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A Witch's Halloween
A Complete Guide to the Magick, Incantations, Recipes, Spells, & Lore
by Gerina Dunwich

A Witch's Halloween Halloween is probably the holiday with the most obvious pagan past. Gerina Dunwich is a High Priestess of the Old Religion and has authored many books on paganism, so her approach to Halloween is particularly instructive, informative, and insightful. She teaches first about the origin of the holiday, and in doing so, dispels common myths about paganism (or neo-paganism), Wicca, and other earth-based religions. For example, she quickly addresses the persistent belief that the devil has a place in paganism - in fact, paganism does not recognize such a concept. Although the devil is a popular costume at Halloween, it has only been a symbol of the holiday since the advent of Christianity. She explains how established country practices were misunderstood and manipulated, and ultimately, persecuted or banned, and when they could not be, they were altered to fit into the practices of a growing religious movement. Halloween truly comes alive when considering the background information that Dunwich provides. As a holiday, it has a rich history, and has been known by many names that have reflected its development over the years, and within various countries.

In addition to being a thorough discussion of the origins of Halloween, A Witch's Halloween is an exploration of the holiday's superstitions, recipes, poems, rituals, myths, stories, games, spells, and beliefs, as they have been practiced throughout centuries. There are many that are worth incorporating into a modern celebration of the holiday, and there are also a few that might cause you to raise your eyebrows in surprise!

Tarot has a place in this book, of course. Divination is a fun pastime at Halloween, and for many people it is a meaningful element of their celebrations. Dunwich also explains how tarot might be used for meditation rituals that fit well with the holiday.

The book is written mostly from a witch's point of view. Readers who already follow a related spiritual path will likely get the most out of the book, but it is certainly quite accessible to those of other religions, or of no religion at all. It is a charming read that will enhance your understanding of this popular holiday.

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A Complete Guide to the Magick, Incantations, Recipes, Spells, & Lore

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