Light Magic for Dark Times: More Than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis
When 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
These 100 spells are ideal for those inexperienced with self-care rituals, as well as experienced witches. They can be cast during a crisis or to help prevent one, to protect loved ones, to welcome new beginnings, to heal from grief, or to find strength.
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 (she/her) is a poet, essayist, editor, and chronic illness awareness advocate living in New York City. She's the founder and creative director of Luna Luna Magazine and its online community, and the creator of Ritual Poetica, a curiosity project dedicated to exploring the intersection of writing, creativity, healing, and sacredness. She regularly creates dialogue and writes about intentionality and ritual, accessibility, creativity, poetry, foster care, mental health, family trauma, healing, and chronic illness. She is the author of The Magical Writing Grimoire, Light Magic for Dark Times, City Witches, and a few poetry collections, including the recent Nympholepsy, which is excerpted in Best American Experimental Writing 2020. Her essays and other work can be found in The New York Times, Narratively, Sabat Magazine, We Are Grimoire, Witch Craft Magazine, Refinery 29, Self, Healthline, Entropy, On Loan From The Cosmos, Chakrubs, Catapult, BUST, Bustle, and more. Her work has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes (most recently for her work in Narratively). Lisa Marie has led poetry, writing, and ritual workshops--at HausWitch in Salem, Massachusetts; Manhattanville College; and Pace University--and she's led ritual and writing events, like Atlas Obscura's renowned Into The Veil. She is also a chronic illness advocate, keeping columns at several chronic illness patient websites. She earned a master's degree in writing from The New School and studied literature and psychology as an undergraduate at Pace University. You can follow her at @lisamariebasile and @Ritual_Poetica.
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