Review: The Witches’ Book of the Dead

The Witches’ Book of the Dead
by Christian Day
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN-10: 1578635063
ISBN-13: 978-1578635061

Product Description
Witches are creatures of magic. They cast spells, heal, and foretell the future. What you might not know is that Witches can also commune with the spirits of the dead.

In The Witches’ Book of the Dead, modern-day Salem Warlock Christian Day shows how the spirits of our beloved dead can be summoned to perform such tasks as helping you to discover hidden opportunities, influence the minds of others, seduce the object of your affection, and even reach into the dreams of the unwary. According to legend, the Spirits of the dead can confer magical talents, fame, love, and wealth on those brave enough to summon them.

The Witches’ Book of the Dead explores the enduring relationship between witches and the dead and teaches rituals and incantations to help readers open doorways to the spirit world.

Topics include:

  • Legendary Witches who have raised the dead, including The Witch of Endor, Circe, and Erichtho
  • Creating ancestral altars and building relationships with spirits
  • The tools of Necromancy: the bronze dagger, yew wand, iron keys, graveyard dust, the offering cauldron, spirit powders, the human skull, and more.
  • Methods of spirit contact, including automatic writing, scrying mirrors, spirit boards, pendulums, and spirit mediumship
  • The ancient arts of necromancy as a method of conjuring the dead to assist in magic
  • Ridding yourself of unwanted spirits using rituals of cleansing, banishing and exorcism
  • Ghost hunting techniques that combine psychic wisdom with modern technology
  • Communing with the dead in dreams
  • Sacred holidays and powerful celebrations of the dead
  • Resources on where to ethically obtain the tools of the trade
  • An overview of the feared deities of the Underworld
    Rituals, recipes, exercises, and more!

Dare to walk between the worlds with Christian Day as he guides you across the River Styx into the shadowy realms where the dead long to connect with us once more!

My thoughts:

I first saw Christian Day on the paranormal TV show Ghost Adventures. I was not impressed. The robes, skull, candles, and flamboyant gestures really turned me off.

Having read his book, I think that I have a better insight into the Salem Warlock. I understand why he uses the title Warlock and I have a better understanding of the tools used in the episode.

I liked his sense of humor. While discussing ritual cleansing he said, “Far too many people these days don’t shower as much as they should. Remember, your body is a temple, not a garbage scow, For the sake of everyone around you, including the spirits, bathe regularly!”  I got a pretty good chuckle from several comments like that one.

Day’s behind-the-scenes story of his Ghost Adventures episode is priceless. “‘Depart from that place and let them discover nothing!’ Yeah, it was catty, but I didn’t want anyone, living or dead, to steal the spotlight from the Witch House.” I wonder what Zak Bagans thinks about that? While I wasn’t a fan at first, I believe this man should have his own show.

If you are interested in the tools and techniques of witchcraft and ghost hunting, this is your resource. I thought that it was excellent. Day’s personality really pushes this book into a long list of “must-haves” from Weiser Books. I give it 5 stars out of 5.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Next on my reading list …

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Author: Barry Huddleston

Book and product reviews with a steampunk twist

5 thoughts on “Review: The Witches’ Book of the Dead”

  1. I just received this link from my editor. I’m really glad you liked the book! One of the reasons I wrote it was because, having done a lot of TV, I know how some of what I do can be seen as more hokey in quick soundbytes so I greatly appreciate you taking the time to get to know my work a little more deeply.

    Oh, and I spoke to Zak a few weeks after the show aired and confessed. He seemed ok with it, probably because the results made for such good television. *wicked grin*. Of course I can’t rule my girl Kelly out. She’s such a fantastic medium that I think just her presence made my mumbo jumbo work better. ;-D

    Blessings from Salem,

    Christian

    1. Thanks for the visit Christian! It’s a great book. Sometimes, you really need to be ready to listen, in order to hear what a person is saying. I guess that I was finally ready to hear what you had to say.

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