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Making Magic: Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary

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Re-enchant your life with this book of rituals, ceremonies, and practices for personal growth—anchored in the hidden power of everyday things.

"We all have a deep capacity to make magic . . .
. . . and to do it as easily as we breathe or open our eyes. This is not a matter of belief. You can discover your own capacity for magic in your own direct experience."
Briana Sauss
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Sounds True
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Edric Unsane
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: occult
A very well done guide to discovering your own magic through everyday acts and exercises.
What I liked about the book:
Easily read/Well written.
The exercises contained within are excellent for developing a magical life.
The exercises are straight-forward and suitable for people in most income brackets.
The author does not promote any one religious belief system; The book is very Secular.


What I disliked about the book:
The book was written in a poetic/New Age style that just didn't jive well with me.
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Arwen Lynch
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a not-to-be-missed book. Rather than tell you how she does things, Saussy offers a gentle guide into how you can find your own magic. Her theory about magic as a wild thing mirror my own experience. I've been on a magical path for nearly 40 years. I thought I had a pretty good handle on magic et al. Saussy showed me what I was missing. That piece of the puzzle that is like water. If you think to grasp it, it will slip right of your hands. This book shows you how to stalk the magic until ...more
Quinn
This is not the rabbit-in-a-hat kind of magic, nor is it a book on wicca or pentagrams. It's a book about the magic of nature, of hidden knowledge, of creating rituals to create a sacred life that is yours alone. Well worth reading from many viewpoints--for the naturalist, for those who feel we are all connected, for those who want to make their lives more meaningful, and for ritualists--those who want to celebrate important events through meaningful ritual.
Mat Auryn
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Throughout Making Magic: Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary, Briana Saussy never gives a concrete definition of magick and upon finishing the book it becomes more apparent that this is intentional. There are many books full of spells and occult theory – but this book is different. Making Magic is a creative book about re-enchanting your worldview and rediscovering what your intrinsic natural magick is for you, and that’s going to look different for every single individual. Being ...more
Elaine
Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of Making Magic.

I didn't know what to expect from Making Magic so I went into it with an open mind. And I was pleasantly surprised.

Making Magic is not what you think; yes, there are rituals and spells but it's not love spells or putting the voodoo on someone.

The author's perspective from magic comes from personal experience and years of study.

When she is talking about magic, she means all that we are, as a person, and all that we embody, the
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Danielle
Briana Saussy's "Making Magic" is a guided tutorial on finding our inner magic and honing our skills in order to live a more fulfilling life. I enjoy her use of journaling to help bring awareness of our inner thoughts, hopes, and dreams. This book can be truly exceptional in helping one along on their journey of magic and self-discovery. However, much of the teachings in each chapter are done through her tale of Golden Locks and the Bear People, which made it difficult for me to take seriously. ...more
Amanda Leigh
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautiful book that reminds us that magic is inherent and available to us all through story and dreaming
Caitlin H
This book wasn't bad, but it also wasn't amazing, to me. Like Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality, it feels to me like an important book for people to read, but that it wasn't for me. As in, the concepts weren't earth-shattering, or that different, to me.

But i can see it being pretty important for anyone who's just starting to look into magical spirituality, & those who may call themselves a "baby witch". I've seen so many post on an Amino saying, "Where sho
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Jaymi
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, 2019
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of Making Magic by Briana Saussy from netgalley.com for an honest review. However, the author is a friend of mine.

It all starts with a story. In this case, we’re treated to Golden Locks and the bear people. You may think you know how this story goes, and ends, but you don’t. That’s the beauty of magic. This is the magic Briana Saussy teaches us to remember. Magic is everywhere. It’s in the food we eat, the activities we do during the day, and the sacred times we s
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Eliza Bajsicka
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I give this book a solid five out of five stars!

I can’t really say I learned much new from this book, but I still really enjoyed it. I suspect most intermediate to advanced witches won’t find much new here - but that’s okay! Accessible, non-denominational works to help beginners are important! From a pedagogical perspective, this book is a solid recommendation to give any beginner.

I’m glad to have discovered this book and will be including it amongst my usual recommendations for beginners.

I thi
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Michael
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I love to plan and tend to over-organize and over-analyze, so I picked up Making Magic as a way to force myself to think about the role of mystery and magic in my life. I wanted to open myself to imagination and spontaneity; to be comfortable with not having everything regulated and catalogued. And the book worked for that.

Pretty quickly, Saussy helped me see the connections between "the everyday and the extraordinary," as she puts it. Another way of thinking about it is that the material object
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Naava Kaiho
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Three and a half stars, rounded down to three for Goodreads, despite mathematics telling me that's the wrong thing to do.

