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Lughnasadh: The feast of grain and berries

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Godel loaf, photo by Victoria ChanLughnasadh, also known as Lammas, is all about giving thanks for and eating the delicious bounty of the first harvest, especially the abundant wheat, corn and berries growing at this time. It’s celebrated around August 1, the first of three fall harvest festivals (the next two are Mabon and Samhain).The Pagan festival is named for the Sun god Lugh, the god of craftsmanship and skill, who is thanked for the harvest and offered prayers for the still-ripening crops. The Bread Man symbolizes Lugh and can be used as the centrepiece of your ritual. Sometimes ritual bread loaves are topped with bits of dough shaped into corn, barley or wheat stalks. Read More

Liber Nox, by Michael Howard

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Liber Nox, by Michael HowardLiber Nox, by Michael HowardLiber Nox: A Traditional Witch's Gramarye, by Michael Howard Skylight Press, 9781908011855, 217 pp., 2014Liber Nox is subtitled "A Traditional Witch’s Gramarye" in order to distinguish it from various forms of Wicca and contemporary Paganism, and to emphasize that it’s not in those traditions, but dealing with something older.The book covers what one might expect from a basic text of witchcraft: the deities, the tools, initiation, circle casting, and the Wheel of the Year. In this regard it’s a good book, and if you need another guide to the Wheel of the Year and the mythology and rituals behind it, or the tools of the craft, then Liber Nox can get you started. Read More

Ostara traditions: Eggs, rabbits, and rituals

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Pisanki, photo by Praktyczny PrzewodnikThe Wheel of the Year has turned again and now Ostara, known secularly as the vernal equinox, is on the horizon. This is a time of celebration for many, because it marks the date when the day starts to become longer than the night.Ostara, named after the Germanic fertility goddess, has been celebrated in many forms for hundreds of years. Spring is seen as the time of rebirth and fertility; it is a time of great celebration as the warmth returns to the Earth and the plants and animals flourish. Read More

Autumn Equinox, by Ellen Dugan

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Autumn Equinox: The Enchantment of Mabon, by Ellen Dugan Llewellyn Worldwide, 0738706248, 208 pp., 2005This wonderful book is easy to read and appreciate. Ms. Dugan has arranged things in an easy to use format and has included spells, charms, and rituals throughout. Most importantly, to my way of thinking, a large amount of this book is not Pagan-specific. It is family-friendly, so it is applicable whether used for your coven-mates or your more conventionally oriented “mundane” family members.She gives ideas for decorations (many of them easy enough to make that children can help), as well as the background on the deities associated with the season. She gives suggestions for gardening, as well as uses for fruits and grains in the celebrations. Read More

Seeker’s Guide to Learning Wicca to the First Degree in the Southern Hemisphere, by Amethyst Treleven

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Seeker's Guide to Learning Wicca: Training to First Degree in the Southern Hemisphere, by Amethyst Treleven Oak and Mistletoe Australia, 9780980581812, 208 pp., 2008This is the second of two reviews of this book, since it has been published in two separate editions – One for the Northern Hemisphere and one for the Southern Hemisphere. The only differences in the books are in the introduction and in Chapter Four – The Wheel of the Year. So pick the applicable book review and jump in.This book, like Read More

Seeker’s Guide to Learning Wicca to the First Degree in the Northern Hemisphere, by Amethyst Treleven

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Seeker's Guide to Learning Wicca: Training to First Degree in the Northern Hemisphere, by Amethyst Treleven Oak and Mistletoe Australia, 9780980581829, 204 pp., 2008This is the first of two reviews of this book, since it has been published in two separate editions – One for the Northern Hemisphere and one for the Southern Hemisphere. The only differences in the books are in the introduction and in Chapter Four – The Wheel of the Year. So pick the applicable book review and jump in. I admit it; I’m a hemisphere-ist. This was actually the second version of this book, but since I live in the U.S., I naturally grabbed it first.This book, like most “101” (or introductory) books is full of information which is extremely basic, and which has been published dozens, if not hundreds of times already. It does not conform to Read More

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