Follow Us @burtonreview

Nov 12, 2021

Witches, Heretics & Warrior Women by Phoenix LeFae

Friday, November 12, 2021

Witches, Heretics & Warrior Women: Ignite Your Rebel Spirit Through Magick & Ritual by Phoenix LeFae

Llewellyn Publications, January 8 2022

eGalley provided in exchange for this review, thank you!

Filled with transformative stories of powerful women from legend and history--as well as rituals, spellcraft, and workings for you to try--this book explores themes that rebels, witches, warriors, and heretics confront as they make their way in a patriarchal world. Each chapter examines a topic like standing tall in your beliefs, finding your voice, embracing your sexuality, and loving your body, and shares hands-on practices designed to inspire and support you as you connect with your inner witch, heretic, and warrior. Within these pages, you will find stories and exercises based on Circe, Anne Boleyn, Marie Laveau, Mary Magdalene, Jeanne D'Arc, Salome, Boudicca, Moving Robe Woman, and Harriet Tubman.



I have been exploring mysticism, spiritualism, tarot and rituals for about a year now and when I found this book up for review I felt it was destiny. My earliest blog backgrounds will find mostly historical based reads both fiction and non-fiction but it all started with Anne Boleyn. We would now recognize that name due the success of the tv show The Tudors, but I was intrigued by Anne Boleyn’s witchy rumors. Years later I am still fascinated by Anne Boleyn and her ability to turn heads before she lost hers.


The author Phoenix LeFae chose Anne as just one of the many warrior-witch women to highlight in her new book to draw inspiration from. Ohers are a New Orleans legend Marie Laveau, Joan of Arc, Circe, and Harriet Tubman to name a few.

The premise of the book is not to be a biographical account of these women but to highlight how these women were revolutionaries for their time and in their own way.
Imagine if each shining being on earth polished their inner glow and let themselves be seen for the fabulous creature they truly are! The night sky would be lit up from the power of it all. You were not born to be small. You were born to be you, a radical shining star.
This work reads more like opinions and the author’s personal view on how to mold yourself into a rebel/witch/warrior using these women as examples. The author provides tools and helpful insight on how to be a proponent of positive change in the world around you while incorporating rituals, meditations and even charm bags. I do not feel like this is a reference book on witchcraft and magick but is instead geared towards inspirational self-care and how to shed the goal of fitting into the patriarchal society of the modern world. For that alone this book is worthwhile if that is the path you are embarking on. With the intriguing women she chose as a backdrop this is an “opportunity to learn more about each of their lives and connect with their power.” Very enjoyable read that is recommended for those interested in the feminist movement with a touch of magick and history sprinkled in.


I turned off commenting long ago on the blog but I welcome comments at the Facebook page here.