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Making Magic: Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary (Paperback)
Re-enchant your life with this book of rituals, ceremonies, and practices for personal growth—anchored in the hidden power of everyday things.
"We all have a deep capacity to make magic . . .
. . . and to do it as easily as we breathe or open our eyes. This is not a matter of belief. You can discover your own capacity for magic in your own direct experience."
When you think of magic, do you imagine something supernatural, extraordinary, or beyond your everyday reality? Many of us are drawn to magic because we think there’s something "out there" that can bring enchantment and wonder back into our lives.
Yet there’s a secret to real magic: the extraordinary is much closer than you may think.
With Making Magic, expert teacher Briana Saussy invites you to discover a practice of magic that will bring a new depth and power to each moment, act, and choice of your life. Through teaching stories, wisdom from a wide variety of world traditions, and no-nonsense practices you can easily weave into your daily routine, Briana will help you reconnect with the wild and creative force of magic that is always around and within you, waiting for you to remember.
As you explore this path of transformation, you’ll discover resources of magic that permeate your life, including:
• Doors and thresholds—ways we "cross between worlds"
• Communication—creating magic with your voice, body, intentions, and relationships
• Holy helpers—ancestors, angels, saints, and spirit beings who guide and support you
• Water and washing—access the revitalizing energy of water when you drink or bathe
• Textiles and threads—how to loosen, mend, or bind up supportive energies
• Candles and fire—elemental power to bring light to darkness and burn away what no longer serves you
• Kitchen magic—using food to nourish your whole self and reconnect you with nature
• Talismans—infuse your beloved objects with sacred purpose and supportive power
"Magic is the most real part of any ‘real life’—the spark illuminating the authentic core of every experience," writes Briana Saussy. If you are ready to enter a world that is ripe with possibility and rediscover the electric wildness of your life, here is an essential resource for Making Magic as only you can.
About the Author
Briana Saussy is a writer, teacher, spiritual counselor, and ritualist dedicated to the restoration and remembering of the sacred arts. She combines a practical and creative approach to spirituality that includes the riches of the perennial world religions, the contributions of modern psychology to the search for meaning, and the often overlooked bodies of wisdom contained in folk magic, divination, and storytelling practices. Briana studied Eastern and Western classics, philosophy, mathematics, and science at St. John’s College (Annapolis and Santa Fe), and is a student of ancient Greek and Sanskrit.
Briana comes from a diverse lineage of South Texans whose ethnic heritage includes Scotch-Irish, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Mexican, and Jewish roots, and who have informed her own direct experience with survivals of fragmented folk magic and storytelling traditions. She lives in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and two sons, as well as various furred, finned, and feathered friends. For more, visit brianasaussy.com.
“With Making Magic, Briana Saussy provides a clear, welcoming guide to accessing your magic and creating a spiritual path that is all your own. She teaches you to recognize and locate the magical powers that already exist all around you and within you. If that wasn’t enough (and really it is), if you, like me, are a fairytale lover, this book contains one of the best versions of Goldilocks ever. Recommended!” —Judika Illes, author of the Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells, The Big Book of Practical Spells, and other books devoted to the magical arts
“This extraordinary little book is the medicine we need now! Many elders say that the global change we need most will come when we make changes inside our own homes. With ourselves. In our families. Making Magic instructs you how to begin to walk in your life in a sacred way. I can’t wait to share this book and its profoundly beautiful practices with my students!” —Sarah Bamford Seidelmann, shamanic healer and life coach, author of The Book of Beasties and Swimming with Elephants
“Put down everything you’ve been told about magic—that it’s arcane, occult, and forgotten in the mists of time. Then pick up Making Magic. Here you will discover that magic is alive. She is fresh and new, fluid and flexible, and a totally natural and normal part of an everyday life—your everyday life. And the best part? You will remember that the magician is you.” —Janet Conner, author of Writing Down Your Soul, creator and host of the Praying at the Speed of Love podcast
“Making Magic is a wonderful walk through a world that makes everything seem a bit brighter; a shimmer suddenly catches our hearts and minds where before there was darkness. Briana Saussy teaches what magick can be in our lives—an undercurrent of joy at the smallest of occurrences, or the rush when we realize our unlimited potential in creating our own kingdom right here on earth.” —Damien Echols, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Death and High Magick
