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Walk your personal Pagan path with grace and wisdom, integrating a spiritual practice into your life in just a few minutes per week. Simple, fun, and easy to follow, Everyday Witchcraft shows that, no matter how busy or hectic life is, even small acts can add meaning and depth to your life.

This remarkable book is filled with creative ideas and a variety of quick yet signif
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 8th 2015 by Llewellyn Publications (first published March 1st 2015)
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Valerie
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review can also be read at Witch, Wine & Words

This book was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


I was excited to read this book, and was so happy that it did not disappoint. And the writing style was beautiful – I could almost hear the author reading aloud. She definitely has her own voice, and she uses it well.

She writes in a very no-nonsense manner. Everything is straightforward and easily understandable. She throws in these dashes of humor t
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Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: january-2020
1/2020

I reread this wondering if I'd get anything more out of it after having studied all this for years. I didn't but I still enjoyed the reread!
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*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I do not claim to be anything but a beginner into the study of witchcraft. It's something I've always been interested in. This book taught me a lot. I found myself sucking in every word like I was in a trance. It's also good for someone who
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battie
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: witchy
I skimmed this after realizing it really didn't apply to me. The author says they aren't really Wiccan, but I almost feel as if the title of this book should be everyday Wicca instead of everyday witchcraft. Also, I'm a bit peeved at a somewhat seemingly condescending comment about cultural appropriation. Anyway, this would probably be a good read for beginner/intermediate Pagans with a Wiccan leaning. ...more
Kristina Welch
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. It was the first Pagan themed book that actually made me feel like "Hey, I can do this!" In a world where we're all so busy, it's hard to imagine having the time to do laundry, let alone daily rituals. Blake shows you easy and simple ways to take a little time out of each day and make it magical! I never knew having a shower could be considered a ritual!! It's honestly that easy. This book has everything from explaining the Sabbats and ideas for celebrating them, how you ...more
Juli Anna
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: spirit
Even though this was a little more Wiccan than I tend to like, Blake has some truly useful, realistic advice for integrating paganism/witchcraft into one's mundane life. As someone who desires to truly embody my spiritual life in a real, physical way, I found quite a few of these tips to my liking. I enjoyed Blake's conversational style of writing. There is also a truly excellent "Further Reading" section, which is something I always appreciate. Again, it was a bit God/dess-heavy for me, but wha ...more
GoodlyWitch
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a gem. Although I had been using Deborah Blake’s Everyday Witch tarot deck for about a year, I hadn’t read or even heard of her books until I saw my uncle reading Everyday Witch. He seemed to be enjoying it, and when I looked it up and confirmed that i was using Deborah’s tarot deck, I ordered a copy. I enjoyed it so much that I ended up buying two of her other books, The Goddess is in the Details and The Witch’s Broom.

As a practicing witch for over 40 years, I would still be the f
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Heath
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Is it possible to integrate paganism, witchcraft, and/or wicca into our daily lives? Deborah Blake thinks it’s possible, and her book Everyday Witchcraft is an attempt to help us find the time to form a magick connection in the midst of the mundane but hectic world we live in.

The title is a tad misleading as this book is geared more towards wiccan witches than anything else. With that being said, I think anyone who practices a nature based religion can get something out of it regardless of wher
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Jaymi
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, 2015
Disclaimer: I received an eARC from netgalley.com. I also purchased a copy so i could "highlight" and make notes.

Deborah Blake is an every day witch. She's married her spiritual and her mundane life together and has written this book to help guide the rest of us into doing the same. Blake says this is the spiritual successor to her earlier book Goddess in the Details. I have not read that title, yet. However, I do love books that help us witchy types through bringing more of what we believe in o
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SA
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this; very into Blake's authorial voice and perspective. Even when the concepts or practices didn't resonate or feel relevant, it was clear that they definitely would be for a different reader, which was great.

There was some weirdly consistent gender and sexual essentialism; an emphasis and majority of references to the feminine pronouns, when Blake wasn't referring to herself; the framing of intimate or sexual relationships as heterosexual with only one, I believe, reference to ot
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Gretchen
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: author-female
For the most part, this wasn't for me. The suggestions for further reading are extensive, though, and if I had a paper rather than digital library copy, I'd keep the book around for that purpose. ...more
V.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: february
I wanted to like this book, and I did have a few things that I took away from it, but I'd definitely be weary about checking it out if certain things trigger or bother you. ☆

For one, there was the whole issue with considering sage bundles and cleansing as smudging, when that is specific to some indigenous groups.


There was a total disregard for the reason why we shouldn't use the term "spirit animal" and a reference to us all being a mix of cultures or something along those lines which always ir
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Karen
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Not what I was expecting. A seemingly open-minded list of ideas. The sections about Nature are compelling. This felt more like an intermedate versus beginner's book as much was assumed as already known and understood by the reader. ...more
Danielle
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some really great ideas in here! I want to re-read this with a highlighter in hand!
L.A. Jacob
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reference, bedtime
Lots of common sense and quickie five minute rituals to pay attention to Spirit/Goddess/God. Pagan and Wiccan based.
Cory Gunn
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Everyday Witchcraft by Deborah Blake

[2015, Llewellyn Publishing, Metaphysical, 199 pages]

I want to kick off this post by saying that I’m a huge fan of Deborah Blake’s Witchcraft on a Shoestring: Practicing the Craft Without Breaking Your Budget [Also published by Llewellyn].  I’ve referenced that book many times over the last 8 or so years.  At the time that I picked up that tome, I was a new mom and needed some ideas on how to supplement my Craft practice with some low-budget frien
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Tiffany Spencer
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Everyday Witchcraft Making Time for Spirit in A Too Busy World
Plot: Deborah Blake shares tips on how to incorporate witch-craft into things we do every day.

