Oct 21, 2019

The Great October Book Giveaway - Your Own Magic

The lucky folks taking home books this round are:

Backwoods Witchcraft - Elaine

Witch Body - Kelly M.

Good Juju - The Were-Owl

Stay tuned for the next round of October fun, which will pop up at some point tomorrow!




I'm not sure why, but there often seems to come a point each October where everything around me seems to vibrating in a frenetic symphony of breathtaking beauty, busyness, and strangeness. It feels as if at any moment all the whirling pieces are going to tumble to the floor in exhaustion. I'm surrounded by people who are battling their first cold virus of the dark season, my computer and wifi have been outright testy, the contact gadget on the blogging platform I use here has packed it in and doesn't seem to be interested in being re-installed, and I'm only managing to sleep in two or three hour increments. I'm picking up phantom scents, messages are sailing in from the beyond, and my readings and rituals have been exceptionally clear and effective. The lights in my home have been flickering and though I'm calling an electrician friend to take a look, I half suspect that the culprit is simply the spirited energy whirling around at this time of year.

Despite the weird-and-weary-ness, this month is the best taste of the season. October is the deep breath of fiery exquisiteness after the bright greens of summer faded to oceans of parched beige grasses and dull, dusty hills. September teased us with a fresh tide, but it is the colourful flags that October flies, barking and popping in the blustery winds, that make autumn extra special. The full moon last week was howl-worthy. The stars, on the nights that aren't cloaked in mist or clouds of woodsmoke hovering over my little town, are extra bright in the crisp air. The sounds of geese are fading, most of them having flown to warmer climes, and now we hear the questioning call of owls and the yipping echoes of the coyotes.

October is wild magic.



This next giveaway is about cultivating your own practice, and conjuring your own meaningful relationship with magic. It's about where you came from, what you've learned along the way, and the varied paths you explore as you experience the world. I have three books that look at personal magical practice from very different viewpoints, and I think there is something here for everyone.

First up is the wonderful Backwoods Witchcraft: Conjure & Folk Magic From Appalachia, by Jake Richards. Jake takes us on a tour of his roots, and the stories and ancestors that helped him form his practice. This is southern conjure territory, so if you shy away from dirt, bones, psalms, or fortune telling, then you might want to choose another book from the stack. (Though I think you'd be missing out on some good tales and fine charms, if you did.)

From the publisher:
In Backwoods Witchcraft, Jake Richards offers up a folksy stew of family stories, lore, omens, rituals, and conjure crafts that he learned from his great-grandmother, his grandmother, and his grandfather, a Baptist minister who Jake remembers could “rid someone of a fever with an egg or stop up the blood in a wound.” The witchcraft practiced in Appalachia is very much a folk magic of place, a tradition that honors the seen and unseen beings that inhabit the land as well as the soil, roots, and plant life. 
The materials and tools used in Appalachia witchcraft are readily available from the land. This “grounded approach” will be of keen interest to witches and conjure folk regardless of where they live. Readers will be guided in how to build relationships with the spirits and other beings that dwell around them and how to use the materials and tools that are readily available on the land where one lives.

Next up is Good Juju: Mojos, Rites & Practices for the Magical Soul, by Najah Lightfoot. Najah has an impressive and varied background of magical experience and she shares myriad ways you can create meaningful rituals and practices for yourself.

From the publisher:
Learn to better express your spirituality and build up your magical practice with this book's powerful spells, rituals, and tools. Designed to help you navigate whatever ups and downs life throws your way, Good Juju is your perfect choice for learning to embrace nature, the old ways, and the magick all around you. 
Using simple practices that don't interfere with any religions, Good Juju helps you lay a foundation for daily ritual work. You'll also learn how to craft mojos, create and work with altars, tune in to your intuition, and much more. Author Najah Lightfoot guides you in keeping your mind, body, and spirit strong as you discover your magical work and align with your higher power.

I'm entirely enchanted by this next book, Witchbody, by Sabrina Scott. The graphic tome is actually Scott's masters thesis, and is not only beautiful to behold but is a wild treat for your brain to wrap its tendrils around. I ponder something new each time I flip through this book. I wish I'd bought one of her original risograph printings when I first discovered Witchbody a few years ago, but I'm immensely glad that the good folks at Weiser picked up Sabrina's work and printed it for all of us to enjoy.

