Title: Spells for Change: A Guide for Modern Witches
Author: Frankie Castanea
Release Date: April 26, 2022
This is a wonderful guide book for beginners. The book covers meditation, grounding, cleansing, banishing, shadow work, cultural appropriation, and desettling the craft.
Frankie Castanea easily breaks down the steps to spellcraft, including herbs, crystals, and sigils. For the herbs sections, she discusses the cultural appropriation of herbs like white sage and palo santo to the point of almost extinction. She also discussed the importance of sourcing sustainable herbs and crystals.
One of the topics covered heavily towards the end of this book is cultural appropriation and desettling the craft. This is the first book that I have read that actually goes into detail about cultural appropriation in witchcraft and the importance of decentering the craft. I will definitely be checking out some of the books she recommended in the future on this topic because it is an important thing that all witches should learn about, and really should be covered in more beginner books.
Overall, this was a very good beginners guide that covers some very important topics in witchcraft. I highly recommend this book for any beginner and hope it will push them, like it has me, to read more about cultural appropriation, desettling, and decentering the craft.
*ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*