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Material Girl, Mystical World: The Now Age Guide for chic seekers and modern mystics

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  662 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 4th 2017 by HarperCollins UK
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Leah
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
There's a lot to unpack with this one. It's part autobiography , part spiritual Memoir, part buying guide, part superficial tour of the New Age; kind of a who's who of the affluent, white spriritual movement. I borrowed this from the library out of curiosity for how the mainstreaming of new age ideas has come about. I did not go in expecting deep insight or a grand intellectual journey.

I was continually impressed with the authors transparency and honesty about herself and her journey; that's r
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Rachel Bridgeman
Aug 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
If Dan Brown taught me that not finishing a book because it is so god awful is not a crime, and E.L James taught me that sticking to my guns and not reading popular fiction in case I get viewed as book snob is not a sin, then this one made me realise that good reviews and a good book are not mutually exclusive.
What I am clumsily trying to say is that this book is so very very bad. If this review manages to stop 1 person from reading it then I will be a happy person.
I came across it w
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Book Riot Community
I normally wouldn’t pick up a book like this – but something about the confluence of fashion and dharma and tarot and daily life captured my attention. It’s peppered with hashtags and fun anecdotes, while managing to be spiritual without being flaky. It’s a bit irreverent, which perhaps is its key to success. It’s definitely a book I’ll be returning to more than once. And can we just talk about the bright pink cover? Love.

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Jaclyn Day
No disrespect to The Numinous (which I read and enjoy), but this book's decently organized--though elementary--content has an unbearably magazine-like tone that feels more vintage Seventeen than it should. Chapter headings like "The Inner Beauty v. Botox Debate" and the watered-down tarot discussion read as infantile and condescending. Marrying spiritual, new-age practices with fashion and beauty is a smart marketing tactic for The Numinous, even if it's not completely sound in execution. But here we see the true risks o ...more
Maggie Gordon
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Wow, this was a truly horrid, vapid mess of a book. From it's overly shallow engagement with its material, to the utterly terrible excuse for prose, Material Girl, Mystical World is no better than a crappy news stand magazine, meant to be consumed and forgotten in a short amount of time.

Why do I keep grabbing crappy books and tormenting myself? For the past couple years, I've been reading in new areas, and the best way to get a sense of what is out there is to read broadly and without too much
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Michelle 🦂
I devoured this book. It was exactly what I needed in my life. I know there's something I meant to do whether its helping others or just learning how to create more self care in my life. This book was a modern view on everything you need to know about becoming more in tune with yourself. It wasn't hard to understand at all, and includes helpful insight to meditation, crystals, astrology and other types of healing. I've already recommended it to multiple people and can't wait to read it again.
Stephanie
Apr 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I first heard Ruby Warrington on the Witch Wave podcast and thought she sounded pretty intriguing, so when I saw that my library had this book I figured I'd check it out. I was expecting advice for balancing one's spiritual life with the modern world, but instead I got...whatever this is? The strongest aspects are probably when Ruby discusses her own life, when the book leans more towards memoir than self-help, because to be honest after finishing this book there's no way I would want to learn m ...more
Slaa!!!
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fun, informative read! I really enjoy Ruby's stories and "narration," if you will. She's just really likable which is why I wanted the book in the first place. I will say that after about 75% I got a little bored and put it down for a while. It felt like it was going on for a long time, chapter after chapter about different topics but all kind of the same. BUT. I think if someone's really a newbie, they will find this all really helpful and fascinating. I enjoyed how each chapter featured ...more
Kacie
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I appreciate the therapeutic experiences Ruby had aggregating “Now Age” practices in her life. At the same time, it seems her story is highly watered down by ego-juice in attempts to reach the egos rather than souls of contemporary readers. I would have enjoyed the book more deeply had she explored solely her relationship and knowledge of astrology rather than dabbling in and abbreviating handfuls of spiritual philosophies, concepts and rituals.

