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Wheel of the Year has a down-home flavor reminiscent of visiting close friends or family on a winter evening. Campanelli's poetic style evokes the emotions of the different seasons as she shares how her family celebrates with rituals, recipes, and crafts, from the midsummer festivals of June to the kindling of the yule log in December. Within these pages, you will find enough ideas to fill your entire year with magic. --Brian Patterson

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Have you ever used a Ouija board? It's a variation on an older technique where you placed small cards, each with a letter of the alphabet, in a circle on top of a smooth, polished table. Then, you inverted a stemmed wineglass in the center of the circle. People around the table placed their fingertips on the base of the glass and it would start moving to the letters, spelling out words. It was quite the rage during the middle 1800s.

You will discover further information on how to use the wineglass for divination and spirit contact, within the chapter on the month of October, in Wheel of the Year by Pauline Campanelli. You'll also learn about apple traditions, hazel symbolism, the Samhain circle and feast of the dead, a Wassailing ritual, the "Witching Hour," and much more.

That's only for October. Each of the other months is covered, sharing magical techniques, spiritual wisdom, rituals, lore, and Pagan traditions that will help make every day special.

Wheel of the Year is filled with the kind of ideas that are traditional and even ancient, but can make your life more fulfilling today and tomorrow. Get Wheel of the Year and enjoy life more.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1st edition (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875420915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875420912
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By River on December 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
For nearly every religious person, there seems to be one experience (sometimes more) or one book or one person that brings your faith to life and shows you how to live and breathe it day to day. For me, as a Wiccan, reading this book was that life-changing experience.
Pauline and Dan Campanelli have laid out and illustrated in WHEEL OF THE YEAR the activities and festivals, spells and charms, stories and lore that make up their own way of celebrating the seasons every day in and around their home in rural New Jersey. The book is organized by months, beginning in Decemeber and continuing through November, highlighting not only the Sabbats and full moon celebrations, but day to day activities, etc, that are appropriate to the time of year. For example: the DECEMBER section includes the symbolism and magical uses of holly and ivy, and how and why to make a bayberry candle charm; JANUARY has much information about crafts to do and magical ways to do them while you're spending so much of your time inside; FEBRUARY is full of ways to develop psychic abilities and includes a ritual for Valentine's Day that helps open your heart chakra; JULY talks about ways to collect and magically use seashore items, and how and when to harvest and use certain magical herbs. And lest you think these categories too narrow, the above are just small examples from chapters literally packed with interesting things to learn and do.
It may sound as though the Campanelli's perspective is rather limited, since they're writing only about their own celebrations, but they do SO MUCH that it's almost impossible NOT to find something in each chapter that you can use.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
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I bought this book several years ago in the beginning of my "craft" days.After being in two covens and using the holiday suggestions for ritual ideas I moved and am now solitare. I still refer back to this book,now even more so.The ideas are back to basics and not all fluffy like some neo-pagan books I've read. This book also got me to start planting my own vegtable garden!! This book is well worth the money if you're NOT looking for fluff.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on September 27, 2004
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I love this book. I've been using it for several years and recommend it as a good monthly guide for `Living the Magical Life' year round. If you want to learn more about keeping the Wiccan calendar this is a good source. You can begin living the magical life anytime, as each solar cycle brings a wonderful progression of the old holidays. WHEEL OF THE YEAR shows you that even in months without a major holiday, there are many opportunities to reconnect with the ground of your being and celebrate the seasons of Nature and the natural world.

If you are inclined to connecting with the other world, Samhain is the best time to undertake living the spiritual life. October is nearly here, and thus Samhain and the New Year are upon us, making this is an especially good time to buy this book.

The text is interesting and contains many nice illustrations. As the book is printed on soft paper with a soft cover, you can take it out doors where many practices are to be undertaken. It won't hurt the book one bit if you spill a little oil or candle wax on it.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2002
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While this book is called "Wheel of the Year," it is not just about the Sabbats. There are 12 chapters -- one for each month of the year. Each chapter contains lore, crafts, recipes, magic, and ritual to aid a pagan in celebrating the seasons and cycles of life.
The writing is poetic, lyrical, and soothing. Information is shared with compassion. The artwork is wonderful. Lots of pencil drawings enhance the message of the book. Further, there are lots of charts of correspondences for magic, ritual, and spells.
Ours is a nature based spiritual path, this book helps the reader to connect with nature and the seasons in a spiritual fashion. This book is a must for any pagan library. I highly recommend it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on February 17, 2004
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While there may not be much practical information in here for the pagan who lives in a dorm room or a tiny apartment in a huge city, this book is still helpful in a number of ways.
First, each month has an entire chapter dedicated to it and is put together beautifully. If you do live out in nature, have a garden, or just enjoy visiting the elements from time to time, you'll find the opening of each chapter exciting as the author describes what is happening throughout the year with nature and the elements. Then there are descriptions of the pagan holidays/celebrations for each month, in addition to a bit of history behind each holiday. And of course there are spells and rituals and recipes for each occasion, which can be interesting to try out.
My favorite part is that each chapter ties in with the one before and after it. The continuity of the year is really focused on and explored throughout the book and you don't get the impression that one month/season abruptly ends when the next begins.
This book should not be considered an all-inclusive resource on pagan holidays/living, but it makes a great addition to your library and I've read it over and over each year for about 3 years now, and still find it helpful.
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