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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564147312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564147318
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sometimes I have to remind myself that I'm not quite an Arizona native; I was born in the Pacific Northwest, but can't imagine calling anywhere but Tucson home.

I'm a fully ordained Wiccan priestess and the author of several books about Wicca. My novels include a series of four about Bliss Harper, priestess of southeastern Arizona's Coyote Song Coven, a fantasy adventure about what happens after King Arthur is ferried back to Avalon, and a murder mystery solved with the help of a crystal necklace; The Prince Patrick Stories is a book for children four-eight to enjoy and illustrate themselves. And of course I've always got more stories and books in the pipeline.

I'm a co-founder of the Tucson Area Wiccan-Pagan Network (www.TAWN.org). With my husband Canyondancer I'm a co-founder of the Adventure Tradition of Wicca, in which we offer classes at least once a year. I'm on the board of and the writing priestess for Mother Earth Ministries-ATC, a Tucson-based Neo-Pagan prison ministry (www.MotherEarthMinistries.org).

I'm a member of the Gecko Gals Ink GeckoGalsInk.blogspot.com), a group of five Tucson authors who write in a wide range of genres, meet the public at book events all over Tucson, host the annual All-Zona Book Fest for Arizona authors, and offer seminars for writers of all ages and interests.

In our spare time (!) 'dancer and I love to entertain; we like to camp and travel, too, especially to Celtic Festivals, where we are often holding a booth for our Scottish clan (MacCallum-Malcolm), and sometimes get to show off our West Highland White Terrier, Wee Dram.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. Martin on October 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ashleen O'Gaea has written another original book here. Once again this author has broken out of the tried and true formats of Wicca 101 books to deliver a unique and useful book.

The book, subtitled Lore, Rituals, Activities and Symbols, delivers exactly what it promises on its cover. In its few hundred pages we are treated to an in-depth look at the holiday, its origins from a historical viewpoint and the customs as they pertain to today's practices. This book focuses on the first half of the Wheel of the Year. (This fall will see the publication of the sister book for the final four Sabbats.)

I have found many other books that contain Holy Day celebrations to be less than useful for my particular situation. Since I have a family, solitary solutions for ritual don't work, and as we are too small to be a coven, neither does group ritual. However, contained in this book's pages are rituals that are directed toward the solitary, the family or the coven practice. Even if none of the rest of this book is used, the cost of purchase is well covered just by this feature alone.

But the rituals themselves are just a small part of the wealth of information contained between the covers. There are ideas for crafts and a few yummy looking recipes. There are also suggestions for holiday related activities that can be used no matter what your age or coven affiliations. Plus, the book is written in such a way that the reader is truly inspired in the understanding of how each Sabbat ties into the one before and after.

I found the book well written and easy to read. Even an old Pagan like me found a few tidbits among the pages that added to my knowledge and deepened my understanding of the Holy Days. I would recommend this book for any Wiccan's library, beginner or long-term practioner.

W. Lyon Martin Author/Illustrator of "An Ordinary Girl, A Magical Child"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Lehnert on October 18, 2004
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I have several of Ms. O'Gaea's books, all of which are givin a parenting slant. With so few books on pagan parenting, I love her writing style, it is very personable and she is extremely knowledgable.

"Samhain to Ostara" is a unique book among all the other books on the Sabbats out there... instead of rehashing all the stuff previously beaten to death in other books, Ms. O'Gaea instead goes deeper and explores the meaning of these sabbats to us in modern times.

What really piques my interest, is near the end, where Ms. O'Gaea categorizes things to teach about each Sabbat to children, grouped by their ages. Very useful!! I can hardly wait to get my hands on "Beltane to Mabon"!!

All in all, this book is a fantastic addition to my library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Casey L. Helenski on January 3, 2012
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Not an amazing book but it does give you some ideas on how to celebrate the winter sabbats. Easy to read and also has some history on each sabbat.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 10, 2004
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A simply wonderful addition to New Age Studies reading lists in general, and Wicca reference collections in particular, Celebrating Celebrating The Seasons Of Life: Samhain To Ostara by Ashleen O'Gaea (a founding board member emeritus of the Tucson Area Wiccan-Pagan Network and Senior Corresponding Priestess for the Neo-Pagan prison ministry Mother Earth Ministries) superbly presents an informed and informative introduction to the ancient lore, metaphysical rituals, Wiccan symbols, and spirituality enhancing exercises associated with primeval celebrations as Samhain (October 31st), Yule (December 21st), Imbolc (February 2nd), Ostara (March 21st), and others high holy occasions in the nature worshiping seasonal calendars. Very highly recommended and enhanced with easy-to-follow Circle casting directions for groups and individuals, Celebrating The Seasons Of Life also includes recipes and other creative touches of celebration.
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This book is worth it. It's not Wicca 101. It's well researched, easy to read and makes you think. It's practical. I haven't read a better book for the sabbats.
With that said, the author has an irritating habit of repeating herself (reminding the reader what different words mean, etc) that made my eye twitch by the end.
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