for kinda hippie, kinda witchy, sort of spiritual humans.
In March I made a “kinda hippie, kinda witchy” book list, and as we’re nearing the end of the year, I’m updating it here!
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I really like listening to books via Audible, but there are just some books that I need to have in my hands…most of this list is “in my hand” books.
MANIFESTING + AFFIRMATIONS + LAW OF ATTRACTION
- Super Attractor // I love Gabby Bernstein and this book–she gives you practical tips and real-life experiences for manifesting in your life.
- The Universe has Your Back // I don’t know why it took me so long to read this, but it’s one of my favorites. It includes some meditations, as well as practical tips for learning to trust the universe.
- Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting // Lynn Grabhorn // Basically, a beginner guide to energy and the law of attraction in four basic steps!
- Manifest Now // Idil Ahmed // Maybe you know her from her Instagram—she released a book that teaches you how to manifest the things. I feel like this is a more advanced level manifestation book and it requires a lot of writing and time to complete the exercises. But I really loved the 10 techniques she outlines and the “powerful thoughts” she includes. I’m changing up my morning routine and will keep this next to my bed to start some guided manifesting in the morning.
- Heart Thoughts // Louise Hay // This is beautifully illustrated with positive affirmations and healing, affirmative paragraphs.
ENERGY + EMPATHS + EMOTIONS + INTUITION
- The Emotion Code // How to Release Your Trapped Emotions for Abundant Health, Love, and Happiness // Dr. Bradley Nelson // This is SUCH a cool book if you’re into healing through energy. Dr. Nelson teaches you how to muscle test for trapped emotions (I used a pendulum because it’s so much easier for me to see a strong “yes” or “no” answer).
- Energy Medicine // Donna Eden // SO MUCH INFO. She explains energy, shares incredible stories and experience, and includes exercises. If you’re not sure how to do them find her on YouTube where she and her daughters share how to do the energy movements.
- The Energy Codes // Dr. Sue Morter // I am only on chapter three and I am obsessed with this book. She explains energy in human terms and I’m just really excited to read the rest of it.
- You Are Psychic // Sherrie Dillard // Everyone is intuitive and can connect to their intuition. This book talks about the four basic types and includes exercises for developing them. (You can see the insta post here!)
- Dodging Energy Vampires // Christiane Northrup, M.D. // Okay, so if you’re an empath and not the empowered kind, you need this book. She teaches you how to identify energy vampires, how they affect your health, how to assess your relationships, and how to heal.
- The Energy of Emotions // Emily Maroutian // Basically, this book is divided into ten emotional environments, which sub-categories of emotions in them. She explores these emotions and the energy they carry and what they attract into your life, as well as exercises you can do to move from one environment to the next.
- You can Heal your life // Louise Hay // This was written in 1984, which is practically ancient in the days of the internet 😉 there is a lot of good information in here too; stories and a list of ailments and what emotions cause them.
ESSENTIAL OILS + ALTERNATIVE HEALTH
- Mind over Meds // Andrew Weil, MD. // Basically, the tagline says it all “know when drugs are necessary, when alternatives are better, and when to let your body heal on its own.” Goes over antibiotics, statins, meds for cold and flu, NSAIDs, psych meds, and a bunch more. So informative.
- The Essential Life // Total Wellness Publishing // 440 pages of uses, blends, and info on essential oils. My first oil guide and one of my faves. It has a mini-encyclopedia of ailments and oils you can use plus detail info on body systems and oils. Includes info on individual oils.
- Emotions and Essential Oils // A reference guide for emotional healing with a bunch of essential oils and blends and their emotional properties. Not linking to this on Amazon cuz it’s way more expensive, probably because it’s sold out on all of the oil sites (you can sign up to be notified when it’s back in stock here.)
- Advanced Oil Magic // This is another good essential oil reference; an encyclopedia of ailments, a bunch of individual oils and their properties, as well as protocols.
- The Essential Oils Hormone Solution // Dr. Mariza Snyder // This book is great for women who may have hormonal imbalances (probably literally all of us at least a little bit). She doesn’t get into diagnosis, but outlines symptoms like fatigue and weight gain and how to support them naturally with essential oils.
- The Green Pharmacy // James A Duke, Ph.D. // Basically a guide for common health problems and plants you can use to heal. It’s one of the best, in my opinion!
