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The Witch's Broom: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Broomsticks

(The Witch's Tools #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Take a magickal flight into the history, tradition, and modern uses of broomsticks. Whether sweeping the floors or helping with spells, rituals, and crafts, the broom is a more versatile tool than you ever imagined.

Join Deborah Blake on a journey through the ages, exploring why broomsticks and witches have always been an inseparable pair. Enjoy broom lore, insights from we
Paperback, 286 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Llewellyn Publications (first published April 1st 2014)
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I don't have much to say about this one other than "it's OK."

From the description, I thought it would have a lot more about folklore, superstitions, and the history of brooms as symbols. I know there are a lot of old superstitions in the American south surrounding brooms, and I've met some people from various parts of the African continent who had some interesting folklore about them as well. What little there was on that was tossed in as bullet points, a kind of filler between articles. It was
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wicca
I was fascinated by the title of the book. Magic, witches and broom... they are just simply indivisible entities in our collective unconsciousness.
Deborah Blake skilfully starts the book with our concept of a witch and her companion broom (and obviously there is always the cat), what goes around that image and what has fostered it through the ages.
The book continues with the basics of what a broom is, its history, how it is made, its various shapes and sizes through the eras, different culture
Michelle's Book
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book provided a lot of great information on the history of the broom. In addition, it was a great read.
Indigo Crow
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm not impressed.

Maybe this wasn't a good starting point with this author. Although it does appear that the book is comprised largely of essays by various authors and not just Blake. In any case, what I expected was a book about folklore, beliefs, and superstitions involving brooms. What this mostly seems to be is a collection of how-to instructions on how to decorate brooms for various seasons or occasions.

I did think the drawings of the brooms were nicely done, but ultimately that wasn't nec
Rob Slaven
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Firstly and as usual I received this book for free in exchange for a review. Despite that perpetual kindness from NetGalley my scrupulously honest thoughts follow below.

So, I signed up for this book expecting a history book about brooms and their place in lore and superstition. While this book does have elements of that, it should be noted that it's primarily dedicated to the practice of witchcraft and contains spells and recipes that are intended to actually have an effect on the outside world.
Maggie Rose
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was really hoping for more of the “craft” and “lore” that the book’s own description promised. The first few pages contain the only really interesting material about the different materials used for brooms. But the rest is clearly told from a Wiccan perspective (not at all acknowledged, annoyingly). And a good third of the pages are filled with long, very woo-woo rituals.
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
So much filler! I had wondered how the author would create an entire book (286 pages) on brooms. Large type, empty space and a great deal of repetition help to streeeeetch what should have been a booklet into a book. It's not a "bad" book, and so I gave it my 3 star "ok" rating. But it could have been so very much better. ...more
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.

This book was a basic book about witches [neo-pagans] and their brooms. I would say this book is good for reference of newer lore, but some of the historical facts I am not sure of the accuracy.
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I loved the first third of the book because it was about the history and uses of brooms. The last two thirds were basically lists and very detailed ways to make brooms and do rituals. That’s ok, but reading a lot of lists is...not really my thing.
Chris Fielding
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
My disappointment largely stems from simply wanting more information. the book is very easy to read, witht he occasional interesting aside, but it lacks any depth of knowledge. For someone who doesn't know much about the lore and craft of brooms, it might be an interesting read. ...more
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arcs, h-ween

A broom is a serious thing, both historically, and magically.
Before you read this book, visualize the importance of that statement.

“A Witch's work is mind work and utilizes powerful metaphors, allegories, and images that unlock the powers of the mind.” ― Laurie Cabot, Power of the Witch

Please note, my wording may be whimsical at times, and totally and unintentionally 'wrong'. I don't know much about Wicca as a religion and don't mean any disrespect. Because of its historical backg
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned, my-path
I was very much hoping this would could be reference material for a new witch.

"The Craft, Lore & Magick of Broomsticks" is missing in this book. However, the craft (small c) of broomsticks is abundant. If you want to gift someone a broomstick...this book can give you an idea of how to decorate one.

The information in this book is not specific to witches or pagans or wicca. This book is very light on substance, which makes for a light read. And it's very skimable due to the amount of craft proje
Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)
This was such a well written and useful book. I am so glad I bought a physical copy because I know I will be referencing this a lot in the future, especially since I want to make my own magical brooms. This book was filled with the history of brooms, broom making, material choices and meanings, rituals, and spells. I especially loved the section for young witches because this is a great way to include children in rituals and practices (no I don’t have children but I can see the potential).

