Witchcraft on a Shoestring

Reprinted from New Age Retailer with permission

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Witchcraft on a Shoestring: Practicing the Craft Without Breaking Your Budget
Deborah Blake
$15.95 (P), ISBN 978-0-7387-2136-1
Llewellyn Publications

In a struggling economy, the cost of Witchcraft supplies can be roadblock for many aspiring Pagans. Blake says that people can practice the Craft anyway if they are resourceful. Finding imaginative ways to use what you have, tracking down free supplies, and focusing on the principles of the Craft, rather than its trappings, are all ways in which she and the members of her beloved Blue Moon Coven hone their skills and accomplish their Pagan-inspired goals. All that is truly required for the practice of Witchcraft is a belief in natural law which is fueled by the power of the will and focused on a specific outcome. Of course, the tools, costumes, settings, and feasts all add significantly to the experience. Blake doesn’t try and tell readers to do without. Instead she is sharing ways in which to have it all on a budget. The book includes simple instructions for craft projects (like making your own clay runes and creating magical candles), dollar-stretching recipes (like “Grown-Up” hot chocolate and Magikal Moussaka), and low-cost/no-cost things to add to a Pagan practice. One of the things she does suggest spending money on is books and she includes an eight-page list of suggestions for a starter library.

Blake’s enthusiastic personality comes through on every information-laden page of this fun-to-read book. The lively cover completes the package and makes it a terrific item for both holiday and post-holiday sales.

Anna Jedrziewski
Spirit Connection New York

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