Metaphysical Book Reviews

The following reviews are books on metaphysical topics. These books may be of interest to Wiccans, Witches, and Pagans, but are not written specifically about or for them. Books are listed alphabetically by author's last name.


Just Imagine
Catherine Athans, Ph.D.

Short, sweet, and adorable, this mini-book quickly covers the topic of imagination and visualization. With a nice mix of science and metaphysical thought, this a perfect little reminder to use your visualization skills during affirmations or spells (though certainly not the implied use by the author!). For anyone working on their visualizations skills, Athans provides some different ideas that we may not be introduced to in Witchcraft-related books.

Divination for Beginners
Scott Cunningham

A good introduction to over 100 different forms of divination. I'm not entirely sure of the historic accuracy. This book doesn't go into detail so much as it merely gives enough information for the practitioner to decide whether they are interested or not.

The Meaning of Trees
Fred Hageneder

Beautiful book. Hageneder provides lovely photographs of various trees in addition to plenty of information. He goes over practical uses, cultural and mythological information, healing, and correspondences. The pictures make identification easy, but the book itself isn't practical for carrying around on hikes. Definitely a valuable resources for those who study and are interested in building relationships with trees.

The Crystal Bible
Judy Hall

A wonderful reference for the use of crystals for use in healing, energy work, feng shui, etc. Not meant to be read cover-to-cover, Hall includes information on how and why crystals are used and various correspondence information.

The Crystal Bible Volume 2
Judy Hall

Another useful reference book on crystals. Not as dynamic in the first as most of the crystals included are generally rare and more of interest to the dedicated collector. That said, Hall includes more information on crystal uses and correspondence worth reading.

Darkside Zodiac
Stella Hyde

Worth it for the humor alone! Most astrology books that focus on the sun signs tend to be all about the positive characteristics and habits. The Darkside is all about those bad habits, unattractive qualities, and annoying characteristics. If you can't poke fun at yourself (especially if you aren't capable of brutally honest self-analysis) this book will aggravate you at best. But if you know how to laugh and are ready to hear the less-than-tactful way of describing the signs, you will love this one!

Darkside Zodiac in Love
Stella Hyde

Disappointing considering how awesome the first book was. Mostly just a rehash of the information from Darkside Astology, there's very little new material to make it worth it if you already have the first.

You're Not Going Crazy... You're Just Waking Up!
Michael Mirdad

An absolutely great book! It's short, but just what many of us need to hear. The book goes over "the five stages of the soul transformation process" and explains why we go through phases or periods of our lives in which we question our sanity as everything around us seems to be falling apart. Mirdad provides helpful tips to get you through each of the stages with loving reminders that everything is okay and there is nothing wrong with you.

The Dynamic Laws of Healing
Catherine Ponder

This book has nothing to do with Wicca or witchcraft. Ponder is a member of the Unity Faith (a Christian denomination). An excellent book about healing. Although it uses quotes and ideas from the Bible and explains things from a Christian point of view, it gives wonderful standpoints on practices of healing that can prove useful to any Wiccan or witch, or to anyone of any religious belief. (Only pet peeve is the last chapter about giving. While it is good to give, especially to those who have helped you and those in need, the chapter seems almost brainwashing.)

The Abundance Book
John Randolph Price

A small collection of his writings, Price provides a short but valuable book full of information to help us transform our view of money, prosperity, abundance, and our worthiness. This book is especially useful to those of us who walk paths that have taught us we should feel guilty for seeking personal abundance or that money corrupts. I recommend giving it a try to anyone who has ever doubted they deserved riches or felt bad for ever wishing for it.

The Wellness Book
John Randolph Price

I had trouble relating to this one. Although there are some interesting points to ponder, I disagree with the mind-over-matter teaching that illness can easily be overcome by changing our thoughts. Yes, there are times when I get sick overworking myself because I have the ingrained belief that if I push my limits for too long, my body will do whatever necessary to ensure I get needed rest. That's a belief I choose to hold onto and I'm sure if I take Price's lessons from this book and let go of it, that I won't get sick when I push too hard.

That said, my real problem with this concept is that we live in a day and age when people are born with diseases, illnesses, disorders, vulnerabilities, etc. already ingrained before they have a chance to be conditioned with an illness consciousness. This book puts the individual at blame for all his/her poor health or lack of wellness. Tell that to the autistic kid down the street, the girl with down syndrome, the boy diagnosed with cancer before he even learned to speak, or the child born with HIV. Go ahead and tell them their thinking is to blame. Because of this stance, I simply cannot recommend this book.

On a side note, I did get a kick out of Price's explanation that one of his exercises was not magic. Any magickal practitioner would have recognized that and others of the exercises in this book as spells. Ignorance of magick? Or a dire "need" to mask the truth from his mainstream readers to sell more books?

Moon Tides, Soul Passages
Maria Kay Simms

This book is a wonderful introduction to lunar astrology. It is written so that even those with no prior knowledge of astrology can understand the material. The author presents and explains this form of astrology using Wiccan and Pagan theology and mythology to better understand the meanings behind and the importance of the different aspects of astrology. The book comes with a software disc that has a program designed specifically for lunar astrology as presented by Simms. By using the software to map out your chart, you can apply what you are reading and learning through the book to your own chart and others'.

Past-Life Therapy In Action
Dick Sutphen & Lauren Leigh Taylor

I was hoping more for information on the techniques used in past life therapy, but a decent, quick read nonetheless. It features 28 case studies of past life regressions of varying degrees and how they brought insight to current life issues. The last case, recorded in detail, is astonishing and is a great example of how our higher selves may choose to provide difficult trials in this life for unresolved issues of our past lives.

Communicating with the Archangel Gabriel for Inspiration & Reconciliation
Richard Webster

Although this book (and many others by this author) are clearly written to appeal to non-Pagans as well as regular magickal practitioners, still a good read for anyone interested in working with angels (and Archangel Gabriel in particular) who is new to it. Webster starts off with brief explanations of angels and Archangel Gabriel and providing background on the historical mentions of Archangel Gabriel. He delicately explains the reasons for contacting and working with Archangel Gabriel and various techniques and forms of magick to do so. At times, the book seems to repeat quite a few points. In a larger volume, this would not be a big deal, but for a little book (less than 200 pages) the repetition almost feels like Webster was trying to stretch the material.

The New Chinese Astrology
Suzanne White

Easily my favorite go-to book on Chinese astrology. White provides information on this form of astrology and in-depth looks at each of the signs. She covers general information before breaking it down to the differences between males and females, the elemental aspects (ex: Fire Tigers vs. Wood Horses), and health considerations. Each sign section ends with forecasts for years ahead with revised copies containing newer forecasts (the edition I have goes to 2020). At the end, White includes very simplified compatibility information specific to romantic relationships. The only point of confusion is the sign the average American knows as the Rabbit is instead the Cat. However, White explains where the confusion arose and why she maintains use of the image of the cat over that of  the rabbit.


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