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Anatomy of a Witch: A Map to the Magical Body Paperback – June 8 2021

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Also by Laura Tempest Zakroff: The magical artwork of the Liminal Spirits Oracle connects you to the wisdom of the Witch so you can tap into the spirit realm and the deeper energies within yourself. Learn how to manifest your will through your very own designs. Explore traditional and modern meanings of shapes, symbols, numbers, letters, and colors, while receiving guidance on how to add personal meaning to your marks. Weave the Liminal explores what it means to truly be a Witch in the modern world. Drawing from the art and magic in Anatomy of a Witch, this visually stunning 48-card oracle celebrates how the Witch's body brings the material and metaphysical worlds together. A follow-up to the bestselling Sigil Witchery, Visual Alchemy takes a deeper look at the connection between art and magic.

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"An alluring 'metaphysical owner's manual.' ... Experienced pagans and newcomers alike should take a look."―Publishers Weekly

"Does a masterful job of bringing us back to the roots of our practice with fun and practical techniques, all while reminding us that we are made of more than just flesh and blood, and that our bodies are often the best tools we need to be magical people."―Dana Newkirk, Hellier

"Using a full array of tools―tarot, sigil magic, journaling, knowledge lectures and ritual―Laura takes the Witch on a journey that leads to full body acceptance and a deep encounter with both the physical and spiritual bodies. A wonderful interplay of wit and profound knowledge act as guideposts for a journey that every aspiring adept should take."―Andrew Theitic, publisher of The Witches' Almanac, LTD

"There is no better guide to embodying Witchcraft than Anatomy of a Witch by Laura Tempest Zakoff. From breathwork, to acknowledging your body as sacred space, to feeling into your sacred physical centers, this book will bring your Witchcraft practice to the next level. Tempest shares this work in a conversational style that makes you feel like you are hanging out with her."―Phoenix LeFae, author of What is Remembered Lives

"In this book, Laura Tempest Zakroff reacquaints readers with their bodies, reconnecting them with breath, blood, bone, and that sacred temple through which we both experience and act in the world. Through exercises involving images from the tarot, sigils, everyday rituals, daily practice, and movement, readers will rediscover their Witchy bodies and the magic that flows through them and permeates the world around them."―Sabina Magliocco, author of Witching Culture

"Laura Tempest Zakroff fills an important gap in what can often be a very heady and overly mentally focused practice by anchoring it into the vehicle which we actually do all of our magic with: the human body."―Aidan Wachter, author of Six Ways: Approaches & Entries for Practical Magic and Weaving Fate

"Zakroff guides Witches of all paths in working with the most indispensable tool available to them; the self. Though this book is about the body, and the energetic portals and magick available through this, what it's really about is living a soul-centered and magick-centered life, rooted in the intelligence of the flesh."―Gabriela Herstik, author of Inner Witch, Bewitching the Elements, and Embody Your Magick

"Laura Tempest Zakroff in her masterful style, does a brilliant job of taking the ethereal life of the Witch, and bringing it into the sacred, grounded, body of Anatomy. This book is a fantastic read for anyone seeking new levels of communication with their Witch body as a whole, complete system of magick."―Najah Lightfoot, author of Good Juju

"Anatomy of a Witch deftly weaves together ideas, reflections, and practical exercises that deepen and expand your connection to the greatest of spiritual vessels, your body. If you would like to more fully become your magick made manifest, then read this book and do the work that it offers."―Ivo Dominguez Jr, author of The Four Elements of the Wise

"This book is a resource, an affirmation, and a gift. Every subsequent page settles me further into what I’ve always felt to be true, that my own heart and mind and hands are the most powerful magical tools I could ever have."―S. J. Tucker, musician & magical practitioner

"Destined to be another classic, Anatomy is recommended for anyone who wants to fully embody their magickal practice. Want to take your Witchcraft practice to a whole other level? This is the book."―Jason Mankey, author of The Horned God of the Witches

About the Author

Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and Modern Traditional Witch. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and her myth-inspired artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Laura blogs for Patheos as "A Modern Traditional Witch," for Witches & Pagans magazine as "Fine Art Witchery," and contributes to The Witches' Almanac. She is the author of several bestselling books, including Sigil Witchery and Weave the Liminal. She is also the creator of the bestselling Liminal Spirits Oracle. Laura lives in New England.

