The Pagan Book of Halloween: A Complete Guide to the Magick, Incantations, Recipes, Spells, and Lore

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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 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.

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The Pagan Book of Halloween is written by a self-proclaimed witch who admits that Halloween is her favorite holiday. Gerina Dunwich's enthusiasm spills onto every page, with fascinating historical tidbits about the symbols, rituals, foods, and superstitions surrounding this spooky yet festive time of year. Most of her entries are brief and offer a pinch of practical magic. For example, she suggests a Rowan Tree Protection Spell to ward off Halloween bewitchment as well as a spell to "prevent drunkenness," so revelers can party all night without losing their wits. Long ago the Scots protected themselves from Halloween "vampires, wicked Witches, demons and all person possessing an evil eye" by hanging garlic around the house. The Irish went with a sweeter scent--a wreath made of dried apples and/or heather to keep away the malevolent half of the fairy population. In the final pages, Dunwich offers recipes for Samhain Cider and other traditional delights. This makes an excellent guidebook for households that want to honor the pagan roots of this ancient holiday. --Gail Hudson

About the Author:

Gerina Dunwich is a High Priestess of the Old Religion and has been practicing Witchcraft for more than twenty-five years. A major spokesperson for the Wiccan/Pagan community, she is a personal astrologer who has prepared charts and cast spells for several Hollywood celebrities. She has appeared on numerous radio shows, has lectured and presented workshops throughout the country, and is the author of sixteen books on Wicca, spells, and the occult.

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