Craft by Gabriela Herstik

Craft

Infuse a drop of magick into your everyday life. Writer, fashion alchemist and modern witch, Gabriela Herstik, unlocks the ancient art of witchcraft so that you can find a brand of magick that works for you. From working with crystals, tarot and astrology, to understanding sex magick, solstices and full moons; learn how to harness energy, unleash your inner psychic and connect with the natural world. Full of spells and rituals for self-care, new ...


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TitleCraft
Author
Release DateMar 15th, 2018
PublisherEbury Digital
GenreWitchcraft, Nonfiction, Spirituality, Religion, Wicca, Occult, Magick
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  • Laura
    2018-09-07
    (really like a 2.5) parts of this book were really fun and interesting!! other parts were historically inaccurate!! also it’s very alarming to read a book published in 2018 written by a non-indigenous person that encourages people to use white sage and that uses the term “smudging”!!
  • Amina
    2018-11-24
    To keep it short: this particular brand of spirituality did not appeal to me at all. I think it’s because my relationship with gender-based approaches to paganism/spirituality is evolving, and texts that are so so heavy on women, and even femmes, just fall flat. This is another book that argues for the empowering nature of “witchcraft” while extolling the virtues of “smudging” and makeup magic, yet takes absolutely no time to address th...
  • Cynthia Craig
    2018-12-11
    Some of this was honestly pretty shallow. I felt like the chapter on "fashion magic" made me dumber. Beyonce and Stevie Nicks are not goddesses (no matter how cool they are). They're just celebrities. The book has that flavor of literature that tries to appeal to readers through femininity and fake empowerment, while offering little of substance. To be fair, the chapter about tarot was informative and the correspondence charts were great, but the...
  • Miranda Feneberger
    2018-03-12
    This is an excellent debut from Gabriela Herstik! The book covers a variety of topics in witchcraft and is a great field guide to crystals, tarot, fashion, herb, and energy magic. I learned so much from the book and absolutely loved the way she explained each topic and infused her own personal story. The book offers tips, spell examples, mantras, and rituals that even the beginner can implement in their everyday life. Highly recommend.
  • Emilija
    2019-10-27
    ngl i was drawn to this book because of the aesthetics (because clearly they rule my life) but the inside of the pages, whilst fun at first, felt lacklustre. this is all very superficial. if you're looking for something on any topic that this book skims over, just buy a book for that thing (e.g. crystals, chakras etc.) because whilst this books covers a lot it doesn't really talk about anything. don't waste your money, unless you're looking a cut...
  • Tam
    2018-12-28
    I read it for a book club and, honestly, it was a waste of money. I kept thinking of it as buzzfeed witchcraft, and while I enjoy buzzfeed for meme mining, it isn’t something I want to read in a book form or take spiritual advice from. It was extremely disorganized and I felt like it touched on many things but was so brief on all of them that it was rather meaningless. It also really bothers me when author’s say, “Witches believe...” or ...
  • Cherie
    2019-04-01
    A little of this and a little of that…not for the serious witch practitioner (Um, I guess the term is witch? Ha) -which I am clearly not. But a bit of info abt tarot, and abt chakras, and abt crystals, etc. Neat little book. Really liked the quick tarot section - better than some tarot books I own!
  • Tamara
    2019-05-16
    I have to admit, I only managed to read 20 pages before I gave it up. How can a millennial with all sorts of info at their disposal, refer to only ‘he/she’, but then right a short ‘accept all people of any gender identification’ bit, and repeatedly recommend white sage and Palo santo, refer to it as smudging, and then go on in articles about Sephora’s ‘witch starter kits’ about how inappropriate it was that they included white sage?...
  • Kari
    2019-01-21
    This was the first witchcraft guide I ever read and it was so informative, like a textbook but the whole thing was fun to read, not just one part. I'm a beginner and this taught me so many things I had questions about previously like what my rising sign has to do with astrology and how to charge a crystal. If I had a physical copy mine would be filled with notes, highlights, and post-its, just like a textbook. I am so glad I bought this, I adore ...
