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For Pagans and witches, Halloween, or Samhain, is the most important and sacred holiday--a day to honor the dead and to celebrate the birth of a new year. The number of Wicca practitioners is rapidly growing--especially among young women--and popular media has embraced Paganism on television, in movies, and on the internet. This book guides Wiccans, Pagans, and curious nonFor Pagans and witches, Halloween, or Samhain, is the most important and sacred holiday--a day to honor the dead and to celebrate the birth of a new year. The number of Wicca practitioners is rapidly growing--especially among young women--and popular media has embraced Paganism on television, in movies, and on the internet. This book guides Wiccans, Pagans, and curious non-Wiccans alike in incorporating some of the original meanings and rituals into their Halloween festivities. It explains the rich Pagan/Irish roots of the holiday and includes ancient legends, divinations for telling the future, spells for finding a mate, and potions for gaining knowledge--not to mention detailed instructions for performing the traditional Halloween ritual and delicious Halloween recipes! Written by a woman who has devoted her life to educating the public about the Old Religion, this handbook reveals the uplifting spiritual energy that people can experience by celebrating a traditional Pagan Halloween....

Title : The Pagan Book of Halloween: A Complete Guide to the Magick, Incantations, Recipes, Spells, and Lore
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ISBN : 9780140196160
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 189 Pages
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The Pagan Book of Halloween: A Complete Guide to the Magick, Incantations, Recipes, Spells, and Lore Reviews

  • L.A.
    2018-11-18 07:39

    If you're cynical, it can certainly seem like everybody and his grandmother has written a book on some aspect of neo-paganism; there are certainly enough of them out there. Dunwich's book hits the sweet spot between floofy woo-woo and serious-scholarly by being a matter-of-fact little manual full of traditions, lore, suggestions for ritual practice and--of course--spells. Call it a Samhain starter kit. That's not a complaint.Dunwich follows the usual pattern of beginning with a poem, discussing the history of the holiday, and setting the skeptical straight on any misunderstandings they might have. Symbolism and superstitions are explained, herb and other spell correspondences, noted, and various spells laid out for your consideration. Because divination in matters of love is often practiced during this time, there's a whole chapter dedicated to that. There's a bibliography that runs the gamut from commercial-witchy to heavy-hitter, and a nice little section on seasonal recipes and the traditions that go along with them.The one minor concern I had was that there's a love spell offered here that ignores the big no-no of not asking for a specific person's affection. Given that this interferes with free will, most practitioners consider it a huge faux pas, and warn you repeatedly not to do it. Not that Dunwich encourages it, exactly: she just sort of lists it along with everything else as A Thing Some People Do, which, if you're going for straight reportage, is perfectly fine. However, given Dunwich's repeated stance that black magick is not cool, it's a little weird. Readers should leave it to their own conscience on this matter, and reader advisors should note this in case it comes up in conversation (you'd be surprised what comes up in the RA conversation). So, a perfectly nice little book, with one minor ethical quirk. The BF section has seen a lot worse. Recommended.

  • Julie Decker
    2018-11-05 11:42

    This book is a collection of legends, lore, folk customs, rituals, recipes, and ideas to put Halloween into a Pagan context. There's an attractive shine to some of the old language and presentation of ancient times, but considering some other sources I know, some of the information was myth and some of it was--myth of myth? Some of the descriptions of meanings behind certain symbols and traditions contradict other accounts, and though some of the ideas are fun for old-school down-to-earth Samhain rituals, I felt like a disproportionate number of the magical ideas had something to do with finding the person you're going to marry.

  • アレツクス コツト
    2018-11-06 09:22

    Wow what a read this was. I was born and raised a Jehovah's Witness and reading this really opened up my mind. I was always told witchcraft was evil and dark and brings in the devil and that Halloween and everything associated with it is bad. This book really cleared up the misinterpretations and misunderstandings about Halloween and the craft. How the old ways came to be and what it's changed into now is fascinating. I enjoyed this book in full and loved the little spells you can perform as well as the recipes at the end. This is a great read and recommend to anyone wanting to know more about Halloween.

  • Theresa
    2018-11-13 06:37

    There's lots of great info on the origins of Halloween, how the customs of things like giving candy, jack o' lanterns and bobbing for apples came about and such. Some of the stuff I already knew but lots of it I didn't. It's a nice little book to put you in the spirit!

  • Dorothy Weigand
    2018-11-13 13:37

    The only issue I happened to have (and why I docked a star) was that during later parts of the book, instead of repeating information she'd already given Ms. Dunwich could have just put the page number the information was first on in the book. It was really boring to have to read the same bit of information presented in nearly the same way three or four different times.

  • Marilyn
    2018-10-24 09:43

    Lots of interesting facts, legends, lore. Some of it will go into a program I'm leading for one of my women's group - October is the month for it!

  • Swankivy
    2018-11-20 07:47

    Did you know that Halloween's all about doing divination to find out who you're gonna marry? That's like half of this book. It was charmingly old-school, but not that helpful.

  • Kati
    2018-11-21 11:35

    Didn't get all the way throught it. It was fun to learn about the different myths and traditions of Halloween before it was the way we know it. :)

  • Robert
    2018-11-12 08:47

    This was at the library when we checked out. If the season throws it at you ... why not?--- Didn't get past the intro. Had to return it to the library.

  • Necole Salvesen
    2018-11-04 10:41

    AWFUL! Couldn't even finish it!

  • Patricia
    2018-11-16 08:34

    A beautiful tome of Halloween past, present, and its possible future as told by one of the world's best Pagan authors, Gerina Dunwhich.