Review: The Witches Almanac

The Witches’ Almanac: Issue 32
by Theitic

(Barry’s score 5 out of 5 stars)

Product description:

Since 1971, The Witches’ Almanac has been the source of fun, wisdom, trivia, and magical lore for hundreds of thousands of readers throughout the world. Modeled after the Old Farmer’s Almanac, it includes information related to the annual Moon Calendar (weather forecasts and horoscopes), as well as legends, rituals, herbal secrets, interviews, mystic incantations, interviews, and many a curious tale of good and evil. Although it is an annual publication, only about 15 percent of the content is specific to the date range of each issue.
Issue 32 (Spring 2013 – Spring 2014) theme’s is the Reflection of the Moon. Also included a articles on Amazonian dolphins, neem trees, tomfoolery and a Festival of Fools, Basque moon myths, Arachne weaving and the legendary Pied Piper.

Founded in 1971 by Elizabeth Pepper, the art director of Gourmet magazine for many years, The Witches’ Almanac is a witty, literate, and sophisticated publication that appeals to general readers as well as hard-core Wiccans. At one level, it is a pop reference that will fascinate anyone interested in folklore, mythology, and culture, but at another, it is the most sophisticated and wide-ranging annual guide for the Wiccan enthusiast.

My thoughts:

I used to be a big journal, pim, or almanac user but only over the last year have I returned to the low tech books to manage my personal information. Business cards, to-do lists, and recipes are tucked away into my almanac until they are filed away properly. Imagine the reaction when a friend reads the cover … “The Witches’ Almanac.”

The title alone will generate some interesting discussions, but the articles make great conversational fodder over lunch. I think my favorite article was “The Proper Topper” which covered steampunk. Obviously, Wiccans will find the almanac interesting, but I think anyone who is esoterically minded will enjoy it.

Really cool eye popping interior art, the cover art by Ogmios MacMerlin, and a myriad of articles makes this almanac a cut above the rest. I highly recommend it and give it a solid 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Witches’ Almanac ( I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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