Welcome to my second installment of the Wheel of the Year series explaining the eight Wiccan holidays known as sabbats. On the first of May, we celebrate Beltane—the midpoint between the spring equinox and summer solstice. Continue reading “Wiccan Holidays: Beltane”
An arranged marriage is the last thing Dimple Shah wants. Like many second-generation Americans, Dimple sometimes has trouble seeing eye to eye with her Indian-born parents and marriage is an issue on which she certainly won’t budge. That’s why her parents don’t tell her that sending her to coding camp is really an excuse to introduce her to the son of a family friend. When Dimple finds out, she’s furious. But she also can’t help being intrigued by handsome, earnest Rishi Patel.
A Book of Shadows is a journal of sorts where witches can keep track of their magical workings and spiritual journey. A grimoire is a similar text but generally less personal and may be passed down or shared within a coven or family. Some people use these words interchangeably and definitions vary. In any case, it is a very handy resource if you ever want to replicate past rituals, check the progress of a spell, or build up habits and traditions. (Or write a blog about all the magic you’ve been practicing for years!) But how do you decide what goes in it and what doesn’t? Continue reading “What to Write in Your Book of Shadows or Grimoire”
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty is a YA/New Adult fantasy novel that takes place in the Middle East, in a distinctly Muslim setting, depicting with magic and wonder a region too often viewed with suspicion and contempt here in the U.S. I love this book for its epic world-building; Chakraborty takes the concept of djinn (a.k.a. genies), and explodes it into a complex society with its own history, prejudices, and machinations. Let me tell you all about it!