The New Book That 36 Witch Elders & Authors Have Praised

The New Book That 36 Witch Elders & Authors Have Praised January 3, 2020

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When it came time to reach out for endorsements for my book Psychic Witch, I sent it out to the people whose work has influenced my own the most. I was hoping that one or two of them might like it enough to write an endorsement blurb. I was amazed at how highly so many witchcraft elders, authors, and teachers of all generations and various traditions responded to this book—from British Traditional Wicca, Feri Tradition, Traditional Witchcraft, Folk Magick, and Eclectic Witchery. You cannot imagine how blown away I was by the response, many of the endorsements brought tears to my eyes. Since Llewellyn can only fit a sentence or two in the actual book (especially with how many I received), I wanted a place to immortalize and share their full words and thought there was no place better than here on my blog.

Christopher Penczak

“I have known Mat Auryn for many years and watched him grow and evolve as a psychic, magician, witch, and most importantly, as a human being, thanks in no small part to the techniques he’s learned and put into practice, those same techniques he has shared in this book Psychic Witch. Drawing from many streams of wisdom that compliment and illuminate each other, he has crafted his own system for a new generation, bringing them together for the reader into a harmonious and helpful text to now help you grow your own psychic and magickal skills and evolve on the crooked path of the Witch.”
– Christopher Penczak
Teacher and Author of the Temple of Witchcraft series, City Magick and The Mighty Dead

Silver Ravenwolf

“Delightfully written, Mat Auryn crafts compelling prose that shows his caring and dedication to the reader. He provides refreshing techniques and easy to understand instructions that combine a balanced view of science, art, and knowledge in occult study. A volume rich with magickal information – a definite game-changer for today’s modern practitioner – absolutely a must have for your personal library!”
– Silver Ravenwolf
Author of The Witching Hour, Solitary Witch, and To Light A Sacred Flame

Jason Miller

“In this age of information overload, it is possible to spend every moment of every day reading rituals, spells, and craft lore. But there is more to being a witch than just being well-read. A witch must stretch their mind and soul to be able to know what lurks behind the veil of the ordinary senses. With a straightforward style, Mat Auryn lays out the exercises you need to give you direct experience of powers most only read about. If you follow this guide, you will gain access to senses that leave no doubt about the power of magic.”
– Jason Miller
Author of Elements of Spellcrafting and the Strategic Sorcery courses

Michelle Belanger

“An ambitious work that stands at the crossroads where witchcraft, energy work, and psychic development intersect. These are conversations we need to be having, whether we call ourselves witches, mediums, or something else. We have more in common than our myriad of labels would imply, and Mat Auryn deftly weaves a practice that will level up our understanding both of magick and ourselves. A must-have.”
– Michelle Belanger
Author of The Psychic Energy Codex and Founder of House Kheperu

Laurie Cabot

“Mat is majickally and energetically connected, well read, and well researched.”
– Laurie Cabot
Official Witch of Salem and Author of Power of the Witch

Maxine Sanders

“One Witch, in particular, impressed me with his open heart, the twinkle in his eye and ease of being that could only inspire love and respect. Mat Auryn, a handsome man with a good sense of humour and no false ego, stood as a bright emblem of inner knowledge that could only have been lit by his spiritual and magical work. It was a privilege to experience Mat’s shining aura that will undoubtedly imbue all that he creates and teaches. Indeed Mat’s beautiful book Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick and Manifestation is a rare jewel that radiates clarity of spirit that is genuinely manifest therein.”
– Maxine Sanders
Co-Founder of the Alexandrian Tradition of Witchcraft and Author of Firechild

Gemma Gary

“The Craft of the ‘old-time’ witch was always one of exchange between the worlds; in which to forge a working relationship with the spirit world, to perceive the inner nature of things and cast the witch’s eye upon that which has been and that which is yet to come were arts vital to successful magic making. Within these pages, Mat Auryn draws upon deep insight and years of experience to present the reader with an immensely practical guide through which they can begin to forge again those old links between the psychic and magical arts.”
– Gemma Gary
Author of Traditional Witchcraft – A Cornish Book of Ways, The Black Toad, Wisht Waters, The Devil’s Dozen and Silent as the Trees

Ivo Dominguez Jr

“What a joy it is to add a book to the list that I can recommend to the people in my community and covens. Mat Auryn’s Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick, and Manifestation is hopeful, serious, light hearted, and steadfastly committed to imparting real skills and a framework to guide their use. The teachings, exercises, and ritual work in this book integrate psychism and magick with ease and grace. Mat treats the reader with respect, gives encouragement, and inspires them to walk the winding path of the witch with all their senses opened.”
– Ivo Dominguez Jr.
Co-Founder of Assembly of the Sacred Wheel and Author of The Keys to Perception

