I have always loved Mat Auryn’s writing ever since we wrote together for Patheos Pagan ages ago. His latest book, Mastering Magick: A Course in Spellcasting for the Psychic Witch, is the perfect follow-up to his wildly successful debut, Psychic Witch. It’s intimate, trustworthy, and relatable.
Mat made a bold choice a few years back. Psychic Witch really took care to train the witch’s mind and focused on the practitioner as a vessel and channel for magick. Where most authors dedicate only a chapter to know thyself, Mat wrote developed an system based around that pillar, and wrote an entire book. Now with Mastering Magick, he delivers a compendium of magickal exercises and spells and layers occult concepts, like Hermeticism and gnosis, to take magick to the next level.
Mastering Magick works across many magical traditions to syncretize magick as a journey, not just a destination. Unlike Psychic Witch, it is not cumulative as much as it is holistic. The lessons are tactile, easy too grasp- but not watered down. Mat is very clear about gender inclusion and resonance, and builds a framework that is modern and real world. I was impressed at Mat’s sensitivity to inclusion for neurodivergent communities who learn differently and offering ways to approach magic in accessible ways. Mastering Magick is an intersectional and intentional magick for today!
There is a relatability in Mat’s prose. He draws you in, and it is not lost on a certain generation of witches, warlock’s and magick workers that the foreword to this book was written by the beloved Silver Ravenwolf.
For some, Mastering Magick is an introduction to exquisite magick; for others, it is the next step on their journey. In Mastering Magick, Mat draws inspiration from many sources and weaves them together to demonstrate that while paganism has no litmus test for belief entry, it does have a common vernacular. The grammar of magick is masterful in Mat Auryn’s hands. Prepare to learn, be inspired and transform you mundane into magick. I hope everyone reads this exciting new work!