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I begin every book on witchcraft with a healthy dose of skepticism I m ready for a lot of woo, or pages and pages of prescribed rituals or spells with only fluff in between to hold it all together, or self important stories about what a skillful witch or diviner or medium the author is Never having read Zakroff s earlier work, I began this book in the same fashion I was, however, delighted to be wrong This book is the book I wish I d had 10 years ago when I was first exploring witchcraft It I begin every book on witchcraft with a healthy dose of skepticism I m ready for a lot of woo, or pages and pages of prescribed rituals or spells with only fluff in between to hold it all together, or self important stories about what a skillful witch or diviner or medium the author is Never having read Zakroff s earlier work, I began this book in the same fashion I was, however, delighted to be wrong This book is the book I wish I d had 10 years ago when I was first exploring witchcraft Its tone is delightfully conversational while the text also makes good use of footnotes and references to articles, Wikipedia pages, other books on witchcraft, mythology, andMore importantly, though, the whole book is about how to build your own craft Using the acronym RITES as a framework Roots, Inspiration, Time, Environment, Star Zakroff offers a foundation to build upon ideas to grasp and grow, and a sense of how and where to direct what you build and put it into action I admit I m still a little unclear of what Star really refers to, but I read it as the culmination of the other four components our roots, whether our family of origin, ancestral home, or other early influences, our influences and the things that inspire us and our craft, the way that time figures into our life and practice moon cycles, seasonal cycles, everything from daily routines to once in a lifetime rites of passage and finally environment, the location where we live and came from The star, then, isthan the sum of these four parts it is the synergy of those components in this space and time and shaped by this particular witch While Weave the Liminal remains steadfastly a book about how to claim one s own path, Zakroff does, of course, share her own experiences and philosophies as well While not including the Threefold Law or the Wiccan Rede in her own craft, she does offer Nine Guidelines to Prevent Witch Wars which might be useful here on tumblr which include her own Threefold Law Read everything three times before responding, and read your response three times before posting With an extensive discussion of deities are they required for witchcraft Spoiler alert nope How do I choose which deity to include in my practice What s the difference between worship, devotion, and working with a god or goddess as well as ideas for ways to work with various types of ancestors or spirits of the dead she recognizes the Familiar Dead, the Ancestors, and the Mighty Dead , she also includes reminders that there is plenty of energy to work with even if you never contact any other spirits or gods While Zakroff herself identifies as what she calls the P words pantheist, pagan, polytheist, etc and does use an animist lens when speaking about working with the spirits of place, especially, she employs journal prompts throughout the book to guide readers in examining and articulating their own beliefs This is as excellent book for a new or beginner witch as it is for aseasoned practitioner There was little new information in the book for me, but it was given with a perspective that I find to be rare in most witchy books and was incredibly refreshing Even as she describes her experiences with the clair senses or talks about a side conversation she had with a deity during ritual, she gives an impression of grounded level headedness Just as we over at witchmums like to remind our followers to look for the mundane explanations before the magical ones, so too does Zakroff Just as I insist upon a place for secular witchcraft in the community, so does she Indeed, there was so little I disagreed with in the book that it felt like I could have written it though of course I do not have as extensive experience she has to draw from and therefore my version would have been shorter and probably less impressive In all, I would highly recommend this book, especially for witches looking to develop a craft unique to their own life and experience, and or those who are less interested in high formal ritual than in tapping in to their own power and building ritual from there In fact this has probably made it to the top of the list of books I would recommend to new witches, though I believe witches of any experience level can find something useful or resonant in it I have no clue how to rate this book I loved it yet it also was one of the most uncomfortable reads I ve had at the same time It s somehow both 5 stars and 3 stars.I m 100% against hexing at all times Nobody will be able to convince me otherwise Yes, people have tried.I found her stance on deity confusing She is somehow a theist while also speaking like an atheist She refuses to worship deities yet everything she does IS worship but in a less heavy word as work with.She seems to have l I have no clue how to rate this book I loved it yet it also was one of the most uncomfortable reads I ve had at the same time It s somehow both 5 stars and 3 stars.I m 100% against hexing at all times Nobody will be able to convince me otherwise Yes, people have tried.I found her stance on deity confusing She is somehow a theist while also speaking like an atheist She refuses to worship deities yet everything she does IS worship but in a less heavy word as work with.She seems to have little respect for mythology Stating it will hold little truths Yet seems really curious about Greek Mythology, and seems to invoke Hekate Hecate often.I would say if your a polytheist, maybe pass on this She won t even write the word, calling it p word instead, which comes off pretty rude If your an atheist or secular witch, this book would be perfect for you Wiccans Totally