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Light Magic for Dark Times

Find illumination, resiliency, self-care, and inner magic with Light Magic for Dark Times—an inspired, accessible, and modern collection of practices, rituals, and spells.

The book includes:

  • A spell to banish recurring nightmares

  • A graveyard meditation for engaging with death

  • A mermaid ritual for going with the flow

  • A zodiac practice for tapping into celestial mojo

  • A rose-quartz elixir for finding self-love

  • A spell to recharge after a protest or social justice work

  • + crystals, herbs, sigil magic, fashion magic, shadow work, and sex magic

These 100 spells are ideal for those inexperienced with self-care rituals, as well as experienced witches. They can be cast during a crisis or to help prevent one, to protect loved ones, to welcome new beginnings, to heal from grief, or to find strength. 

Whether you're working with the earth, performing a cleanse with water or smoke, healing with tinctures or crystals, meditating through grief, brewing, enchanting, or communing with your coven, Light Magic for Dark Times will help you tap into your inner witch in times of need.


"Every so often, I stumble across a book that becomes my obsession. Light Magic for Dark Times has become my latest book crush. It's a mystical tome of spells and rituals for times of crisis. I think it really might be the book we all need right now." — Theresa Reed,, and author of The Tarot Coloring Book"

"Light Magic for Dark Times seems to be magic in itself - it is the manifestation of what any person who feels their inner power emerging has been desiring. Lisa Marie Basile delivers an eloquent and compassionate spellbook that everyone could benefit from. Simply beautiful." — Vanessa Cuccia, author of Crystal Healing and Sacred Pleasure and the founder and creator of Chakrubs

"Lisa Marie Basile's Light Magic for Dark Times is a treasure. She takes self-care and injects it with magic, with thought, and with the complexities -- light and dark -- that make us human. Beautifully illustrated and laced with poetics, this is a guide book for a new spirituality, one that infuses ancient wisdoms and ritual with a modern sensibility. It's the book I want to buy for all my friends." — Erin Khar, Ask Erin advice columnist and Managing Editor at

"Light Magic for Dark Times: More Than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis by Lisa Maria Basile (Fair Winds, Sept.) offers help to find hope in the darkness, to face trauma, and to reenergize after a protest or social justice work." — Publishers Weekly

”In her first nonfiction book, Light Magic for Dark Times, Lisa acknowledges the binary that is darkness and light. Though many consider the former to be “negative,” Lisa shuns that idea, reminding readers that darkness can be just as illuminating as light. To help us navigate these waters as we learn to care for ourselves, the author has crafted over 100 spells and rituals that will help you tap into your inner power during times of need. This book is for those who need a guide on their journey toward healing.” — Anna Gragert, Hello Giggles

"If the point of witchcraft is to bring about practical change, this book is revolutionary. I have never actually read a spell book that emphasized personal growth so this book was a lavender breath of fresh air. Even if you don't identify as a witch or spell caster, read this book anyways, because if you are a woman trying to navigate her way through the murky waters of 2018 and beyond, Light Magic for Dark Times will become a very handy paper familiar." — The Luminessence

"Materials needed: Lisa Marie Basile's Light Magic For Dark Times, a red candle. Light the candle and, holding the book, incant, "I am full of the spectacular. Of golden rays and deep starlight. I can draw comfort close in times of need, and radiate solace in times of plenty." A poet's foray into non-fiction, Light Magic For Dark Times is revelatory -- a richly-brewed infusion of everyday magic exactly when many of us need it most." — Sonya Vatomsky, author of Salt Is For Curing & staff at Haute Macabre