Today we’d like to introduce you to Najah Lightfoot.
Najah, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In 2013 I received my first Write-For-Hire contract from Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing. My first published article appeared in Llewellyn’s 2015 Witches’ Companion. The article was titled “Prosperity Magick and the Goddess Abundantia: Create and Work with Money Altars.”
As of this date, I have been blessed to be a contributing author in twelve Llewellyn Almanac publications. My articles appear in the Witches’ Companion, Spell-A-Day, Witches’ Datebook and Magical Almanac Series. And I just signed my contract for Llewellyn’s 2021 Spell-A-Day Almanac.
Also prior to my first published article for Llewellyn, I also had a letter published in Prevention Magazine, in November 2007, about pet loss. Seeing my letter published helped push forward my dream of being a published writer, and subsequently a published author. In June 2019 my first book, “Good Juju ~ Mojos, Rites & Practices for the Magical Soul,” was published by Llewellyn.
In addition to my writing, I also have been a long-standing, active member of the Denver Pagan Community, where I’ve been blessed to teach many classes, workshops and participate in public rituals.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Honestly speaking, in terms of my writing career, once I began writing for Llewellyn, doors and avenues have continued to open for me. I am blessed and grateful. However, writing and book AND getting it published is a monumental task. It is not for the faint of heart. It is a long process which can make you weep and turn you inside out. My goal was to be traditionally published and that meant lots of feedback, critiques, rewrites and revisions while meeting strenuous deadlines. But in the end, all that work has been worth it, because I am very happy and proud of the final outcome, which is a book I am proud of and one which is being well-received.
Tell us about your work – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a writer and author. My publisher is Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing. I am known for writing about magical spirituality and folk magick practices in an open, friendly and engaging manner. It is my goal to bring information which many consider taboo, out and open into the public and mainstream culture. I have found there is so much we all have in common. Pretty much everyone can look back into their family history or stories and find superstitions, practices and beliefs, which are possibly rooted in folk magic or long-held cultural beliefs.
I am most proud of my book, “Good Juju ~ Mojos, Rites & Practices for the Magical Soul.” It has been well-received and is opening the door for many people to try adding spiritual magickal practices and crafts to their daily lives.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Pretty much everyone knows about the “golden ticket” the character “Charlie,” receives in the classic and timeless movie “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.” While there are many moments I am proud of; the one which has touched my heart most deeply is receiving a golden bookmark from the Tattered Cover, at the end of my author presentation on June 27, 2019.
It was unexpected and touched my heart in so many ways. It confirmed my willingness to stick to my dreams of wanting to birth a book into the world. It confirmed dreams do come true, and if you stick to your dreams despite the obstacles which are sure to come, you can manifest your thoughts, goals, wishes and desires into reality
- Good Juju ~ Mojos, Rites & Practices for the Magical Soul. $16.99 Published by Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing.
- Website: www.craftandconjure.com
- Email: Najah@craftandconjure.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/NajahLightfoot
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NajahLightfoot
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/najahlightfoot
Author Photo – Anthony Camera
All other photos are my personal property and taken by me.