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A fiery, inclusive guide for activists and witches alike, Revolutionary Witchcraft is an empowered introduction to the history and practice of politically-motivated magic. From the politically charged origins of the word "witch" to the present-day magical resistance, this bold handbook explores the role of witchcraft in our modern world. Author, activist, and practicing wi A fiery, inclusive guide for activists and witches alike, Revolutionary Witchcraft is an empowered introduction to the history and practice of politically-motivated magic. From the politically charged origins of the word "witch" to the present-day magical resistance, this bold handbook explores the role of witchcraft in our modern world. Author, activist, and practicing witch Sarah Lyons takes readers on a journey through a leftist history of magic -- from the witch hunts of early modern England, through the Salem Witch Trials, and up to our present moment. Pairing mystical acts, including sigil magic and soul flight, with core organizing tactics, like power mapping and protests, Revolutionary Witchcraft offers a blueprint for building a politically grounded magical praxis. From social justice to environmental activism, this radical reimagining of political activism addresses today's most pressing problems with empowering, inclusive rituals and magical actions. Each chapter introduces a key concept, like dreaming big, experiencing magical initiation, and joining the revolution, supported by a galvanizing historical case study on the power of mystical action. Full of actionable ideas for magical organizing, and an appendix packed with customizable spells, Revolutionary Witchcraft is the perfect companion for the magical uprising.


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A fiery, inclusive guide for activists and witches alike, Revolutionary Witchcraft is an empowered introduction to the history and practice of politically-motivated magic. From the politically charged origins of the word "witch" to the present-day magical resistance, this bold handbook explores the role of witchcraft in our modern world. Author, activist, and practicing wi A fiery, inclusive guide for activists and witches alike, Revolutionary Witchcraft is an empowered introduction to the history and practice of politically-motivated magic. From the politically charged origins of the word "witch" to the present-day magical resistance, this bold handbook explores the role of witchcraft in our modern world. Author, activist, and practicing witch Sarah Lyons takes readers on a journey through a leftist history of magic -- from the witch hunts of early modern England, through the Salem Witch Trials, and up to our present moment. Pairing mystical acts, including sigil magic and soul flight, with core organizing tactics, like power mapping and protests, Revolutionary Witchcraft offers a blueprint for building a politically grounded magical praxis. From social justice to environmental activism, this radical reimagining of political activism addresses today's most pressing problems with empowering, inclusive rituals and magical actions. Each chapter introduces a key concept, like dreaming big, experiencing magical initiation, and joining the revolution, supported by a galvanizing historical case study on the power of mystical action. Full of actionable ideas for magical organizing, and an appendix packed with customizable spells, Revolutionary Witchcraft is the perfect companion for the magical uprising.

30 review for Revolutionary Witchcraft: A Guide to Magical Activism

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth OH

    It's cute. Not very revolutionary nor witchy but appropriate to gift to a white feminist. It's cute. Not very revolutionary nor witchy but appropriate to gift to a white feminist.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Haliation

