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The Grandmother of Time: A Woman's Book of Celebrations, Spells, and Sacred Objects for Every Month of the Year Paperback – October 18, 1989

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I was born in Budapest on January 30, 1940, on a terrible north-wind-whipped morning. My mother, Masika, then only twenty-five years old, had great trouble delivering me, so I was born by cesarean section. Mother was a famous sculptor who also happened to be a psychic, medium, and palm reader. She came from a long line of witches in the herbalist tradition. Her sister continued the line, becoming a pharmacist.

The Hungarian revolution in 1956 changed my life. I escaped to the West and went to school in Innsbruck and Vienna, and later at the University of Chicago, studying languages. I married and had two sons.

I studied with Second City, then with Viola Spolin, the mother of improvisation, and later at American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York.

In 1970 I discovered the Women's Liberation Movement, which led to another huge change in my life: I became a conscious woman. Feminism gave me so much. I decided to contribute seriously by connecting witchcraft with feminism, thereby sparking the women's spirituality movement. I wrote the first feminist witchcraft book, The Feminist Book of Lights and Shadows, which later became The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries; I followed this with two other books, Grandmother of Time and Grandmother Moon.

When I am not working on a new book I like to work with women at weekend workshops, retreats, and witch camps, where we practice the remembered arts of witchcraft in safe circles of women. We use tools of dance and chanting, candles, and incense to lift our spirits. We take part in guided meditations and pay visits to our ancestors and the Wild Woman. We practice using aromas and Bach remedies for inner balance.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (October 18, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062501097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062501097
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
I bought this amazing book when it was first published nearly 10 years ago and I still refer to it monthly. Z. Budapest has a wonderful "down to earth" (okay, pun intended!) writing style and she encourages readers to really celebrate each month and all that it means. A great gift for yourself or a friend new to women's spirituality.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1998
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This book is wonderful for beginners and those "not so new" :) to Women's Spirituality and Goddess worship. Not only do you get to travel with the author, but at the same time you start to look back at your own past and how it has built your future. I refer to this book almost every month and find something new and beautiful. This is a must have for any tradition's library. Blessed Be!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1998
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This is the richest Goddess book I have ever read on following the yearly cycle. It details the lost holydays of the earth, and contains Goddess meditations and appropriate spellwork for the 13 lunar months.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1999
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this book is a great guide to the days of the year, including profiles of 'holy days' from cultures around the world. the spells contained in it are really useful and apt, and easy to follow instructions. a must have book! if you're thinking of buying a book of Z's, buy this one first, then work your way backwards chronologically.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M on August 4, 2004
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This is the kind of book that speaks to you. From the descriptions of rituals and celebrations from across the world and a variety of pagan religions to the synposes of various deities. This book has so much detial and a terrific index.

This book was recommended to me by a female riend of mine, a felllow social worker and child welfare case manager. As a fan of Greek and Roman myth, this ook is what sparked the interest in me that, there were a plethora of goddesses out there that could and would listen if you only talked to them in the right manner.

Intriguing feminist updates of the goddesses are both societally relevant (Athena and Hera/Juno in particular. )

But the one strength of this book that stands out compared to all of her other books is the DETAILED index for the spells.

In the later books by Madame Z , the lack of an index makes it hard to find a spell on short notice unless you know where to look.

There is so much detail, and captivating autobiographical stuff that you just cannot put it down. It is not a male bashing book either. This is the knd fo book that shows the power and awe of the Female aspect of the God/ess.

Blessed be, this is a wonderful book and the cornerstone of my faith these last few years in the Craft and the Living greek Goddesses.

Brava Madame
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brigitte Ernst on January 10, 2011
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We have been celebrating winter solstice for several years and I wanted to get more info about other "pagan" rituals - more for fun than for religious reasons. The book does not go into too much depth (more hearsay than actual research it seems), but is very helpful if you are looking for a reason to celebrate something new and find out about the sources of things.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lehua on July 15, 2007
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I have studied the wiccan path for a number of years on my own but only recently have been fortunate to have the guidance of an excellent teacher who recommended this book. I have enjoyed what this book has added to my teachings and to my everyday activities.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Grissen on August 9, 2005
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A very special book, that gives ideas for feasts and holidays through the year. Every month begins with a Goddess who tells the story of that month, and then the days of the month follow with feast for all kinds of Goddesses. The nice part of this book is that there are so many different feasts and Goddesses, everyone can find a Goddess of her liking here.
The only thing that I can say against this book is that sometimes the historical information is not correct, due to Budapest's overwhelming feminism, that gets a bit irritating after a while.
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