My Thoughts: This was very valuable. It reminded me a lot of what I see in blogs on Tumblr in a book version. There are always these kinds of tips on there. Great tips on how to connect with each element. Very simple things that you probably do that you don’t even realize. Like feeling the air on your skin. Or the warmth from a fire (or in m
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Teresa Barrera
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book an informative look on how to incorporate witchcraft simply into your everyday life.
It touched on subjects of wicca, witchcraft, pagan, etc. as well as familiars, balance and self care along with your craft.
I liked how the author incorporated ways to celebrate occasions together no matter your religion and practices. I enjoyed how she spoke of noticing the things around you, the trees, plants, things associated with air, fire, water, earth and spirit.
She touches on gods and g
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Mary
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: witchcraft-study
This book is a great one to read and reference when you want inspiration on how to keep your spiritual practice active every day.

I really appreciate the author’s tone, down to earth and witty. It really helps you appreciate that the advice within this book is a mere guideline to how you can practice your spirituality.

The take aways from this book are very religion agnostic, but there is a strong emphasis on the Wiccan religion (which corresponds to the author’s background).

There is also a larg
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tiph
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myth-magic, 2018
3.5 stars

The book is heavily skewed Wiccan, so there is a lot of talk about witchcraft as a religion etc, but it's mostly in passing. It's not a "let me teach you to become Wiccan" book. (Of course, Wicca is a religion, but not all witchcraft is Wiccan.) It's a good book for a beginning witch regardless, there's some excellent sections on the elements, ritual, spellwork, and the like. Blake gives the reader an abundance of resources and starting points for personal practice. There are a couple o
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Mikey P. Jr
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-nonfiction
Perfect for someone who doesn’t know anything regarding modern witchcraft.

I’m going to be honest, I borrowed this book more for book research. I already wrote a witch story with your typical traditional tropes but this time I wanted to do things a little different. I figured it was time to really see what witchcraft is about especially since there’s been more coverage about it in social media recently.

One thing I was shocked about was how close some of their views were to what I hold. The nature
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Michael Heggemann
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a pretty simple and straightforward book with helpful advice on being an everyday pagan. The suggestions are all quite doable and are not difficult or expensive to do.

The biggest downside I found to the book is that it is very much Goddess-centric. There is not much in the book specifically dealing with the masculine side of paganism. If it had a bit more of the masculine about it, I would have rated it 4 stars instead of 3.
Ris K
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this book, and Deborah Blake’s writing. I use a lot of what is in this book in my daily life. It really helps you to see the magickal in the everyday. There is a bit of overlap between Wicca and Witchcraft (which I know many folks don’t enjoy) but it is not at all anything you can’t look past. I 100% recommend this book if you are struggling with maintaining your path on the daily. It’s easy and enjoyable to read with only a few parts I had to look past.
JAB
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not a witch or Wiccan, but I do have a couple pagan friends and have been curious about what it means to be a modern day witch. This book gave me a lovely insight into day-to-day activities and gave good advice on how to live a spiritual life. Again, I'm not pagan but this book did help me understand it a little more. ...more
Morgan
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love Deborah Blake's writing style, her books are easy and engaging for me to read and re-read. This book touched on many simple practices that I know I can utilize in my own craft and practice to help keep myself more grounded and closer to spirit when I'd sometimes put that closer to last because it's taking time for myself. Recommend this book and any of her other books honestly. ...more
Melanie Gilbreath
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: witchery
Liked this way more than I thought I would.
I bought it thinking it was just another 101 book to slog through. However, past the first few chapters it really starts to shine. The narration was a bit flat, but the material made it tolerable.
I think anyone who's had their fill.of the basic 101 will find this a nice place to start to branch off.
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Keely
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: pagan-witchy, 2020
A good book for a new witch or even a seasoned witch who needs a little reminder of the small things they can do to bring more spirituality into an often busy life. Most of the suggestions I was already familiar with, so if you are familiar to the craft, you likely wont get any new information from this book, but great to use as a reference.
Ciara P
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-in-library
A useful book. I appreciated the author’s focus at inclusivity, even if imperfect, especially the section on making pagan spaces accessible to kids with disabilities. She was clearly trying to avoid using the term “spirit animal” but missed one instance of it. Lots of good book recommendations at the end.
Ellie
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: witchy
A lot of content overlap with The Goddess is in the Details to the point where I would say don't bother reading both. The simplicity is nice. I've always liked the idea that mundane can be magical. Not a fan of the blasé approach to cultural appropriation (smudging and spirit animals) or the focus on Wicca. ...more
Olivia
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: witchy
Some useful advice but I really didn't like how the author used the terms Wicca and witchcraft interchangeably, even though she seemed to understand the difference. Calling witchcraft a religion is extremely misleading for beginners. I always find it hard to get passed this even though the book might contain other useful information. ...more
Lexee Klamer
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Apparently this was more of an add on to her previous book that I hadn't read, so some of the things were referring back to her other book.
But I really enjoyed how the author's personality showed through her writing. I skimmed a few chapters as they were more for beginners. But a lot of the info the author presented was pretty useful!
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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.

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