Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review: Have You Been Hexed?

Title: Have You Been Hexed?: Recognizing and Breaking Curses
Author: Alexandra Chauran
Format: egalley edition
Pub. Date: August 8th 2013
Source: Netgalley and Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.


Four stars.

Sometimes, there are streaks of misfortune in our lives. It seems like Murphy's Law comes true- anything that can go wrong, will. Lost jobs, cheating spouses, monetary losses. There comes a point where even the most un-superstitious person begins to think to themselves: "Maybe I'm cursed." Have You Been Hexed? Is a guide written to help the reader sort through their misfortunes, learn about hexes & curses, and what you can do to stop yourself from becoming a victim of intentional ill will.

This book serves its title purpose: recognizing and breaking curses and & hexes. I found that author Alexandra Chauran explains the topic in an easy to understand, non-judgmental tone that makes it easier to fully grasp what she has to say.

The best part of this book, in my opinion, is the perspective. I was honestly expecting a book that says "oh my gosh, you're cursed! Now that you've bought my book, I can help!"

But, that wasn't the tone of this guide at all. In fact, Chauran goes to great lengths to explain how rare curses are, and how many different forms of bias there are when it comes to the self-identification of such spells.

Chauran also offers advice, instructions, and tips for identifying & rectifying these magickal maladies. Whether your poison be tarot cards, aura reading, or even pendulums, Chauran uses great language to explain the tools of the trade so that even the most unseasoned practitioner can understand what is being talked about.

Though this book covers only a very specific niche of magickal woes, it is a highly useful guide into righting wrongs that have been cast. This is a book that every magick practitioner should have on their shelf as a reference when needed. That being said, if you're not a practitioner, don't be afraid of picking this up.

Thank you to Netgalley and Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. for my copy of this book.