Book Review: A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft

Happy Fall, friends!

After a few months of recharging after my last job, I have found myself working back at my favourite job ever: a bookstore.  Since my return, I have been introduced to some amazing stories, met some talented authors, and have been given the opportunity to review some titles before they are released! Seriously guys, I’m in Book Nerd Heaven!

Since October is my favourite month of the year, I decided to start with something a little Witchy for my first review:

Title: A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft: 366 Ways to Witchify Your Life
Author: Deborah Blake
ISBN: 9780738750927
Format: Trade Paperback, 408 Pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Section: Non-Fiction (Adult), Religion & Spirituality

If you know me, you know that I am not an e-reader type of gal, I like to have a physical copy of a book in my hands when I read. This was an advance copy sent to me digitally, and I read it using the Kindle App on my iPhone.  That being said, I feel I should disclose that I did not read the entire copy at the time of originally publishing this blog post. I read the month of January, and then stopped.

Aside from the aforementioned aversion to e-reading, the other reason was that I loved the first month SO MUCH, that I didn’t want to plow through and not have anything to look forward to each morning of 2018. I intend to update this post at some point in the future, when I have my own physical copy in my hands and have had a chance to complete some more of the daily activities.

This book is a great way to dip your toes in to the fascinating world of witchcraft. Heck, I’m sure it would be great for more advanced witches who are looking for a bit of extra daily practice too! Each day presents you with a bit of fascinating knowledge, and a related activity for you to complete. Don’t freak out, this isn’t like stressy homework or anything. It’s little ways to help connect with or improve yourself, our beautiful mother earth, or our fellow humans.  It’s not preachy, it’s not heavy, it’s uplifting.

An example of one of my favourite practices so far:

January 26: Ground and Center

“Visualize yourself as a tree sending roots down into the ground and then reaching up to the sun. See the fire from the center of the earth and the fire from the sun meeting in your center as a glowing ball of light that can fuel your magical work or calm your spirit. Sit for a minute and enjoy the sensation, then remember to integrate grounding and centering into your magical work in the future”

As someone who lives with anxiety, this one has come in handy. Grounding is such and amazing thing when you worry.  It gives you a focus and helps to soothe your soul again.

Deborah has a wonderful way of tailoring her passages to both the magically inclined AND the magically curious – because I don’t think I can use ‘Muggle’ here? 😉    I have found through my own dabbling that Witchcraft centers around nature, and not always  the super dark stuff that naysayers would have you believe. It’s peaceful, beautiful, and absolutely intriguing.

Overall I think this book is a great choice for anyone who is looking for a daily project for the new year. It would be a fun way to create content for an instagram account, or even just sharing your thoughts with your fellow (wo)man over other social platforms.  It is well written, creative, and informative – exactly what you would come to expect from a Llewellyn-published book!

A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft is available starting today, October 8, 2017.  To purchase your copy from Indigo, I have linked to it here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!