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By Means of Clockwork Selection
Connie survived the plague that devastated plants, animals and clockwork alike. Her life has settled into the relative peace of farming clockwork ponies and marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Bess. But the threat of plague is never far away. Mutated oaks are spreading over the ruins of London and stories of outbreaks abound. She fears the worst when a pony collapses, but the true cause is far more surprising. It might be the key to rebuilding the world. (A novelette.)
The Witches’ Almanac, Issue 33: Spring 2014 – Spring 2015: Mystic Earth
by Theitic (Editor)
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: The Witches’ Almanac
(Barry’s score 5 out of 5 stars)
Buy at Amazon The Witches’ Almanac, Issue 33: Spring 2014 – Spring 2015: Mystic Earth
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 Farmers’ 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.
The theme of Issue 33 (Spring 2014 – Spring 2015) is Mystic Earth. Also included are articles on Ganesha, graveyard dust, Italian cimaruta amulets, veiled witches, and the legend of the Wicker Man.
Thumbing through The Witches’ Almanac
I love The Witches’ Almanac. The current 2013 edition is “Wisdom of the Moon,” as you can see in the video, and the 2014 edition is “Mystic Earth.”
I’ve tried the other neo-pagan almanacs, and while some of the articles were interesting, most of the almanacs were too formulaic. All too often, those almanacs lack the most important part of an almanac — the almanac part. Seriously, an almanac is more than a moon chart. They also have a strange template driven format and odd imitation “wood-cut” art.
The Witches’ Almanac has this wonderful flow with it’s articles and artwork. I enjoyed all of the articles, but the articles on Sir Richard Francis Burton, and Judika Illes’ Black Cat Appreciation Day were a big hit with me. I usually throw away old almanacs but The Witches’ Almanac is a keeper.
All in all, it is another awesome almanac. I give it a 5 out of 5 stars!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Witches’ Almanac and Weiser. 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.”