The book serves as a way to assert that she can be
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Jess
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall it’s a pretty interesting book. I think if you are in your mid thirties and wealthy you could truly try all the things she recommends.
Andee Marley
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All.There.Is.Is.Loved.It
Kia
Dec 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book frustrated me so much. I really did enjoy parts of it and like some of the insights the author gave into the "Now Age," but it seemed like every time I hit a stride where I was enjoying the commentary and soaking up the content, she would say something so ridiculously privileged and out of touch with reality that I had to step away. The premise is interesting and probably why I forced myself to finish it, but it is a little too heavy on the "material girl," side. She just seems complet ...more
Callie
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As someone smack dab in the middle of my own "now age" awakening, I was super excited to dive into it's bible. While Ruby is a good writer and she covers all the hot topics, I mostly felt bored, not excited or inspired as I'd hoped. If you had zero experience with concepts like astrology, tarot, crystals, meditation and ayahuasca, I think her approach would probably be a bit too "mystical world" to be readily accessible. On the other hand, I found her justification for her botox way too "materia ...more
Mary
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book started off innocent enough, and I liked it more than I thought I would at the beginning. For that reason only, it gets two stars instead of one. I’m feeling very far removed from my spiritual side right now, and I thought this would help me get back to it. However, there are so many issues that it’s hard to know where to begin. Not once does Ruby address the cultural appropriation of all the practices she dabbles in. Not once does she talk about the myriad problems with the crystals t ...more
Arianna
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an avid self help and spiritual book reader, it’s rare that I find anything new when I read these sorts of books. What I have been enjoying about this genre lately as well as in this book in particular is the voice, the personality of the author.

I would definitely recommend this as a sort of intro into the spiritual (or the numinous as the author put it) for the fashionistas in our lives. She touches on astrology, yoga, tarot, meditation, plant medicine, etc. all with anecdotes about her own
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Abbie Jones
Overall I think I enjoyed this book. There were parts form nearly every chapter that I’ve found useful or beneficial and have continued to think about since finishing the book. However, the cultural appropriation is RIFE in this book, as well as masses of white, middle/upper class privilege that comes off more than a little nauseating. Also, the endless name dropping. We get it, you’ve interviewed a few people and been given a bunch of free stuff.

I’m glad I heard a decent chunk of what was in t
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Lex
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love-hate this book. What I enjoyed is its unabashed advocacy of and introductions to spiritual hot topics like astrology, tarot, ayahuasca, dharma, yoga, and transcendental meditation, and in turn, how each have a path to the development of a Higher Self. And I admire Warrington herself for willing to be very candid about her personal vulnerabilities; this book is very much her personal spiritual memoir too.

But, what I didn’t enjoy were some surprising justifications given for some cited fig
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Corinna Fabre
I really wanted to love this book and while I did think it was a great primer to a world I want to know more about, I was really disappointed that it glossed over some issues - to the point of sounding tone deaf.

The example that sticks out most in my mind is in the chapter "Your Period as Sacred Goddess Code." While I'm 100% here for reclaiming the menstrual cycle as a natural and powerful thing, the way the "Red Tent" was written about felt really blind to the very real issue of girls around t
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Madeline Rose
Look, this book isn’t going to change anyone’s life. It’s a fluffy, fun book about reading your natal chart, the right and wrong way to approach yoga, having your cards read, intro to crystals, etc. I dabble in the “mystical world” so I didn’t have any revolutionary realizations. However, it would offer a good introduction to those getting started. I did relate to Ruby a lot in her unending honesty about how her own ego gets in the way of her journey and how she buys expensive clothes, drinks, d ...more
Gabrielle
Imagine you had a spiritual advisor who was a quick-witted fashion writer that spoke like one of your girlfriends who had just read "Eat, Pray, Love" and won't stop talking about yoga.

Yeah.

I can't deny how much I enjoyed this book, but I came away feeling like I had indulged in a guilty pleasure rather than truly made progress in my spiritual life.

