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Blood Sex Magic: Everyday Magic for the Modern Mystic

HarperOne Oct. 2023. 224p. ISBN 9780063081451. $29.99. PARAPSYCH
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As one might guess from this book’s salacious title, Luna (a.k.a. the Hoodwitch) is a badass witch. Part autobiography, part grimoire, part witchy-feminist essay, the book tells Luna’s story with authenticity and verve, in three sections. “Blood” is about honoring ancestors, in particular Luna’s two grandmothers (one steeped in curandera/brujera traditions, the other in hoodoo/conjure customs), whose foundational beliefs, attitudes, and rituals laid the groundwork for Luna’s coming into her own magic. Luna’s grandmothers taught her to defend her integrity and boundaries and not to allow the negativity of others to discourage her. “Sex” creates the energy for successful spell work. Luna is unabashedly into glamour magic, sexuality, and beauty as a path to autonomy and personal power. After embracing one’s cultural heritage and understanding that ritual is the backbone, “Magic” is the way to create and bolster self-confidence. Luna writes powerfully and without equivocation about hexes as a way to get retribution and justice for truly bad behavior. Intense, original collage and photographic art throughout underscores the book’s messaging.
VERDICT Luna’s supportive concepts, cultural inclusiveness, frank talk, and unique spells should appeal to readers looking for feminist, representational, badass witchcraft.
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