I bought the Wicca Spellbook Starter Kit because it had three spell books combined into one and so worked out far cheaper than buying them individually and I actually prefer that all three books are together in one place. I’ve got stickers and labels attached to mine as reminders and page markers. I know I should really add some of the stuff to my Book of Shadows but I feel quite attached to this book and I’m happy with all the post-it notes stuck to it! Written by Lisa Chamberlain, it covers so much and couldn’t be better for the beginner but would also be useful to a more experienced witch. Lisa explains everything in a simple and easy to understand way and couldn’t be easier to follow. There are no photos or images but I believe there are in the individual versions. This doesn’t detract from the book at all as far as I am concerned.
The three books included are:
Wicca Book of Candle Spells – Working with element of fire
Wicca Book of Crystal Spells – Explaining the magical uses of 13 crystals and other stones
Wicca Book of Herbal Spells – 13 herbs each discussed in it’s own chapter
The book(s) cover well over 160 spells and rituals.
The candle spell book covers all of the candle colours and their uses. Just to outline a few of the spells included.. there is a Passionate Relationship spell, a spell for Increased Patience (I need that on a daily basis!) and a Global Peace spell which uses a white spell candle and a map of the world. You don’t have to spend a whole heap of money to do a lot of these spells so if you do not have a lot of witchy things around you yet, don’t worry, a fair bit of it will already be in your house anyway.
The Crystal section has a collection of spells using crystals and stones that can of course be used on their own or with a few other items. In this book, Lisa often has spells that only have 2 or 3 items on the list such as the spell for Banishing Harmful Energy. The only items required are 1 piece of carnelian, a black candle and a small bell or chime. I really do like (and use) so many of these spells. Lisa encourages adding your own extra content to the spells if your inner guide feels that you should. I have added and subtracted items, it’s really up to you! On the whole though, I like things as they are. I think I’m a bit of a lazy witch!
The herbal section details 13 herbs, most of which you will know well and can be purchased from the supermarket. A few may be a little harder to come by but I find that absolutely everything can be found online so if all else fails, google is the place to look! Included in the book is the spell for letting go of an unwanted habit (I won’t go into mine, the list is endless) It uses a black candle, a candle holder for outdoor use and dandelions in their seed head stage. Without going into the full details of the spell, it involves lighting the candle and holding the seed head in your hands, reciting a few words and eventually blowing the dandelion head away.
I particularly like the the Winter Hearth and Home Charms which involves a ritual of using pine cones and cinnamon. They are meant to give a feeling of Yule and the holiday season and the smell certainly brings back that lovely childhood memory of the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen. This is one I DO add my own little spin to. As the pine cones are meant to be placed on the hearth, I like to put them into a small basket and use dried orange slices in between the cones. If the smell of the cinnamon subsides throughout the holiday period I use essential oil to bring some cosy, wintery warm aromas back into the house.
This is the sort of book you will constantly refer to. A good rule of thumb for me is, if I were to lose the book, would I manage without it or would I want to buy it again. The truth is, if it went missing I’d be ordering it for next day delivery asap!