There is a certain kind of person (like myself) who will find this a ton of fun and short and sweet like a fruity little cocktail,
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Savannah
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I am deeply into energy healing and yoga but have recently been dabbling into astrology and tarot. I really appreciated the digestible format of this book and Ruby’s “material girl” spin, as someone who sometimes has trouble reconciling my love for Louis Vuitton purses with the goals of spiritual practice to reduce consumerism and consumption.

I was obsessed with listening to the audiobook and recommended it to many people. I will be buying the hard copy version as well. Read
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Isabel
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
so what was my intent in choosing this book? I think I wanted to get to know Ruby Warrington (early 40's) a bit better. I wanted to understand what this generation (between my own and my daughter) are experiencing... just how is the NOW age different from the NEW age as I experienced it? Considered a "thought-leader", "Ruby Warrington is the writer behind The Numinous, a lifestyle site that's a resource for modern women who want to integrate spirituality into their daily lives, but in a chic and ...more
Sarah
A quick survey of several New Age ("Now Age") philosophies and healing modalities, through the lens of a former fashion-world journalist who's shifted her focus to self-improvement and healing. I agree with other reviewers that the best part of this book is Ruby's honest portrayal of her struggles throughout her healing journey . . . and the part that I didn't enjoy so much was all of the italicized, scare-quote, all caps teen-magazine and ad-copy lingo. Reminded me of my tween days reading COSM ...more
Jessica Maybury
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is two things: painfully honest, being one, and pretty superficial, being the second.

The author is very transparent about her own life, emotions & experiences, which was great. I came to the book though being pretty skeptical (and I’m into yoga & meditation & crystals but it’s the “material girl” part that threw me off) and left still feeling skeptical but with a shopping cart full of crystals and an astrological birth chart. So there’s that.
Marais Bjornberg
I really loved this book! I found some chapters really spoke to me and shed new light on things I’m interested in. There were some chapters that I didn’t really connect with, but I think that’s ok. I was still happy to read about those pieces and see how they fit into the overall context. Would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in magick, but wants to dip their toes in before jumping!
Meagan
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-age
A good book for a quick overview of many "new age" modalities. It is then up to the reader to delve further on specific topics. But a good overview.

I did give this a 3/10, but was disappointed/disturbed at final chapter on Burning Man gathering. It seems to be about elicits drug use vs. the experience of that gathering. I am still unclear if the author came out of the experience happy she went, or disappointed.
Incense
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
A very breezy, entry-level introduction to all manner of new agery, and a good read. I am farther into maybe half of the topics mentioned than she goes in the scope of this book, and yet I still bookmarked eight different pages so that I could go back and write down information there in my journals.
Ashley Chew
Feb 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: spirituality
I decided to read this after I heard it recommended on a podcast. Boy do I regret it. This book was just bad. It’s not really a guide so much as the authors story of creating her website. It barely skims each topic she tries to cover. And the constant name dropping gets old fast. There was really nothing new to learn here. I read about half then just skipped through to chapters I wanted to read.
Emily Joyce
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchcraft
Blargh. Started skimming for chapters I found interesting. Very elementary explanations of a variety of new age/metaphysical topics, while packed full of insufferable name dropping and painfully hip scenes in Williamsburg lofts. Also, a little too white lady woo woo - the shaman and spirit animal section especially
Rae
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It supports my own mission of making health, wellness, the spiritual + all the rest of it more accessible for people. Ruby does a great job of communicating how these tools have supported her. I appreciate her willingness to dive deep + be honest about her ups, as well as her downs. I highly recommend this read for anyone wanting to dip their toe in the mystical waters.
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Ruby Warrington is a lifestyle writer and former features editor of the UK's Sunday Times Style supplement. In 2013, she created The Numinous, an online magazine that bridges the gap between the mystical and the mainstream. She is also cofounder of Moon Club, an online mentoring program for spiritual activists, and "sober curious" event series Club SODA NYC. She now lives in New York City with her husband, Simo ...more