Witches

Open Road Media
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The New York Times–bestselling author of Fear of Flying celebrates witches in a gorgeously illustrated brew of witchcraft lore, potions, secrets, and myth.
 
With a mix of genuine fascination, passionate enthusiasm, and keen feminist insight, Erica Jong wades through a bog of myths, misinformation, historical hysteria, and contemporary Halloween costumes to offer a generous exploration and celebration of witches.
 
From their origins as descendants of ancient goddesses to contemporary practitioners of the craft, the evolution of the concept of “witch” has been as changeable as the centuries themselves. From evil crone to sexual seductress, they are the embodiment of both light and dark, fertility and death, divinity and paganism, baleful curses and healing cures. They have been scapegoated as the object of men’s worst fears and embraced as heroines of female empowerment. As muses, they have influenced popular culture from Shakespeare and Yeats to Anne Sexton and Ken Russell. With reverence and a hint of mischief, Jong reveals witches’ rites, rituals, and magical recipes, including authentic spells and incantations.
 
“A steaming cauldron of beautifully illustrated prose, poetry, love potions and flying lotions” (Glamour) from the renowned author of Fanny, Witches is “nothing less than a complete transformation of our concept of witches . . . accomplishe[d] with panache in this sumptuously and provocatively illustrated book" (Publishers Weekly).
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erica Jong, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
 
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Aug 29, 2017
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176
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ISBN
9781504046886
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English
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Genres
Poetry / Women Authors
Religion / Wicca
Social Science / Feminism & Feminist Theory
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Wicca is a term that was preferred since it is a neopagan form of witchcraft. Wiccans believe in the universal elements of air, fire, water, spirit and earth. These are elements that make up the Wiccan symbol of the pentacle. Wiccans have a belief that energies are both female and male and these energies are separate in their identities as well as powerful in their union. However these energies are honored equally. Many who practice Wicca usually identify with a particular deity, while there are other wiccans who will call on a God or Goddess who has the relevant powers for their particular spell only Many people follow Wicca because there are no rules. But the Wiccan rede states that "An ye harm none, do as you will". This is a simple message that states that you are free to do as you wish as long as you do not cause hurt or harm to anyone. In this book you will learn: An Introduction to Wiccan Religion The History of Wicca What Is Wicca How Do I Get Started? Wiccan Gods and Goddesses Wiccan Holidays and the Wheel of the Year The Five Elements (And 4 Classical Elements) The Wiccan Rede Wiccan Space, Altars, Tools, Clothing and Names Casting A Circle Clearing and Grounding Your Energies Facts about Wiccan Rituals Meditation for Wiccans How to Use Pre-Written Wiccan Spells Signs and Symbols in Wicca Divination; the Power to Predict the Future Facts about Natural Magic The Seasonal Spells in Wicca How to Use Protective Spells Candle Spells for Beginners Using Wiccan for a Better Life Conclusion Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about the Wiccan religion and get started on your magickal journey! For those of you who are not beginners, this book will also help you to refresh your knowledge of this timeless practice and you may even be surprised to find out tons of new information and facts you did not know about. BLESSED BE!
The Book of Shadows acts a little like a Wiccan's guide book, holding a varied amount of knowledge from rituals and spells to beliefs and traditions. Written by Gerald Gardiner in the late 1940's to early 1950's for his coven of Brickett Wood, it was written to guide beginning Wiccans.
They used information from this book, adding and leaving out information to suit their own books. A Wiccan who joined Gardiner's coven and later a high priestess, Doreen Valiente, decided to rework Gardiner's original tome. She is credited with creating the Wiccan Rede and also contributed her own poetry to the publication. In earlier times, Wicca was mostly run by covens, which would have only one Book of Shadows, which was the responsibility of the High Priest or Priestess.

However, today, Wicca has changed and often a coven will have its own Book of Spells while each individual Wiccan has their own singular Book of Shadows that they develop themselves. It is a highly personal book which reflects the individuality of each practitioner.

Practitioners do not always belong to a coven and they will usually develop a Book of Shadows on their own. The Book of Shadows (BOS) is an item every Wiccan needs. It stores information on spells, rituals, materials, and knowledge you will need for your Wiccan practice and helps you start on your Wiccan path. It's important for Wiccans to create a Book of Shadows to store their knowledge.

Take advantage of this great opportunity and learn how to create your own book of shadows!

BLESSED BE!
The #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Fear of Flying brings the seductive Greek poet to life in this “enormously entertaining” tale (Booklist).
 As she stands poised at the edge of a precipice in the shadow of the sanctuary of Apollo, the greatest love poet who ever was or ever will be recalls the eventful fifty years that have led her to this moment. It was love that seduced her, at age sixteen, into an ill-fated plot with the poet Alcaeus to depose the despot of the island of Lesbos. It was love that made her trade the unwanted marriage bed of an old, despised, and drunken husband for a seemingly endless series of lovers, both male and female.
For Sappho, life has always been a banquet to be savored to the fullest, a strange and sensual odyssey that has carried her to the far corners of the ancient world. Devoted to the goddess Aphrodite and granted the gift of immortal song, she has followed her magnificent destiny from Delphi to Egypt, to the land of the Amazons, the realm of the centaurs, and into the stygian depths of Hades itself, often in the company of her companion and friend, the fabulist slave Aesop.
Through every grand affair and every wild adventure, she has remained forever true to her heart, her passion, and herself, right up to this, the end of everything.
Combining evocative and realistic detail with unabashedly outrageous invention, Erica Jong’s Sappho’s Leap is a flawless gem of historical fiction boldly imagined by one of America’s most enthralling storytellers.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erica Jong including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection. 
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