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Book Review: Metal Never Lies

Metal Never Lies is written for those who yearn to add more to their magic and spiritual lives. They have that itch that knows there is something missing, something new yet ancient. Through tested and proven methods, Metal Never Lies answers the question: How can I use Metal Magic to enhance my Spiritual practice?

Book Blurb on Amazon

Metal Never Lies is a book written about metal magic by author Sam ‘Bo’ Thompson. I didn’t know anything about this book until the author reached out on Instagram and asked if I thought about adding his book to my library. Curious, and because I work with Brigid, I said I’d add it and give it a read! I’m really glad I did because this book changed my perspective on working with metal.

About the Book: Metal Never Lies

Before we go any further, I want to say that the author makes it very clear that you don’t have to be an aspiring blacksmith to work with metal. I was hesitant to pick up the book for that very reason. I have no interest in being a blacksmith. Sure, it’s an amazing skill and a connection with a deity I work with but it isn’t something I’ve ever wanted to do. Once I picked up the book and began reading, it became clear that you can work with metal in magic in more than one way without ever thinking of an anvil.

As stated in the blurb, Metal Never Lies is a book about getting to know and working with metal in magic. The author is a “Magical Blacksmith and Priest of The Morrígan” who was called to write a book on how he works with metal in his practice. The book is broken down into four parts, each detailing a significant part of metal magic. There are hands-on activities as well as journaling prompts — both called Action Steps — at the end of every section that help you look at the metal around you and how it might speak to you. Here’s one as an example.

Action Step: Take a moment and inventory what is around your everyday environment that is metal. Everything. Pots, pans, coins, knives, tools, keys etc. Get up, walk around and look if you must. Write it down. This will be of use later to you. My goal in this is to get you thinking about how to incorporate metal magic into your daily Work.

Metal Never Lies – Part One: Foundation

My Thoughts

I have to be honest and admit my faults here. I said above that this book is one I probably wouldn’t have picked up myself. But I was wrong! I loved this book and got so much from it that I wasn’t expecting! What a lesson in not judging a book by its cover (or title), right?

Every section in this book has helpful information for the magical person that wants or already does work with metal. And if you think you don’t work with metal, this book will make you rethink that. This book made me rethink my relationship with my crochet hooks and my cast iron pans! It also taught me how cast iron tools are made which…I don’t know why I never thought of that before.

I enjoyed many things about this book, but two of them include the conversational tone of the writing and the inclusion of the lore. Sam ‘Bo’ Thompson speaks as he writes (he said it himself!) and it gives the book more personality. It makes me feel like I’m reading something written by a friend, and it also lets the passion for what he does shine through in his writing. I have always enjoyed books written like this and it makes the book an easy read. I find books more enjoyable when they’re easier to read, and I am more prone to remembering what I have read.

In Part Two, there’s an entire section on Lore and metal magic. I found this part extremely interesting because there is so much that I don’t know about metal, even from an Irish polytheistic perspective! In Irish lore, the weapons and tools of warriors spoke and they would not tell lies. In fact, when a warrior was recounting their stories, they would place their sword over their lap. If the warrior embellished their story or lied, the sword would wound the warrior. I don’t have any weapons, but I’m sure my crochet hooks wouldn’t appreciate me embellishing my skills!

The word ‘demons’ here does not refer to something evil. I am understanding it as a spirit, a presence, a supernatural being. Still, I think this could be where the idea of singing swords came from. The sword itself was the guarantee of truth. Nothing wrong with boasting, telling your deeds. Note that the metal does not lie. My Grandma used to say, ‘it ain’t bragging if it’s true’. And your sword verified your tale.

Metal Never Lies – Part Two: Lore

Speaking of crochet hooks, I don’t know why it never occurred to me to work with them in a magical capacity until this book. I mean, they’re made of steel! What?! Of course, I could work with them magically! But how am I going to do this? Where do I even get started? Well, the author has an acronym he uses when he does Work, and I feel like this can apply to me, too. The acronym is F.L.O.W. and it stands for Feel, Listen, Open, and Work. In Part Three, this acronym and the subsequent steps are gone over in more detail, and I feel that I now have an adequate foundation to begin working with my metal crochet hooks in a magical capacity.

If you work with metal in any way in your practice, this book is for you. If you even use anything metal in your practice or your home, this book is for you. It has opened doors in my mind that honestly, I feel they should have already been opened. But you know what? That’s not the point. The point is that they’re open now! Pick up a copy of Metal Never Lies. Learn how to forge your own metal tools, or learn how you can work with the metal you already have. You won’t be disappointed!

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