It wasn't as exciting as his other ghost compendiums... It did cover lore and some culture, but the stories left me decidedly not spooked... he kind oIt wasn't as exciting as his other ghost compendiums... It did cover lore and some culture, but the stories left me decidedly not spooked... he kind of glossed over the ghostly aspects and focused on the regional aspects... which is his trademark, but this felt weaker then his previous books....more
Ok... at first I was very disapointed by this book. I mean, it just amounts to a book on beading techniques written by a couple of pagans. I don't neeOk... at first I was very disapointed by this book. I mean, it just amounts to a book on beading techniques written by a couple of pagans. I don't need to know how to tie a knot and some of the "advice" they give is rediculous common sense... I felt like they felt forced to make their book longer or they would have ended up with just a pamphlet. That said, I did end up enjoying it and her advice on beading was somewhat useful. There wasn't, however, very much talk about what to do with your prayer beads once you constructed them......more
When I was young, I had a little copy of the New Testiment, probably given to me by Witness or other person spreading the "Good News"... It was, on aWhen I was young, I had a little copy of the New Testiment, probably given to me by Witness or other person spreading the "Good News"... It was, on a purely physical level, beautiful to me. It was small, easily clutched in the hand, had exuisite silky pages and a sturdy, but soft binding etc etc. I would read it before bed, just to experience the sensation of holding it my hand... its contents, however, never inspired me. Today, I was having a sad morning, was feeling a bout of depression, and then the postman delivered into my hands something wonderful. It was a book, its physical beauty not far from my old New Testament... it is a book to be clutched, carried close and reverently referenced. Its contents, however, are not the mysterious gobeldygook of the Gospels of John, Paul or Ringo, but instead, a collection of prayers useful to a pagan like me. The contents speak to me in a way that kneeling in a church never did and the author does not leave us with just these prayers but gives insights into the reasons and the methods that pagans may chose for their prayers. It seems to me that this is the sort of book that will reveal something new every time it is opened, even if you've already read it cover to cover. There are general prayers, prayers for different purposes from thanksgiving to rites of passage to simply devotional, prayers to many deities from many pantheons (in just a quick flipping through the pages showed me Roman, Norse, Celtic, Egyptian, Native American, and even Asian names among others I couldn't place.) I have a feeling this book will be one that I will treasure for some time to come....more
Certainly written by a lawyer... can't fault her for logical progression and accurate descriptions of legal processes... Overall, the book won't substCertainly written by a lawyer... can't fault her for logical progression and accurate descriptions of legal processes... Overall, the book won't substitute for a good lawyer, but it's a good starting point for anyone who may find themselves involved in legal issues where their religion might come into play... be that a litigation against you or whether you wish to bring an issue to the courts over discrimination... it tells you what to expect, which sometimes may be very difficult indeed, but she's honest and overall helpful to have on any pagan bookshelf....more
Morrison is definatly a Wiccan and the book works clearly from that perspective, but I was also rather suprised to find such a large amount on astroloMorrison is definatly a Wiccan and the book works clearly from that perspective, but I was also rather suprised to find such a large amount on astrology... as a solar-centered witch myself, I have little or no interest in astrology, so the connection didn't make much sense to me, though it may be very helpful to others. (The parts about the rituals/celebrations for each sign of the zodiac kind of threw me for a loop... Do people actually throw such parties? Even if I was involved with an active coven, doing such parties on top of sabbats and esbats would be overwhelming!! That would add an additional 12 gatherings to the 21 basic ones! That's 33 gatherings in one year! Sheesh!) Another thing that threw me was her theory and use of the archangels... interesting, and makes sense when talking about sun mythology, but not my thing.
She explored and explained the energy of the sun by comparing it to lunar energy and assigned it phases that don't match my own analysis as a sun-witch. She claimed the energy of the sun moves like a lunar cycle except taking one day instead of one month, while I see the solar cycle as taking one year... the "full sun" being at Summer Solstice and the "new sun" being at Winter Solstice. That said, it was certainly a new, fresh way for me to see the energies of my own patron and I have incorporated some of her language reguarding the phases of the daily sun into some of my work. As far as the section on spellwork goes, I ended up skipping through most of it due to the fact that, aside from a few very helpful ritual tips, it was mostly a list of catchy poems that seemed somewhat silly to me.
Overall, I'd characterize this book as good for Wiccans who want to know more about the suns energies and to any sun-witch looking for a new perspective... it may be a bit perky for some tastes, but, honestly, the suns energy is also kinda perky sometimes, so it fits....more
Ok, so McCoy ain't the greatest pagan author this side of Kansas, but this overview of pagan Sabbats (particularily, Wiccan sabbats mainly drawn fromOk, so McCoy ain't the greatest pagan author this side of Kansas, but this overview of pagan Sabbats (particularily, Wiccan sabbats mainly drawn from her own tradition) was helpful to me as a beginner. While I wouldn't trust her interpretation of history as far as I could throw her, her fun crafts, recipes and ideas can be useful to any pagan who wants to expand their celebration of the witches sabbats to beyond just casting circles and recounting the myths. I still refer to it when I'm at a loss for holiday activities. It certainly does not qualify as the end-all-be-all of sabbat volumes, but it can be helpful. I'd recomend this to any pagan looking to expand their sabbat celebrations and any kitchen-witches who like to try new recipes....more
This book was terrific! It covered a wide variety of ideas, options, traditions and techniques for constructing a Wedding or Handfasting ceremony forThis book was terrific! It covered a wide variety of ideas, options, traditions and techniques for constructing a Wedding or Handfasting ceremony for just about any situation and any couple. This was probably the greatest resource I had when my husband and I created our own public wedding ceremony. A must have for any pagan bride, groom or clergyperson!...more
This is a great book for witches and pagans of any path, particularily if you have an eclectic bent and have an interest in the many dimensions and foThis is a great book for witches and pagans of any path, particularily if you have an eclectic bent and have an interest in the many dimensions and forms that magick can take. By no means is it a book of dark spells and "black magick" but an intelligently written tool for witches to really get their head around the parts of themselves that may not be all pretty and sparkly and dancing in the moonlight. It's a guide to dealing with powerful emotions that many people would rather not deal with. Many ideas are provided on how to face ones anger instead of trying to subdue it, to us it wisely and to seek the guidance of the angrier Goddesses of the worlds pantheons to help you through hard times. This book really lifted me up above myself during a very horrible rage-filled time in my life and let me see that I could heal and that my feelings were not evil or cursed, but a part of the natural flow and could be useful and even necessary in both my mundane and spiritual life. Exploring the ideas held within it enriched my magickal life. I thank Ms. Sullivan for writing this book and I wish there were more out there like it!...more