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An insider's guide for beginner mystics, How to Study Magic is your ultimate introduction to the main areas of magic—from witchcraft to grimoires—what it means to practice them, and, most of all, how to get started.
Have you ever wanted to dive into the world of magic, but weren't sure where to begin? You're not alone! Knowing where to start can be mystifying, but it doesn't have to be. In How to Study Magic, author, educator, and seasoned witch Sarah Lyons guides you through an introductory course of study, and an enchanted entry point to the wide world of magical paths.
Drawing on Sarah's own experience practicing and teaching magic for more than a decade, this interactive exploration takes novice witches through basic tools they can use in their studies—from divination and meditation to cleansing and protection—before diving into the history, lore, and modern incarnations of a wide range of magical practices. With chapters on Witchcraft, Chaos Magic, Spellbooks and Grimoires, Gods and Goddesses, and more, this dynamic guide gives readers an insider's perspective on how to craft their own, personalized practice. Each chapter also contains interactive activities, journal prompts, and suggestions for further reading, allowing baby witches to chart their own paths and explore their own power.
For anyone who knows they want to study magic, but has no idea where to begin, How to Study Magic is the answer you've been waiting for.
Sarah Lyons is a writer, activist, occultist, and witch. She has been practicing magic for over a decade, and has been deeply involved in New York City’s occult scene for years. Sarah was the witch in residence for Vice, where she had a weekly tarot-based web series, and has served as an on-air expert on the CW's Mysteries Decoded. Her writing has appeared in Teen Vogue, Vice, Broadly, Slutist, Fusion, Dirge Magazine, and Dear Darkling. Her books Revolutionary Witchcraft (2019) and How to Study Magic (2022) were published by Running Press. In addition to writing and practicing witchcraft, Sarah is an organizer with the New York City Democratic Socialists of America. She lives in Brooklyn.