    If I were to recommend a book to a new witch that was interested in the social justice aspect of witchcraft, it would DEFINITELY be this one. It does a good job of breaking down complex concepts and is completely accessible (no expensive crystals or obscure herbs needed). A lot of it is very much 101, but with so many new folks interested in the occult, this is completely necessary! I really appreciated the time given to acknowledging the destruction of the mining industry re: crystals (I think If I were to recommend a book to a new witch that was interested in the social justice aspect of witchcraft, it would DEFINITELY be this one. It does a good job of breaking down complex concepts and is completely accessible (no expensive crystals or obscure herbs needed). A lot of it is very much 101, but with so many new folks interested in the occult, this is completely necessary! I really appreciated the time given to acknowledging the destruction of the mining industry re: crystals (I think I’ve only seen this in one or two witchcraft books ever) and connecting with plants that are actually native and healthy in your local environment rather than getting a singular herb shipped across the ocean. This might seem pretty basic - but it’s completely shocking how few witch books actually acknowledge this? Thank you, Sarah!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sosanna Olson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Today I'm reviewing Revolutionary Witchcraft A Guide to Magical Activism by Sarah Lyons. Release Date - November 5, 2019 Generally I like to start out with a disclaimer. I am an contemporary witch. I look for the connection between magic and science without the need to search for a creator. I receive no compensation for these reviews and all my links are standard Amazon links and not affiliate links. I am a practicing photo reader and have spent the last 16 years honing my craft. I offer personal Today I'm reviewing Revolutionary Witchcraft A Guide to Magical Activism by Sarah Lyons. Release Date - November 5, 2019 Generally I like to start out with a disclaimer. I am an contemporary witch. I look for the connection between magic and science without the need to search for a creator. I receive no compensation for these reviews and all my links are standard Amazon links and not affiliate links. I am a practicing photo reader and have spent the last 16 years honing my craft. I offer personal readings by request and have a strong online history that boasts over 429,000 views. When they say great things come in small packages, they were referring to this book. While the size of the book is small, the content within is larger than life. The cover is a mixture of a hard/soft cover and the short stature makes it easy to toss into a purse or backpack for reading on the go. The author has provided not only a healthy index but also a hefty appendix that goes on in great detail on spell books, rituals and even a new way to look at the wheel of the year. The illustrations are fantastic and show a representation of witches of color in an inclusive way. This reaches directly into the heart of the current life we're seeing in magical workings for social justice. The books begins with an introduction to activism and the place that a witch holds in that fight. The author defines magic, politics, witchcraft and the history related to how magic was used in our ancient past. As she continues through the chapters, the author provides direction for connecting with the ancestors as well as instruction on shaking off this mundane and delving deeply into the craft for the betterment of all beings. I would note there is at least one mention of the Bible in one of the chapters and it seems to lean to the side that witches are predominately female. While I understand that for most of the world the word witch equates to someone who is female, I would loved to have seen the author set aside that particular notion and allow a non gendered view or allowing space for those who may identify as male, masculine or any other gender variant to be included in the discussion. That being said, I would like to acknowledge how the author said that they felt that witchcraft was a verb and not a noun. To me, witch is a title. It isn't a title like Mr. or Mrs. but more like Doctor. Note, it isn't specifically said in this book that only witches can be female, it is just what I perceived to be implied by the context of the book. This was my opinion and your mileage may vary. This is one of the first modern witch books I have read that directly calls out to sitting public officials. In the section on Revolutionary History, the author specifically points to the 2016 election as being the catalyst for political witchcraft. To me this has two possible implications. One, it flies into the face of "be silent". If I want to work my magic, I want to do so in secret. I want to make sure they have no idea that I'm coming. There is also an old tale about saying a person's name gives them power. Case in point, many today some 3 years after taking office, still refuse to use the word President as it related to Donald Trump. I'm assuming the opinion is, not saying it removes its validity. We would need to examine his actions and the impact they have had on society as a whole in order to see if that is actually the case. But I digress... As we move through the book, the author takes us through initiation, journeying, dreaming and soul flight. Reminding us that as witches we are stewards of the land. The section on Standing Rock, I found particularly moving. Many books have lofty goals when it comes to recommending what witches can and cannot do. This book actually provides real world examples of how to get involved in local politics, creating an organization and working with allies of all activity styles. From creating sigils and working with crystals to joining protests and working on access to voting this book provides ways to actually get involved with your community to create positive change. Finally, I wanted to call out one part of the appendix that I found pretty amazing and have added to my magical practice. As a witch (a River Witch) I spend a great deal of time directly in the path of the water. My home sets on native land stolen by colonizers, and homes and families destroyed, a great people were pushed away and nearly destroyed. Today, they are still being attacked at the highest levels of our government. On page 141 the author provides a statement to the land, acknowledging the rightful ownership of the first peoples to inhabit this nation and face subsequent attack by those coming in and destroying their world. The statement is as follows: We honor and acknowledge the land we stand on. This is occupied territory that was once called (NAME) and is the home to (Tribe/Nation). We acknowledge that this land was stole by settlers, and that the mistreatment of its first people continues to this day. While we live in a world that settlers created, we promise to work on building a better world with the help and leadership of the land's original inhabitants. We honor this land and thank you for the many gifts you give us each day. Thank you for allowing us to fight on, with and for you. My personal statement: I honor and acknowledge the Catabwa and Tuscarora people who lived here on this land I now occupy. I want to thank them for allowing me to be here and to continue to grace my visions and my ritual with their energy. I acknowledge that my direct ancestors stole this land and claimed it as their own and are now know as the founders of this place called Seven Springs. I live today in a world created by that carnage and can only hope that my promise to work towards a better world will allow the land here to begin to heal from this heart break. Overall, this is a pretty powerful piece of work. It was written in a very straight forward easy to read language. It is modern and yet still holds on to those basics that most witches will be able to see right away. I was skeptical at first, but I must say I was/am pleasantly surprised by the depth of the book and appreciated the author's guidance on inclusive speech, healing speech and open honest dialog about how our nation needs to heal from colonization.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mari

    Witty, accessible and fairly sane, though disappointingly unpolitical.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Olga

    Starhawk for the Millenials! A great second book for any beginning Witch, adding a context and purpose. Add a chapter on abortion and it will be complete.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy Layton

