Review: Everyday Magic

The Everyday series by Dorothy Morrison is an iconic set of grimoires in the Craft canon.  While this tome is the most general of the works, the other three deal with solar, lunar, and tarot magic.

When opening this book one of my first impression is how modern it is.  Flipping through it casually one comes across spells for computer problems and plane travel.  It is refreshing to encounter a wide variety of issues some of which are part of everyday life.  Morrison also advocates for the use of modern technology as magical tools.  She makes the argument that a mortar and pestle were once the height of advancement, so why shouldn’t witches adapt to current tools?

Another element is the opening chapters, which discuss spellcasting theory, correspondences, and symbols.  She discusses the role of the moon, sun, days of the week, colors, common plants, and gemstones in magical work.  However Morrison shines when talking about the role of magic and the variety of theories surrounding the art.  One poignant point about if witchcraft should be avoided due to its nature to cause a ripple effect comes down to intention.  “We need to be absolutely certain of what we want before beginning any magical work and very specific in our requests of the Cosmos when we set a spell in motion” (76 Morrison).  She presents a strong consideration of any concerns a witch may have.

Morrison makes the point that she tested the spells in the book, so to give credit to her work I did a few.  I won’t tell you which ones, but they were simple to follow and worked exceedingly well.  While I don’t think a novice witch should try some of them, there are workings for a wide variety of skills.

Overall this book is essential to a witch’s arsenal.  Well done, Ms. Morrison.

© Ariadne Woods

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