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Finding Your Inner-Witch with Gabriela Herstik

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Finding Your Inner-Witch with Gabriela Herstik

Inner-Witch: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Craft

$9.89

By Gabriela Herstik

I was fourteen years old and at a Waldenbooks when the title jumped out at me from the shelves. It was Teen Witch, a handy guide to navigating life as a teenage witch by Silver Ravenwolf. At that point in my “witchdom,” the only books out there seemed to focus solely on Wicca. But I grabbed it, giddy with excitement and knowing both my parents would roll their eyes at me as soon as I got home (yet I still got the Teen Witch Kit for Christmas regardless, so thanks, Ma and Pa, you enablers).

That was over twenty years ago. I still dive into books on witchcraft, and let me tell you – I positively devoured Inner-Witch by Gabriela Herstik in one sitting. “We’re waking up, and with our eyes to the moon, we recall the eternal truth,” Herstik writes, “You are a witch. You are made of magick. It’s time to remember.” And remember you should.

What strikes me about Inner-Witch is the utter simplicity of breaking down magick and its various practices. At the same time, Herstik weaves her personal narrative and journey as well as inspiration and motivation throughout the book, which serves as “a modern guide to the ancient craft.” She writes in the introduction, “Your magick does not need to look like someone else’s magick to be valid.” I found myself fist-pumping at this line. So many newbies to the craft often feel that their magick or practices are out of place because they don’t resemble others, or they feel called to practice differently. I cannot stress this enough: There is no wrong way to practice because the magick lives in us. And although I detest the term “baby witches” (as it’s often used in a passive-aggressive and condescending manner), too often those beginning the craft feel conflicted at the differing information out there and aren’t sure where to begin. With Inner-Witch, she gives the reader a beautifully laid-out roadmap with the invitation to make the journey your own. She even includes a tarot guide for those curious in taking up divination!

In addition to breaking down witchcraft, Herstik also points out that there is no need to spend copious amounts of money on witch supplies. There is thought and consideration in place for those who may have budgets. Accessibility, baby, I love it! This is something I practice daily, and even in my Patreon benefits. There is room for everyone at the magick table – whether you bought your supplies at the dollar store or from a high-end boutique. She also highlights using items such as sage and palo santo ethically – something that a lot of magick practitioners choose to overwhelmingly ignore for whatever reason.

Inner-Witch is perfect for those who are beginning a practice, who are genuinely curious about what we witches do and don’t do, or who genuinely enjoy reading how witchcraft has evolved. I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5/5 Cauldrons