Judika Illes

“In Psychic Witch, his brilliant new book, Mat Auryn asserts that psychic and magickal powers are our common birthright and then proceeds to show us how to develop, unleash, protect, and preserve them. Mat demonstrates that no chasm exists between the psychic and the witch— we are two sides of one coin. Likewise, the tools Mat offers in this book are simultaneously esoteric and practical, complex and totally accessible, suitable and beneficial for both newcomers and adepts. My only regret is that this book with its treasure trove of magickal exercises was not available years ago, when I was first starting out. Read Psychic Witch and open up your Witch Eye.”
– Judika Illes
Author of Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, and other books devoted to the magickal arts

Devin Hunter

“With the mind of a scholar and the heart of a coach, Mat provides us with a new take on often complex and complicated subjects and gives us the keys to unlocking their power within. Rooted in the old mysteries, flavored with the new, Psychic Witch is the book I wish I had all those years ago and skillfully continues the discussion on psychicsm in the craft like no other book before.”
– Devin Hunter
Founder of the Sacred Fires Tradition of Witchcraft & Author of the Witch Power Series

Laura Tempest Zakroff

“Mat Auryn’s Psychic Witch is an amazingly comprehensive exploration into the psychic arts. Pulling from occult history, practical wisdom, and personal experience, Mat has created an accessible guide that can help anyone develop and hone the skills needed to advance their path. Through careful explanation and an incredible amount of simple yet effective exercises, the reader is guided through the many-faceted world of the metaphysical mind. From communing with the realm of the spirits and working with the elements to engaging in proper self-care and professional ethics, this book touches upon it all – all through Mat’s unique voice. This book is a wonderful nexus where psychic concepts and the world of Witchery profoundly intermingle and sensibly correlate.”
– Laura Tempest Zakroff
Author of Weave the Liminal and Sigil Witchery

Christopher Orapello

“With dozens of exercises and clear, accessible explanations, Psychic Witch by Mat Auryn is an excellent and comprehensive guide to awakening any witch’s latent abilities. If you’ve ever wanted to develop this area of your practice, then this is the book for you!”
– Christopher Orapello
Artist, Cohost on Down at the Crossroads podcast, and Coauthor of Besom, Stang & Sword

Tess Whitehurst

“This book is a treasure! Mat Auryn illuminates the subtle realm with brilliant clarity. If you want to discover your inherent psychic abilities and train yourself to use them regularly and reliably, the roadmap is in your hands with Psychic Witch.”
– Tess Whitehurst
Author of Holistic Energy Magic and You Are Magical

Madame Pamita

“Look Ma! No hands! You can do magic with your mind! Psychic Witch is the most complete source I’ve ever encountered on the psychic and energetic aspects of magic. This book spans the gamut, taking the reader from baby-step beginning awareness to very advanced psychic manifestation work. Magic practitioners who love to experiment and test out theory will adore the dozens of real-life spells and exercises that Mat includes. Whatever your spiritual path or experience level, you’ll find a cornucopia of resources here to supercharge your magic.”
– Madame Pamita
Author of Madame Pamita’s Magical Tarot

David Salisbury

“The mind may be where magick begins, but Mat Auryn has shown us that the mental universe is more than a first step. Packed with lore, strategy, and practical tips, Psychic Witch is a powerhouse of connecting threads in the world of mental magick. I found myself constantly marking down new exercises to weave into my regular practice.”
– David Salisbury
Author of Witchcraft Activism, The Deep Heart of Witchcraft, and A Mystic Guide to Cleansing & Clearing

Danielle Dulsky

“We, the orphaned dreamers, modern Witches, and wild-hearted seekers, are in dire need of teachers who will share their rich wisdom with both warmth and enthusiasm, who will write books that validate the imperfect quest for understanding rather than dismiss or belittle the desire to explore, to experiment, and to slowly hone our practice of magick as a unique, malleable, and personal expression of who we are and who we are becoming in this wounded world. Mat Auryn is truly one of the most valuable voices in the Witchcraft community today, and this book is to be savored as a genuine resource for well-seasoned and Witch-curious readers alike. When Auryn posits that “Witchcraft is never cookie-cutter,” he is encouraging even the newcomer to the Craft to be courageous, to boldly begin from wherever they are, given whatever resources they have. We need books that affirm our imaginations and wild psyches as the fecund depths from which the greatest art is born, with our witchery being no exception, and, to that end, Psychic Witch is a profound achievement.”
– Danielle Dulsky
Author of The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman

