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Book Review – Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft by Rose Orriculum

November, 2018

Book Review

Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft

by Rose Orriculum

 

 

Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft is a great book written by Rose Orriculum. It is tagged as a beginner’s guide to witchcraft, however, after reading it, I feel that anyone could enjoy the contents of this book regardless of where they are on their magical path.

The book begins with a chapter on the “basics”. This tends to be the run of the mill basics but Rose is honest and open. She makes it a point to let you know that witchcraft is not a certain way. She makes it feel open and inviting. This would be a great read for someone who is on the fence about joining the magical community.

One of my favorite chapters is Potions. This chapter is about infusing your hot chocolate, coffee, & teas. Rose makes magic so simple that you can incorporate potions into your daily life.

The book goes into detail regarding the seasons and how you can celebrate them. One of my personal favorites from her collection is how you can use a snowman as a poppet. What a grand idea. Especially since it would allow families to do the act together.

At the back Of Witchcraft and Whimsy, Rose has included many of her own spells, glamours, bindings and curses.

Rose Orriculum has such a way with words and spells. I enjoy her work and cannot wait to see what else she comes up with. To learn more about her, check out my interview with her in this issue!

 

Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft on Amazon

Wiccan Basics

July, 2011

Basic Facts

A Year and a Day

It’s an expression heard frequently among Pagans.

A year and a day is a period of time often seen in many Pagan Religions. The most common usage is in reference to Handfasting.  Pagan Handfasting’s are not necessarily for life, as are Christian marriages.  It’s acceptable for a man and woman to ‘marry’ for a year and a day, before making a lifelong commitment. After the time has passed, they are free to go their separate ways should the relationship not work out. In the past it was used as a time to see if the coupe was fertile together… No so much of a concern in modern times.

Another area where a year and a day is a popular time frame is for training or initiation into a coven. Of course, different covens will have different initiation requirements, but a year and a day of study or apprenticeship is a common one. There is often another year and a day between degrees or levels within a coven. It’s usually considered a minimum period of time, rather than a definite length, as you cannot make life altering changes and decisions in less time than that.

A year and a day time period is still seen in modern times, in non-Pagan contexts: In the financial world, assets must be held for a minimum of a year and a day in order for them to be considered ‘long term.’ Light prison sentences in the US are sometimes for a year and a day. There are also a multitude of customs from times past, involving land holdings, legal status and more. If you’re thinking of committing yourself to a project of study, a year and a day would be a traditional choice.

Blessing until next Month

S.Dunham