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Halloween! (Holiday Series) [Kindle Edition]

Silver RavenWolf
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Witches’ hats and harvest moon
Ghosts that dance to haunted tune
Apples, goodies, food galore
Halloween has this and more!

Just where did the autumn gaiety begin? Let Silver RavenWolf guide you through the cobwebby corners of time to uncover the history behind Halloween. Honor the spirit of this hallowed harvest holiday with:

Halloween magick: Prosperity Pumpkin Spell, Corn Husk Dolly, Solitary Harvest Moon Ritual
Magickal goodies: Candied Love Apples, Witches’ Brew, Sugar Snakes in Graveyard Dust
Halloween myths and superstitions: black cats, scarecrows, pitchforks, witches, ghosts, and haints
Divination: Circle of Ashes and Stones, Magick Mirrors, Apple, Pumpkin Seed, and Water Divination
Rituals to Honor the Dead: The Dumb Supper, Samhain Fire, Soul Lights, Spirit Rattles and Spirit Bowls

 

 

 



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The end of October is one of my favorite times of the year. Here in Minnesota the leaves have turned from green to yellow, orange and red, and blown to the ground, leaving bare trees silhouetted against the autumn sky.  The air, as if sighing in relief from relentless summer heat, has turned to blustery chill. And it's time for one of the most fun holidays of the year, Halloween.

There are two aspects to this holiday, the ancient spiritual traditions and the fun and silliness. Someone may jump out and yell, "Boo!" but the shrieks of surprise and fear turn into shrieks of laughter. All of this is covered in Silver RavenWolf's book Halloween.

Whether you are eight or one-hundred-and-eight, you're going to love this book. If you are interested in the spiritual and historic side of Halloween, you'll find the history and lore of the holiday in these pages, including how the modern traditions evolved from the ancient ones.

And if you're into fun, you'll find it here, too. There are all sorts of easy divinations to find out what the future will bring. You can do them with common items like a bowl of water or the pumpkin seeds from the jack-o'-lantern you carved. The book also gives recipes you can make, including Angel's Dreams and Wishes Pumpkin, Witches' Flying Mix and Sugar Snakes in Graveyard Dust. They're all tasty, easy-to-make, and delicious.

Also included are spells for doing Halloween magick. You'll find love spells and protection spells, house blessing spells, prosperity spells and many more. On a serious note, you'll see how there is a long tradition of honoring the departed on this night of the year. You'll be able to perform these rituals, too.

This is the most complete book ever on Halloween, and I think it is perfect of families and individuals alike.

About the Author

Silver RavenWolf (Pennsylvania) is a nationally recognized leader and elder of Wicca, and through her writing has been instrumental in guiding the future of one of the fastest-growing faiths in America today. The author of seventeen books, she has been interviewed by The New York Times, Newsweek Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal, and her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Bust Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, the St. Petersburg Times, the National Review, Publishers Weekly, Body & Soul Magazine, and Teen Lit Magazine.

Her many titles include the bestselling Solitary Witch, Teen Witch, To Ride A Silver Broomstick, To Stir A Magick Cauldron, To Light A Sacred Flame, American Folk Magick, Angels: Companions in Magick, Silver’s Spells for Prosperity, Silver's Spells for Protection, Silver's Spells for Love, Halloween, and the Witches’ Night Out teen fiction series. Her new book Hedge Witch is forthcoming from Llewellyn in September 2008.




