What do you call someone who shows you that you don’t have to look elsewhere for magic? You call them a witch. -Timothy Morton
Witchbody by Sabrina Scott, published by Red Wheel Weiser, was released this week.
I don’t really have the words to explain how this book made me feel.
I’ve read it three times in the past 2 weeks since I picked up a copy at Pantheacon.
Scott manages to capture on words thoughts that I’ve had, things that I’ve felt, experiences that I can’t explain. She captures the Witchbody in its essence. She shows us what it likes to commune with spirit. To connect with that tree that you used to sit under as a child. That rock that you have in your bedroom. That strange feeling that you get when you consider the decaying compost in your backyard.
She brings witchcraft back to what it truly is at the end of the day- a relationship with everything (I mean everything, not just humans and sentient beings) around us. The witch is the link between the worlds. A true animist.
“There is magic and wisdom in our tables and chairs, in our computer cables, in our organic soy lattes and recycled post-consumer cups.”
Witchbody is unlike anything you’ve ever read before. I can probably guarantee that.
It’s a graphic novel but not a novel. Its a book but not a book. Its a philosophy without being a philosophy. It is something that is and it is something that is not. This all sounds extremely vague and confusing, but I don’t know any other way to explain.
This is a book that will sit on your bedside table for years. It belongs in the hands of people. Not on a shelf. It’s extremely academic and full of excellent sources, and yet it’s not a resource book. It’s an approach to living that you will read over and over again.
Witchbody is a beautiful sweeping vision of all that it means to be a witch. I’m starting it over again now. To read for the 4th time and what I’m sure won’t be the last.
“Magic is a way of sensing, experiencing, being. Magic is a lense that is the body; a place where light passes through and warms us, draws attention, rouses us from feeling and propels us to action.”
If you’re interested in finding out more about Sabrina, check out this documentary special featuring her and her craft!
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