What's in the new Humble Bundle on magic and paganism, Witchcraft, Magick and Spirituality? Here is an overview!
Without too many words: a Bundle has been released on Humble Bundle with a magic and paganism theme: Witchcraft, Magick and Spirituality. And my finger flew quickly to the key Paypal. You can find it at THIS LINK.
Scrolling the web, I have not found any articles or info about it, apart from a thread on Reddit where some participants note a parallelism with a previous Bundle of alternative medicine-themed books, one of which withdrawn because it contained no vax content and the like.
So, in this article, we will talk about this Bundle, so as to understand what products are offered. I will gloss over the questions (more or less legitimate) that have been asked about the selection of certain themes and the existence of books about them, especially because I would not be impartial, having been a pagan for at least ten years.
I rather find it helpful to observe which books are included in the package, in order to have a very quick buying guide, so as to understand if the offer (which expires in 9/8 days) may be of interest to us.
Premise: the books are in English. Furthermore, the advantage of purchasing with Humble Bundle is the complete availability of the file, as well as being able to donate a share to different associations of our choice among those proposed by the platform.
Two of the most interesting reads of Witchcraft, Magick and Spirituality: Queering Your Craft e Witchcraft Activism
Let's start with the most "crunchy" books in the package: Queering Your Craft, by Cassandra Snow, e Witchcraft Activism by David Salisbury.
The first text starts from the assumption that magic is a practice that belonged to the most marginalized people in society, and that the attribution of the word witch be a powerful act of self-affirmation, like the word queer.
Although aware that witchcraft is purely feminist, Queering Your Craft draws attention to the presence, always existing but often silent, of minorities and their allies. There is also talk of the decolonization of religious practice (another burning issue of the pagan community) and the importance of one's awareness and acceptance.
The second text, on the other hand, is a practical guide to activism combined with magical practice. Starting from the various forms of activism, Witchcraft Activism suggests concrete actions linked to practices to clarify intentions, protect oneself and correctly perceive who we are in front of. The book offers our messages many means of dissemination and understanding, ranging from attack, defense, victories and defeats. Witchcraft Activism includes a section related to the myth of activism and historical examples of magical activism (This section, more than the previous ones, betrays the Wiccan spiritual background of the writer).
City Magick: an atypical book on urban magic
More crisp text, but for different reasons, it is City Magick by Christopher Penczak. Its first edition dates back to 2001, the same year of publication of American Gods by Neil Gaiman. The two books have no connection, but emerge from imaginaries where the Other lives widely among us.
It is a text that should be read, because it is still abstruse for many to talk about an urban magic, made up of graffiti, nightlife in clubs, totemic animals of the internet and more. It was stuff to make people fight in the forums, you name it.
Introductory Books to Magic in Witchcraft, Magick and Spirituality
Positive Magic, by Marion Weinstein, is a perfect text for those who want to get the very first smattering of ALL the magical-pagan context. For those who do not know anything about it, it allows you to get a first idea, excellent to then start deepening the different fields.
Always by the same author, Personal magic refers to Weinstein's personal experience, being the transposition of his book of shadows. For the uninitiated, the book of shadows is the personal grimoire that every witch creates through experience and practice.
Then we find Magic When You Need It, by Judika Illes. It falls into the macro category of ready-to-use grimoire books. Stocks belong to the same category as True Magic by Draja Mickharic, Spellcrafting of Dunwich e Love magic by Dorsey. The grimoire-books propose rituals and spells, specifying the correspondences (day of the week, plant, moon, etc) necessary.
The books on Wicca in Witchcraft, Magick and Spirituality
Let's see then Wicca Made Easy, by Phyllis Currott, one of the most famous American priestesses, and one of the first to come out of the “broom closet”. This book elaborates in a simple way the principles of Wicca in a text useful for a first practical approach. Being the author well known in the field, the book appears among the 3 in preview in the header of the bundle.
Study of Witchcraft, by Deborah Lipp, is instead an in-depth manual for Wiccans, written by a priestess, which dedicates ample space to new currents and current developments in the practice.
Finally, there is Wishcraft, by Sakura Fox. Classic book from the first approach to Wicca in modern and fancy (less ritualistic and lighter) mode.
Books on magic and the natural world in Witchcraft, Magick and Spirituality
Witchery e Plant Witchery, both of Juliet Diaz, a Cuban Taino practitioner, approach magic from a magical work point of view. Diaz herself defines her practice based on the Earth Magic, identifiable as Green Magic, that is the branch that predominantly uses herbs.
Herbal magic by Gerina Dunwich is the classic Wiccan witch herbarium. Unlike Plant witchery, this presents a reference bibliography.
Water Witchcraft, by Annwyn Avalon, is perfect for those who love water (indeed, water) and are looking for a book totally dedicated to this element.
Books about magic, time and sky in Witchcraft, Magick and Spirituality
Year of the witch, by Temperance Alden, addresses the theme of the wheel of the year: parties, practices, their origin and advice to align our energies with natural rhythms.
Magickal astrology, by Skye Alexander, is a macro compendium of correspondences declined from the point of view of astrology. A little told, always declined in an informative and simple way.
Introductory books to magical practices: runes, tarot cards, wands and more
Reading the Runes, by Kim Farnell, is presented as an introductory manual on runes. I admit that, having never heard the call of the runes, and having started studying the Norse practice following many traditionalists, I have never read texts about it and I have no means to judge the goodness of the text.
The Big Book of Tarot, by Joan Bunning, can give you a first, but relatively intact, approach to the world of tarot cards. The book is a sum of various writings of the author *. The world of tarot cards is so wide that starting from any text is the same (and then, calmly, maybe move on to "Uncle Jodorowski").
Witch's Guide to Wands, by Gypsey Elaine Teague, is a book dedicated to the creation, tradition and symbolism of the magic wand. The magic wand is one of the tools used in Wiccan rituals, and more.
Finally, Witch's Eight Paths of Power, by Lady Sable Aradia, is the book in the collection that perplexes me the most. In fact, since it speaks of trance / detachment from self practices through various methods, I would suggest to practice them only in the presence of experienced people who can guide you.
A book on traditional Italian magic
Italian Folk Magic, by Mary-Grace Fahrun, is part of the branch of books on the subject of "Italian traditions". The author, daughter of Italian parents, brings back memories, customs, traditions and recipes, because they are the gestures underlying the care of the house and the hearth, the core of the magic of the Italian witch. Obviously the evil eye cannot be missing, given the many references to the traditions of the center-south.
Some conclusive words
These were all the texts proposed in the package. That's 23 eBooks, perfect for a * newbie who wants to get closer to the world of magic, and to a competitive price compared to single editions, both paper and virtual.
The books do not explain all the declinations of the various currents of neo paganism, but they allow those who approach it to start and create their own "personal feeling", which will be refined over time with study and research. The presence of a bibliography is fundamental, in order to continue to search and get information on the various topics.
For those who, like me, are already more experienced in the field, the first titles are the ones that I think are most interesting for aspects, insights and approach, in addition to Italian folk magic, which is close to my personal practice, and always for the discourse of price and availability, the advantage is not insignificant.