Mood Magick: Wellness Spells and Rituals To Find Balance in an Uncertain World

New Harbinger. Mar. 2022. 168p. ISBN 9781684038909. pap. $16.95. PARAPSYCH
North (I Don’t Want To Be an Empath Anymore!) informs her intelligent writing on the healing power of witchcraft on mental health by her own experience with managing bipolar disorder and trauma. Her deceptively simple spells focus on the elementals of air, water, fire, and earth as a way of reconnecting and grounding to the physical plane as an antidote to the destabilizing excess energy and overstimulation of the modern world. Each section uses the attributes and polarities of the elementals to create practices that either help release negative patterns or affirm positive intentions for a variety of issues and self-care. Emphasizing that witchcraft and spell work is not a substitute for medical supervision, therapy, or medication, North still makes a compelling case for applying magical principles and practice to help heal a range of mental and emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, or toxic relationships.
VERDICT Filled with cogent observations, each spell becomes a self-supporting message that validates the difficulty of living with mental health challenges yet provides structure for self-awareness, restores connection to the body, and engenders mood alchemy.
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