Christopher Penczak is a Witch, teacher, writer, and healing practitioner. He is the founder of the world-renowned Temple of Witchcraft and the Temple Mystery School, and he is the creator of the bestselling Temple of Witchcraft books and audio CDs. Christopher is an ordained minister, serving the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Pagan and metaphysical communities through public rituals, private counsel, and teaching. He also travels extensively and teaches throughout the United States. Christopher lives in New Hampshire.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Llewellyn Publications (June 8 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 216 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0738764345
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0738764344
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 340 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 1.27 x 22.23 cm
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Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and Modern Traditional Witch based in New England. She holds a BFA from RISD (The Rhode Island School of Design) and her artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Her work embodies myth and the esoteric through her drawings and paintings, jewelry, talismans, and other designs.

Laura is the author of the best-selling books Anatomy of a Witch, Weave the Liminal and Sigil Witchery, as well as The Witch’s Cauldron, and the co-author of The Witch’s Altar. Her first oracle deck, The Liminal Spirits Oracle, was released in June of 2020 from Llewellyn Worldwide and has been receiving much critical acclaim, including a 2021 Silver COVR award for best divination product and the International Tarot Foundation's CARTA Award for Best Oracle of 2021.

She helps facilitate social change at the grassroot through, a movement focused on magical resistance and education. Laura edited The New Aradia: A Witch's Handbook to Magical Resistance (Revelore Press) which was released in 2018 and features work from over two dozen magical practitioners. You can find an extensive collection of sigils for change – many of which were co-created with her Sigil Witchery workshop students – on her Patheos blog. Visit her at

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I read through the book and went back over it again to take notes on each chapter. This is a book that I wish I had during my early years on the path - I feel the same way about “Weave the Liminal.” However, that being said, this is a book that I feel would benefit anyone in their craft at any stage - whether just starting out or a seasoned/experienced witch.
The form of the book in itself is very clever. The focus is on 5 aspects that make up the “symbolic essence” of a witch body: The witch lungs, witch heart, witch serpent, witch bones & witch weaver. Each chapter uses a tarot card from the major arcana as a symbolic archetype to express the intentions of working on each aspect of the witch body. This makes so much sense, especially if you have studied the tarot. But even if you haven’t, Laura explains it in a way that makes it easy to understand. Archetypes can serve as a metaphor and really help us pull focus into our workings. Each aspect of the body connects us with the deeper mysteries and the way in which we interact with our environment, our ancestors, spirits of place and ourselves. The elements also come into play with each aspect of the witch body.

This book beautifully illustrates the importance of body positivity. There are exercises to help us connect the mind, body and spirit in ways that are both imaginative (sky bunny, wall kittens, floor ferrets) and practical. There are examples of ways in which to make mundane life more magical. One of the things I appreciate the most about this book is in its intention to show that the body itself is a temple. One does not need fancy tools or a showy space to perform rituals. You can use your own body to create magical space. And I absolutely love the incantation for summoning the sovereign self. This book really made me think internally - I asked myself questions such as: “why don’t I like this about myself”? Or “how can I change unhealthy thought patterns?” and “why don’t I like the sound of my voice out loud doing chants?” But I also thought things about myself as a witch “this is what I love about myself.”

The chapter on Witch Lungs had me thinking a lot about my relationship to plants and spirit of place. How I communicate with plant spirits and feel their energies. The power of scent and how it helps transport us into a ritual state of mind. This aspect speaks to me on a personal level as a person whose small business focuses a lot on scent (I create roll-ons for Spiral Moon Herbcraft).
I also wanted to mention that the chapter 9 discussion of reflecting on the witch body as a whole and the Hermit tarot card reminded me of a ritual I once did. The idea of the cave and reflecting inward. I will share my experience in brief summary: the ritual was performed solo and sky clad with just a blanket and a candle at night indoors. The idea is to create a dark space that is like a womb or cocoon or both. The candle is the only source of light. You spend time inside the blanket in that liminal space, keeping your mind clear in meditative space. I did have the song “Karuna” by Stellamara playing in the background, which helped induce the shift in consciousness through hypnotic rhythms. When I emerged from the blanket, the only light was the candle. I was symbolically reborn.

I may be a bit biased when it comes to Laura’s work since discovering her through belly dance. Her artwork and books that she has written have provided me with much inspiration, hope and beauty. But the most important thing is the message and the connection. Each and every witch should own this book. Speaking as an herbalist, one thing I recognize about the path which spans across all professions is that it does not behoove us to pour from an empty cup. When we can recognize the potential in ourselves, we are better equipped to help the community and the earth. We can learn to empower ourselves with some guidance. It’s not easy but might be simpler than we think. Our minds can trick us, but we can use these tools to bring back the focus in a positive way. Many thanks to Laura for writing this book and for the honor of creating a scent to go along with it. ~ Lyra S.
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