Oct 6, 2021

The Great October Book Giveaway - Witch Work

The four names drawn this round were: Misty, Alex C, Corinn, and Rowan! Congratulations!
There are still plenty of chances to get some tricks or treats...stay tuned...as the moon rises tomorrow night another giveaway will appear!
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The warmth fled the day the exact moment the sun slipped down over the western hill. It was a breathtaking shift, the sort that gives a nod to the wintry tide ahead. Moisture hangs in the air tonight, an invisible curtain that is neither manifest or absent. The ghostly vapor is as much a part of the dark as the chill. And I can feel it all in the deepest part of me. 

It is my mother's people who sense precipitation in their bones. Any big storm coming, or when the weather cools enough to coax the dew into frost on the tips of the grass, will cause a ripple of ache to run up a leg or down an arm, a throb across shoulders or a pang in hip sockets. It's not uncommon, really. If you talk to an orthopedic doctor they will tell you that atmospheric pressure can affect the fluid around your joints, causing sensitivity or even pain. Some folks feel it. Others don't notice at all. In the old days, before we understood such things, it was just the knowing. I always thought it was magic when my mother would slowly rock, rubbing her knee, and say "must be rain." I started observing it in my own body when I was in my twenties. A twinge when the weather was going to take a dive. A dull ache in my hips before an icy drizzle or thick mist moved in. 

I am very much not in my twenties anymore, so there is poplar bud oil to rub into sore hips, and a mug of something warm to soothe the rest of me. Still, I rather like the signals my body gives me that connect me with the wider world. The joints that know when the weather is shifting. The senses that pique when something feels off. I have a keen nose (which can be a blessing and a curse) and I often catch scents that other people don't notice. These sensitivities might seem like odd, inherited family afflictions, but they can be beneficial in your witchcraft (or other spiritual or magical) practice, and the good news is many of them can be learned.

There are an enormous amount of books offering insight into direction and skill building when it comes to witchcraft. For this giveaway, I wanted to feature some of this year's releases that I think would be constructive for anyone mapping out their own practice. We have a book that navigates the pitfalls of this path and offers ideas for you to chart your own course, one that helps you work with your own inherent sensitivities, and another that gives you daily inspiration and ideas to explore. There's also a tool that can help you dig deep when you have a few too many questions. Let's take a look...


The Dabbler's Guide to Witchcraft: Seeking an Intentional Magical Path, was released as September faded away, and my pre-order appeared only days ago, so I am still happily consuming it whenever I have a chance to sit down. Even part way through, I can tell you that Fire Lyte has given us a treasure with this book. No topic is off-limits - he wants you to know exactly what you are getting into when you wander down this path. He weaves us through witchcraft in pop-culture and social media. Gatekeeping and hot takes. Scams, appropriation, and racism. He then leads us into the why of seeking witchcraft, and some of the tools, theory, and practices of the craft itself. If I were stumbling into the witch-verse today, fresh and innocent(ish), this is the book I would want thrust at me as a torch to help me see the way through the hazy maze of modern witchcraft, and to help me avoid some of the pitfalls. Even for those of us who have been on this path for many years, this is an informative, witty, and excellent read.

Anatomy of a Witch: A Map to the Magical Body, by Laura Tempest Zakroff, is a truly beautiful book about a topic that is often missing in witchcraft guides. The human body. From the lungs and our sacred breath, to the heart and the blood that moves through the whole of us, to the deep magic of our bones, Zakroff takes us on a holy tour of one of our most essential tools in working magic. There are sigils, exercises, prompts, and rituals included to further your practice, but the entire book itself feels like a wondrous spell. If you've ever wanted to connect more deeply with your body, or personalize your magical work in a more meaningful way, this is essential reading. I managed to snap up an autographed copy of this book for you, and Laura included a vial of her anointing oil, made specially for this work.

It is no secret that I love an almanac or a book of days. As a witch and fervent gardener I'm invested in the little daily rituals, celebrations, and important notes that mark the passing of time. Tell me where in the sky Venus is rising, and when the tide is coming in. Sing to me of best days for planting, and what mysterious saint has a feast day today. I adore it all. When I heard that Judika Illes had a new book coming out, I was excited. When I discovered that book would be a journey through each day of the year, marking stars, saints, and other observations, which included tidbits of history, folkore, spellwork, and magical recipes, I nearly fainted with joy. Daily Magic: Spells and Rituals for Making the Whole Year Magic is a witch's perpetual almanac, and it is a delight. Keep it handy and check in each day, or use it to track a series of days that are perfect for your current workings or projects. It also feels like the perfect tome for bibliomancy, if you are a fan of that sort of divination.