  • Angel McGregor
    2018-03-21
    An intriguing and educational read for anyone! I bought this for research purposes for my next novel and found myself drawn in on a personal level as well. Craft is well laid out in chapters that make it easy to understand and take in, but don't sound like they are patronising you in any way! I would recommend this to anyone looking interested in the knowledge, or that just needs a little female empowerment...
  • Emily L
    2019-06-06
    Fine as a guide to the super beginner witch, and I liked the beginning bits on meditations, casting a circle, and rituals for each Sabbat. I didn't like the way the book tended to touch on different potentially interesting topics but not really get into them in any substantial way, like kitchen magic and contacting fae.
  • Natalia
    2018-04-04
    Great book, especially for a practicing Witch. Review is up on my blog - https://boookishvegan.wordpress.com/2...MY FULL REVIEW:Release Date: 15th March 2018Genre: Spirituality & Non-FictionRead: April 2018Rating: Brief Description:Infuse a drop of magick into your everyday life.Writer, fashion alchemist and modern witch, Gabriela Herstik, unlocks the ancient art of witchcraft so that you can find a brand of magick that works for you.From working...
  • Valerie
    2019-09-19
    The Instagram guide to modern witchery. It is certainly well-intentioned and in many parts, very sweet in its affirmations that its reader is a Very Special Person - but in practice, problematic. I am bothered by its heavily insistent themes of convenient capitalism and anachronistic cultural appropriation.First, I wish the author were aware of the environmental damage and slave labor resultant from the marketing push that every modern American n...
  • Angrbrenna
    2019-04-04
    To be entirely honest, this book probably doesn't deserve as many as two stars. At best I'd describe it as generic, obviously written to cater to a very specific but very profitable group of people. The book is a poorly organised mess of appropriated beliefs, some pretty standard New Age practices and personal anecdotes that make me feel like the author just wanted to write a biography, but no one would have cared enough to read it. The explanati...
  • Ivonne Quiroz
    2018-12-27
    I really enjoyed this book as an introduction into witchcraft. As someone who was raised in a devote Christian home, who still has very religious family members, witchcraft, witches and brujxs are seen as evil and devilish. It was nice to see someone who grew up similarly to me in culture, move away from the Judeo-Christian practice and move into this form of spirituality. It was definitely just a quick overview as you can’t delve deep into a m...
  • Nici Simmons
    2019-09-28
    Sigh I had high hopes for this book. Why? Idk, I respect the author for being a seemingly amazing witch. However, this book fell way short of what it could have been. If you’re a teen or brand spanking new to the Craft you may enjoy the brief overview of many broad topics. Just do not go looking for real specifics or sources that could lead you into deeper areas of the topics, because there are neither.She has one or two more books out recently...
  • Emry
    2019-04-05
    Okay after re-reading this I definitely think it deserves a lower rating. While I like many things about Gabriela in general; she's genuinely said some things outside of her book that I've connected with, a lot of her writings in here are very women centered, ass backwards and shallow.She did put out a newer version with the smudging text taken out but it definitely doesn't absolve her from the fact she even wrote it in the first place. She never...
  • Eilfie Music
    2019-01-16
    This book was so not made for me. This felt like a book I would have found as a teen. It has a couple of good things here and their but made too broad strokes. One of a few things that floored me was the very watered down view of Karma. Yes, I’ve used the term “Karma’s a Bitch” but it’s stated as a serious thing that incorrectly instructs what Karma isn’t. For beginner Witches I would recommend Scott Cunningham books in solitary pract...
  • Joanne
    2019-09-04
    4.5 Stars.Craft by Gabriela Herstik is one of the books I've had my eye on for a while, and when I was finally able to buy it, I started reading it right away and flew through it. This book is fantastic!What I loved most about this book is Herstik's focus on how no-one's practice looks quite the same, and every witch must find their own path. Craft is the first book I've read to really emphasise this. Other books have mentioned it, but then gone ...
