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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Full Wolf Moon January 2016

Full Wolf Moon January 2016

Full moon in Leo is party time. But underneath it all there are interesting power dynamics. Mars is in Scorpio, from now through the end of July. That’s a long time for this fiesty planet to be in one sign. Mars helps us tune in to what we really desire in the best of ways. What is your calling? What is your soul path? Are you on it? The entire first half of the year is time to find and align with your life mission.

The full moon in Leo invites us to find out how our light shines for the benefit of others. It’s not just “look at me,” it’s more “look and see.”

Other aspects worth looking at is Mercury coming out of retrograde and going direct, as well as Mercury conjunct Pluto. Get all the details in the latest Moon Magic Video:

Full Moon in Gemini – Dec 6 – Moon Magic Astrology

Full Moon in Gemini – Dec 6 – Moon Magic Astrology

Full Cold Moon – 14° 18′ Gemini

Full Moon Gemini Moon Magic

06:27 AM CST – December 6, 2014

The nights are becoming ever longer as the cold settles in with this Gemini Full Cold Moon this December. What to do? Well, with all the astrological influences cranking up the energy, it’s a unique time, and it is perfect for the holidays, because it’s time to party. Thraicie Hawkner and Heather Roan Robbins discuss this wild energy in the latest Moon Magic Video.

The December Full Moon is a Party Moon

It doesn’t hurt that it is right on the cusp of Friday and Saturday, and the full moon energy will carry well into Monday. But you can take party to mean more than one thing. (What did you expect from a Gemini?) The Sun is in Gemini, but the Moon is in Sagittarius so fitting everything into a bigger picture and more global view can be powerful. Take advantage of this time to party with a purpose. Connect, converse, laugh and be aware of how this is a year of change, both personal change and societal change. Get all the details in the latest moon magic video below.

Moon Magic: December 2014 Full Moon in Gemini

With all this energy in the air, your nervous system can get a little fried. Rather than just spark off in all directions, you might want to take time to ground and center your energy. Basically, connect with mama earth. Stones are perfect for this, and hematite, with all of its iron content, is the ultimate grounding stone. For a softer grounding energy, carry a jasper with you. Finally, if you tune into stones, as Thraicie said in the video, Aquamarine can help you shift your focus onto something with more meaning for you rather than just getting caught up in all the wild full moon energy all around.

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