Book Rec

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I was asked to do a book review for Witches & Pagans and it took a while for me to write one because I figured out why I’m not a big reader of Pagan/Occult books – because I am a v. v. critical reader and books more than thirty years old aren’t, generally speaking, friendly to women and as I don’t take kindly to being treated like a dog wearing clothes even if historically that’s accurate, my book learnin’ is spotty because I have to be able to get through it.  I had a few “meh” books (not even terrible enough to make them awesome) and finally got a good one.

It’s called Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils, and Herbs by Jacki Smith.  I really liked the “salt of the earthiness” of it and learned some new skills that I’ve been integrating into my practice.

I can’t really say more because – review, but it’s good, get it.

Deborah Castellano
Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for purchase through Amazon, Llewellyn and Barnes and Noble.
Her frequently updated catalogue of published work is available on Author Central.

She writes about Glamour Magic here at Charmed, I'm Sure. Her podcast appearances are available here.

Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in old-world style workshop from 100% local, sustainable sources featuring tempting small batch ritual oils and hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers and more!

In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  

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2 Responses

  1. petoskystone

    I've been dithering about putting this book on the wish list as I had an issue with an order I had placed, through another site, for candles & incense from Coventry Candle. The candles themselves are gorgeous…it's the scent which I couldn't take. They smelled so strongly of perfume that I couldn't breathe easily.

  2. Deborah Castellano

    I've never bought her candles but I found her book pretty solid for the most part. I have some nitpicks but I'm that kind of reader ;p

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