Speaking of divination...I have something special to share with you. The Sorcery Underground Fortune Telling Deck, by Brian David MacDonald is a privately created deck that was released in a very limited run (and is now sold out). It is a glorious blending of Major Arcana, Lenormand, and playing cards, into one wisdom-packed set that will delight even the most inflexible reader. You can separate the cards and work with the individual systems, or keep the lot together for a comprehensive look at your query. MacDonald has added a fascinating trio of extra cards into the mix, as well, to make things even more interesting. The little white book that was included with the deck offers up meanings for upright or reversal readings, as well as clever advice or methods for digging deeper into those cards. I've been running this deck in multiple combinations, and I know you will find so many ways to read with it!

Once again, your entry is your comment (including your email, listed in a safe manner). If you pass the word around (share to social media) then feel free to pop back and put your name in the hat again. As always, you can let me know which item tickles your fancy, and I'll try my best to match the winners to their choices. If you are just finding us and would like a more in-depth rundown of the mischief I'm up to here this month, you can scroll down to the bottom of the first giveaway post here and get filled in.

Please have your name in by the evening of Tuesday, October 12th. I will draw four names on Wednesday morning, contact the winners, and post the next giveaway on the evening of the 13th.


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.

61 comments:

Stephanie P. said...

Oh my gosh, there is no way to pick one over another! I would just be honored to win.

Angelwhisper 526 at yahoo

Stephanie P. said...

Definitely shared this on Facebook too.

Rommy said...

The only one I have of those is The Dabbler's Guide to Witchcraft (I got a copy for myself, my Darling Youngest, and my god-daughter). But I'd be delighted with any of the the others.

Rommy said...

Also just shared this on Facebook too!

Shell said...

I love to have the Judika Illes book: Daily Magic: Spells and Rituals for Making the Whole Year Magic.
I have her 5,000 spell book which is chock of full of wonderful rituals and history. I know her new book will be just as good.

Jennifer said...

This particular giveaway speaks to me....I'm lusting after both Daily Magic and the beautiful Sorcery Underground Deck!

I mentioned your blog and the giveaway in a blog comment or two recently, but in the next couple of days I'll write a post dedicated to it over on my blog. Thank you, again, for carrying on the tradition! It's something to look forward to every October.

Thaydra said...

Love this.

I'd love any of them, but the Daily Magic and Anatomy of a Witch both really drew my interest.

Kelly M said...

Wow - it's October already. Thank you so much for your tradition of the giveaway. I am very interested in the Daily Magic book. It would be a great addition to my daily activities.
Thank you.

Yasmin said...

Another wonderful collection!
I particularly love the deck of cards!

Soli said...

You always have such good taste in books to offer!

Magaly Guerrero said...

Please put me down for Anatomy of a Witch: A Map to the Magical Body. I just love what it promises. What an interesting title!

magalyguerrero @ live . com

Lady Fox said...

It wouldn't be Samhain season without the Rue and Hyssop great October book giveaway! All of the offerings look fabulous <3

Jessi said...

The Dabbler's Guide to Witchcraft has been on my list to pick up and Daily Magic looks very interesting
jessicacopp13 at yahoo

rheawhite said...

I just started the Dabbler's guide! That deck looks amazing.

mxtodis123 said...

I would love to win any one of these items. They all look so deliciously interesting.

mxtodis123 said...

Forgot this mxtodsi@yahoo.com

Laura said...

i'd try any of them. what a great giveaway.

spiritwitch523 @ gmail

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petoskystone said...

The MacDonald deck looks fascinating! I, also, am enjoying Judoka Illes’ latest. jonquilsgrdn at gmail

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Mmmmmmmm... Anatomy of a Witch sounds delicious 🙂

Unknown said...

I don't have any of these books yet but I'd like to read any of them!
Thank you for doing this!
My email is alexcriddle1 at gmail.com

Rebecca P. said...

Amazing looking choices as always! If I was to pick one, I would pick the Judika Illes. I already have the Dabbler's Guide, and it's lovely <3

rapowell4 at gmail dot com

Melisa Glassford said...

These are all on my 'to read' list - i would be thrilled with any one. Thank you! melisaglassford@gmail.com

orion`s daughter said...

Those cards. I'm in awe. I'm in love. Of course I would be happy with anything I would win,

Orionova(at) gmail(dot) com

Laura Reading said...

Oh how the season has come upon us so quickly and is swift in flying by.
All your choices are worthy of learning more about but I am trying to build my library or Tarot and Oracle cards. And those magical words "limited run" and "sold out" always make me pay attention.
I would feel very fortunate to win.
Thank you for this chance.

LaurasReadingBlog AT gmail dot com

Laura Reading said...

I did share on Facebook

Laura Reading said...

shared on twitter (retweeted your post)

Corinn F said...

I'm SO EXCITED because I wasn't able to enter the initial giveaway for Dabbler's Guide! I would love to win either that or Daily Magic. They both really speak to me.

Corinn F said...

I also just retweeted the giveaway on my Twitter account! @corinniePop

Linda said...

Yes, please! First choice is the tarot deck.

Debi said...

I would be thrilled with any of these fantastic books but to choose one...The Dabblers Guide would be a treasure. Thank you for the opportunity!
livseydebra@gmail.com

Debra Nehring said...

