Review: Llewellyn’s Little Book of Halloween

Review: Llewellyn’s Little Book of Halloween

https://shop.eyeofhorus.biz/Llewellyn-s-Little-Book-of-Halloween-Book-p/9780738758213.htmBy Josiah Mosqueda

We were fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of Mickie Mueller’s new book Llewellyn’s Little Book of Halloween. I immediately jumped on the opportunity to delve into Mueller’s tips and (dare I say) tricks for spicing up the Halloween season. Mueller’s 219-page book is sensibly divided into five chapters: A brief history of the holiday, creating a Halloween atmosphere in your home, recipes, a section on spellwork, and a chapter dedicated to spirit communication.

One of my concerns starting this book was a fear that it would cover the information gleaned in the Llewellyn sabbat series on Samhain and not go further into Halloween’s traditions. Mueller excelled at smashing my concerns by describing Halloween’s origins in Samhain and taking it further into how the holiday has been shaped by American culture. For example, the first jack-o-lantern was actually made from turnips and had origins in Ireland and Scotland. When the Scots and Irish immigrated into the United States, they brought this tradition with them, and began carving pumpkins, which was a much more common autumnal crop than the turnip. This Halloween I will definitely be trying my hand at carving a turnip!

Mueller also shares some of her favorite ways to decorate and cook for Halloween. One simple idea that she discusses is putting your cooking herbs into “witchy” bottles and labeling them with their folk names. What a great, cost-effective idea! Another favorite that Mueller shares is the soul cake, a small medieval cake that was traditionally handed out on Halloween night. The flavors are classics of the season, such as cloves, allspice, cinnamon and cranberries.

The last two sections of the book outline some of Mueller’s favorite spells and divination techniques for the Halloween season. My favorite among these was definitely the Halloween prosperity spell, which put a whole new spin on the magick of the season for me. Perhaps one of the most impressive elements of the entire book is Mueller giving instructions on holding a seance. She gives practical advice on who to invite, how to open the Seance, and how to do damage control if something goes awry.

Overall, this book is fantastic. After finishing my readthrough, I feel Mueller was successful in highlighting how unique the traditions of Halloween can be compared to Samhain. Mueller’s love for and attention to the uniqueness of this holiday is well communicated on every page. I would highly recommend to any Halloween lovers out there! 10/10

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September Full Moon in Aries: Fire’s Edge

September Full Moon in Aries: Fire’s Edge

Full moon in feisty Aries (September 24, 2018, 9:52pm CST) faces off with sun in Libra. Restless edginess punctures the atmosphere. The instinct to sprint ahead impulsively at one’s own whim is tempered by considering others and reigned in as we are asked to acknowledge our limitations. Conflicting motivations push us into action!

Sun and Mercury in Libra is social and ready to relate, ignited by the spark of moon in Aries. A “you versus me” stand off is possible, and taking personal responsibility helps to navigate conflict.

Venus plays rough in her shadow territory, deriving pleasure from the fight. The wheels are greased and primed to go backward for her. The stage is being set for bad girl ethics to take place, but the curtain has not yet been drawn for the debut. A switch in the social atmosphere is coming soon…

Being active and on the move facilitates that pioneering new project that is ripe to take off running now!

Help keep your heart on strong and sure footing during this time with Coventry Creations’ Emotional Balance candle. Bring in gentle, healing energies with Shoyeido’s exquisite Love blend from their Angelic line incenses. If you find yourself unsure of how to proceed, give yourself a reading with the colorful and uplifting Moonbeam Magick oracle deck.

September New Moon in Virgo: Getting Unstuck

September New Moon in Virgo: Getting Unstuck

A new moon in Virgo (September 9, 2018, 1:01pm CST) gives perspective about what details need to be organized and ordered so that a creative vision may come to fruition. Neptune in Pisces opposing the new moon makes it a slippery one. Feeling spacey and tapping into other realms? Etherealness counterbalances the urge to compartmentalize. As you set new moon intentions, let your imagination be limitless, for there is no end or beginning with Neptune.

Spunk and sauciness color Venus’s recent entrance into Scorpio, opposite rebellious Uranus. It’s giving the middle finger to that which constrains you, tapping into some bad girl ethics which will intensify later in the autumn! Mars and Saturn in direct motion help us to breathe a sigh of relief when that which was stuck is shaken loose to move forward!

Mud and water are mixed to build the bricks of solid structures. The astrological sky is earth and water dominant currently. What structures in your life could be fortified and built from the ground up? The opportunity to see tangible results is favorable now with the support of strategic planning.

Use Business Success Oil to help achieve goals in this time rich for growth in the material world. Do a new moon cleaning of your environment with time tested Florida Water, clearing your space on the physical and vibrational level. Tune into the messages the creatures in our natural world have for us with the book Animal Signs by Ted Andrews.