the easiest way to focus my intention, combining color/scent to intensify that focus. In my opinion, there is nothing more magickal than a candle, flickering with purpose. Chapter Three is entitled “Fire – Illumination, Transformation, and Manifestation” and discusses candle magick in detail. The section “Be careful what you cast for” is illuminating (pun intended).
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I have never done any work with coin or metal magick, so that section was really interesting. I can’t believe I didn’t consider using coins to manifest before. It seems so logical and straight forward. But like so many, I tend to overthink and end up getting stressed. I have to remind myself that it doesn’t have to be complicated. One of the things I love about Ellen Dugan’s books is that she is a big fan of “Witchery on a Budget”. You don’t need matchy-matchy, expensive tools or expensive ingredients (contrary to what some metaphysical shops will lead you to believe). Everything you need is most likely close at hand, if you relax and take the time to look.
Did I mention I also have a thing for spell jars?
Both “Practical Protection Magick” and “Practical Prosperity Magick” are available in Kindle and traditional format from Amazon.com.