Oh! Such an enticing group of enchantments! I’d be over the moon to receive any of these, but Judika’s new book is my top pick. Thank you, Jen!
Debra dot nehring at yahoo dot ca

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that you do this each year! You are so generous, thank you for your giveaways! I rarely enter, but those cards are calling to me, so throwing my witch's hat into the ring. Happy Fall! anam_chara@yahoo.com

Tania Esten said...

OMG, I can't decide, i'm between the dabblers and anatomy of a witch. taniatrejosblog at gmail dot com. Thank you ❤️ and blessed be

Emily said...

I already own Anatomy, but I'd love any of the others!

emilycpurvis at yahoo.com

Eveline Maedel said...

Fantastic selection (I have all the books!). Currently reading the Dabblers Guide and loving the writing and the wit :) ~Eveline emaedel at gmail dot com

Tracy said...


Those cards are really intriguing, and the Dabbler's Guide looks pretty neat too!

Tracy dot Murphy at gmail dot com

Gay Nosferatu said...

Please put me in the hat for the dabblers guide or (though I probably shouldn’t further feed my tarot/Oracle addiction) the Sorcery Underground deck. My email is andyhicks911 at gmail. Thanks so much for doing this giveaway!

Misty Fouquet said...

Any of these gifts would be a pleasure to win!! I know the feeling of damp pains, especially in the damaged bones in my foot. I would love to hear more about this poplar bud blend! Is this similar to balm of Gilead?

Theresa N. said...

Please sign me up. Another great selection.
Happy Halloween!
Theresa Norris
weceno at yahoo dot com

Sharon said...

The days when you could find witchcraft books in the library only are behind us! Thank Goodness for that! I can remember the times of walking in the library, locating titles of witchcraft books, and finding those books had been marked as "lost." (sticky fingers, more than likely)! Nowadays we no longer have to depend on the libraries to find books about the paths of witchcraft written by witches! Thank you, Rue! And I love the ointment Wild Violet Balm. It does soften my hands!

Birgit said...

Hi Jen!

Daily Magic sounds fabulous!

Hugs,
Birgit

Birgit said...

I just posted your giveaway in my story. I hope more people find your lovely blog that way!

Barbara Ann said...

I already have Fire Lyte's book and love it, so I hope I win one of the other two! luxe lisbon at hotmail. Thanks!

Pandorixca said...

Second entry! Any book would be a blessing but Judika's and Fire Lyte's are the most interesting to me at this moment. Have a wonderful weekend friends! My email is emeraldwhitedesign at gmail dot com

The Suburban Druid said...

This is so rad! All 3 books are on my wishlist, but Daily Magic is at the top for me. I love that you do this every year - it's so fun to follow along! ValerianOddity [at] gmail [dot] com

Laura said...

Thank you for this amazing giveaway! Daily Magic would be my first choice, but they all look amazing!

Aly said...

Thank you for the offering!

Anatomy of a Witch sounds lovely!

Alicatsmeow at Gmail

Tashell said...

This is so fun! I would love to win Anatomy of a Witch or Daily Magic! Thank You!!

tashelltotten at gmail

Patti said...

I would be enchanted by any of these! Thank you for your gift.

lillie8302 said...

All of these are delicious offerings! The sorcery underground fortune telling deck sounds amazing, first pick. My second would be the Judika Illes book, I haven’t read that one yet and my third would be Anatomy of a Witch! Lilefal1102(at)hotmail.com

Liz Davenport said...

Oh, my ..... if I am lucky enough to win, and could choose, I believe I would pick either The Dabbler's Guide to Witchcraft or Anatomy of a Witch. Thank you, Jen!!

If I am so lucky, my email is ledvenport@gmail.com.

Julie Richards said...

Oooo I have been wanting these books! So amazing!

KimberlyGonzalez said...

Dabbler's or Magical Body both sound awesome! I've been absolutely wanting some new books on my nightstand for winter reading! 🍂🎃🍁

Ashley said...

There is just a wonderful plethora of knowledge and beauty here! Thanks for sharing!

Lachlan said...

What a fantastic offering! Most interested in Dabbling and Daily but the other book and deck look amazing too. lachlanwoodson at gmail

Lachlan said...

Also shared you on socials! lachlanwoodson at gmail

Isabel DuneWitch said...

Amazing.. Please put me in the hat for the cards 🙏❤️ isabeldunewitch at Gmail dot com

Nadia Romanov said...

What an awesome collection! Would be stoked to add any of these to my library!

Rowan said...

I have none of these, so I'd love any of them. I'm unbreakablecat at Gmail. I will share on insta as at gammleid too!

Unknown said...

I'm currently studying human anatomy & physiology which I'm very interested in and I would love to read Anatomy of a Witch. flutter.flute13 @ gmail.com

Rue said...

I’m so sorry for missing your question, Misty! Yes, it’s also called Balm of Gilead. It is from balsam poplar or black cottonwood buds. I like it for mild pain relief.