Interview with Ambrosia Hawthorn – Author of The Wiccan Book of Shadows

After discovering her practice at the age of 13, Ambrosia Hawthorn began the lifelong journey of studying the craft and her lineage. She is a traveling eclectic pagan, astrologer, and card slinger with indigenous roots in Yup’ik shamanism and Puerto Rican folk magic. You may also recognize her from some of her previously-published books, Seasons of Wicca and The Spellbook for New Witches, her blog Wild Goddess Magick, or the magazine of which she is of the editor – Witchology. We caught up with Ambrosia to learn all about her latest book and what’s ahead for her!

Photo: Ambrosia Hawthorn

Q: How did you find your way into the world of magic and witchcraft? Was there a particular moment or event that led you to embrace the title of “witch”?

AH: I found my way into the world of magic as a teenager by listening to my relatives’ stories about our ancestors. On my mother’s side, I had stories of my Yu’pik great grandmother who practiced healing and shamanism, and on my father’s side, there were Puerto Rican witches who practiced healing magic. I didn’t have any lessons on either, so I began my own journey that combined dream magic, divination, and healing. I read Tarot and dreams for a few years and studied herbalism for about five years. I also worked with many deities and had an eclectic Wiccan path in my early twenties. For me, my journey was as natural as breathing. I spent my free time reading, studying, and learning new practices.

Q: Who has helped shape your path and practice? Are there any magical mentors or teachers who have influenced you over the years?

AH: I would say each and every witch, Wiccan, Pagan, Heathen, Druid, and Priestess that I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with over the years through Witchology Magazine are my biggest influences. I’m very blessed to have worked with some amazing witches throughout the years and have learned so much. I haven’t had any mentors or teachers specifically, but I’m a knowledge-loving witch.

Q: Your latest book, The Wiccan Book of Shadows, was just released on December 15th. What inspired you to write this particular book? What can readers expect to learn that they won’t find in other books that discuss Wicca specifically?

AH: I felt that my first two books were about the basics of witchcraft and Wicca, so this book was inspired by my own Book of Shadows and how I’ve shaped my own books over the years. Readers can expect to find tips and journal prompts that will help them create their own unique Book of Shadows. Every few pages, there are questions that inspire reflection and thinking with regards to building the reader’s own practice.

Q: How does The Wiccan Book of Shadows tie in with your other titles – The Spell Book for New Witches, and Seasons of Wicca?

AH: The Wiccan Book of Shadows is a perfect companion for either of my recent books; however, you don’t have to read them in any order. My newest book is more journal based on its content rather than spells and rituals. The goal of my newest book is to guide the reader down a personalized path.

Q: We love about others’ favorite titles and authors here at Witch With Books, so we would love to know – who is your favorite witchy author, and what is your favorite witchy book of all time?

AH: That would have to be Scott Cunningham’s and love Lisa Chamberlain’s books. They both have some amazing books in their collections that any witch can learn from.

Q: What is on the horizon for you? Any new projects in the works that we should watch?

AH: Yes! I do have another book in the works with the possibility of even a few more 😉 I can’t give too many details yet, but I can say I’m getting the chance to tap into my healing herbalism background. 

Q: What is your top piece of “witchy wisdom” that you would like to share with our readers?

AH:  My top piece of witchy wisdom would have to be to always continue learning. With each passing season, my practice has changed and adapted countless times over the years. I’m constantly learning new occult and metaphysical topics and adjusting my practice accordingly. In 2018 my practice was divination and dream-focused, then in 2019, my practice revolved around energy manipulation, and in 2020 there was a huge shift in healing and mental practices.

Thank you, Ambrosia!

Photo: Ambrosia Hawthorn

Ambrosia Hawthorn is the founder of the blog Wild Goddess Magick and the editor of Witchology Magazine. Her goal is to provide material for every kind of pagan, and she uses the Wheel of the Year to create and share new content about all types of magic. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or visit the Wild Goddess Magick blog.

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