Chas Bogan

“You are psychic, and in his premier book Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick and Manifestation, Mat Auryn provides you proof of your innate abilities, and challenges you to broaden your skills. This comprehensive guide is filled with simple and practical exercises that yield great benefits for strengthening your psychic sensitivity and empowering your magickal will. Beyond his own innovative techniques, Mat Auryn draws on the wisdom of many teachers and traditional practices, while utilizing his own unique skills and insight to further develop tested methods. By applying these techniques, you are certain to see a monumental change in your perception of your world, and of yourself. Beyond being an effective manual for personal development, Psychic Witch is at its core a love spell, one that weds the Psychic with the Witch, two powers that are often seen as separate, but that in Mat Auryn’s vision form a perfect union.”
– Chas Bogan
Author of The Secret Keys of Conjure

Thorn Mooney

“Many popular conversations concerning witchcraft insist that psychic ability is extraneous—either secondary to devotional practice, or else interchangeable with intuition—and therefore something that need not be developed at all, only appreciated where it mystically appears. Auryn, however, challenges readers to claim psychic ability, not as a gift for only the select few, but as a fundamental skill that demands honing. If you’ve been writing yourself off as incapable, untalented, or unteachable, this is the book you need. As someone who is herself not naturally psychic—and who hears regularly from seekers wrestling with the same problem—I believe Mat’s perspective is critically important to the next generation of witches, trying to learn from models that may be outdated, convoluted, or simply discouraging. I wish I’d had this book twenty years ago!”
– Thorn Mooney
Author of Traditional Wicca: A Seeker’s Guide

Amy Blackthorn

“Mat Auryn’s Psychic Witch is a dynamic tribute to the fusion of magic and the supersensory energies that drive truly effective magic. Psychic Witch is the next evolution in magical practice, bridging two realms and forging it into a single practice. Intuitives and Witches alike, you NEED this book. It fills in the missing pieces that each practice has had by teaching it as one revolutionary study.”
– Amy Blackthorn
Author of Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic and Sacred Smoke.

Cyndi Brannen

“Mat Auryn has created a comprehensive guide to developing the skills of the psychic witch. He’s written a book that seems so needed that it’s surprising no one has ever done it before. Sure to become a classic of modern witchcraft, Psychic Witch blends together theory and personal experience with over 90 exercises, creating a most magickal book. Mat’s expertise in diverse areas of what he calls Extra Sensory Witchcraft are evidenced throughout. He writes with authority about the physiological aspects and theoretical perspectives of psychic witchcraft in an engaging, down-to-earth manner. I highly recommend adding Psychic Witch to your library.”
– Cyndi Brannen
Author of Keeping Her Keys and True Magic

Mickie Mueller

“Mat Auryn’s Psychic Witch: Guide to Meditation, Magick and Manifestation is a luminous guide to embracing your inner power and unlocking your true psychic and magickal abilities. This book is a treasure trove of wisdom for the Witch and psychic alike as Auryn shines a light on the connection between psychic and magical powers. He offers these practices with experience, knowledge, and understanding in a straightforward conversational voice that makes it a gratifying journey full of revelations. Building on the teachings of masters in their fields and his own extensive experience Auryn clarifies what should be obscure concepts in a concise manner and skillfully guides the reader through the maze of the subconscious mind applying it as a tool for manifestation. Auryn mentors both the seasoned and novice mystics through cleverly designed exercises that encourage the seeker with techniques to develop their psychic skills as an aid to their own unique magickal expression. Psychic Witch reveals deep insights for the modern Witch who wants to elevate their practice and unlock their own inner magickal powerhouse.”
– Mickie Mueller
Author of The Witch’s Mirror

Gwion Raven

“If you’re interested in developing your psychic abilities right alongside your Craft practices, this is the book for you. Mat Auryn packs this book with nearly one hundred practical, detailed exercises squarely focused on helping you become the best psychic you can. Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick, and Manifestation definitely belongs in your witch’s toolkit.”
– Gwion Raven
Author of The Magick of Food: Rituals, Offerings, & Why We Eat Together