Product Details

  • File Size: 3701 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 1, 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A16DVA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. For the modern practitioner, its important to have books like this to help remind us that magick isn't all about seriousness! I feel this book is legitimate and embraces innocence in life.
Silver proposes wonderful ways to celebrate Halloween in a fun, simple and magickal manner. I'm tired of huffy puffy books that are uptight and oh-so-serious. It's good to see that Silver hasn't fallen to cynicism in both her writing and her magick.
What I really enjoyed was the history on Halloween. She takes you through each age and explains how Halloween was during that time frame, proving that Halloween (though it was not known as such back in the day) is older than Christmas!
Personally, I'm relieved that this book was upbeat and fun. Some call it childish, but it's probably for the better. I'd have the living beegeezus scared outta me if someone chucked a bunch of serious and solemn rituals at me to do on what's been known as the scariest night of the year! This book has helped me see Halloween in a healthier light.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Respect For Samhain While Celebrating Halloween Fun August 6, 2002
By Terrie
Format:Paperback
This book combines excellent scholarship with creativity and a joyful sense of fun. It explores the popular holiday of Halloween as well as the more serious and spiritual side of the pagan sabbat Samhain. You don't have to be a pagan to enjoy this book because it has many, many lighthearted and clever ideas that will entertain even if Halloween is purely a fun night of make-believe for you. Fortunately it takes Samhain seriously enough to be satisfactory to pagans who require a bit more substance in this holiday's revels. Interspersed with seasonal artwork the book starts out with a thorough look at Samhain and Halloween history. Customs and traditions such as Jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treating, bonfires, among others are discussed. Superstitions and many Halloween symbols are detailed. The chapter on divination is informative and lots of fun. Colorful kitchen witchery offers up some delicious recipes that are wonderful for parties or just for seasonal family fare. A meaningful and enjoyable section on Halloween Magick shares ideas for spells, blessings, charms, and ritual. An important aspect of Samhain, that of honoring the dead, is discussed with helpful ideas for adding meaning and respectful reflection. Many delightful poems from various sources grace the opening chapter pages and they in turn can be used when crafting one's own sabbat rituals.
This book does not tippy-toe around and pretend to be a book that won't offend anyone. It is a book by a Wiccan for other Wiccans but as always, the door is open, step through and enjoy as you will.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver reaches people who are not pagans! October 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The halloween book has made it's way respectively into our public library... even a christian librarian reccomended the book. It's a wonderful tool to show people that witches are not evil hags... and it tells perfectly well how the holiday was twisted into haloween. I reccomend this one highly. For those who would call Silver Fluff... yes she writes on a level that is a little fluffy... but it gets people to open their minds about our faith... and it gets people to think about our customs and traditions in a positive light. Silver should be commended for all that she has done and I hope that the Goddess will keep inspiring her. As for the occult bookstore owner. Would you reccomend the farrar's to a christian parent concerned about what their children are getting into? I wouldn't. This is a perfect book to show them... it is written on a level that is comprehendable... and it also gives good recipes and family fun. -- Blessed Be!
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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment! July 25, 2003
Format:Paperback
Surprisingly, there aren't a lot of books written on Samhain in comparison to the other sabbats. So, I was pretty excited when I found this book. I am always eager for books with recipes, as well, since I am a failure cook unless I have a recipe to follow.
I hate to leave a bad review for such a well-loved book, but I was honestly infuriated that I had spent money on this shlock of fluff. First of all, the "Mama-Silver-as-a-tour-guide" theme of this book disgusts me -- it is really unnessesary and only takes away from the book. I mean, is she SERIOUS in trying to sell this book to adults? Nowhere on this book does it say "especially for kids". We don't need to be taught in a cheesy tour-guide voice in order to understand the history of halloween. Period.
The history of Halloween described in the beggining is rambly, fluffy, and overall poorly written. I got bored of it quickly, and skipped over some parts of it because I just could not stand it any longer. After that, I was still hopeful that the spells and recipes wouldn't be so bad.
Alas, I was disappointed with those sections as well. The spells I can't say too much about, they are no better than any you can find in other wiccan books. The recipes are extremely disappointing, as Most of them are just different versions of the same thing (i.e. several different kinds of punch, two different kinds of apples...). Quite a few of them hardly even have anything to DO with Samhain traditionally, other than the fact that they contain pumpkin. Popcorn balls? Donuts? Corn on the cob? These are all things that one eats at pretty much any time of the year, and have nothing to do with Samhain.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I have bought 3 X
I love this book. Great introduction to a history of most fear... Halloween! It even has recipes for cookies in it. How could you go wrong?
Published 3 months ago by Kate O'Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
good book
Published 3 months ago by barbaraj47
5.0 out of 5 stars Halloween
If you're a pagan or a witch or if you're just interested in these beliefs and way of life, this is a good book to have, explains everything clearly and makes it fun to read as... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jolene P Duff
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I have enjoyed this book very much. It is a very good read. I also learned from it as well.
Published 5 months ago by Darlene
5.0 out of 5 stars cool
This book is great to read and learn from at any point of being a witch weather beginner or not.
Published 6 months ago by sacha pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, funny, and informative!
Although I do not practice spells, I love the witty and humorous way this author takes you through a guided tour of the history of Halloween. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Courtney Inlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Halloween / Blessed Samhain
I love this book, and take it out to pursue every year.
Great for both Christians, and Pagans.
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Published 9 months ago by Shadow Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love Silver Ravenwolf's books. She has a certain way of writing that captures any type of audience. If you like an easy read, try one of her books.
Published 11 months ago by Mary M. Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Halloween
good book liked it ,good information for doing research on folklore and the Salem witch trials. It had nice pictures.
Published 14 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars love!!!
Halloween is my favorite holiday and Samhain, my favorite Sabbat and this book is delightful!! I love Raven 's writing technique. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Shannon Moody
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More About the Author

Silver RavenWolf (Pennsylvania) is a nationally recognized leader and elder of Wicca, and through her writing has been instrumental in guiding the future of one of the fastest-growing faiths in America today. The author of seventeen books, she has been interviewed by The New York Times, Newsweek Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal, and her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Bust Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, the St. Petersburg Times, the National Review, Publishers Weekly, Body & Soul Magazine, and Teen Lit Magazine.
Her many titles include the bestselling Solitary Witch, Teen Witch, To Ride A Silver Broomstick, To Stir A Magick Cauldron, To Light A Sacred Flame, American Folk Magick, Angels: Companions in Magick, Silver's Spells for Prosperity, Silver's Spells for Protection, Silver's Spells for Love, Halloween, and the Witches' Night Out teen fiction series. Her new book Hedge Witch is forthcoming from Llewellyn in September 2008.


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