The idea of having a book based solely on blessings seems appealing and useful. I believe that as long as we have faith in something and use it to clean that something, everything will be fine in the end. That’s the reason why I decided to read The Book of Blessings and Rituals: Magical Invocations for Healing, Setting Energy, and Creating Sacred Space, by Athena Perrakis, and it actually taught me a couple of things about blessings that I didn’t expect.
The book follows a monthly structure, giving a fair number of blessings, rituals and project to follow month after month, trying to draw different elements from different cultures, but with a strong focus on eclectic Paganism and with a New Age perspective. There were some cases on which the author incorporated traditions from other faiths, but those two dominate most of the book.
The Book of Blessings and Rituals is pretty simple in structure, doesn’t ask for the reader to find exotic items or materials to perform the many blessings and projects it includes, which is good to see. I often come across good ideas and proposals that turn out to be expensive and hard to realize, yet that’s not the case this time.
What I did find bothersome were the several empty spaces in all of the pages. I’m inclined to think the editors wanted to make this a short book in order to make it appealing to starters, something that may or may not have been in the hands of Athena Perrakis, yet it was annoying to see almost completely empty pages that could have been filled with either a better edition or a drawing, which, by the way, give a more sympathetic look to The Book of Blessings and Rituals.
I still learned a good couple of things and will keep this book in mind when working with blessings and the energies of each month, which I completely ignored and never thought about until now, to be honest. It is useful, has a lot of good ideas that ask you to develop your intuition and creativity, and you don’t to spend all of your money in a single project. Leaving the empty space behind, which is just a matter of edition and not of actual content, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to break the structure they follow when working with blessings.
About the Book:
The Book of Blessings and Rituals: Magical Invocations for Healing, Setting Energy, and Creating Sacred Space
Print Length: 144 pages
Publisher: Fair Winds Press (July 30, 2019)
Publication Date: July 30, 2019.
About the Author
Dr. Athena Perrakis (Torrance, California) is the bestselling author of The Ultimate Guide to Chakras, Crystals Lore, Legends & Myths, and The Book of Blessings. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sage Goddess, the world’s largest source of sacred tools and metaphysical education. Each week, Sage Goddess reaches almost two million people across the globe, on every continent and in more than 60 countries. She holds a PhD from the University of Southern California in educational leadership, and has 15 years of experience as a professor, corporate trainer and consultant, and educator. Athena has traveled the globe and worked with CEOs and senior executives from the Fortune 50 companies. But her metaphysical experience, in which her current work is largely rooted, spans more than 30 years. During that time, she has become an expert in gemology, astrology, Tarot, aromatherapy, Reiki, and herbal medicine. Her Etsy shop was the first online metaphysical storefront to reach the Top 10 stores in the handmade category around the world. Today, there are more than 3000 products available through SageGoddess.com—everything from essential oils and ritual perfumes to candles, jewelry, gemstones in every form, home decor, clothing, body art and temporary tattoos, canvas art, and more.
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.