Nicholas Pearson

“Many of us starting on our path with the Craft soon realize that conventional approaches to learning magick and witchcraft leave us wanting more. Witches of all levels of experience often get caught up in the details of technique and tool, often to the neglect of the real spiritual work that fuels our magick. Mat has offered a vital and timely remedy to this imbalance with this gem of a book. Psychic Witch showcases Mat’s firsthand experience and the depth of wisdom that he has cultivated through his practice. Filled to the brim with hands-on exercises, this book will guide readers through the ins and outs of psychic development and manipulating energy, among many other practices to help build a firm foundation on which your magick will flourish.”
-Nicholas Pearson
Author of The Seven Archetypal Stones and Stones of the Goddess

Durgadas Allon Duriel

“In my experience, there is no substitute for metaphysical education, regardless of natural aptitude. With Psychic Witch, Mat Auryn brings this education to you, providing a rich, accessible course in psychic development and magick. I’m confident that anyone who diligently undertakes these exercises will rapidly develop as a psychic in a balanced, integrated, and mind-blowing way. Mat clearly speaks from experience, and the marriage of his natural talent, hard work, passion for this material, and desire to aid others in their journey interweaves beautifully in this book. I’d encourage any witch who wants to develop psychically to read this.”
-Durgadas Allon Duriel
Author of The Little Work: Magic to Transform Your Everyday Life

The Witches' Almanac

“If you are a training Witch who needs concise exercises that are written in simple prose or a seasoned Witch revisiting old lessons, Mat Auryn’s Psychic Witch: A Guide to Psychic Ability & Mental Magick is a must have. Mat avoids the typical over-wrought approach to presenting training. Instead he zeros in on the subject at hand providing provocative thought with very accessible exercises that will further your abilities regardless of where you are in your journey. With 15 chapters, 91 exercises and an abundance of illustrations, Psychic Witch promises to be one of those volumes that you will return to time and again.”
– Andrew Theitic
Publisher of The Witches Almanac

Sorita d'Este

“Mat Auryn provides a must-read primer for everyone interested in exploring the psychic arts within witchcraft in the 21st century. Psychic Witch is testament to Mat’s experience as a professional psychic and his dedication to witchcraft. The combination of theory and practice, with experiential anecdotes and the no-fluff approach, creates a text which I believe should become the go-to book on the subject for decades to come!”
– Sorita d’Este
Author of Circle for Hekate and Practical Elemental Magick

Courtney Weber

“This is a true guide for the newcomer or the seasoned Witch. Mat’s work is helpful, practical, gentle and supportive, speaking to the reader as though delivering an individual class. Psychic Witch is a journey not only through the metaphysical, but through the soul as well. It’s a must-have for every Witch’s bookshelf.”
– Courtney Weber
Author of Brigid: History, Mystery and Magick of the Celtic Goddess and The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might

Anaar Niino

Psychic Witch is a great resource for both those who are experienced in magic as well as those who are at a starting point as absolute beginners. This book is chock full of effective exercises and interesting perspectives, many of which gave me some excellent ideas to explore for expanding my own practice.”
– Anaar Niino
Grandmaster of the Feri Tradition of Witchcraft & Author of The White Wand

Diotima Mantineia

“The depth and breadth of Mat’s knowledge of witchcraft and psychic development is apparent on every page of Psychic Witch. He leads the reader through a well-thought-out series of practices designed not only to increase psychic perception and magical ability, but to do so in a way that is grounded in personal growth, mental health, and spiritual awareness. He offers clear explanations of the theory behind the practices, an important and often-overlooked step in learning magic, while providing a smorgasbord of exercises that build on each other, creating a solid foundation for a lifelong magical practice. Psychic Witch is a great book for magical beginners and more advanced practitioners who are looking to expand and strengthen their practice. It’s also an invaluable resource for teachers.”
– Diotima Mantineia
Astrologer & author of Touch the Earth, Kiss the Sky: Allowing the Rational Mind to Welcome Magic and Spirituality

Storm Faerywolf

“This is the foundational book on magical psychic development you didn’t know you needed. Mat Auryn’s Psychic Witch does for witchcraft what Shakti Gawain’s Creative Visualization did for the New Age movement. Inventive, fun, and insightfully practical, Auryn lays out foundational philosophies and practices essential for honing psychic abilities in ways that are accessible, and then directs the reader in how to use those abilities to further empower their magical practice. Students of magic and the occult will benefit greatly from this book.”
– Storm Faerywolf
Author of Betwixt & Between and Forbidden Mysteries of Faery Witchcraft