    First and foremost, I want to thank Sarah Lyons for being so open and honest about how witchcraft is more a placebo effect than anything else.  That, I think, is what turned me off to witchcraft before I was interested in it.  But I do believe, as Lyons suggests, that there is an inherent energy to everything that we do, and that our outcome is informed by that energy.  I think that witchcraft is largely about intention and then actually action, which Lyons makes very clear.  Remember that scene First and foremost, I want to thank Sarah Lyons for being so open and honest about how witchcraft is more a placebo effect than anything else.  That, I think, is what turned me off to witchcraft before I was interested in it.  But I do believe, as Lyons suggests, that there is an inherent energy to everything that we do, and that our outcome is informed by that energy.  I think that witchcraft is largely about intention and then actually action, which Lyons makes very clear.  Remember that scene in Orange in the New Black where that guy goes back to that one character's store being like, "Yo, your spell didn't work, what the hell?  I burnt my resume over a candle and everything and I still didn't get a job!" And she retorts, "Okay, but did you actually GIVE your resume to the employer?"  Boom.  Intent AND action. The same goes for activism.  It is necessary to be intentful, to know exactly what end goal you want.  But you also have to work for it. Lyon also gives a brief history of magic and why even today it's taboo--though how it's becoming more and more mainstream as well.  Given today's political and economical climate, it makes sense that more and more women want to grasp onto something historically taboo, to take matters into our hands in the few ways that we're actually able to (hello institutional sexism!) Overall, I found this a fascinating read that I think is a great resource if you're interested in magic as well as activism. Review cross-listed here!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bezaubernd

  8. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Garretson-bilnoski

    Kids, don't try this at home. This is not for beginners. I mean, make all the sigils you want, but stay in your body and leave the ancestors alone without a guide. She gives just enough info to be dangerous and none of the warnings on those advanced techniques. FFS, witchcraft it isn't a game or toy. If you are a not an advanced practioner looking to branch into social justice spells or an experienced protester looking to understand neopagan collegues better there are other better books out ther Kids, don't try this at home. This is not for beginners. I mean, make all the sigils you want, but stay in your body and leave the ancestors alone without a guide. She gives just enough info to be dangerous and none of the warnings on those advanced techniques. FFS, witchcraft it isn't a game or toy. If you are a not an advanced practioner looking to branch into social justice spells or an experienced protester looking to understand neopagan collegues better there are other better books out there for you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kitty Cat

    This book came to my shelf in the most perfect timing. We are living difficult and dangerous times. This book show how Witchcraft and Activism aren't do distant. It teaches you how to make Activism in a healthy way that goes further than voting and protesting. Talks how a demonstration is a ritual. I recommend it for the witches activists who fight to change the world. This book came to my shelf in the most perfect timing. We are living difficult and dangerous times. This book show how Witchcraft and Activism aren't do distant. It teaches you how to make Activism in a healthy way that goes further than voting and protesting. Talks how a demonstration is a ritual. I recommend it for the witches activists who fight to change the world.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Georgina Quinones

    Sarah Lyons seems like an up beat person with very witty personality. I love the idea of incorporating your magick to activism. It is very clever to use your witchcraft to help your political beliefs. She shares the use of spells, she describes how activism is a form of a ritual. It is a very clever the way she incorporates sigils into activism and they way she manipulates magick to get what you want in your activism. She shares her own sigil making in one of the chapters. It is a small book, so Sarah Lyons seems like an up beat person with very witty personality. I love the idea of incorporating your magick to activism. It is very clever to use your witchcraft to help your political beliefs. She shares the use of spells, she describes how activism is a form of a ritual. It is a very clever the way she incorporates sigils into activism and they way she manipulates magick to get what you want in your activism. She shares her own sigil making in one of the chapters. It is a small book, so its a quick and easy read. It is a book for the modern witch, and that witch who is stands for what is right. The word Witch has no gender.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lorna Vivi

    A accessible intersectional book that covers a suprising amount of subjects. As well as using this book to find ways to incorporate and use magic in activism, I also think it works well as a 101 on witchcraft in general. The inculsion of The Trans Rite of Ancestor Elevation was wonderful, as was Land Acknowledgement and a range of other features. My only negativity was i felt in some areas it was a bit brief and could have been expanded upon. Altogether I would have loved the book to have been lo A accessible intersectional book that covers a suprising amount of subjects. As well as using this book to find ways to incorporate and use magic in activism, I also think it works well as a 101 on witchcraft in general. The inculsion of The Trans Rite of Ancestor Elevation was wonderful, as was Land Acknowledgement and a range of other features. My only negativity was i felt in some areas it was a bit brief and could have been expanded upon. Altogether I would have loved the book to have been longer