  • Sara-Grace Kelly
    2019-09-13
    There’s a lot about this that was so interesting! I really like the section on grounding and the sabots, and tarot. It was really informative on the correspondences and why they were important and stuff. Witchcraft is a very personal thing in general, and I think a lot of the info in here was pretty nice place to get you started, and stuff that you could look back on for reference, if you’re a baby witch. What I’m noticing in the witch book...
  • Nelia
    2018-10-20
    WHAT.AN.ABSOLUTE.GEMI can't think of a better way to describe this book. It was everything I could have hoped for from a guide to modern witchcraft! As a baby witch I found this very helpful and informative, set in a perfectly organized manner.I especially loved the fashion chapter: it was an unexpected surprise but in the best way possible. I too am a fashion enthusiast and never thought of combining it with witch practices in such a creative wa...
  • Jana
    2019-03-21
    A genuinely inspiring starting point for aspiring witches, breaking down the most important aspects of witchcraft. I feel like I will also be picking this up a lot as I go along because it also serves as a good reference i.e. if you want to quickly check what the days of the week are associated with.Of course, if you want something that handles the topic in-depth with a lot of footnotes, this is not your book, but I don‘t think that that’s a ...
  • Whitney
    2019-11-14
    This book feels very...childish. I picked it up because I recognized Gabriela from Instagram. I couldn’t even make it through the first few chapters due to the horrendous grammatical errors. Additionally, I found it incredibly cringey that she is suggesting that there’s no such thing as black magic - completely disregarding centuries of knowledge of the Craft. It’s asinine to suggest that you should disregard the idea of black magic just be...
  • Mary
    2019-01-25
    It's what I expected and ever more I really could take and will take this book as a guide about energies, faith and magic of course But seriously I recommend it just to the self confidence this book can help you to get with it spells I think it can be really helpful. I repeat it's not about basic esoteric "let's guess the future" it's all about out own energy.Estoy encantada, es todo lo que esperaba y tal vez un poco más, este libro habla y ens...
  • Mackenzie
    2019-01-11
    If reading this, new witches should be discerning about the information learned here. Herstik casually uses practices stolen from closed cultures and religions, such as smudging and working casually with the Orisha, that I found rather ignorant and harmful. When joining witchcraft/pagan/new-age communities it can be all too easy to fall into appropriating practices without realizing it, and this book does not help that. When learning new ideas in...
  • Michelle Dawn
    2019-06-08
    Reading this made me think of reading a teen fashion magazine. It’s a fun, easy, broad overview of modern witchcraft. I enjoyed the author’s fiery/sexy spirit and thought she has some interesting practices and perspectives to share. However, it was missing something for me. There was no depth or richness to the narrative. Also, too many spell scripts (which I don’t use). It introduces the usual topics of ritual, pagan celebrations, divinati...
  • Lexi
    2019-09-12
    This book was Fine for basic information. Although, as a note, there's a page where Herstik says to avoid cultural appropriation, and then literally on the same page has directions for smoke cleansing that she refers to as "smudging." Soooo, eyeroll. Also a lot of space dedicated to chakras. I couldn't find a definitive answer about whether chakras are closed or not, but at the very least the western usage of them is generally exoticized, so I do...
  • Zachariah
    2019-10-02
    At least it was easy to read. Told me types of witches and ways to practice magick.A lot of what I've read in my research contradicts this though. The spells in this don't even end in so mote it be.Every piece of witchcraft in here sounds like appropriation:-Hindu karma, reincarnation, chakra-Indigenous Western tribes sage, dream catchers, God's eyes-gods and goddesses from all over the world, whichever ones you want to worship no matter the coun...
  • Taylor
    2019-05-27
    Admittedly I did struggle to get through this one and put it down in favor of other books I've been reading several times. That's not to say it was bad, but it's not my cup of tea. It was geared towards feminists looking to dabble in the basics of witchcraft to give her the power to stick it to the man. That said, for beginners looking to learn the very basics (and a little extra on the tarot), this book is for you! If you're looking for book on ...