From Sabrina:
A RAMBLING & POETIC AUTOETHNOGRAPHY OF WESTERN OCCULT MAGIC AS A PATHWAY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING ADVOCACY 
The first graphic novel of its kind, Witchbody is a meandering synthesis of autoethnography, magic theory, and philosophical speculation. It is full of wonder at what it can mean to learn and teach and change and grow in this world which belongs to all of us: you, me, plants, trees, coffee cups and garbage bins. What can it mean to be a witch today, in the city?




I have one copy of each of these books up for grabs. Your comment here is your entry. If you'd like a second entry you can share this post, or any of the authors featured, to your favourite social media platform and then pop back here and leave another comment. Please include your email (in a safe format) or a way to contact you via social media so I can get in touch if your name is drawn. I apologize for not having the contact form up and running for this giveaway. If privacy is a concern you can send me a private message via the Rue and Hyssop page on FB and I'll add your name to the draw. You have until Friday, October 25th to jump in. I'll draw the names from the hat that night after 9pm Pacific.

Thank you so much to everyone who has been playing along, leaving kind comments, and sharing my yearly October celebration of books, witchery, and wonder. It makes me grin so brightly that you come back around each year and seem to enjoy this merrymaking as much as I do. We aren't finished yet!



Legal Bits:

* This giveaway (or "sweepstakes") is open to all residents of Canada, (exluding Quebec residents) the USA, Great Britain, Europe, South America,  who are 18 years of age or older. This giveaway is void where prohitibited by law.  Please be aware of the contest/sweepstakes laws in your area.

*  Canadian residents will be subject to a skill testing question before being able to claim their prize (this is standard law in Canada).  The skill testing question will be in a form similar to: 1 + 2 - 1 =

*  This giveaway is not for profit and no purchase is necessary to enter.

*  This giveaway is sponsored/administrated solely by this blog/blog author and is not affilitated with or sponsored by Blogger, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other entity, nor can they be held liable.

* By leaving a comment intending to enter into the draw for the giveaway (or "sweepstakes") you are knowingly agreeing to these rules/conditions.

I have chosen all the books/cards featured this month myself.  I have not been paid to feature a book, nor have I been asked to advertise for anyone.  This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by anyone other than Rue and Hyssop

44 comments:

Syren said...

What a great selection! I'm @syrennagakyrie on Facebook

lillie8302 said...

All of these sound wonderful! Witchbody sounds especially delicious. Backwoods witchcraft does too. Thank you for doing these October Giveaways! I learn about interesting authors this way and it’s so fun. Email is: lilefal1102(at)hotmail(dot)com

orion`s daughter said...

I've been seriously considering buying the book on Appalachian magic for a while now. My home state of West Virginia is the only state completely within the Appalachian Mountains. Appalachian Magick is in my blood and soul.

Orionova (at) Gmail (dot) com

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

The party rocks on here! The shadow mercury period is dancing through my world too and I'm telling myself to sit back and watch it, as much as possible, do its thing.

Misty Fouquet said...

All three books look amazing!! I heard about the first one in a podcast back in the summer! October is wild for sure! bearmother80 at Gmail dot com

dampviolets said...

dampviolets said...
Ah Backwoods witchery would be such a good read, by the fire with Mexican hot chocolate in hand. Jen thanks for your generosity in doing these give aways. YOU are magic. newmooncat@gmaildotcom

Melisa Glassford said...

Wow! You find such amazing books! Love them all.
melisaglassford@gmail.com

BrigidsBlest said...

These all look so good, it's hard to choose! But given that my maternal grandparents retired to southern Kentucky when I was 10, and I spent a year and a half with them there, I really do think Backwoods Witchcraft calls to me. I love these giveaways.

BrigidsBlest (at) yahoo (dot) com. Thank you!

Rommy said...

I have been looking forward to get Witchbody for awhile now, but Good Juju has me intrigued too.

Rommy said...

Also just shared it on Facebook :)

Heather S-G said...

My tbr list is steadily growing... I’d love to read Backwoods Witchcraft! (girlichef at yahoo dot com)

Yasmin said...

Thank you for another fantastic giveaway offering. All 3 look very interesting, but especially witchbody and witch juju. yasminqy @ gmail .com

Elaine said...

Thank you. Would love to absorb some Backwoods Witchcraft. laineychristmastree1@gmaildotcom.

Laura said...

I would love to win Backwoods Witchcraft.
Your photo colors are so rich and intriguing. I am drawn to them.


