Light Magic for Dark Times: More Than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis
DescriptionWhen the world around you turns dark, tap into the light. If you're having a hard time finding that light, facing trauma and division, or want to send healing vibes to a friend, the inspired, easy-to-do spells of Light Magic for Dark Times can assist.
Luna Luna magazine's Lisa Marie Basile shares inspired spells, rituals, and practices, including:
- A new moon ritual for attracting a lover
- A spell to banish recurring nightmares
- A graveyard meditation for engaging with death
- A mermaid ritual for going with the flow
- A zodiac practice for tapping into celestial mojo
- A rose-quartz elixir for finding self-love
- A spell to recharge after a protest or social justice work
Whether you're working with the earth, performing a cleanse with water or smoke, healing with tinctures or crystals, meditating through grief, brewing, enchanting, or communing with your coven, Light Magic for Dark Times will help you tap into your inner witch in times of need.
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About the Author
Lisa Marie Basile is the author of Light Magic for Dark Times. She is a poet-witch and founding creative director of Luna Luna magazine--a diary of darkness and light, literature, identity, and magic. She has also authored the poetry collections Andalucia and Apocryphal, as well as the forthcoming Nympholepsy. Her work encounters the intersection of ritual and wellness, chronic illness, magic, overcoming trauma, and poetry. She has written for the New York Times, Narratively, Grimoire magazine, Venefica, The Establishment, Refinery 29, Bust, Hello Giggles, and more. Her work has been nominated for the Best American Experimental Writing anthology and for several Pushcart Prizes, and has appeared in The Best Small Fictions, selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Robert Olen Butler. Lisa Marie earned a master's degree in writing from The New School and studied literature and psychology at Pace University. She lives in New York City.
Kristen J. Sollée is a curator and educator exploring the electric intersections of art, sex, and culture. She has written for mainstream and academic publications including The Huffington Post, VICE, NYLON, Time Out New York, BUST, The Journal of Fashion, Style and Popular Culture, and Current Musicology, and lectured at colleges and conferences across the US and Europe. She is also the founding editrix of Slutist, a sex positive feminist website, and a lecturer at The New School. Sollée's signature college course, "The Legacy of the Witch" follows the witch across history, pop culture, and politics, from the Venus of Willendorf to The Love Witch. Her critically-acclaimed book inspired by the course, Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive, was published by Stone Bridge Press in the summer of 2017.
Lisa Marie Basile's Light Magic for Dark Times is a treasure. She takes self-care and injects it with magic, with thought, and with the complexities--light and dark--that make us human. Beautifully illustrated and laced with poetics, this is a guidebook for a new spirituality, one that infuses ancient wisdoms and ritual with a modern sensibility. It's the book I want to buy for all my friends. - Erin Khar, Ask Erin advice columnist and managing editor at Ravishly
A poet's foray into nonfiction, Light Magic for Dark Times is revelatory--a richly-brewed infusion of everyday magic exactly when many of us need it most. - Sonya Vatomsky, author of Salt Is for Curing and writer at Haute Macabre
This book is perfect for the beginner who has yet to see themselves reflected in the practices of nature-based faiths. With rituals that combat burnout, foster productivity, and heal internal strife, Lisa Marie Basile's Light Magic For Dark Times shows readers how seemingly esoteric spellcraft actually applies to their everyday lives. - Refinery29
Basile's voice is soothing, and she remains the perfect amount of Scorpio mysterious--she never tires the reader with long personal stories, but instead slips in little details of her interesting life, just as much as context allows. This makes her feel like a warm, curious guide who you'd want to get to know over blue lotus tea, probably served in antique Italian bone china owned by someone's Strega Nona. ... What I like most about Light Magic For Dark Times, aside from its beautiful illustrations and narration, is that I feel like I did a good amount of healing work just doing the exercises in the books before I even tried any of the spells. - BUST