Three Essential Witchcraft Books from Copper Cauldron

Three Essential Witchcraft Books from Copper Cauldron

She was a witch long before Buffy or Charmed or any number of Hollywood versions of witchcraft exploded into the popular imagination. She is the Official Witch of Salem and author of several books on the craft going back decades, but the latest offerings, published by Copper Cauldron are her legacy and a must-have for any student of the Craft and Magick or (Majick.) People sometimes ask if witches are real. Laurie Cabot breaks the stereotype of the witch of imagination (woman, all in black, casting spells) with a living example of a priestess who not only embraces the stereotype, but embodies a Craft tradition that is rich, deep, compassionate and yes, real. She didn’t get to be the Official Witch of Salem for wearing black, but for her work with Special Needs children. Her two latest works are essential in the rich legacy of the Cabot Tradition.

Laurie Cabot's Book of Shadows - Pentacle Crow Cat Triple moon Laurie Cabot’s Book of Shadows

If you are tired of ‘witchcraft lite’ titles, this 7.5 by 9.25 inch 512 page compilation of a life’s Craft work is a deep spring to renew your practice.  The history, lore, rituals and recipes for incense, oils and more included in this opus are available for you to draw from to enhance your own craft.

If you are a working High Priestess or Priest, there’s advice on working alone or in a group. If you are a student, you will welcome the inclusion of the materials on the Science, Art and Religion of witchcraft. Available as both a Hardcover or a Paperback, Laurie Cabot’s Book of Shadows has a place on the essential witches book shelf. [Read more…]

Coventry Magic with Jacki Smith

Jacki Smith, creator of Coventry Candles–the premier supplier of magical candles in the U.S.–reveals the secrets to her super-charged magic in her new book.  Eye of Horus is one of only three stores (and the only one in Minnesota) Jacki is visiting to present workshops and launch her book Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils and Herbs. Her Blessed Herbal Candles, Motor City Hoo Doo Candles & Ois, and Witch’s Brew Candles & Oils are staples of many spiritual communities.

Jacki Smith

Jacki Smith, Author Coventry Magic

Jacki will be at Eye of Horus in the first weekend in November for a weekend packed with offerings. Here’s the quick schedule for the Coventry Magic Weekend, Come Friday for readings, come Saturday for a free demo and book signing or come Sunday for an in-depth workshop (registration required for workshop, space is limited):

  • Akashic & Tarot Readings – Nov 4th (Friday & Sat) – by appointment, call 612-872-1292 or book online
  • Free Talk and Interactive Demo – Nov 5th (Sat) 1-3pm – Getting a New Perspective on Magic with Jacki Smith
  • Book Signing Q&A – Nov 5th (Sat) 3-5pm
  • Coventry Magic Workshop Nov 6th (Sunday) 2-5 pm – Advanced Elemental Spell Crafting, Coventry Style Click here for more info and registration.

Read on for all the details! about the book and events . . .

Coventry Magic Book

Coventry Magic Book

Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils and Herbs

Released October 15th and now in stock, Coventry Magic is a both a fun and profound exploration of what influences shape our lives, and the role we can take in that shaping. In her own witty and wonderfully witchy voice, Smith teaches how to manifest luck, love, money, power, creativity, and abundance into your life. Learn the basics in spellcasting—including clearing a space, choosing corresponding colors and gemstones, elementals, and simple tarot readings—plus everything you wanted to know (or didn’t even know was out there) about wax divination, Ceromancy (divination based on the flame of the candle), potent herbal blends, and much, much more.

“Although this book is a wonderful introduction for the beginner, it is absolutely packed with all kinds of ways to use candle magick. The experienced practitioner will be inspired to add some new techniques to their repetoire as well—I particularly love the section on candle magick and tarot! Great job!” ~Karen Harrison, author of The Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook

Buy your copy online or call the store at 612-871-292

Coventry Magic Weekend Details

For Akashic & Tarot Readings, come Nov 4th (Friday)
Jacki Smith, combines the insight of the Tarot with the life changing energies of the Akashic records in her psychic readings. When you book a session with Jacki, you are not only getting a reading, you are also getting a soul level healing.  During your session with Jacki, she will tap into your Akashic records to access your past, present and future. From this perspective she will help you see where you your current path is leading you, what from your past is blocking your dreams and how to help you overcome them. Each session with Jacki is a unique experience; with many life changing outcomes. Are you brave enough to face your dreams? 30 minutes $60  Book your in-store Reading with Jacki online

Discover Coventry Magic – Nov 5th (Saturday)
Getting a New Perspective on Magic with Jacki Smith Free Talk and Interactive Demo – 1-3pm
So many times what we think is the problem is only the symptom of the bigger problem. Jacki Smith uses humor and Coventry Oracle Cards to show you how easy it is to use a system to ferret out the underlying issues and beliefs that can often sabotage magical spells. No registration required, but come early for the best space.

Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils and Herbs  Book Signing Q&A – 3-5pm
This book helps readers get to the meat of issues and solve them in a magical, life-changing way. Coventry Magic will be an invaluable reference for beginners as well as experienced magic practitioners—the ultimate candle magic reference book. Call 612-872-1292 to pre-order your copy!

Coventry Magic Workshop Nov 6th (Sunday) 2-5 pm
Advanced Elemental Spell Crafting, Coventry Style
So how many times are you going to light a prosperity candle, get good results then need one again next week or month? If you need to do magic around an issue, you probably have a block there.  If you didn’t, you wouldn’t need magic.  In this class, Jacki Smith will take you deeper into your magical quest and help you uncover what your core magical needs are, thus making every spell more effective and long lasting.  You don’t want to miss out on this one, we don’t know when, if ever, Jacki will be back in MN.

As a special bonus, workshop participants will get 20% off candles, oils and herbs on the day of the workshop! Space is limited, so don’t wait! Call 612-872-1292 or register online with Paypal or Credit Card (or select Pay in Store).

Don’t Forget to pick up or reserve your copy in advance. Here’s what the experts are saying about the book, Coventry Magic:

“Jacki is the real deal and makes candle rituals fun, meaningful, and magical.” ~Amy Zerner & Monte Farber, authors of The Enchanted Tarot and The Soulmate Path

“From self-understanding to healing and transformation, Jacki prepares us to be creators and channels of powerful magic in our own lives. She makes both magical theory and practical application accessible and effective and fun.” ~Barbara Moore, author of The Mystic Faerie Tarot and Tarot for Beginners

“A comprehensive book of very practical magic that can be done–with a little practice–by anyone. And it is effective magic . . . it works!” ~Raymond Buckland, author of Buckland’s Book of Gypsy Magic

“Jacki Smith is a masterful artist of magickal candles. I’ve enjoyed her blend of strong magickal intentions and great smelling scents in her products. To have her wisdom in a book is a treasure!” ~Christopher Penczak, co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft and author of The Plant Spirit Familiar

“Coventry Magic isn’t just another good book outlining magical practice. It’s the best damned self-help book on the market—bar none!” ~Dorothy Morrison, author of Utterly Wicked and Everyday Magic

“Not only does she provide practical and understandable information, Jacki Smith invistes us into her process of discovery, application, and direct results. Now we understand why Coventry products work so well! And now, the reader can apply the same type of magical development and practice to their work.” ~Orion Foxwood, author of The Tree of Enchantment

Magickal Herbs and Roots

Eye of Horus now carries Herbs for Natural Magick, in addition to our loose incense resins and herbs. If you’re blending your own incense, preparing for a sabbat ritual, compounding a spell or charm, or searching for your personal aromatherapy blend or sachet ingredients, we offer an array of fine botanical curios for your needs.

Herb magick is earth magick. Rooted, growing and best used when long-lasting effects are the desired outcome. If you need a better permanent job or relationship, or want to protect your home or just increase the good vibe, then herb magick is a good choice. If you need a change in your life to occur right away, you may find lighting a candle as part of the initial spell or blessing, gives it a quick push. But to really get acquainted with herbs, it’s good to have an experienced guide. That’s why we are offering this introductory hands-on workshop.

Magic of Herbs classThe Magic of Herbs with Gypsy Nilsen

Oct 2nd (Sunday) 2:00 – 5:00 pm

This class is for those interested in learning how to use herbs for magick in their daily lives or just curious about the uses of herbs. We will explore lore and myths, as well as learn the folk names and botanical names of commonly used herbs. What really is Eye of Newt? What is the best herb for luck? Gambling? Romance? Legal matters? We will talk about the practical and magical uses of herbs, everything from a simple incense to calm your home to brewing a tea to add to your floor wash. You will get a chance to make a Mojo Bag filled with herbs and make a tea mixture. This is a hands on class, so we will touch, smell and taste some herbs. The cost of the workshop includes all the herbs and supplies for your mojo bag and tea. Click here for more info on the Magic of Herbs Class.

But if you are more of the do-it on your own sort, or want to know more about the selection of herbs we have, read on.

