While the American South may be known for it’s folk magick, New England is known for a different type of magick – specifically its witchcraft and paganism. In Magical Destinations of the NorthEast: Sacred Sites, Occult Oddities & Magical Monuments, Natalie Zaman charts out over 300 places full of magick from famous witches to spiritualist communities to mysterious structures to places in nature full of magick and mystery. The book covers Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania Rhode Island, and Vermont. Massively impressive and exceedingly comprehensive, this book is organized in a way that makes it easy to use and reference while still having a very enjoyable writing style which makes it fun to read.
Natalie provides the physical addresses for each of these destinations as well as blurbs of information explaining the history and significance of each one. I was pleasantly surprised to find not only information about famous witches and pagans in the NorthEast states such as Laurie & Penny Cabot, Christopher Penczak, Ivo Dominguez, Caroline Kenner and others – but enjoyed that each one of these witches provided a unique spell just for this book. This book is perfect for anyone who is planning a vacation or a road trip to the NorthEast as well as those of us who live here who want to discover more of the occult oddities surrounding us. As someone who moved from the West Coast to the East Coast a few years back, I have learned about so many hidden treasures around me through this book that I was completely unaware of. I’m going to buy a second copy to keep in the car, there’s a whole hidden world of magickal history and natural wonder surrounding me that I was completely unaware of (and I thought I had a pretty good idea of what was around me) and I plan on trying to explore it all.