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The Witch's Book of Self-Care: Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for Your Body and Spirit

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,221 ratings  ·  151 reviews
“From Wiccan author Arin Murphy-Hiscock comes this fantastic guide to spiritual self-care with a witchy bent. The Witch’s Guide to Self-Care contains recipes for products and spells for self-restoration.” —Bustle

Worship yourself the witchy way—learn how to nourish your body and spirit with herbal remedies, spells, and rituals inspired by witchcraft in this unique, enchant
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 11th 2018 by Adams Media (first published December 2018)
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✨Sumi's Books✨
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of the best books I have read all year!
I bought this book only months before my hospitalization. I had a mental breakdown and was hospitalized for 6 days and placed on different medication. It was an extremely difficult time for me. I won't take up too much of this review explaining to you how much of a hard time I had in and out of the hospital once I was released but I will tell you that once I was finally released from the hospital I could not read. Like at all. It wasn't because
Dec 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: self-help, magick
Disappointing, really. Very very basic info with very few original tips. Eat well, sleep well, exercise or at least stand up from time to time, and here's a sprinkling of recipes for you.
What did I expect? :)
Well, why is this a book for witches? I don't quite get it. I expected the author to address the questions of magical/spiritual energy more and on a more in-depth level. The chapter 'Household self-care' is not that bad, but it's 26 pages out of 216. Everything else is mostly basic self-car
Eva S.Ar.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
0.5 out of 5 stars

Can I really be disappointed when my expectations were next to non-existent? Debatable.
Let's start with the self-care part of the book. There's nothing revolutionary about the things the author suggests we do as self-care pactices: naps, baths, journaling, meditation, teas, scents and the like. Trite, all of it. You can cover all that with a quick google search. You don't actually need this book to tell you how to look after yourself. It is common knowledge at this point that t
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one and will definitely be rereading in the future! I bookmarked a ton of things to go back to. Its full of spells, rituals and practical info and advice. I've already done one of the rituals and plan on going back to do more. Really looking forward to "banishing fear of success" which is a topic I have never seen another book bring up before. Also some of the things surrounding guilt were helpful.

The part that made the biggest impression and that I am trying to implement
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-care
I was about to give this book two stars because I was not really enjoying it all the way through. I was liking what the author was talking about when it came to self care but the rituals were a but repetitive and not something that I would see myself doing - and that was what took up a majority of the book. I wasn’t feeling it but I told myself to push through and finish it on the flight - and I am so glad I did. It vastly improved towards the latter half of the book.

This book splits itself int
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
I liked some parts and flipped through others that didn't apply to me. I liked how the book looked visually, but would’ve appreciated a spell/ingredient glossary. This isn’t that “witchy” but it has practical advice for healthy living including how to create vision boards, how to make bath bombs, and meditation tips.
Sasha Rei
May 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
A classic trashy 'aesthetic witchcraft' book. Why do you have a spell for 'embracing your depression'? This author needs to really sit down and think about whether she really wants to cash in on the mental health of naive young girls who just want to look pretty and 'witchy'.
Amy Freeman
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet little self-care book! I really love the spells and little crafty things. This book is right up my alley. One I'll have to buy and keep at home!
Jun 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF-ing this because I Really Did Not Like This. I wouldn't necessarily go as far as to say I absolutely hated it but... 👀

I stopped properly reading this at about page 30 and ended up flipping through the next 40 or so pages to see if I wanted to power through it and if it was even worth a bit of my time. Turns out that it wasn't. It reminded me a lot of seeing a therapist which, mind you, turned out to be useless and an absolute waste of both my time and my therapist's. Just flipping through an
Maggi Harris
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book for ideas on how to care for yourself and your home. Some info is pretty basic, but I feel like that’s a given (tips for meditating, casting a circle, journaling, vision boards, etc.). I do like the routine to start your day, transformation spell, the planning and organization charm bag, spell to be willing to risk failure, and accepting limits spell. Embracing depression was new to me and I feel like this should get more appreciation. It should be said, however, that if you deal with ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, coven
I was really impressed with this book, and I think I might even buy a copy to keep at home! I'm usually a bit wary about self care books because self care has become commercialized at an alarming rate in the last 5 years, and loses its meaning as a way to genuinely take care of every aspect of yourself. Arin Murphy-Hiscock does an incredible job keeping this in mind, and her suggestions for self care range from spiritual care to mental, physical, emotional care, even housekeeping advice and orga ...more
Alexia Moon
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very simple and relaxing read, the book is very straightforward and well organized. It has several information and tips for Self-care and ways to relax and take care of ourselves. For me, this book came at the right time since I was needing to apply more dedication to taking care of myself and my health. The book is a good resource and a helpful companion to having a more balanced and mindful routine and practices to help ourselves improve, relax and take care of ourselves.
4/5 ⭐s

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fairly easy, quick read, with an abundance of wonderful rituals and recipes one can use for various aspects of self care. This was a library borrow for me however, at some point, I'd like to get a print version of it.
Sosanna Olson
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Today I'm reviewing The Witch's Book of Self Care - Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for Your Body and Spirit.

Generally I like to start out with a disclaimer. I am an atheist witch. I look for the connection between magic and science without the need for a deity. I receive no compensation for these reviews and all my links are standard Amazon links and not affiliate links. I am a practicing photo reader and have spent the last 15 years honing my craft. I offer personal readings by reques
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Witch's Book of Self-Care is a wonderful, helpful read by a thoughtful and honest author. I very much enjoyed Murphy-Hiscock's voice and style and will look for more of her works.

