Monday 8 August 2022

Book Review: A Spirit Work Primer: A Beginner’s Guide

Want to learn to summon a demon? This is your book. Then again, A Spirit Work Primer: A Beginner’s Guide to Streamlined Spirit Work by Naag Loki Shivanath would also be useful for Wiccans wanting to get better at invoking deities, traditional witches wanting familiars, and anyone wishing to communicate with departed ancestors. It's a practical, no-nonsense guide to all kinds of work with spirits, from the basics to the reasonably advanced. 

Author Naag Loki Shivanath has years of experience in various traditions including Wicca, Druidry, Ceremonial Magic and Necromancy. In this book he manages to convey that the techniques used in most traditions essentially follow similar patterns. You need suitable tools, a suitable space, make appropriate offerings, and say suitable words. 

Chapters cover invocation, evocation, pacts, possession, familiars, spirit keeping, isolated spirits (such as ghosts), created spirits, and spirit houses. The latest edition has a new chapter on how to develop spirit senses, which means learning how to detect their presence - a vital skill. At the end of the book there's one on cleansing, another on getting rid of spirits you don't want around, and a grimoire. 

Publisher Crossed Crow Books says on its website: 

"A Spirit Work Primer: A Beginner’s Guide to Streamlined Spirit Work by Naag Loki Shivanath offers readers a well-structured, highly practical, and results-oriented system of spirit conjuration, suitable for magicians and witches alike. 

"Invocation, Evocation, Possession. These words conjure forth feelings of unease and confusion for many magical practitioners, even today. This book, however, is a fantastic guide intended to shed some much needed light on these often misunderstood subjects. Within these pages, spirit worker and necromancer Naag Loki Shivanath serves as guide and teacher, taking all readers through a sophisticated yet highly practical system of spirit conjuration. If you’ve been interested in learning how to sharpen your spirit senses, safely practice spirit possession, work through spirit invocation and evocation, then this tome is the book you’ve been waiting for.

"Whether you are a follower of the more ritualized manifestations of the magical arts or a Witch looking to deepen your practice with the spirit world, A Spirit Work Primer will prove to be a valuable resource that is referenced time and time again."

In the foreword to the new edition, Chris Allaun writes: "This is the book I wish I had when I first began learning spirit conjuration." I completely agree with him. So do I.

You can view A Spirit Work Primer on Amazon and at Crossed Crow Books' website:


Jane Mortimer said...

Thank you for this useful pointer, Lucya. I plan to branch out into spirit work soon and this book looks extremely useful.

Badwitch said...

The book uses the term spirit work quite broadly and includes things like Wiccan-style invocations as well as contacting ancestors or trying to summmon angels (or demons)

Anonymous said...

Thank-you for the review- on an interesting topic for all Witches👍