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The Goddess is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  788 ratings  ·  72 reviews
From the hearth to the altar, make magic in every moment. Being a Witch isn't limited to casting a spell under the full moon or consecrating a ritual circle. Whether you're calling the Goddess or doing the dishes, your wonderfully witchy ways are woven into everything you do.

With her signature down-to-earth wisdom and warmth, Deborah Blake takes you into the heart of what
Paperback, 227 pages
Published May 8th 2009 by Llewellyn Publications (first published May 1st 2009)
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Aug 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful book! It is not a Wicca 101 book if that's what you are looking for. Blake delves into the spiritual aspects of Wicca/Goddess worship and teaches the reader how to apply those principles to their daily life. I especially like the chapter on how to get through difficult times. A must read! ...more
Nov 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is not for beginners. Having said that, I found it to be a great introduction to incorporating wicca into everyday life. I struggle with this aspect since I work in an office and have a pretty hectic life at home. With this book however, I've found ways to sneak a little spirituality into everything I do. It's even helped demystify some of the more obscure aspects of being a witch. Each time I read a chapter out of this book, I feel like I'm sitting down with Ms. Blake and having a nic ...more
Hannah J
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
The author pulls from a lot of her experience and books that she's read. The best part of this book is the extensive list of references to other books, which the author quotes heavily from. This would be a find basic book but there are several problematic elements. Cultural appropriation/ advocating "smudging" which is a Native American closed practice.
Other moments like suggesting dressing up like a "slave girl" on Halloween to contrast normally being independent, etc that do not sit well with
Nicole Holst
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was not what I expected, although to be fair, the author did try to warn me in the first few pages. I am not a Wiccan, but find the religion very interesting and I've read many introductory books over the years. I was hoping for this book to offer insight into the ways being a Wiccan or Pagan influences one's life outside of rituals and magick. At times, this book did that, but I could not get used to the informal writing style. Once the author suggested that an independent person migh ...more
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
much of it was pretty obvious but nice to see it stated.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not what I expected but good. While it is not an introductory book, it feels more like a companion book for a beginner. It sometimes feels a bit repetitive in descriptions, which is great for novices but it can get a bit dull at brief moments for adepts seeking new knowledge. However, revisiting old topics is a good thing! Besides, the familiar writing style makes it feel more like listening to a friend talk. Which is a welcome change to the dry text of many others. I don't know details about th ...more
Babe of Darkness
May 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Bewitch my witchy witch. As I turned the page I hoped I would find something of interest or something I didn’t already know.
That wasn’t so...
I encourage anyone who is on their spiritual journey to read it.
Mar 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Advanced beginner Pagans.
Shelves: wicca
Multiple reviewers and the author herself have said that this book isn't intended for beginning Witches. I think it would be suitable for them anyway. This simply isn't a book on the techniques of Wicca. If the books that tell you what esbats and sabbata are, what the significance of the four elements is, or how to cast a circle are Wicca 101 books, I'd say this is a Wicca 102 book. The Goddess is in the Details strikes me as a book that gives a context for all those techniques you're learning f ...more
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
One of the things I absolutely loved about this book is the writing style. It is not stiff and impersonal like many other books I have read. Miss Blake writes in a very friendly and welcoming manner, often using humor, which makes it seem more like a conversation than a lecture. You feel as though she is talking directly to you.

I believe that this is a wonderful book that anyone who feels the need to learn more about Pagans can enjoy. Displaying such warmth and wisdom, Deborah Blake is really in
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
This book takes the reader on a wonderful journey through many aspects of witchcraft in everyday life. Blake uses simple, yet descriptive language that allows the reader to easily understand the concepts taught in each chapter. This book is clearly well thought out and contains many tidbits of wisdom.
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: wiccan
It says it isn't a 101 book, but to me it really did come across as a 101. Lots of great info, but very basic. The chapters are only 1 or 2 pages long. It has some "things to think about" or exercises at the end of each chapter. A good read for someone starting on the path or who is looking for a bit of a refresher. ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help, witchy
Am I a witch? I’m acutely aware of the seasons, and honor them in my Seasonal Eating and Seasonal Photography blogs. I grow herbs and know which ones help with alertness, sleep, and finding love. I have made money-drawing incense and lover-drawing wine. I observe solstices and equinoxes, and the holidays halfway between them. I’ve worn or carried specific gemstones to strengthen specific traits. I’ve even been known to cast a spell or two, though honestly with limited results. Everything that De ...more
Magdalena Llamandra
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book after reading the Everyday Witch Tarot manual as I loved the author`s writing style.
I would like to start out by saying that I came to this book as a novice in the pagan ways and with an open mind...just to realise that many of the subjects discussed in the book are something that I have been implementing in my life in one way or another for many years.
It discussed things like relationships, health, your house and faith and how to create a safe space for yourself and find l
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent intermediate volume of pagan practice, for those who have moved beyond the 101-style books and are looking for a solid next step.