“This is a book for those seekers who wish to remember and recover their magic. Briana’s wise words and simple rituals make magic accessible to everybody. If you use the practices in this book, you will bring the sacred into your everyday life and find the mystical in the typical. For those who are ready to begin living a magical life, this is the book you’ve been waiting for.” —Theresa Reed, author of The Tarot Coloring Book
“Making Magic is not only the most beautifully written book on any such subject that I have ever read . . . . It’s contemporary, erudite, and invigorating yet reassuring.” —Mystic Medusa, writer and astrologer at MysticMedusa.com
“From the first paragraph, I was enchanted by Making Magic. . . . Let Briana Saussy help you remember all you once knew: that your holy helpers have your back, that the herbs and spices on your kitchen shelf hold potent magic, that sending out a call means there will be a response. You only need to hone the skill to recognize it. And this book will show you how. Making Magic is a precious touchstone—just right for beginners on the path, as well as more seasoned soulful seekers.” —Joanna Powell Colbert, creator of the Gaian Tarot and co-creator of the Herbcrafter’s Tarot
“This book is a must read for anyone interested in learning how to wake up in an exciting and mystical way. . . . Through her beautiful writing, Briana Saussy takes the reader on an adventure to deepen one’s soul. She uses a mixture of poetic imagery and guided steps to help people find their own magic and what makes them feel alive.” —John Lockley, author of Leopard Warrior
“One of my favorite things about Briana Saussy is the way she encourages people to find their own way and make their own meaning. She’ll give you guidelines and suggestions, but the real magic is in listening to your own heart, opening and deepening a relationship with the numinous life inside and around you. Let Briana be your guide to your own magic.” —Megan Devine, author of It’s OK That You’re Not OK
“This book is a zephyr—a playful breeze that rustles the veil separating the ordinary from the magical, revealing a landscape wherein every particle of being shimmers with the sacred. This holy ground, as it turns out, is where we already live. We need only pay attention, and claim it, and praise it.” —Mirabai Starr, author of God of Love and Caravan of No Despair
“In Making Magic, Briana Saussy gets us to the root of magic. She sets aside the arcane ceremonies, ancient chants, and dogmatic rules and reveals how to weave spells that speak to who you are and the world you are living in. [Y]ou’ll feel as if you’ve been taken under the wing of a loving aunt who is sharing family wisdom with a good dose of humor and common sense. Following the exercises at the end of every chapter will change your life for the better, beyond any shadow of a doubt.” —Jason Miller, author of Protection and Reversal Magick, the Strategic Sorcery Course, and other books and courses
“Briana Saussy truly understands magic: the history, practice, myths, and tales of humankind’s age-old relationship with the more-than-human world. In this wise and beautifully crafted book, she guides us through practices designed to open us up to a numinous world that’s all around us, at the edge of sight, and to help us live our everyday lives in a mythic, soulful, purposeful way. I have long been a fan of Briana Saussy’s work. Making Magic is the book I've been waiting for.” —Terri Windling, folklorist and author of The Wood Wife
“Making Magic is a no-nonsense guide to practical magic—meaning magic that changes stuff, ourselves included! Filled with exercises, hands-on work, and guided journaling, it helps us to remember and reimagine what magic can and does mean for each of us. Briana has created a great guide for finding the magic in the world we already inhabit, as well as how to grow it into a stronger, more helpful ally. . . . Highly recommended for those looking for a straightforward and gentle start in the sacred arts, without the necessity of taking on a new faith or tradition or having to learn a lot of occultist jargon.” —Aidan Wachter, author of Six Ways: Approaches & Entries for Practical Magic
“In a sea of seemingly endless treatises on magic, Briana’s work is absolutely unique. The means by which she weaves ritual construction, magical theory, and useful, no-nonsense exercises into such an eloquent, cohesive, functional system of sorcery is both poetic and pragmatic. Making Magic is a blessing—a means by which you can genuinely improve and enrich your life and the lives of those around you . . . [A] tremendously important, absolutely groundbreaking work.” —Elizabeth Barrial, perfumer-in-chief for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
“Rich with mythology and dripping in the sweet honey of folklore, this book will lift your ordinary days into the extraordinary, with gratitude for the mystery and opportunity for ritual that surrounds you.” —Pixie Lighthorse, author of Prayers of Honoring
“In Making Magic, you won’t find demands to seek high and low for esoteric supplies, or confusing references that obfuscate rather than clarify. Saussy’s book is a beautifully grounded resource about the magic we can make in our everyday lives, weaving sacred practice into the fabric of our very spirits.” —Esmé Weijun Wang, author of The Border of Paradise and The Collected Schizophrenias