avoid, she really is pushy on the hexing.So, do I hate the book and or author Would I never read another book from her again I do like her as a person, and her videos are great I would read other books by her but now that I know her beliefs better, I can be better informed Some of what she says about deity and mythology made me feel like a i needed a hot shower and felt deeply uncomfortable This is very much a theory based, rather than entirely practical, book on witchcraft The emphasis is one creating one s own path and practices through research and interests, and how to structure these beliefs and practices I appreciated Zakroff s openness to a variety of relationships with divinity and especially the RITES method of framing a spiritual belief system and practice However, I thought this book was too chatty, and relied too much on personal narrative, and it could have been 3 4 This is very much a theory based, rather than entirely practical, book on witchcraft The emphasis is one creating one s own path and practices through research and interests, and how to structure these beliefs and practices I appreciated Zakroff s openness to a variety of relationships with divinity and especially the RITES method of framing a spiritual belief system and practice However, I thought this book was too chatty, and relied too much on personal narrative, and it could have been 3 4 the length without losing any important content Remember that you are not alone You are following in the footsteps of countless generations of liminal weavers, and you are surrounded by spirit in so many ways Breathe, close your eyes, find the quietude of the darkness Soon the light of the star will become visible like the rising sun, the fabric will be illuminated again, and you will find your place Laura Tempest ZakroffAs I continue to explore shifting my focus, expanding my practice, I read the delightful book Weave the Liminal by Remember that you are not alone You are following in the footsteps of countless generations of liminal weavers, and you are surrounded by spirit in so many ways Breathe, close your eyes, find the quietude of the darkness Soon the light of the star will become visible like the rising sun, the fabric will be illuminated again, and you will find your place Laura Tempest ZakroffAs I continue to explore shifting my focus, expanding my practice, I read the delightful book Weave the Liminal by Laura Zakroff I ve always found liminal spaces to be wonderful gateways to magic and the otherworld I was curious to read what someone who called their path Modern Traditional Witchcraft might have to say about liminal work Before we dive into the meat of the book, I do want to praise the artwork on the cover and for each chapter It really managed to capture the essence of the book and added a real magical flair to the pages This book is intended for any witchcraft practitioner who is looking to forge their own path New practitioners will find a lot of wonderful advice and inspiration that will save readers countless hours trying to figure out on their own Questions about working with Deity, labels, and the history of witchcraft are presented in easy to digest segments A newbie book that finally reflects what magic and witchcraft looks like in today s world I ve not yet read a book that so clearly empowers readers to do their own thing while still subtly providing the foundation and answers that newbies desire The author writes with expertise and good humor I felt like I was talking to an older sister who got it but also knew a few thingsthan I do While I don t consider myself to be a beginner at this point, I can see this tone being incredibly helpful for a beginner in paganism or witchcraft What I loved reading about was the author s take on Deity and the practicalities of being a witch in today s world Readers really get to dive into the fascinating world of liminal work in the Deity chapter The conversation around how one might differentiate between spirits, gods, ghosts, ect was enlightening The tidbits concerning navigating our modern world as a witch or pagan was just what our community needed The author finds avenues for the traditional roles of healer, priestess, seer to be integrated in our mundane lives in 2019 These chapters are exactly what I look for when reading a book that isn t directly related to my own path as a Druid Informative, inspiring, and providing just enough of shift that I can look at my own path with fresh eyes Readers who are new to witchcraft or paganism, this is a MUST READ Those who are looking to really shape and make their paths their own will also delight in this wonderful look at modern traditional witchcraft I have such mixed feelings on this book.What is described on the back of the book is only loosely what is inside of the book The concept of weaving and liminal is applied only loosely at the beginning of each chapter it feels a bit like an after thought I also have mixed feelings on the tone in the book I find the author to be the most engaging when she is talking about her personal experiences something I usually dislike in other books but at times the language feels very flippant and off I have such mixed feelings on this book.What is described on the back of the book is only loosely what is inside of the book The concept of weaving and liminal is applied only loosely at the beginning of each chapter it feels a bit like an after thought I also have mixed feelings on the tone in the book I find the author to be the most engaging when she is talking about her personal experiences something I usually dislike in other books but at times the language feels very flippant and off putting I kept expecting to see yas girl slay written and I m not sure how I feel about it Calling Pagans Polytheists etc the P word left an uncomfortable taste in my mouth It is very possible I felt removed from the book because I am a bit past the witchcraft 101 section That being said, it was enjoyable that this was a 101 book that was not incredibly Wicca focused I ll actually be gifting it to a friend who is beginning in witchcraft and finding Wicca does