Llewellyn’s Witch’s Tools series contains six small books, one for each of the major tools in witchcraft (athame, book of shadows, broom, cauldron, mirror, and wand) though I hope more are forthcoming. The author varies by the book with no author having more than two books in the series at the moment, similar to the Sabbat Essentials series. The Witch’s Mirror: The Craft, Lore and Magick of the Looking Glass is third book in the series and was written by Mickie Mueller. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this book very much, maybe even as much as my other favorite from the series: The Witch’s Cauldron.
The books in this series are presented as a guide to the major tools in witchcraft, including uses, history, folklore, notable references in myth, a craft section, and various spells. The Witch’s Mirror is broken into nine sections to cover these topics, with guest blurbs interspersed throughout. This book has my absolute favorite cover of all the books in the series: a tattered looking crow peering into a magickal mirror, wherein the reflection of a beautiful, witchy crow appears! Talk about life goals. I’m sure you remember my complaints about the changed covers, but in all honestly, the cover of “The Witch’s Mirror” was why I bought the entire series.
As for the book itself, it starts strong with Chapter 1 “Mirrors in History, Tradition, and Lore” which explores where mirrors came from, how they’ve changed through time, and deities associated with the mirror. There’s also “mirror lore” in this chapter and sprinkled throughout, almost all of which revolves around concerns about spirits of people getting trapped. Maybe it’s my renewed interested in history, but I found this chapter really interesting. Chapter 3 “Which Mirrors for Witch’s Mirrors?” was another standout; I wouldn’t have thought there was that much to say about mirrors, but there really is. Shapes, concavity, backings, and traditions are all covered in detail. I appreciate that Mueller goes into which shapes are best for which type of magick, it’s a helpful touch and it doesn’t feel like filler. Mirror washes are also discussed here, as well as in other chapters where specific recipes are given.
Chapter 5 “Finding a Mirror to Match Your Witchy Style” goes into more types of mirrors and when they are magickally helpful. Not just shape, as discussed in Chapter 3, but black scrying mirrors, hexenspiegel (mirror jewelry), bagua and feng shui mirrors, mirrored boxes, and a lot more are discussed. I was impressed by the variety of mirrors explored, and it started changing the way I thought about a mirror, in addition to re-awakening my desire to have a black scrying mirror. If you’re the crafty type, Chapter 6 “Crafting an Enchanting a Witch’s Mirror” will have you covered since it explains how to make many, many different types of magickal mirrors. I was impressed by the number of mirrors that could be made and the variety of the craft. The chapter expands the typical ‘crafts’ section by adding spells to enchant several of the mirrors, which could easily be used on store-bought mirrors as well as ones that are homemade. Generally, the craft section in The Witch’s Tool Series is useless to me, but because of all the spells, this one’s an exception.
Chapter 7 “Mirror Herbal Wash Formulas and Condensers” contains succinct descriptions of how to make various “washes” that help prepare the magick mirror for different types of spells. This feels like an unnecessary step, but one that would be helpful when first starting out with mirror magick (like me), or if spells aren’t working as well as one had hoped. Another section that I really enjoyed was Chapter 8 “Spells for Witch’s Mirrors” which is packed with spells, none of which felt flowery of excessively theatrical to me. This chapter felt varied, which a large number of spells, but also succinct, without filler.
I highly recommend this book to any witches who want to learn more about working with magick mirrors. The chapters above are just some of my favorites, there’s a lot more to discover in here, and some very useful reference material. Both beginner and intermediate witches can get a lot out of this book, and there is some reflection spell work and other ‘gray’ magick for those of us, like myself, who enjoy that type of work. The Witch’s Mirror is also very practical, and is – page for page – the most useful book in the Witch’s Tools Series that I’ve read thus far. Blessed be, friends!