November 04, 2020

#BookReview: Common Magick: Origins & Practices of British Folk Magick by A C Fisher Aldag @LlewellynBooks @Netgalley

Synopsis: This fascinating book provides a window into the folk magick world of the British Isles. Join author A.C. Fisher-Aldag as she explores the basics of magick and shares her deep knowledge of the magical properties of crystals, stones, herbs, and other magical tools. You will discover what it's like to work with nature spirits, fairies, deities, and energy beings and explore the power of simple rituals, divination, and even folkplays and magickal dances.

Folk magick can be practiced by anybody with common household objects. Whether you want to use magick out of curiosity or to enhance your own spiritual practice, this book is for anyone interested in learning about authentic magical folkloric traditions. With spells and rituals for health, love, home, happiness, protection, luck, money, and more, Common Magick is a perfect resource for creating a more enchanted life.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: 
This is the perfect book for beginners. It explains the history and origins of Folk Magick so well. I really enjoyed reading the stories that were included in the history. This is such a comprehensive book that covers everything from the origins of magick, to ritual tools, gods, fairies, and other magickal beings, holidays, time to do magick, and common spells and workings. I found the spells and rituals so easy to follow that I plan on trying a few of them in some of my practices. This is a must-read for anyone interested in British Folk Magick


"A.C. Fisher Aldag brings magic out of the temple and into fields, forests, and kitchens. She brings knowledge wide and deep―of energy basics, lore, tools, and timing; of otherworldly entities, divination, and trance―that make access and understanding of magical principles from the common folk of yesteryear available to today's readers. Importantly, she addresses the issue of ethics in magical work. She tells us more about magick and spellwork than we ever knew we needed to know."―M. Macha Nightmare (Aline O'Brien), witch at large, author, activist, ritualist

"Steeped in history, Common Magick delves deeply into the roots of modern paganism and witchcraft, allowing the reader a deeper view into what was, how we came to be, and how the lessons and practices of the past can lead us into a more honest and open spiritual future. There is a certain wisdom within the pages of this book that dually inspires and sets the groundwork for a modern interpretation of magick based upon tradition. Brilliant."―Marcus F Griffin, author of Advancing the Witches Craft

"Common Magick is one of those unique books that goes beyond the simple instructions in most Pagan books and gives history and practice about the true beginnings of Paganism. … I highly recommend this book for everyone who wants to know the history and the majesty of Pagan origins and practice."―Susan Wilson, Wiccan priestess and former information officer for Cherry Hill Seminary

About the Author

A.C. Fisher Aldag (Bangor, MI) has written for Llewellyn's Magical Almanac and other Pagan publications. She serves on the organizing committees for local Pagan Pride events in Michigan, and regularly teaches classes and workshops on folk magick.

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