LaurasReadingBlog AT g MaIl DOT com

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Eveline Maedel said...

I delight in all the amazing finds you have each October! I need to start making a wish list of all of them :)
~Eveline (email: emaedel AT gmail.com)

Brighid Rose said...

Witchbody is an incredible book! But I already have it :) Backwoods Witchcraft is exactly up my alley. Thank you for posting these give-aways! BrighidRose at outlook dotcom.

ajc1696 said...

These all look amazing! Thank you so much for hosting this give-away! april (dot) chase at gmail (dot) com

Magpye Storymakers said...

October is my birth month, and this year I am investing in some deep self-reflection during the intense energy of the shift in seasons (as you so wonderfully describe it here in this post). Thank you for sharing all of the give away titles with us, and the books themselves. chasingrabbitscreative AT gmail DOT com.

The Were-Owl said...

These are all so exciting! Charlie.shadow(at)Gmail(dot)com.

Debra Nehring said...

Would love these! Thank you for the lovely description of this valley right now. The day is fabulous after all the rain yesterday!
Debra dot Nehring at yahoo dot ca

Kgkathands said...

These all look like interesting reads! The art work on “Witch Body” especially intrigues me!! Thank you for generously hosting this fab giveaway! kgkathands at “the Google” dot com! ;)

Noura Rakasa said...

These look fascinating! Would be so awesome to win this witchy goodness. I’m Noura Kaye Buhler Skakri on FB or my email is noura.la@gmail.com

Margarita said...

Oh, I'd love to get my paws on Backwoods Witchcraft! I already have Good Juju and it's lovely. Mrubiano15 at gmail (dot) com

Danni said...

Ooooo, Backwoods and Witchbody are going on my wishlist if I don't win. They both look exquisite and delicious.

artful(dot)danni at gmail

Iesadora said...

I'd be really interested in Witchbody, I've never read a book like that

Theresa N. said...

I love to have Good Juju.
Theresa N
weceno at yahoo dot com

Gaia said...

What a lovely choice of good reading. kproberts AT cableone DOT net

Flutter said...

I would love Backwoods Witchcraft flutter.flute13@gmail.com

Sparkless said...

These all look fantastic! I'd love to win any of them.

piperlynne2000@yahoo.com

Sharon said...

Busyness is right! My jack o' lantern hasn't been carved, and Halloween is less than 10 days away! sharonmaynard12 at gee mail dot com

♥ eli mari said...

I've got one eye on Backwoods Witchcraft & the other eye on Witchbody & both titles are now on my wishlist,but I've got my fingers crossed that I might be lucky enough to win one. 🎃 eliii . mariii at gee mail

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

These make my heart simply sing! The timing could not be more perfect! :)

Dianna at mrs duncan mahogany AT g mail DOT com

Jenny Rosa said...

Great books. I am very curious about Good Juju (1st chouce). My second choice is Backwoods Witchcraft. Witchbody is my third one. jenbr1992 AT yahoo DOT com Thanks again, Jen.

Soli said...

Oh I ogle Backwoods every time I see it in the store but would love any of these.

Soli said...

And shared to Twitter.

Soli said...

Paste did not make it in before. https://twitter.com/skilledjackal/status/1187376730736074752

and email is quantumbutterfly at gmail dot com

Pati said...

Oh the backwoods book looks intriguing. Thanks for holding these giveaways, it is so much fun! treespeakstostone at gmail

Sasquatch Jones said...

Ah such good things you introduce me to, time to update some lists.

Kelly M said...

Your generosity is amazing. Thank you so much for introducing us to some great reads. Any one of these would suit me just fine.
kpmalone at yahoo dot ca

Annie Ramos said...

These all look so interesting. I am especially intrigued with the Good Juju book. What a generous giveaway, thank you, Ana rubiesandblackbirds@gmail.com

Liz Davenport said...

Jen, your blog post made me smile with recognition, as my October has been so very similar to your own experiences described within it. Marvelous, as always!! :-) :-) If I should be lucky enough to win, I would love to have the Backwoods Magic tome, as much of my own ancestry springs from within Appalachia. However, any one of these wonderful books would be received with joy and gratitude. Thank you for making October, my favorite month, all the more wonderful!! I wish this month could go on for a few more weeks.

Liz D.
ledvenport@gmail.com

Abbi said...

Wonderful book selection! My email is Abbichambers94@gmail.comt