- The Vaccine Book // Robert W. Sears, MD // Whether you vaccinate or not, I don’t care because guess what? You’re doing what you feel is best for your kid. Period. And that’s awesome. I hesitated to even mention this book because of all of the hype regarding vaccines right now, but here I am. I read this book before I had our first son and it was huge in helping me solidify my decision—I don’t agree with everything in the book, but it was nice to have an easy way to look at each vaccine. He goes through each vaccine, lists the ingredients, as well as reasons to or not to get a particular vaccine. He also outlines the conflicts of interest in vaccine safety research.
- Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness by Dr. Thomas Cowan MD // discusses the link between increased vaccines and increased autoimmune disease. Really eye-opening and discusses common misconceptions regarding vaccines for chickenpox, polio, and measles. And I learned that we have two immune systems; a cell-mediated and humoral. He also discusses treatment and recovery from vaccine-damage.
- The Complete Book of Numerology // David A. Phillips, Ph.D. // Aptly named, it is literally the only book I have on numerology. It was so complete I didn’t feel the need for anything else yet! This book tells you how to figure out your numerical birth chart, ruling number, day numbers, the 9-year cycle of change, The Pyramids (sounds ominous, I know), and how to find the power of your name. You can check out this post for finding out your life path number!
FOR EARTH LOVERS
- The Nature Fix: Why nature makes us happier, healthier, and more creative // Florence Williams // shares the science behind why nature has such a positive effect on the brain.
- Braiding Sweetgrass // Robin Wall Kimmerer // Robin is a mother, scientist, professor, and member of the Potawatomi Nation. This beautifully written and each chapter seems to be its own short story sharing what nature has taught her while sharing some of the traditions of her people. “Everyone who cares about the environment—and everyone else, period—should have Braiding Sweetgrass on their table. It captures the true reverence between Native Americans and the earth, the relationship that we need to survive.” —Oren Lyons, Fathkeeper, Onondaga Nation and Indigenous Environmental Leader
SPIRITUAL + WITCHY
- Signs; the secret language of the universe // Laura Lynn Jackson // You know we lost our big sister unexpectedly in 2013 and since then, I’ve been very interested in signs but was also raised in a religion where you 1. had to be “worthy” to receive signs and 2. the people who asked for signs according to their scripture stories were pretty much always struck dumb or effed up in some way. So I never did, but I did still get them sometimes. I listened to this book on audible and OMG I cried in every chapter, sometimes multiple times. This book is full of stories and signs and affirmations people received from their loved ones who have crossed. The author also gives you practical tips for creating your own language with your team of light as well as asking for and receiving signs. I just got her first book, The Light Between Us, and can’t wait to start reading.
- Moon Spells // Diane Ahlquist // a book of spells! A lot of them are pretty involved and seem kind of extravagant (I think the kids these days say “extra”). I’m definitely one of those witches that just be like, *mutters words, mentally throws glitter* and so it is type of spell caster. So I haven’t actually used any of these. I do like that it talks about the moon phases, cardinal directions and their meanings, and how to create a moon-walking circle.
- The Book of Blessings and Rituals // Athena Perrakis, Ph.D. // I love when doctors write books about witchy and spiritual things. This is basically a little book of prayers, blessings, altars, and other small rituals for each month of the year and is beautifully illustrated. They are simple compared to the Moon Spells and I come to this book more often just to simply read the prayers and blessings.
- The Ultimate Guide to Chakras // Athena Perrakis, Ph.D. // covers each major chakra, as well as goddesses, runes, gemstones and minerals, oils/herbs, tarot card, and planet associated with each.
- The Good Witch’s Guide // Shawn Robbins + Charity Bedell // This book was a Christmas gift and covers pretty much everything; a history of witches, spells, chakras, plants and their uses, teas, spirituality, and more.
- Light is the New Black // Rebecca Cambell // An easy read with exercises for getting in touch with your soul. The book for lightworkers! I still keep this close by and when I’m feeling stuck or lost I pull this down and use it like an oracle deck; ask “what do I need to know?” and flip to a page.
- Rise Sister Rise // Rebecca Cambell // There is some overlap in this book from her first book, Light is the New Black. This gets down to the more witchy/pagan roots of your inner “wild woman”. I like this book, but it seemed a bit more scattered than her first, though I did learn SO MANY things. She touches on a bunch of different subjects; sisterhood, rituals, shatki energy—really eye opening for me as I was just leaving the religion I was raised in.