Jacki Smith

“Mat Auryn’s book Psychic Witch answers so many questions to the magical practitioner who has opened up their psychic centers. I can’t wait to hand a copy of this book to all of my students; his grounded explanations of what is happening combined with the effective and powerful exercises are the package of tools that will enhance the skills of any new or experienced psychic.”
– Jacki Smith
Founder of Coventry Creations and Author of Coventry Magic and DIY Akashic Wisdom

Jason Mankey

“There is no one more qualified or better prepared to write about Witchcraft and psychic development than Mat Auryn. Psychic development was an integral part of Modern Witchcraft from the beginning, Mat Auryn and his book Psychic Witch return the subject to its rightful place – at the center of Craft Traditions.”
– Jason Mankey
Author of Transformative Witchcraft: The Greater Mysteries

Aidan Wachter

“In Psychic Witch Mat Auryn has crafted a very fine and practical guide for psychic development for the magical practitioner. While Mat’s personal path is witchcraft, this is a very good manual for anyone interested in developing their senses beyond the ‘normal’ levels most of us operate on. Exploring the ins-and-outs of energetic and psychic models, Mat then leads us through a great number of exercises to develop these senses. The exercises in the book ‘stack’ really well, in that you use the skills that you develop in earlier exercises as you progress, and are shown various ways of using what you learn to perform the magic you desire. The book focuses on using your growing psychic perceptions and skills in magical workings. Psychic Witch is an excellent and accessible piece of work, and I recommend it highly to anyone looking to deepen their psychic abilities. I think this book will be hugely helpful to countless people regardless of their skill level or experience.”
– Aidan Wachter
Author of Six Ways: Approaches & Entries for Practical Magic

Deborah Blake

Psychic Witch is a feast of information presented clearly and with incredible detail–a Master Class on making the most of your innate psychic ability. Mat Auryn has created an entirely original book filled with practical exercises, hard science, and Witchcraft yet is still accessible, no matter where you are in your magical journey. I don’t have to be a psychic to predict it is destined to become a classic.”
– Deborah Blake
Author of Everyday Witchcraft and The Little Book of Cat Magic

Lee Morgan

“So many books on witchcraft assume the prior presence of psychic awareness. Mat Auryn’s book is more generous than that, it walks us through a process developing all the many rich ways in which humans sense the Otherworld.”
– Lee Morgan
Author of A Deed Without A Name and Sounds of Infinity

Robin Artisson

“As magical movements- movements incorporating magical theory and practice- have grown through the decades, certain books have appeared from time to time that are considered standards in the field. They bring things together in an intelligent, comprehensible way, and put them all in one place- and even those who don’t practice magic might refer to them for insights or references.

Psychic Witch could easily be one of those ‘field standard’ books, and not just for the insights Auryn gives that are born from his experience of psychism, but for the broad field of magic. For new and future generations of people, he puts a lot of magical theory in one place, and explains it with a clear simplicity that is matched by what I felt was his genuine concern for his readers. That’s an unusual combination to find in these kinds of books. As a therapist, I sometimes got the feeling that Auryn was talking directly to me with a therapeutic quietness, that calming and re-affirming (but not pretentious or overbearing) style of communication that soul-healers are taught to use.

Auryn gives techniques in this book which, like the magical theory, end up representing quite the varied collection of tools for magical psychology and development- a veritable library of techniques, I would say, alongside the library of theory. He demonstrates how a lot of New Age and alternative modern spiritual belief systems interlace and overlap within this subject matter. There’s a lot in this book- not just for magical practitioners, but also for people who study the social phenomenon of Contemporary Magic.

It’s obvious that (beyond being a walking repository of historical magical knowledge, and good insights into the prodigies of psychism) Mat Auryn wants people to find an extraordinary kind of strength or power that he truly believes lives inside of each person. His level of knowledge is commendable, his belief in what he does is unquestionable, and his optimism is strangely infectious.”
– Robin Artisson
Author of An Carow Gwyn: Sorcery and the Ancient Fayerie Faith


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About Mat Auryn
Mat Auryn is a witch, professional psychic, and occult teacher throughout the New England. He is the author of 'Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide To Meditation, Magick, and Manifestation'. He is a High Priest in the Sacred Fires Tradition of Witchcraft. As a psychic witch, Mat has had the honor and privilege of studying under some of the most prominent witchcraft teachers, elders, and witchcraft traditions. He runs the blog For Puck’s Sake on Patheos Pagan, is a content creator for Modern Witch, has a column in Witches & Pagans Magazine entitled 'Extra-Sensory Witchcraft', and a column in Horns Magazine. He has been featured in various magazines, radio shows, podcasts, books, anthologies, and other periodicals. You can read more about the author here.

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