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My booktube review of The Witches’ Almanac issue 37

My booktube review of the Witches’ Almanac issue 37

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser Books and 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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Posted by on September 29, 2017 in Esoteric Book Reviews

 

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My review of The Witches Almanac issue #36

The theme of Issue 36 (Spring 2017-Spring 2018) is Water: Our Primal Source, and among our lineup of obscurities is Waynaboozhoo – The Great Flood Story of the Ojibwa, Sweet Madness – One Honey of a Mysterious Tale, Drums That Talk – The Sacred Rhythms of Yorubaland, The Fathomless Mystery of the Sea, and Kitchen Magic — Glögg.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Witches’ Almanac (http://thewitchesalmanac.com/) and Weiser Books. 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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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Esoteric Book Reviews

 

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Thumbing through The Witches’ Almanac Coloring Book

Thumbing through The Witches’ Almanac Coloring Book (http://amzn.to/1S6EulP)

I want to thank The Witches’ Almanac and Red Wheel, Weiser, Conari for this free review copy.

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The Witches’ Almanac has long featured black and white images of beautiful woodcuts, fantastical creatures, tarot cards, astrological features and constellations, as well as line drawing selected from the folklore of our global community. The Witches’ Almanac Coloring Book brings together a larger format of these images presented in past Almanacs (in addition to images that have not been presented) allowing the inner artist to emerge in a mediation of color.

Neatly packed into seven distinct sections, the first fittingly is Woodcuts. When they first appeared in Europe, woodcuts had thick outlines and little shading. A printer inked the block and applied light pressure to transfer the lines to paper. After the ink dried, another craftsperson might color the images by hand. In other words, the process was very much like a coloring book today, except that today you are the colorist.

The six remaining sections are Constellations, The Planets, Creatures, Egyptian, Americas and Tarot. Each provides for the artist the space to meditate on the imagery imbuing each with color. The aspiring Tarot reader should especially enjoy the final section where each of the 22 Major Arcana and the four Aces are provided.

 

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Review: The Witches’ Almanac issue 34

Review: The Witches’ Almanac issue 34

My review of “The Witches’ Almanac” issue 34.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Witches’ Almanac and Weiser Books. 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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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Esoteric Book Reviews

 

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In my mailbox: The Witches Almanac 2015

In my mailbox: The Witches Almanac 2015

How cool is this? Next year’s edition of “The Witches Almanac: Fire, The Transformer”.

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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Review: The Witches’ Almanac 2014

The Witches’ Almanac, Issue 33: Spring 2014 – Spring 2015: Mystic Earth
by Theitic (Editor)
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: The Witches’ Almanac
ISBN-10: 0982432399
ISBN-13: 978-0982432396

(Barry’s score 5 out of 5 stars)
Buy at Amazon The Witches’ Almanac, Issue 33: Spring 2014 – Spring 2015: Mystic Earth

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 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.

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My thoughts:

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.”

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2013 in Esoteric Book Reviews

 

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Review: The Witches Almanac

The Witches’ Almanac: Issue 32
by Theitic

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: The Witches’ Almanac (July 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982432372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982432372

(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 (http://thewitchesalmanac.com/). 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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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Esoteric Book Reviews

 

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Review: The Witches’ Almanac, Issue 31: Spring 2012-Spring 2013: Radiance of the Sun

The Witches’ Almanac, Issue 31: Spring 2012-Spring 2013: Radiance of the Sun
Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: The Witches’ Almanac
ISBN-10: 0982432364
ISBN-13: 978-0982432365

Product Description

Since 1971, The Witches’ Almanac has been the source of wisdom and magical lore for thousands of readers all over the world. Modeled after the Old Farmer’s Almanac, with a bit of magic built-in, it includes information related to the annual Moon calendar (weather forecasts and horoscopes), as well as legends, rituals, herbal secrets, interviews, and spells. The theme of this year’s Witches’ Almanac is the Radiance of the Sun. Read about bottle trees, the legendary ghosts of Gettysburg, theatrical Janus masks, frog folklore, the curse of the Hope Diamond and the magick of tattoos. This edition of The Witches’ Almanac also features an exploration of the Tarot Sun card by renowned author, Paul Huson and so much more!

My thoughts:
I love almanacs, journals, and personal calendars. Even with the today’s modern gizmos, I prefer old-fashioned pencil and paper. The books serve as my PIMs (my personal information managers) and the pages are choked with notes, bills, and to-do lists.

The Witches’ Almanac has a more esoteric twist than many almanacs I’ve used. I found all of the articles interesting, it even has a few book reviews. I’m a sucker for cool graphics and this almanac is loaded with them. Hell, I even found the advertisements interesting.

Talk about bang for your buck Red Wheel / Weiser (link) is selling the book for less than 9 bucks. For a tool that you will use for a year, that comes to just pennies a day. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it for anyone with an interest in the esoteric.

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.”


Next book on my reading list …

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Esoteric Book Reviews

 

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