- The Green Witch // Arin Murphey-Hiscock // “Your complete guide to the natural magic of herbs, flowers, essential oils, and more” —I don’t rely on this book for essential oils, but it is basically a cute encyclopedia for baby green witches like me! It also talks about working with the seasons, witchy “holidays” or celebrations, but also more “practical” things like composting and tea blends
RELATIONSHIPS + SELF-HELP
- White Hot Truth // Danielle Laporte // I chose this book on audible because of this one line: Has your self-help become self-criticism? My entire existence and upbringing was built on trying to be “better”, trying to “improve” to be good enough to get into heaven *eye roll*, and while I LOVE self-help and yes, also trying to be better, I was exhausted–to the point where I was like, nothing I do is going to be good enough. Then I found this book. The publisher says, ” If you love Brene Brown’s and Liz Gilbert’s authenticity and Marianne Williamson’s strong spirit, you’ll adore how Danielle lays bare “boundaries for spiritual people”; the “discipleshit” that happens when we give our power away; a “soul-perspective” on suffering; “overtolerance” and “foolish compassion” in relationships; sneaky self-loathing; and spiritual glamour. And in her poetic and brazen way, she brings it home with the hottest truth of all: You are your own guru.”
- The New “I do” // Susan Pease Gadoua + Vicki Larson // This book was really interesting and all about reshaping marriage to fit our desires rather than trying to squish ourselves into the very small definition of marriage. It covers seven different types of marriage as well as questions to ask before getting married and discusses pre/postnup agreements all based on the idea that if getting married was harder to do then we would have less divorce/people miserable in their marriage. Like, 10/10 would recommend for people planning to marry or even if you’re not happy in your marriage. Also therapy, for the last one.
- To Have and to Hold; Motherhood, Marriage, and the Modern Dilemma // Molly Millwood, clinical psychologist // this one was actually super hard for me to read (and by read, I mean “listen on audible”), not because the content sucked, but because the content was EXACTLY HOW I FELT after I had my first kiddo. I am 90% sure I had post-partum depression after the six-week check-up (because denial, lol), but I didn’t know. Even with a mother who had 8 children and a mother-in-law with 11 children, PPD was never discussed or mentioned. This book explains everything I felt and then how to navigate the darkness.
- Mating in Captivity; Reconciling the Erotic & the Domestic // I’m just going to give the publisher’s summary here: “In this explosively original book, Perel explains that our cultural penchant for equality, togetherness, and absolute candor is antithetical to erotic desire for both men and women. Sexual excitement doesn’t always play by the rules of good citizenship. It is politically incorrect. It thrives on power plays, unfair advantages, and the space between self and other. More exciting, playful, even poetic sex is possible, but first we must kick egalitarian ideals and emotional housekeeping out of our bedrooms.”
- The Awakened Family // Dr. Shefali Tsabary // “Our children have the unique ability to bring out our greatest transformation. However, many of us are unable to experience this because we are blinded by modern misconceptions of parenting.” OMG YES. This book ties in with The Conscious Parent and how to honor our children as they are and release our grip on our own ego that keeps us trapped.
- The Conscious Parent // Dr. Shefali Tsabary // All about how to be aware of your programming and parent from a place of consciousness, recognizing that your children are here to teach you and while you are here to guide them, you are to honor their spirit and learn from them. “When you parent, it’s crucial you realize you aren’t raising a “mini me,” but a spirit throbbing with its own signature.”
- Mothers Who Can’t Love // Susan Forward, PhD // If you were “the daughter of a mother who couldn’t give you the love you needed so much, it’s likely that you now go through your days with a cavernous gap in your confidence, a sense of emptiness and sadness. You’re never truly comfortable in your own skin. You may not trust your ability to love. And you can’t step fully into your life until you heal that gaping mother wound.”⠀and you likely even love and defend your mother and hate the idea of saying anything mean about her! This book talks about that too. It also details the four types of mothers who cannot love (Identifying the mother wound), Healing the Mother Wound and shares dialogue to help you through the process. It’s recommended to read this as you’re working with a therapist or very trusted partner!
- You are a Badass // Jen Sincero // A little manifesting, a little self-help, a little energy and emotions, a little bit of a guide on how to rock your life. I L O V E D this book when I first read it! It’s been about two years and was one of my first peeks into manifesting and gratitude. Probably time to read it again.
- Take Control of Your Life // Mel Robbins // each chapter is a separate coaching session with Mel and her guest and what is holding them back–the basis of everything is fear.