Do not lose your mind again, do not lose your mind again, do not lose your mind again…
Hello, my non-existent readers. So, I am a simple person. I see a book titled “Magical Powder Recipes”, I think it’s about drugs because that’s what is “in” these days.
…That was a bad opening joke. The book is only 58 pages long, let’s do this. We have to skip over 6 pages of title, copyright, a table of contents that is formatted terribly, and a page that is mostly blank except for the small title and name at the top. Not a bad start except for the formatting on the table of contents, but that gets fixed everywhere else in the book.
Then we get to the introduction, which is short and to the point. The author encourages you to exercise caution, test powders on a small patch of your skin (your elbow, specifically) before applying to the rest of your skin, and to test powders in a small corner because some herbs and oils may stain. The author is actually on my good side with these disclaimers, props to her.
But who is Lady Gianne? Through my only resource, which I will link below, we learn that she’s had around two decades of experience with witchcraft. We also learn that she’s Wiccan, and wants to provide easy-to-understand information about it to the public. Good for her! Then we see the title of another of her books, “Magical Mojo Bags”. Through my (admittedly short) research, I learned that mojo bags are a Hoodoo thing. (Please correct me if I’m wrong, but provide sources!) Now, you can’t see any pictures of Lady Gianne online that aren’t a silhouette, so I really can’t say if this is appropriation or not, but it’s made me a tad skeptical of her book.
So, back to the book itself. The powders are separated into eight categories – love, psychic power, blessing, money, protection, luck, personal power, and healing. These are not broken up into chapters in the main body of text, but each powder recipe only takes up about half of a page. After Judika Illes’s book, a short paragraph is a blessing.
Right away, I noticed a HUGE problem: there aren’t many measurements. Take the first recipe, “Attract a Love Interest Powder”, for instance – it just says to use “equal parts” cinnamon and patchouli. It doesn’t say how much to use, but I guess enough to nullify the 3 drops of vanilla oil. On the exact opposite end of the spectrum, the author has put an explanation of what the powder is supposed to do and how to use it – even if this explanation is short.
Since I’m That Witch, I’ll leave a proper table of contents. But my opinion on this book? It’s a good book. Safety disclaimer, delivering on what you promise, not droning on about something for sixty pages, having quite a few different recipes (in most areas)… I like it. I actually recommend this book for kitchen/herb-focused witches who would have the supplies on hand.
4 – Table of Contents
7 – Introduction
9 – Love Powders
17 – Psychic Power Powders
23 – Blessing Powders
24 – Money Powders
31 – Protection Powders
40 – Luck Powders
45 – Personal Power Powders
57 – Healing Powders