She approaches self-care from a refreshingly frank viewpoint, and cuts down negative misconceptions right from the beginning. It's not about "eating chocolates on the couch", it's about balancing your concrete, practical responsibilities with your physical, emotional and spiritual needs. She makes a wonderful point
Autumn Byrd
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it

Dearest readers, if there was ever a book I needed to find it’s way into my hands right now, it was The Witch’s Book of Self-Care. I have been severely lacking in the self-care department as of late and mental, emotional, and physical state have been suffering very harshly. I’m glad I picked this book up when I did because if I ever needed something or someone to say, “hey, are you okay?” this was the time for it. I’m truly grateful for this book and for allowing it to take myself into considera
Jessie Serica
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great place to start with the concept of self-care whether you're a witch or not. It covers all areas that self-care benefits: mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental. I was really surprised how much information was packed into this little book. It's filled with tips, advice, methods, exercises, recipes, rituals, spells, ideas, and affirmations. I can def see myself referring back to it whenever I need a little inspiration on how to readjust my self-care routines or i ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this up in the library because I was drawn to the cover; when I read the title, I knew I had to check it out! This is a book that I will be purchasing for my personal collection. The tips within really expand on the general self-care lectures we often hear (go outside, get some sleep, drink more water, etc.) and there are rituals, spells, crafts, recipes and more which will actually assist the reader in achieving his or her goals. It seems to me that there is something here for everyone ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: witchcraft
A nice little book. Would make a great gift for the stressed witch in your life! A lot of it is common sense, but there are many recipes for aromatherapy blends, ideas for meditations, and even cooking recipes. And I really enjoyed the little spells aimed at wellness. All in all a cozy, enjoyable read
Zara Ess
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I did many of the writing exercises, made several recipes, and was inspired by every bit of it! It was the perfect balance of magic and self care. This book literally changed me for the better.
Rev. Ravyn
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This book offered a few new self-care techniques that I had not thought of before. To me, it read more like a cookbook/self-help book for witchy wellness, complete with recipes. :)
Hannah Proviance
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pagan
I really like that she covers all the different types of self-care as well as the myths. And, I also like how she includes simple magical ways to tend to all parts of the self. A good read even if you aren't pagan/wicca/or a witch.
Judy Phin
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
What a lovely book! I listened to the audio version of it, the speaker had a very calming and relaxing voice which added to the content.

I would definitely recommend this book be purchased as a hard copy, there are a lot of instructions and recipes in the book which is better to see in front of you rather than read out to you.

I love how present you have to be in each self care activity, a lot of intention, positive focus and gratitude towards the world, yourself and the items being used for the s
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a nice little book for self care, with lots of mindful tips, ideas and nice recipes.

The rituals within the book would be good for anyone who needs to slow down and be mindful, and really focus on their needs and intentions. I don't personally believe in wicca or paganism, so some of the spells weren't 'for me', but it was still a nice book.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I know having the word "witch" in the title of this book may be off putting to some but the endless ideas of self care in this book is absolutely amazing. I truly enjoyed this book and will be referencing it very frequently.
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wise woman, wise book

I’m not one for spells, etc, however, on a number of occasions this book made me gasp, highlight and then read aloud to whomever was within earshot.
Melody Luna
I really enjoyed this book! My friend gave it to me as a gift, and I was so happy because I wanted to read it for a while.

This book has a lot of really great witchy, self-care ideas! And I love that about it! It's totally in line with how I already live my life, and I'm so grateful to have on my shelf. It's the kind of book, if you enjoy it, you'll want to own it, because it makes a better reference book than a reading book. (You'll want to be able to pull it off your shelf at anytime so you can
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: occult
"You define what success is. If you deal with a chronic illness, a success can be 'I got out of bed' or 'I ate breakfast'...The key is that you have to consider it a success within the context of the kind of day you had."
Jul 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Much of this book was very... problematic. It contained many "rituals" which simply boiled down to many of the things every self-care article discusses—bath bombs, eating "right," journaling, etc. Other than the occasional prayer, they really had nothing to do with the Craft. The things it suggested also required a certain amount of: money (for materials), time, and able-bodiedness. Furthermore, it was appropriative of Native culture, discussing things like using sage smudge sticks and (though n ...more
christina Nicholson
Not just for "witches"

This book is full of amazing and wonderful self care tips, ideas, spells/prayers, and even food recipes.i can't wait to start this new step in my self care journey
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Currently a resident of Montreal, Canada, Arin works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Power Spellcraft for Life: The Art of Crafting and Casting for Positive Change (2005), Solitary Wicca for Life: A Complete Guide to Mastering the Craft on Your Own (2005), The Way of the Green Witch (2006), The Way of the Hedge Witch (2009), and Pagan Pregnancy: The Journey From Maiden to Mo ...more

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“I release this guilt to the universe. I invite peace and serenity to take its place. Open my heart to the positive energy of this lesson And support me as I learn to care for myself freely. Thank you for your many blessings.” 0 likes
“Self-care means considering yourself a worthwhile person and presenting yourself as valuable, capable, and deserving. In other words, self-care seeks to redress an imbalance that develops when you don’t take proper care of yourself, whether by inattention or by choice.” 0 likes
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