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The Witches’ Almanac, Issue 33

By Freeman Presson | November 20, 2013 | 2 comments

The Witches' Almanac, issue 33The Witches’ Almanac, Issue 33 Spring 2014-2015: The Mystic Earth, edited by Andrew Theitic
The Witches’ Almanac Ltd., 9780982432396, 208 pp. (Incl. letters, ads), 2013

Reading The Witches’ Almanac is like going to a favourite restaurant and ordering all of the appetizers and two desserts for dinner: you get a dazzling array of different tastes, but with no single dish too filling.

The Almanac has been steadily growing over the years. Early issues were 90 or so pages, stapled in soft card covers like the typical Farmer’s Almanac; recently it has graduated to a typical trade paperback: 9×6-inch, 208 pages, perfect-bound, glossy cover. This helps make their front-cover motto, “Ever a Keepsake,” realizable.

This year’s theme is “Mystic Earth,” returning to the theme of no. 30, though this time from a different angle. Unfortunately the cover art, with the Earth seen from space in a palette of greens, blues, deep-space black, and incongruous cream text-box backgrounds, ranks as the least-appealing in a long time, although I like the idea of doing something modern occasionally.

Inside you’ll find 65 articles with a good mix of folklore, practical advice, and esoterica. “A Witch’s Garden” looks at planning and planting an herb garden in a reverent and inspiring way. Several short features on herb lore and other earthy topics from respected Druid Ellen Everett Hopman carry the theme into the rest of the book. The closest thing to a single article that matches the theme, though, is Jimahl di Fiosa’s “The Magic of Camping,” which, like the one above, is full of hints for doing this common activity mindfully and reverently, as well as in a safe and organized manner. He’s not Pollyanna about his topic though, in the last paragraph he advises, “If it all goes terribly wrong, then at least you can say you’ve tried it.” Continue reading


Review: A Voice in the Forest, by Jimahl Di Fiosa

By Mike Gleason | May 1, 2003 | Leave a comment

A Voice in the Forest: Spirit Conversations with Alex Sanders
Trident Publications, 1999

This is a book which can be, and probably will be, read in one sitting. It is clearly written and not at all difficult to understand. On top of that, it is nicely double spaced throughout, which makes it one of the easiest-on-the-eyes books I have seen in quite a while. It is composed of information which Alex Sanders wanted to share with his Craft children and the other Hidden Children of the Goddess.

It is very difficult for me to be objective about this book. It is about the founder of my particular path, written by an individual who shares that path with me (even though we have never met, to the best of my knowledge, except on the Internet). I must say that, honestly, it rings true for me.

There will be many who will doubt what Jimahl has written (I know I did when I first heard about it privately). On one level, this could be material which is easily created in the mind of a writer. And for those who have no experience of the individual known as Alex Sanders, there can be no sense of rightness. I remember the controversy when it first came out.

I had the pleasure of corresponding with Alex at the very beginning of my Craft life. I never had the pleasure of sitting down with him. Nevertheless, the messages channeled through Jimahl and his coven-mates remind me very much of the tone and style of the Alex I remember from my correspondence.

I emailed Jimahl just before I started the main text of this book to relate one small thing which convinces me of the validity of his communication. Many years ago (in the early 1970s) I received a pack of photocopied lecture notes from Alex to aid me in my studies. These notes were later edited to become The Alex Sanders Lectures. The thrill that went through me, and which sent a chill down my spine, as I started to read this book matched the thrill I had when I began reading those notes. It is not a feeling that I have had often in my life.

There is only one problem with this book; and that could be a major stumbling block for some. The original publisher is no longer in business (although Jimahl is attempting to arrange another edition). So I would strongly recommend that you order your copy from Azure Green, one of the largest and best suppliers around.