I had the pleasure of being an advance reader for Sheena Cundy's newest book, The Witch Wavelength: Tune into Your Magical Nature. Herein readers will find a road map of sorts with which they can find their own way to practice witchcraft.
Based on the four elements of Air, Earth, water, and Fire, Cundy offers daily practices to align oneself with the eve-present, eternal, and always accurate wisdom of the natural world. In doing so, we become powerful beings, able to transform our world to bring it into alignment with our depest truths.
Opening with a brief bit about how they came to be a witch, the reader is brought right onto the first of many practices: briefly calming oneself and asking our heart to reveal our magic. Several subsequent chapters look at energy, what it means to be a witch and a magician -- one who uses magic.
The next section -- Gathering Tools -- first introduces the reader to the power of retreat. Taking time to step out of the ordinary world to practice stillness and contemplation is a time-honored practice in many spiritual traditions, one the witch can use to their advantage. Then there is a discussion of the physical tools associated with each element. The reader then learns about pathworking, also known as guided meditation, a powerful tool for aligning one's will with a goal to manifest. The final part of this section discusses "witch walking," a practice of going for a walk to connect with nature.
The final section is made up of the elemental practices. Fully half of the book is made up of this section -- it is a rich resource of ideas for working with each element. I'm not sure how it will work in the final version, but each pathworking came with an audio version recorded by the author. I found the pathworkings utterly delightful, like listening to the stories of my childhood. They were rich and very different from so many others. (The snails in the earth pathworking were particularly wonderful.)
I have a few quibbles with the organization. Sections which are structured as most important turn out to be quite short, and share space with several other concepts, making the overall flow uneven. Also, the author doesn't seem to address the problems of going for a walk when one lives in a city. Like I said, just quibbles.
I read a lot of beginner books and this is -- hands down -- one of the best I've come across. Highly recommended for newcomers and those of us who maybe need a bit of a refresh in our spiritual practices.
~review by Lisa McSherry
Author: Sheena Cundy
Treehouse Magic, 2022
pp. 197, $12.22