The fact that the Moon has left a mark in nowadays magic, and in almost every imaginable magical system, is undeniable. One can hardly think of another astrological planet that has been given so much importance and attributes, the reason why there is always something new to discover about it and how to work with it. Moon Magic: A Handbook of Lunar Cycles, Lore, and Mystical Energies, by Aurora Kane, seemed to be a good option and that would serve as a reference for future witches as well, but I have to say it wasn’t what expected.
This book explains how to work with the Moon for several purposes, how to venerate it, and even the role it played in some cultures. It focuses solely on the Moon as feminine energy, which I cannot blame it for, although I thought it would mention some of the Moon Gods. It’s common to see this happen, so I can forgive and forget that.
However, my main problem with Moon Magic is that it depends a lot on the visual aspect, how the pages look like and the drawings and images that go with the descriptions, while neglecting the actual information the reader expects. I don’t mean that there are lies or misinterpretation since Aurora Kane includes useful information, but it was too basic, even for an introductory book.
The edition and the aesthetic were impressive, gorgeous, and there were pages I looked at in wonder. I won’t try to deny it, the images are art on their own, maybe sigils if we get creative enough. It makes the reading even easier, a more attractive process to the reader, but I was losing interest rapidly because of the lack of details, which was big even for an introductory book.
It didn’t make sense to me either to see eight phases of the moon mentioned in the beginning, along with brief explanations, which I liked and expected to see more developed in the next pages if the book was going to focus on the classical four phases when speaking about magic and energy. I admit it sparked my interest in the eight phases at first, but I am wondering why the author did this in the first place.
What I did like, and a lot, was the inclusion of several incantations, affirmations, spells, and simple rituals. I always support that kind of approach that shows that magic and witchcraft doesn’t need to be expensive, and Moon Magic asks the readers to have just the material they will use. I liked even more that it focused on incantations, which are written in a poetical tone that matches the energy of the Moon.
These serve as a perfect example for newcomers, young witches or anyone who has lost touch with their creative side. You can easily start working with the incantation Aurora Kane included and then, slowly, create your own ones, whether they rhyme or not (although I would always say they seem to work faster and better for me when they do.) You can find several everyday needs covered, from love and money to friendship, family, and health.
Moon Magic: A Handbook of Lunar Cycles, Lore, and Mystical Energies, by Aurora Kane, may not have been what I expected, but it is a beautiful book that, after polished and re-edited, would become a good addition to any witch’s library. It is simple, quick and nice to look at, but I am still concerned about the quality and quantity of information both included and excluded.
About the book
Series: Mystical Handbook
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Wellfleet Press
Expected Publication Date: January 28, 2020
About the author
Aurora Kane is a practicing witch and herbalist with many decades (some say centuries) of experience in casting and conjuring. She lives in the Northeastern United States where she is a founding member of the Coven of the Moonbeam Ravine.
About the reviewer
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and solitary, eclectic witch interested in the darker side of magic and divination. Besides reading and writing, Bader also enjoys studying the Gothic subculture, which he belongs to, learning new languages and making endless lists of movies, music and the like. He can be found on Instagram as @saab.bader.