not work for her.I ll write a full review once I get my thoughts in order but if the book encouraged me to do anything, it was to check out the author s blog She s an engaging writer when it comes to discussing her personal experiences and I am interested in hearingabout her experiences and how they influenced her path I loved this book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in beginning in Witchcraft or, who is already a practitioner, but needs an extra boost The author is just fantastic, I love the way she writes and explains things The comparison between our practices and a web is just perfect and made me think and reflect so much on my path and my practice I read this book both as an audiobook and as an e Book through Scribd and I loved both ways, I think it s such an easy and fantastic book I loved this book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in beginning in Witchcraft or, who is already a practitioner, but needs an extra boost The author is just fantastic, I love the way she writes and explains things The comparison between our practices and a web is just perfect and made me think and reflect so much on my path and my practice I read this book both as an audiobook and as an e Book through Scribd and I loved both ways, I think it s such an easy and fantastic book that can be read at any given time It will truly inspire you to workon your practice and to reflect on your routines or, in case you re beginning, it will help you mold your path and start giving the first few steps Definitely one of my fav books in 2020 I loved this book This was the witchcraft book I have been waiting for for a decade and a half It s great for beginners, as well as a wonderful refresher for those like me who have stagnated on their paths This book reawakened the witch in me, and I d definitely recommend it to others. An enjoyable informative text that collaborates the authors experiences with the craft including examples of the positive and negative vibrations when doing magic.There were very few journaling prompts or self relating activities which is a shame I would have loved a bigger collaborative section to work alongside the guide as you learn.The foot notes were relevant the overall text within was not too drawn out.The book reads like a beginner intermediate level guide with a wide variety of topics An enjoyable informative text that collaborates the authors experiences with the craft including examples of the positive and negative vibrations when doing magic.There were very few journaling prompts or self relating activities which is a shame I would have loved a bigger collaborative section to work alongside the guide as you learn.The foot notes were relevant the overall text within was not too drawn out.The book reads like a beginner intermediate level guide with a wide variety of topics for these levels on the path.Being an eclectic witch that borrows from all facets of the practice this guide leanstowards a traditional witchcraft path.If you follow a traditional path or are just starting out on the journey this will be a useful resource guide.Many thanks to Llewellyn Worldwide Publications and Netgalley for an advanced copy for an honest review All opinions expressed are my own and unbiased {DOWNLOAD EBOOK} Ø Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft È Weave the Liminal helps you explore what it means to truly be a Witch in the contemporary world and learn how to overcome the issues that can be problematic in defining your path A hands on guide to the Modern Tradition of Witchcraft, this book is all about creating an authentic expression of Witchcraft that works for you Discover how to formulate a personalized working practice with RITES Roots, Inspiration, Time, Environment, Star Delve into spellcraft, metaphysics, and ritual, and learn how to journey into the liminal realm to meet with divinity and spirits Modern Traditional Witchcraft is a path of experimentation Let Weave the Liminal be a guide and companion as you experiment with the Craft and continue evolving the rich pattern of your magical life This witchy read is described as book to help you create an authentic path of witchcraft that works for YOU It doesn t preach.It doesn t waffle.It doesn t lay down a set of ironclad rules that you MUST follow in order to be considered a real witch.And it s pretty refreshing to be honest.The whole vibe of this book is basically do what feels right to you And if it doesn t feel right, then try something else Focusing on the path of the Modern Traditional witch and explaining that term wond This witchy read is described as book to help you create an authentic path of witchcraft that works for YOU It doesn t preach.It doesn t waffle.It doesn t lay down a set of ironclad rules that you MUST follow in order to be considered a real witch.And it s pretty refreshing to be honest.The whole vibe of this book is basically do what feels right to you And if it doesn t feel right, then try something else Focusing on the path of the Modern Traditional witch and explaining that term wonderfully too this book features history, definitions, how to fit your practice into everyday life, what being a witch means, how to write your own spells hint it s not that hard , information about altars rituals, how to work with spirits deities, whether you really need to work with deities, and so muchI really enjoyed the no nonsense, straight to the point, no frills and fluff way Laura Tempest Zakroff has of explaining things in her book.I m used to a lot of witchcraft books containing a lot of airy fairy descriptions, over the top rituals and spells that require about 20 obscure items and a whole whoo haar to perform, and this book was not like that at all.This isof a guide book to steer you along onto your own path and help you to find your own way of doing things.It s a friend with a gentle guiding hand on your shoulder that you can fall back on for clarity and inspiration when you need it.It s a fantastically written, insightful guidebook that I believe every witch, no matter their path or skill level, would benefit from having on their shelf