Practical Magic | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so excited to talk about this book centered on astrology and various divination techniques. It wasn’t recycling the same beginner’s content. There was so much more to this book than that, which was super refreshing. I absolutely loved this, and I think whether you are part of the magickal community or just curious about this kind of thing, you can definitely enjoy this! But let’s go ahead and jump right in.


Practical Magic is a charming introduction to the wonders of modern magic and mysticism, from crystals and astrology to chakras, dream interpretation, and, of course, a few spells!

Focusing on three primary areas — healing, magic, and fortunetelling — this book provides the perfect primer for sophisticated dabblers, with inviting text and spell-binding illustrations. Clear introductions on trending topics, like herbal tonics and astrological charts, are paired with home remedies, hands-on instructions, and suggested rituals in a chic, stylish format that will capture the imaginations of good witches of all ages.

My Thoughts:

This book was really good! I honestly bought it because I knew it would have beautiful illustrations in it, but I was concerned because I thought it might not teach me anything new, but I was pleasantly surprised! It has so many good chapters and lessons in it!

Nikki definitely knows her stuff, and I also really loved this book because she is pretty level with people. She knows that those from the magickal community and those who are just curious will pick up the book. She at one point is talking about whether people believe in spells or crystals or anything and whether it is the Placebo effect or it actually is magick and she says, “Does it even matter?” Like if that person ends up being helped, whether it be by the hands of crystals or just them healing (in the case of a healing spell), does it actually matter? I thought that was a really great point, and I definitely agree with it!

I also loved learning about chakras (which I had a surface level knowledge about), and even auras (even if I am naturally skeptical about those). I thought she handled those subjects practically and she explained them really well. I loved how in depth she went into the art of palm reading (which I have always been curious about) and tarot (which was Review for me, but I still enjoyed reading it).

However, my favorite thing that she covered was one’s natal chart or their birth chart. I had mine done ages ago, but I still was having trouble reading it for some reason, but she simplified it and made it super easy to understand, so that was super helpful to me. It basically charts the astrological signs, planets and the like according to the date, time and place you were born in order to show different aspects in your life that will become important in the future (the way you handle money, relationships, home, personality,…etc.) I love how she simplified it and I think it was super insightful!

Overall, I really enjoyed this, and I think it was super gorgeous and insightful and you should give it a read regardless if you are part of the magickal community or not because it is really great and I think you can definitely take something out of it! I am definitely picking up more books by Nikki Van de Car, I can tell you that much.


And there you have! That was my wrap up for the final month in 2018. What is one of your favorite books you read this year? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post this year. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

XX , Allie

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