  12. 4 out of 5

    Deja Virgilia

    I love how this book harmonizes spirituality and social activism! Using softness to fight!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Modern, inspiring, concise.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    Revolutionary Witchcraft is an informative and entertaining read. Very relevant in this day and age.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    Love this book & recommend to anyone who is interested in it. True gem for me personally.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lord Beardsley

    This pleasant, discursive little book on incorporating social justice/activism in your witchcraft, (or vice versa) offers a fresh perspective on how we engage with the craft and activism.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    "Immediate: Who is actually doing the thing? Is there a person using their power for better or worse? Where is the bad thing happening, and what can you do right now to stop it? Law: How is this power working legally? How is the law upholding this power or preventing this power from manifesting? Culture: What's the popular consensus on this power? What do people generally think when you bring an issue up with them?" p 79 "It's not enough just to save a forest because of some complex calculation abo "Immediate: Who is actually doing the thing? Is there a person using their power for better or worse? Where is the bad thing happening, and what can you do right now to stop it? Law: How is this power working legally? How is the law upholding this power or preventing this power from manifesting? Culture: What's the popular consensus on this power? What do people generally think when you bring an issue up with them?" p 79 "It's not enough just to save a forest because of some complex calculation about how much carbon it eats or how much oxygen it produces. It's worth protecting because that forest has a spirit and rights like any of us, rights that aren't tied to its ability to "work" for us. Rights should never be tied to work or how usefully you can be exploited by someone else." p 107 "Now, let's get one thing straight: The idea that humans are all rational actors guided by pure reason is, to put it nicely, bullshit. We are creatures of myth and story, compelled to action through narrative. If this gets you down, it really shouldn't! This is where the power of ritual comes from." p 122 (i think! it isn't numbered, this section of pages)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Larissa Lee

    The premise of this book is set from the start, that activism is a form of magical action. If magic is about directing power (energy) toward a goal, so is politics. There aren't necessarily as different as you might think. That said, this book is clearly for direct and physical activism, rather than magical works. If you're looking for a way to merge action with magic, then you'll find it. There are interesting thoughts like localizing your craft, but nothing is really approached with depth. Thi The premise of this book is set from the start, that activism is a form of magical action. If magic is about directing power (energy) toward a goal, so is politics. There aren't necessarily as different as you might think. That said, this book is clearly for direct and physical activism, rather than magical works. If you're looking for a way to merge action with magic, then you'll find it. There are interesting thoughts like localizing your craft, but nothing is really approached with depth. This book isn't about witchcraft so much as it's about finding a spiritual tie-in between activism and witchcraft. The pieces I enjoyed are all available with more depth in other books, and the rest is just a really big protester pep talk with witchy sprinkles. So if you're looking for spells and rituals for workings toward magical resistance, this isn't the book for you.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mitch

    A badass book Lyons gives us a great insight into the world of witchcraft and activism, and ties both together. She is a powerful writer and an equally powerful voice, and we should read and heed her these days.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Audra White

    Loved this read. She breaks down the basics in a fun and creative way. Helps for any mainstream feminist to understand their role in political activism. I love hearing the voice of this generation! Well done Sarah. Great podcast too!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura Jayne Tricker

    I really enjoyed this book. A lot of it hit at home for me and pulled some things I knew together to make some sticking points. It’s really nice to think about things in a different way now and then and feel reignited and I think this book did that for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anisha Ramani

    While I skipped some of the chapters where it gave me instructions on how to perform rituals, I appreciated the underlying concepts and had some good takeaways. This book made me reflect on the power of belief, and free thought.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Helle

    Some good things in the earlier chapters especially, but I was hoping for something a little more in depth and a little less of a you-go-girl magazine feel.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Not much to do with witchcraft, more of the author's personal agenda seeping through. Not much to do with witchcraft, more of the author's personal agenda seeping through.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ariana

    A simplistic approach to both revolution and witchcraft. Very useful for a beginner I’m either case. The author does a good job to recognize her own white perspective.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessie B.

    Very good

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bri

    RTC

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Woodside

    This book is a short and sweet introduction to activism and witchcraft. Doesn’t go into a lot of detail about either subject but it was a fun read. I appreciate that the author is conscious of her privilege as a white woman and doesn’t try to center her experience. This is not the book to read if ur learning about activism or witchcraft for the first time but if ur already familier with both subjects this is the perfect book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    madmadmaddy

    super cute primer to witchcraft and magical thinking. highly recommend as a gift to politically engaged, witch-curious loved ones

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy

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