This book is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to perform seasonal spells. It is the perfect follow-up and next step in the highly successful 'Real Witches' series, providing a full year's working in the Craft, and will appeal not only to those who have purchased other titles in the series, but to anyone from Sabrina fans to serious witches.
Kate West is the author of The Real Witches' Handbook and The Real Witches' Kitchen. She is Media Officer for The Children of Artemis and High Priestess of the Hearth of Hecate, which runs a popular email support and enquiry service for Witches around the world. A practising Wiccan for over 25 years, she has excellent international contacts.
The chapters will include:
• Myth and Reality – what being a witch is all about, how it compares with the Hollywood image
• What Witchcraft is – the beliefs and practices
• Moon worship, the elements, Gods and Goddesses, the cycles of death and rebirth
• The Sabbats and the Wheel of the Year
• Becoming a Witch – what does it involve?
• Magic – how it works and the responsibilites involved. How to avoid potential danger
• Spellcraft – how to help you pass exams, attract partners, improve family relationships
• Herbal work – herbs for skin, hair, scents, traditional recipes
• How to tell your family and how to make contact with groups and other teenage Wiccans
Traditionally much of the work of the Witch took place around the hearth, where, herbs, plants and other ingredients were specially blended to create medicines to mend the body and heal the spirit, and foods and wines were created to celebrate the festivals of the Wheel of the Year. Today's hearth is the kitchen, and for many Witches it is the work-centre where they make the recipes and other 'tools' of their trade.
The book includes:
Oils, lotions and ointments, for magical and healing purposes
• Soaps and bathing distillations, to prepare for Magical undertakings.
• Brews and teas, using herb lore to heal the body and mind.
• Soups, stews and other foods to sustain the sick and aid healing.
• Candles and incenses, for use in Rituals and Magic.
• Cakes, biscuits and breads, to honour the Goddess and the God.
• Sabbat foods and wines to celebrate the Wheel of the Year.
• Sachets of herbs to be given to those seeking protection, healing, confidence and many other problems