Featured Books in May

The Language of Flowers - Gifts for Mystics

Fitting for May, I give you The Illuminated Language of Flowers © 1978! Presents one of the most enchanting customs of the early 19th century - communicating through flowers instead of words. Hundreds of plants and flowers were given meaning ranging from the warm, simple "I love" of the red chrysanthemum to the disquieting message of the currant "thy frown will kill me." The book glows with Kate Greenaway's exquisite illustrations of the Victorian world from her 1884 book, Language of Flowers. An alphabetical listing of over 700 flowers and plants with their meanings - and a cross-index by meanings.

May be hard to find! There’s a few copies on Amazon.ca. There’s a free ebook of the original Language of Flowers at Guteberg.org.

 
Lesser Key of Solomon - Gifts for Mystics

Lesser Key of Solomon - Detailing the Ceremonial Art of Commanding Spirits both Good and Evil 

Had a look at this one this month - and it is super cool! It includes all of the seals used to summon the ancient spirits, including the infamous 72 demons that King Solomon put into some kind of bottle and threw into the ocean after they helped him build the first temple at Jerusalem. Yes, summon them demons - but also angels and spirits of the airts and the planets. Fascinating read. Note: full instructions too - in case you were looking for a how-to.

Compiled from original manuscripts and fragments in the British Museum Library, Joseph Peterson's new presentation is the most complete and accurate edition of this famous magical grimoire. He goes to great length to establish the provenance of each part, and possible derivative works, including critical analyses of all major variations, utilizing fresh translations of earlier magical texts. Abundantly illustrated, Peterson includes reproductions of the original magical circles, tools, and seals of the spirits with variations of certain drawings from various sources and notae missing from earlier editions.

 
WTF Is Tarot - Gifts for Mystics

WTF is Tarot & How Do I Do It? Serious LOL here. I had to by this book on the spot because it made my day. 

I loved doing a reading with this book because, funny! Also I’m thinking it would be a good book to use when studying the tarot because her key phrases for the Pips are just so clever. It’s a mind-trick, using humour to help with memory. Some of my favs:

7 Pentacles - Boring Responsible Grown Up Shit
9 Pentacles - Cozy as Fuck
8 Cups - The Shitty Breakup
2 Swords - I Can’t Even
5 Wands - Wait, Why Are We Even Fighting?

Other chapters in the book include, What the Fuck Are Tarot Spreads and How the Fuck Do I Give a Reading? :D

So much more than an introduction to tarot, Bakara Wintner's gritty and relatable guide allows you to understand the cards on a new, deep level, rather than simply memorize their meanings.

 
Half Spent Was the Night - Gifts for Mystics

Half Spent Was the Night by Ami McKay
How I loved this sweet little Christmas special. I know I know, a bit late to feature it but I honestly have so little time to read fiction these days. But Ami McKay never disappoints. This book continues the story of the 3 Witches of New York, and, as she says on her website, there’s a masquerade ball (exactly the kind I would attend), and a scary demon and a few darling and magical holiday recipes from her own family lineage. 

During the nights between Christmas and New Year's, the witches of New York--Adelaide Thom, Eleanor St. Clair and the youngest, Beatrice Dunn--gather before the fire to tell ghost stories and perform traditional Yuletide divinations. (Did you know that roasting chestnuts was once used to foretell one's fate?)