There were only a couple of hitches for me: first, that the language was unerringly framed as if the reader was a woman, and second, that the text relied on cisgender and heterosexual gender and sexual essentialism. That no doubt stems from the author's own experience, but for a book first published in 2009, for the pagan community, it reads as ver
Heather Martin-Detka
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended by Jennie Blonde on her podcast the Cozy Comfy Witch. As I've said before, I look up to Jennie, so if she suggests something to read, I'm going to read it. Much like my previous What I'm Reading, "Toil and Trouble" by Augusten Burroughs, this book came to me just when I needed it.

As I read through Blake's book, all I could think to myself was that this was confirming I chose the right path, spiritually AND with starting this blog. A lot of what Blake talks about I wasdo
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a book that delivers what it says - everyday witchcraft! This is not a beginners book but beginners may appreciate how to integrate the craft into their day-to-day. This is a book I wish I would have found decades ago for insight, perspective, and inspiration.

Often times many get tied up in the details rather than realizing those details are the Divine around us. The craft does not need to be overly ceremoniously where we get so caught up in ritual that we miss the point or stop enjo
Deborah Lowder
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a Wiccan book. And as such, it makes assumptions about what every witch believes and practices.

If you’re searching for a type of witchcraft that doesn’t appropriate (as I was), this isn’t for you (aka smudging).

There’s also back to back sections on sex and marriage. But the sex section is geared toward single folks and the marriage section talks about heathy relationship practices. It may be a small thing, but the way it was organized leans heavily toward erasure of intimate relationsh
Adrian Brown
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pagan
When I grow up (like that's ever going to happen!) I want to be a High Priestess in the style of Deborah Blake. Her positive attitude, mixed with real talk, speaks to me on deep -- and encouraging -- levels. I haven't read all of her books (yet!), but the ones I have read, I've thoroughly enjoyed. She's taught me a lot, including some life-shifting perspectives! She also co-created my favorite tarot deck (the Everyday Witch's Tarot). Her books are accessable to practitioners of many levels, but ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual-life
I loved how the author ended each chapter with a question about the subject of the chapter and it's importance in one's own life, or a suggestion of ideas one might try in one's own life related to the chapter. This book is beyond a basics book. The author won't be teaching you how to ground and center, how to cast a circle, or much in the way of correspondences. There are books on all those topics. This book is about how an individual witch might bring those practices into her or his daily life ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I like the way she writes as it’s very informal, inclusive & friendly. A fascinating read. It also makes clear that the modern 21st century Witch is nothing like those portrayed in storybooks of old. She is a nature loving, spiritual soul who wishes to spread positive energy & kindness everywhere she can with an interest in healing, herbs & the natural world. I think if we all followed the examples given in this book & took time to reflect, both our lives and the World would b ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Informational and light hearted

Overall I enjoyed this read. A lot of insight into different aspects of life to integrate your belief/practice into your everyday life. Some chapters I kind of just skimmed over (if you're not a pagan parent, how can you give soulful advice on being one?). And at least in most portions of the US, please don't plant a tree in the summertime. It will most definitely die lol.
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the majority of this book. The author is very kind in her writing and brings to the front that our magic is in everything and the path is personalize to each individual.

I just wish that witches would not feel the need to speak about medical issues, such as mental health, as though they can be solved with herbs and a good attitude. But, that's the community and this author isn't anything special in that regard.
Anastasia Mpimpa
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A nice friendly approach to decluttering our daily connection to the Divine. Taking complicated ideas to their parts and making things easier. It is written in a friendly easy to read style with good doses of humour. If you want to rethink your magickal path and find more depth in simple everyday tasks it is a good place to start.
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wicca-witchcraft
While this book rather addresses the American witch (sorry, no Luther King Day hereabouts to transform into some sort of pagan festival...) it does offer some useful and creative ideas. Not as many as I hoped for, since quite a lot of it is the kind of thing you would come up with yourself when you devote a little bit of thought and energy to a given topic, but it certainly makes a nice read.
The first chapters are really good, they really help you understand how you are and act (or can be or act) as a witch in your everyday life. I didn't find the other chapters very useful for that purpose. ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
While not the target audience, this book has helped me better understand the practices of paganism. A close friend recently chose this path and I wanted to learn more to understand her journey and offer support.
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
An awesome book for the intermediate pagan/witch. The author is so comforting to read, laidback and just plain real. I loved this book and will definitely be reading more from her. Wish it were longer though! But otherwise, a great read :)
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A book of informal & charming witchcraft musings with some inspiring antidotes but also some tone deaf ones too.
This was a reread that dropped from a 4 to a 3 star.
Ash Tree
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a beginner's book and a good one at that. It was nice for me to get back to the basics. ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: witchy
I enjoyed the first few chapters but didn't get much out of the rest. I probably would have given it 3 or 4 stars but cant move past the suggestion to dress up as a slave?? Very tone deaf. ...more
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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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