Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven

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A magical lifestyle guide for everything from powering up a stylish crystal to banishing terrible Tinder dates

Want to feel terrifyingly beautiful? Wear the right color of eye shadow to project otherworldly glamour. Need to exorcise a toxic friendship? Repeat the proper incantation and make it disappear. Want to increase your energy? Whip up a tasty herbal “potion” to rev up your stamina. DIY projects, rituals, and spells—along with fun historical sidebars—summon the best trends of the modern witchy lifestyle and the time-trusted traditions of the hell-raising women of the past. With humor, heart, and a hip sensibility, Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman dispense witchy wisdom for the curious, the cynical, and anyone who could use a magical boost.

Selected Table of Contents:

CHAPTER 1 – Self-Initiation: An Induction into Basic Witchery
What We Mean by “Witchcraft”
Our Favorite Pop Culture Witches

CHAPTER 2 – Glamours: The Power to Change How You Look
How to Clothe Yourself in Literal Darkness
The Dark Magic of Unfeminine Haircuts
A Spell for Self-Care

CHAPTER 3 – Healing: The Power to Care for Yourself
A Spell to Make Peace with Your Body
Magical Exercise
A Ritual for a Relaxing Netflix Binge

CHAPTER 4 – Summoning: The Power to Care for Others (and Have Them Care for You)
The Transformative Power of Vulnerability
A Collaborative Ritual to Deepen Friendship

CHAPTER 5 – Enchantment: The Power to Make Choices about Love and Sex
Conjuring Your Perfect Mate
The Magic Circle of Consent
A Spell for Talking about Sex

CHAPTER 6 – Banishment: The Power to Avoid What Brings You Down
Expelling Social Toxicity
The Different Types of Personal Demons
A Spell to Counter Impostor Syndrome

CHAPTER 7 – Divination: The Power to Decide Your Destiny
A Spell to Name Your Heart’s Desire
How to Read Tea Leaves


From the Publisher

basic witches, Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman, inspirational, motivational, witch, gift, feminist

basic witches, Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman, inspirational, motivational, witch, gift, feminist

With Basic Witches, You Will Learn

basic witches, Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman, inspirational, motivational, witch, gift, feminist

basic witches, Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman, inspirational, motivational, witch, gift, feminist

basic witches, Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman, inspirational, motivational, witch, gift, feminist

basic witches, Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman, inspirational, motivational, witch, gift, feminist

basic witches, Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman, inspirational, motivational, witch, gift, feminist

basic witches, Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman, inspirational, motivational, witch, gift, feminist

Witch Calisthenics

How to Read Tea Leaves

Which Pet Should Be Your Familiar?

basic witches, Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman, inspirational, motivational, witch, gift, feminist

basic witches, Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman, inspirational, motivational, witch, gift, feminist

basic witches, Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman, inspirational, motivational, witch, gift, feminist

basic witches, Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman, inspirational, motivational, witch, gift, feminist

basic witches, Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman, inspirational, motivational, witch, gift, feminist

basic witches, Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman, inspirational, motivational, witch, gift, feminist

Powerful Scents to Try

For happiness: frankincense, lemon and grapefruitFor mental acuity: rosemary, lemon, and jasmineFor strength and vigor: peppermintFor calm and comfort: orange, vanilla, and lavenderFor creativity: vanilla and cinnamonFor attractiveness: black licorice, lavender, and pumpkin pie spice (really)

Kitchen Witchery

If you want: to chill outMake: warm milk with honeyIf you want: to nurture a friendshipMake: hot milk chocolateIf you want: to attract a loverMake: baked apples with cinnamonIf you want: boundless energyMake: banana ice creamIf you want: beautyMake: guacamole

Ways of Saying ‘No’

‘That won’t be possible.’

‘Can I propose a different idea?’

‘That’s not really my thing, but you have fun!’

‘I just need a night in, you know?’

‘I appreciate you asking, but I can’t.’

‘My plate is full right now.’ [This may be a white lie, but it’s an acceptable one.]