Fire Magic by Josephine Winter was such a nice surprise. Fire Magic does a fantastic job of giving history, deities, sacred sites, animal and elemental associations with fire, and spells and recipes. I wasn’t expecting such a thorough history and introspective look at fire magic. This book is part of a four part series by Llewellyn on elements of magic. I have to have them all now!
Fire Magic goes way beyond bonfire and candles and this book explains why it is such an significant part of magical living. Fire magic can be found in almost every religion going back in time and is still present in current religions. It really opened my eyes to all the ways that we religiously use fire and that even in mundane use fire is magical.
Josephine Winter is based in Australia so this book focuses a lot on Australian folklore and historical sites. Josephine also discusses how fire season effects pagan fire practices. She offers a lot of advice on safety. Fire can be very destructive and Josephine does not let the reader forget how powerful a force fire can be.
I enjoyed reading about the deities, herbs, crystals, animals and places associated with fire magic. There is an entire section of this book dedicated to candle magic and the author explains how to make your own candles. I loved that the author included alchemy since I find it so fascinating. She also briefly touched on pyromancy and other fire omens.
This book is well written and should appeal to a wide audience. This book has a beginner in mind, but even seasoned practitioners and the elementally curious will learn something new. I highly recommend this for anyone who uses fire magic or wants to learn more about it.
About the book:
Discover how to make your magic burn brighter than ever with this amazing book’s spells, rituals, folklore, and recipes. Third in Llewellyn’s essential Elements of Witchcraft series, Fire Magic makes it easy to bring this element into your practice.
Explore candle and bonfire magic throughout history, how fire is used in folklore and pop culture, and fire-related activities for the Wheel of the Year. Learn about elemental correspondences, sacred herbs and woods, and how to stay safe while honoring the sacred flame. Author Josephine Winter guides you on a deep exploration of fire and how it can bring new meaning to your spells, rituals, and celebrations. Featuring guest contributors, mythical fire beasts, crystals, and more, Fire Magic inspires you to reignite your passion for magic.
About the author:
Josephine Winter (Victoria, Australia) is a Pagan author and podcaster. She is one of the founding members of the Pagan Collective of Victoria, an organizer of the Mount Franklin Pagan Gathering. Josephine shares a little blue house in the bush with her family.
I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.