Teri Stich
I thoroughly enjoyed this. The information was interesting and well written. The history and lore of brooms, fascinating. The tidbits were entertaining. I read the kindle version and decided to buy the paperback to be able to refer back to more easily. Yes, it was that good.
May 10, 2021 rated it liked it
I love the cover art and, overall, there were some interesting things I learned about the history of brooms. Unfortunately, I wanted more history and less ritual with this book. Illustrations are cute, however, I don't think it's useful enough for me to keep it. ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This educational and entertaining book helped me better understand the historical and current use of brooms by pagans and wiccans.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like all of Deborah Blake's books this is awesome. I will be buying a witch broom of my own and giving this book as a gift. It is delightful to read and has a lot of practical magic.
Giselle Bradley
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF'd 42% ...more
Jessie Radford
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book. It gives very detailed history of the creation, culture and myths surrounded around brooms and witch's brooms. It also provides many ideas on how to use them. ...more
Tarot Tidal
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Witch's Broom
by Deborah Blake
Llewellyn 2014
paperback 286 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7387-3802-4

Well my long wait is over. I received my copy of "The Witch's Broom" by Deborah Blake. Usually I am not one to judge a book by the cover; however when I saw this cover I was so drawn to it. It is just beautiful.

Being a big Deborah Blake fan from her other books, I could not wait to crack this one open. It was not by any means what I had expected and it surpassed my expectations too. We learn the origin of t
Laura Cunha
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it

Na minha corrida para esvaziar o meu kindle (é um esforço muito sincero que estou fazendo), resolvi apelar até para livros mais curtos sobre Wicca. Esse em especial é muito fofinho e é uma leitura interessante até para quem não é praticante, mas se interessa pelo assunto.

"The Witch's Broom" é uma espécie de coletânea de lendas, folclore e receitas de feitiços relacionados com vassouras. Ele trata desde o uso de vassouras e derivados ao longo da história da
Rebecca Elson
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magical-buffet
This review originally appeared on The Magical Buffet website on 7/30/14.

Since pretty much always brooms have been associated with witches. And although Deborah Blake’s latest is called “The Witch’s Broom: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Broomsticks”, there is something there for more than just a Witchy reader.

Don’t get me wrong, “The Witch’s Broom” has loads for the witch who is looking to add a broom into their magical routines. Ritual use of brooms, spells and charms incorporating brooms, and seg
Karyn Szabo
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whether you are an experienced Witch or one who is just learning about the Craft, this absolutely charming book by Deborah Blake is a must-have for your collection! Deborah starts with all kinds of history and background on the best known of all the Witch's tools, the broom, including the many types of brooms & besoms, their origins, fascinating lore and superstitions, and so much more in the first pages of the book. From that starting point, the book then expands into treasure-trove chapters fu ...more
Peter Morris
For an object that is so entwined with Witchcraft, there has been surprisingly little written about the broomstick. Although tradition connects it with flying and questionable sexual practices, these are its less common uses in contemporary Witchcraft.

This book will take your understanding of the use of Broomsticks beyond urban myth. Through her practical approach, Deborah Blake demonstrates how, with a little imagination, a correctly constructed and consecrated broomstick can retake its place a
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: witchcraft
I liked this book, except I felt like there was a lot of contradictions when it comes to broom lore. The chapters repeated a lot of information, which was kind of annoying. However, I found the first couple chapters to be informative. The spells that the author provides are rather lengthy and they incorporate work with the gods and goddesses. Overall, a nice read, but it could've been more concise. ...more
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
I love Deborah Blake's books and highly recommend reading 'the Witch's Broom'. Deborah writes so beautifully and I enjoy turnining each and every page. The DIY section is my favourite! Looking forward to reading her other books ...more
Autumn Earthsong
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book filled with great ideas for your witches' brooms! Made me want a lot more brooms! From ideas on crafting brooms for specific purposes, rituals and spells, to some history and folklore, it was a great read! ...more
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it
All you would ever want to know about brooms -- how to make them, decorate them, consecrate them and use them in special rituals.
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It gives the history of the Witch's broom, and what it's used for: spells, décor, etc.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Dec 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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Deborah is the author of twelve non-fiction books on modern witchcraft and a tarot and oracle decks from Llewellyn and the Baba Yaga series, The Broken Rider series, and the Veiled Magic series (mostly from Berkley) as well as a few stand-alone novels.

Deborah lives in a 130 year old farmhouse in upstate NY with multiple cats, and runs an artists' cooperative shop when she's not writing. She believ

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