Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Beautifully entwining the folklore of two cultures, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker takes place in turn of the 19th century New York City. Immigrants of different backgrounds pour into the city every day, bringing their customs and magic with them. A gentle golem named Chava and a listless jinni named Ahmad each find themselves unexpectedly in the same part of the world. How long until their paths cross and what will happen when they do? Continue reading “Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker”

Summer is the Perfect Time for Storm Magic

There’s something about summer thunderstorms that fills me with awe—an intense sense of the beauty of creation and the power of nature. I always feel closer to the spiritual world while feeling the thunder rumble through my body and tracking bright arcs of lightning as they streak across the sky, and I love incorporating that into my magic workings. Here are five ways to take advantage of that summer squall:

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Diverse Reads: Mid-Year Check-in 2018

Six months into 2018, I am well on track to meet my reading goal: making sure one third of all books I read this year represent diverse perspectives. For the sake of definitions, that means books that feature religious, racial, differently-abled, gender, or sexual-orientation minorities as major, multi-faceted characters and/or were were written by authors of color. So far, I’ve read 35 books,17 of which (49%! ) meet my diversity criteria. Here are some of my favorites:

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Simple Positivity Spell

A friend of mine asked me for a positivity ritual to help her stay upbeat in the face of depressing current events and world issues. Since there seems to be no shortage of those these days, I would like to share it with you all as well. This spell is short and simple, easily adaptable, and can be done with objects you have in your house. Repeat it as often as needed.  Continue reading “Simple Positivity Spell”