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Article ID: 4486
Age Group: Adult
Posted: October 2nd. 2000
Never Too Early To Start Your Samhain Shopping!
It's Never Too Early To Start Your Samhain Shopping!
That's what Fritz always tells me on October 1st at 12:01 a.m. Of course, as many of you know, October 31st is also our dear webweaver's birthday, so those not-so-subtle hints concerning possible gift ideas begin real early around the TWV office. For the book lovers in your family or coven-and maybe for yourself as well-there are a few nice new offerings available for Samhain surprises. We received one such surprise in the mail just the other day.
The nice folks over at Hexagon Hoopix sent us a copy of "Charge of the Goddess", a compilation of some of Doreen Valiente's unpublished poems. But more than a book of Pagan poetry-although anyone familiar with Doreen's work will find this thrilling enough in itself- it is both a tribute and a celebration of Doreen herself. Anyone who is interested in the modern history of Witchcraft will be delighted to find pictures of some of Doreen's personal magickal tools and items interspersed with personal comments and reminiscences from the people who knew Doreen best. Some of these writings can be found online at Doreen Valiente.com where you can also order the book. The newly discovered 'Broomstick Chant' posted there on the site would make a great Samhain Pagan Parade marching song!
"The Twelve Swans" - HarperCollins, ISBN 0-06-251684-1-by Starhawk and Hilary Valentine is a book on 'rituals, exercises and magickal training". Much more than that, it is one of the first books that we've seen that approach the level of a work of Pagan philosophy. Deep and insightful, yet easy enough to read for even the beginner student, this is one reference book that you can go back to time and time again for fresh insights.
We also picked up a copy of the Wiccan Warrior by Kerr Cuhulain (Llewellyn, ISBN 1-56718-252-6). This is good stuff and offers practical advice for those Pagans on the front lines. It also helps one differentiate between 'being assertive' and 'becoming aggressive' and classifies some of the different aspects of the "Warrior Spirit".
'Simple Wicca" is a nice and gentle Wicca 101 book to give out to new seekers and teens. New from Conari Press, author Michele Morgan explains the main tenets of Wicca, the structure of ritual work and the seasonal rounds of the Wiccan holidays in a simple and straightforward way. The magickal working guidelines inside this book are both ethical and honest-something most of us look for in a 'first book' that we would recommend to others.
Last, but never least, is Ronald Hutton's, "The Triumph of the Moon". Now available in most bookstores (Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-820744-1), this scholarly book will keep you reading for about a month or so. A deep one indeed and one that you will probably read again and again. You'll undoubtedly hear the information and perceptions that Prof. Hutton brings forth in this work quoted anytime someone speaks about the history of modern Witchcraft. So, you might as well get caught up with the latest perspective on just how, when and what the Witchcraft of today historically represents. (Bring a pin and burst some of your bubbles as you read along.)
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