It’s in the Bag

Creating a charm bag is a powerful act of intention. You determine your purpose and then bring objects together to support that purpose. Other names for and types of Charm Bags include: Herbal Charms, Sachets, Mojo Bags, Gris Gris, and Medicine Bags. The bag usually includes some herbs, a stone, a charm and anything which seems magically appropriate to the purpose. They are often carried in a pocket or purse, worn around the neck, put in the glove compartment of a car, kept on an altar, by the bed, or other place, depending on it’s use.  Many are very simple.  For example:

High John the conqueror

John the Conqueror Root

High John The Conqueror – Anoint the root with some peppermint oil, or surround with Peppermint herb, and tie up in a green or purple bag to attract needed money.

We’ve started out with 24 of the most useful and recommended herbs. But if we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can get it, usually within a day or two. We’ve hooked up with a local supplier who buys direct from farmers/gatherers/wildcrafters worldwide. Each of the herbs has a brief description on our website, but it is by no means a complete history of the use of the herbs.

Compendium of Herbal MagickIf you need help choosing the herbs, oils and stones to use in your own charm bags, check out our list below. Usually just one herb will do, so you can just pick and choose based on what you have on hand, or what can be easily obtained.

We also offer a growing list of  Herbal Magick books, including Ellen Dugan’s Herb Magick for Beginners, Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs, and for the most complete and amazing tome, Paul Beyerl’s Compendium of Herb Magick.  Beyerl’s Compendium is the most comprehensive and all-inclusive book on the magical and religious uses of herbs ever published with 330 herbs covered in detail with over 100 illustrations. Sections include the Magickal Classification of Herbs; A Guide to the Usage of Magickal Herbs, Dieties and Magickal Herbalism and astrological Herbal Correspondences.

Also, please note that some herbs are toxic and so you should store safely and keep them clearly labeled.  The more you use herbs, the more you should learn and it is wise to have some training as well as good references. We do not have an herbalist on staff, and so are offering herbs for magickal purposes only. Full disclaimer: No product herein is intended to diagnose or cure disease.  It is vital that you look to a registered herbalist and your own health care provider before making a tea or applying any herb medicinally.  “Herbal” does not mean “safe.” Also, we do not sell “recreational herbal incense.” These herbs are for the magickally inclined, rather than thrill-seekers.

Some of the Purposes for our Herbs
Yarrow

Yarrow

Each herb below is linked to the deeper description. So click through to get enough information to select the appropriate one for your specific purpose.  For instance, both Dittany of Crete and Yarrow are good for different kinds of divination. Dittany of Crete draws spirits, specifically of the departed . . . it has a history of use in necromancy. Yarrow is a Venus herb used in love and romance related divination. Very different! The descriptions on our site are by no means complete. We have books for that!  So peruse the purposes below, or just browse all the herbs and roots on our site to choose what you need. Some of the uses of the herbs are not included in this list because they are so specific, such as the use of the amazing Jericho Flower. This is just a sampling . . .

Business Success: Juniper Berries, Marshmallow Leaf (Althea), Passionflower, Pennyroyal

Courage: Galangal Root (Low John)Mullein, Rosemary, Wormwood, Yarrow

Divination: Dittany of Crete, Mugwort (Artemisia), Orris Root, Red Clover, Yarrow

Marigold Flowers

Calendula (Marigold)

Dreams:  Anise Star, Calendula (Marigold), Mugwort (Artemisia), Wormwood, Yarrow

Faeries and Elves:  Red Clover, Rosemary

Good Luck: Galangal Root (Low John), Red Clover

Happiness: Calendula (Marigold), Lavender, John the Conqueror Root, Passionflower

Healing: Peppermint, Mugwort (Artemisia), Rosemary

Health: Juniper, Lavender

Legal Matters / Court: Calendula (Marigold), Galangal Root (Low John)

Lavender

Lavender

Love: Basil Leaf, Dittany of Crete, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Marshmallow (Althea), Orris Root, Passionflower, Rosemary, Yarrow

Meditation: Peppermint Leaf, Scullcap

Mental Powers: Calendula (Marigold), Rosemary

Money, Prosperity, Wealth: Basil Leaf, JasmineMandrake Root, Peppermint

Peace:  Lavender, Passionflower, Pennyroyal

Protection: Angelica Root, Anise Star, Basil Leaf, Calendula (Marigold), Mandrake Root, Mugwort (Artemisia), Mullein, Red Clover, Rosemary

Psychic Ability: Calendula (Marigold), Yarrow

Purification / Sanctification: Angelica Root, Juniper, Lavender, Rosemary

Sleep:  Lavender, Peppermint, Passionflower, Rosemary

Strength: Mugwort (Artemisia), Wormwood

Success: Red Clover, High John the Conqueror

Finally, herb magick is a deep and fascinating subject. Study. Learn. Experiment. Keep a Record. But most of all, blessed be and enjoy the journey.