Book Review: Modern Witch by Devin Hunter

Review and Photo by Briony Silver | Instagram | Podcast 

About the Author

Devin Hunter has been initiated in several occult traditions. He is the founder of Sacred Fires, his own spiritual tradition, and is the cofounder of the Black Rose Tradition of Witchcraft. He has been serving clients all over the world for almost two decades through his work as a professional psychic-medium and occultist and through the Mystic Dream, his store in Walnut Creek, California. Devin hosts an AV Club-favorited podcast and publishes the magazine Modern Witch

About Modern Witch

Empowering, encouraging, and inspiring – these are just a few of the words that come to mind after exploring Devin Hunter’s latest book, Modern Witch. Witches, if you’re seeking a resource that is overflowing with helpful information, provides ample “how-to” guides for the hands-on practitioner, and is packed cover-to-cover with stunningly magical photos, this is your perfect match! 

Hunter’s introductory chapters lay the critical framework that make this book accessible for witches of all experience levels – including some simple yet powerful ground rules to help give your workings the highest chance of success. Unlike some other instructional texts, though, Modern Witch seems to intentionally encourage readers to make the practice their own, rather than follow every single direction down to the letter. Where other books might create a sense of dependence on the text for fear of “doing it wrong,” here, practitioners are inspired to follow their intuition and honor their own personal meanings related to spell ingredients, magical tools, and iconography. 

The instructional side of the book is separated into five major categories – Love Magic, Healing Magic, Protection Magic, Prosperity Magic, and Divination – making it simple to search for spells based upon your desired outcome. “Word witches” will also likely love the perfectly-rhymed incantations that appear in abundance throughout the book. 

The down-to-earth tone, common-sense approach, and thoughtful discussion around potentially activating topics are all elements that place Modern Witch truly in a class of its own. The section on Love Magic is a standout example of just such a discussion; while this subject is often viewed through a singular lens and / or labelled “taboo,” Hunter artfully navigates it in a way that avoids dogma while remaining wonderfully inclusive, providing value for all readers. 

New Witches will Love…

…the simplicity of the handy correspondence tables included throughout the book. Color magic and planetary associations are presented in an easily-digestible format, and the zodiac chart presents an uncomplicated overview of the subject that does not fall down the slippery slope of getting too bogged down in the incredibly complex details of astrology. The cartomancy conversion chart was a personal favorite of mine, which contains correspondences for just about every type of deck except Uno cards!

The inviting and encouraging language, combined with detailed instructions for activities that other books might deem too “introductory” to warrant such detail, also create a supportive tone that will likely appeal to newer witches. From the importance of altars (and how to create your own) to the magic that can be found in simple, everyday gestures like blowing a kiss, there is truly something in Modern Witch that can empower magical practitioners from day one.

Experienced Witches will Love…

…the helpful tidbits sprinkled throughout the book. While longtime practitioners of the craft may find it tempting to skim through the first few chapters and get straight to work on the spells and rituals, I encourage you to read carefully. There are more than a few hidden gems within the pages of Modern Witch, and they can be easy to miss in the midst of a speed-reading session! 

In addition, experienced witches may encounter new and exciting ways to expand their craft and branch out beyond their go-to magical methods. The diversity of Hunter’s education, experience, and training results in a rich variety of spells and workings being shared from different magical traditions – charm bags, golems, poppets, tasseomancy, hexenspiegel, and knot magic are just a small handful of the teachings discussed. Every method and technique is shared from Hunter’s own grimoire, which leads to an abundantly clear passion for the material and a genuine connection to the work.

Modern Witch may be purchased here.

About Briony: Briony Silver is an eclectic witch based in the Pacific Northwest, and the host of the Eclectic Witchery podcast. A proud Cancerian, water and the moon heavily influence her individual Craft – so you can almost always find her wearing something lunar-inspired, while toting a variety of jars, bottles, and vials in her bag. With a background teaching yoga and mindfulness, she enjoys weaving those two practices into her magic, and vice versa. You can connect with her on Instagram at @eclectic_witchery to talk water magic, crystals, moon magic, divination tools, and witchy books galore!

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