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

Pick up your own copy in person at the Eye of Horus or order it through our online store!

Three Essential Witchcraft Books from Copper Cauldron

Three Essential Witchcraft Books from Copper Cauldron

She was a witch long before Buffy or Charmed or any number of Hollywood versions of witchcraft exploded into the popular imagination. She is the Official Witch of Salem and author of several books on the craft going back decades, but the latest offerings, published by Copper Cauldron are her legacy and a must-have for any student of the Craft and Magick or (Majick.) People sometimes ask if witches are real. Laurie Cabot breaks the stereotype of the witch of imagination (woman, all in black, casting spells) with a living example of a priestess who not only embraces the stereotype, but embodies a Craft tradition that is rich, deep, compassionate and yes, real. She didn’t get to be the Official Witch of Salem for wearing black, but for her work with Special Needs children. Her two latest works are essential in the rich legacy of the Cabot Tradition.

Laurie Cabot's Book of Shadows - Pentacle Crow Cat Triple moon Laurie Cabot’s Book of Shadows

If you are tired of ‘witchcraft lite’ titles, this 7.5 by 9.25 inch 512 page compilation of a life’s Craft work is a deep spring to renew your practice.  The history, lore, rituals and recipes for incense, oils and more included in this opus are available for you to draw from to enhance your own craft.

If you are a working High Priestess or Priest, there’s advice on working alone or in a group. If you are a student, you will welcome the inclusion of the materials on the Science, Art and Religion of witchcraft. Available as both a Hardcover or a Paperback, Laurie Cabot’s Book of Shadows has a place on the essential witches book shelf. [Read more…]

Tess Whitehurst – Holistic Energy Magic

Tess Whitehurst – Holistic Energy Magic

Holistic Energy Magic by Tess Whitehurst - Charms & Techniques for Creating a Magical Life

Call 612-872-1292 to request a signed copy!

Book Signing – April 25th (Saturday) 12-12:30pm

Tess Whitehurst is coming to Minneapolis to celebrate the release of her new book, Holistic Energy Magic. This work is about going directly to the Source for energy work or magic.  Interweaving New Age techniques with Pagan sensibilities, learn how to use the power of your own mind, body, and spirit as well as crystals, herbs, and flowers to achieve positive conditions in your life.

Organized into two sections, Holistic Energy Magic provides magical foundations and a spellbook of charms and invocations for success, love, health, and happiness. Enhance your spiritual path by fostering a strong relationship with the five elements. Develop relationships with magical allies, including angels, ancestors, and animals. From cleansing your home to aligning with the divine, this accessible guide helps you create the magical life you want.

Tess Whitehurst (Columbia, MO) is an intuitive counselor, energy worker, feng shui consultant, and speaker, and the author of Magical Housekeeping and The Magic of Flowers. She has appeared on the Bravo TV show Flipping Out, and her writing has been featured in Writer’s Digest, Whole Life Times Magazine, and online at AOL, The Huffington Post, and Lemondrop.com.

Holistic Energy Magic: Charms & Techniques for Creating a Magical Life
By Tess Whitehurst
Trade Paper
ISBN: 978-0-7387-4537-4
US Price $16.99
288 Pages
May 2015
Llewellyn Publications

Workshop – April 25th (Saturday) 1-3pm

Charms and Techniques for Creating a Magical Life

almost SOLD OUT! Call 612-872-1292 to be put on wait list

Like a clear mountain stream, your life has a natural and ideal flow. Holistic energy magic is a way of working in the invisible realm – not just while you’re meditating or performing a ritual, but all the time – to get you aligned with that flow and to consequently affect positive change in every area of your life. In this fun, experiential workshop – based on popular author Tess Whitehurst’s brand new book – you’ll step deeper into your power and practice new ways of expressing your inherent magical and spiritual gifts.

This workshop will provide you with practices and philosophies that will help you:
  • Feel confident, joyful, and free.
  • Manifest your desires easily and with very little effort.
  • Draw more blessings of all varieties.
  • Experience more success in all life areas.
  • Express your creativity all day every day.
  • Receive divinatory messages without any oracular tools.
  • Tap into and trust your inner compass.
  • Awaken to the magic of life.

Call Eye of Horus at 612-872-1292 to be put on a wait list for this $25 workshop, or to reserve a copy of her new book to get signed.