My biggest criticism is that it was extremely difficult for me to "get into" the book. I found myself forcing myself to read the book up until the 40 percent mark. That's when it got interesting. Forcing myself to read: rating went to three and a half stars which I would have rounded up to four... if it hadn't been for th
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Janine Smith
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
As a Pagan, and a dabbler in Wicca I’m always keen to learn other forms of practice and sometimes pick up other things to use in my rituals. So I was keen to read 'Making Magic' as the blurb sets it as “welcoming guide to accessing your magic and creating a spiritual path that is all your own”
It does just that, each chapter talks about an aspect of magic and gives you an idea and an example of ritual.
The concept isn’t anything new, but the rituals are pared down to the very basics. although it d
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Cecily Sailer
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you're new to the magical arts or interested in rituals that support your life and connect you to the world you inhabit, we highly recommend MAKING MAGIC by Briana Saussy. The book makes an important case for the use of magic and ritual in our daily lives — as a natural way of articulating intentions and seeking communion with something greater than ourselves. The book offers step-by-step rituals to help care for the body, protect and cleanse the home, connect with nature, and strengthen pers ...more
Shannon
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is probably the most accessible book on magic that I've come across...ever. It leads rather than instructs, and reminds the reader that we all can make magic by participating in, and engaging with, our environments. It reminds us that magic is everywhere: on the other side of a doorway; in our lucky charms; in the food we prepare and consume. Magic is in us, and we get to interpret what it means to us. In that way, Making Magic is for anyone who wants to engage more fully in the world aroun ...more
Grace Quantock
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adored this beautiful book & if you are looking to incorporate more mindfulness, connectedness & magic into you life, I think you will too.
Briana’s words are poetry in prose, the words are as magical as what’s described. From ritual suggestions, field notes, reflections & fairy takes, it’s a bounty of ways to weave your own magical life. If you’ve read lots of ‘beginner’s magic’ books, know this is approachable but takes a different slant; you work with what’s around you & in your life alread
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Destiny Bridwell
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This book took a little for me to get into over the last couple of months. I read a lot of new age books. I am not saying that I did not get anything from this book. I feel this does explain a few things that I have been wondering about for a long time. I like they way the book was divided and that made it easy to find the things that I wanted to read. Maybe I have been reading too many of these books as of late. But I will continue to ...more
Books Tea
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have absolutely loved every bit of this book. I’m already talking it up and telling people about it because it’s just that good, fun and digestible. Briana has a natural story telling gift and weaves this entire read into a very approachable and doable type of everyday magic while maintaining a beautiful mystery and wisdom of the ages. I’m so thankful to have been able to experience this book and hope it touches other hearts and magical minds far and wide.
Tiffany Rose
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and how instead of giving a definition of magic, Briana wants us to work directly with magic and experience it for ourselves, through various rituals. I've definitely expanded how I see magic, as a life long witch I see magic from a new angle and am thankful for this book.
Angela Maher
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a book about connection, to all in your surroundings, and to yourself. Gentle wisdom guides you in identifying and appreciating the magic of life. Self care and observation are of great importance, and this book shows how they are often neglected, and how returning your attention to such things holds magic and peace.
Nancy
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A clear, accessible, and evocative call to reconnect with the natural restorative magic all around us in nature and in the elements of everyday life. I will be referring back to this wonderful little book often.
Elisa
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really interesting read on finding your magic within, I really enjoyed Making Magic it was so much more than I was expecting.
Heather
This book is a guide on finding magic in your own life in simple actives or experiences. The book is well written and researched. It gives you well laid out instructions on each chapter about how to find that magic in the world around you and in you.
Lisa
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books-read
Bri weaves a beautifully poetic tapestry of how to live a practical, magical life - this is the "mindfulness" framework I've been looking for! A guidebook for restoring one's spirit.
Satine Dali
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
only part I really appreciated was the bit on spirals..
Sarah Washington
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free, advance copy of this text from Llewellyn Publications of Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Making Magic: Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary by Briana Saussy is an ambitious text: it attempts to serve as an introductory guide to incorporating a bit of magic into the reader’s everyday life. Making Magic is ideal for the newbie witch or the busy witch, as many of the exercises within can be completed quickly,
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K Kriesel
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
This is my #1 recommendation to all beginners. It's simple, easy to read, non-threatening, and can get a new witch thinking about what they themselves genuinely want and need.
Rebekah
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The more time passes since my first reading of this book, the more I like it. Too often, we think of magic as something totally unreal, totally ridiculous and fantastic, completely outside of our normal realm of being. Saussy reminds us that it is actually in the mundane everyday, as well as in the liminal spaces between things, where true magic resides, and helps us find it again.

The book contains a lot of instructions, exercises, journaling prompts, etc., many of which didn't capture me at fir
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Annarella
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting and thought provoking book, well written and full of interesting stories and hints.
The style of writing is lyrical and I loved how the book is written.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Marie
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the first chapters, I found so many things that I wanted to know about. It's in one book, not the ten you have to get your for your information. Doors and thresholds that we can travel and having helpers in our magic is enthralling. Finding a way to use things in your life to help you grow is something for every practitioner. I was totally enchanted by this book. I will buy several copies, one for me and some for my friends.. It's so good. It has been read on my Kindle and I need a copy for ...more
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