How to Get Into a Magic Mindset

You sit down to do a spell or meditation, but your mind isn’t in it; you’re still worrying about work or planning what to cook for dinner or wondering whether you are even doing this witchcraft thing right and if it’s going to work. One thing is for sure, if you are distracted like that, you’re not going to get the most out of your working. Today I’m writing about the steps I take to get into the right mindset for magic. Continue reading “How to Get Into a Magic Mindset”

Event Recap: NoVa Teen Book Festival

NoVa Teen Book Festival takes place in a high school—an odd but fitting location for an event centered on young adult fiction. This was my first year attending, and I enjoyed the community feel and intimate set up as I cozied up to long-time favorite authors like Libba Bray and new infatuations like Heidi Heilig.

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Book Review: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Sunny is caught between two worlds, never quite fitting in anywhere. She was born in Nigeria, grew up in New York, and now lives back in Nigeria. She has albino white skin and hair that make her stand out from her peers and sensitive to the sun. And now, she discovers, she is part of a magical race called Leopard People, but born into a non-magical family. Continue reading “Book Review: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor”

Unexpected Places to Acquire Magic Tools

You don’t have to live near a metaphysical shop in order to equip yourself for magical workings. Although some of my books and supplies come from the witchy stores of New Hope, Pennsylvania or Salem, Massachusetts, the rest were acquired less conventionally. This post is meant to help you think outside the box to obtain the tools for your craft. Continue reading “Unexpected Places to Acquire Magic Tools”

Twin Representation in YA Fiction

Twins in fiction, especially the young adult works I read, tend to fall within a few tired tropes. As an identical twin myself, I judge works pretty harshly on how they portray their twin characters. In this post, I will examine a few of these tropes and how I would prefer to see twins represented. Continue reading “Twin Representation in YA Fiction”

Next Level Crystal Magic: Crystal Grids

If you are comfortable with the basics from my Primer on Crystals post and looking for more advanced ways to harness the energies of stones and gems in your witchcraft, you may want to explore the concept of a crystal grid. Continue reading “Next Level Crystal Magic: Crystal Grids”

Fairy Tale Retellings: Sleeping Beauty

Welcome to my fourth round-up of fairy tale retellings! This week I am focusing on versions of the Sleeping Beauty story, in which a young woman pricks her fingers and falls into a long and magical sleep.

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Exploring Divination

Until recently, divination was not a big part of my practice. I’m not entirely convinced that it is possible to know specific occurrences before they happen, and if it is possible, I’m not sure that knowing would be such a good thing. But from another perspective, in a world of uncertainty, it often helps to have some sort of guidance, whether divine or arbitrary.

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Book Review: The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

As a twin, a ballroom dancer, and a lover of folklore, The Night Tiger drew me in on all fronts. What part of 1930s Malaysia with dance hall girls, superstition, and weretigers doesn’t sound exciting? I fell in love with Yangsze Choo’s writing with her debut work The Ghost Bride (featured in my 2018 Diverse Books post). Her second book, released just yesterday, is no less entrancing.

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