The Witches' Sabbats [NOOK Book]

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This informative guide discusses the history, myths, customs, lore, and traditions associated with the eight Pagan holidays. More than merely a listing of activities for each holiday, this examination explains the origins and symbolism of the Sabbats and why they are celebrated. The literary quality of the essays, coupled with the comprehensive knowledge of folklore, has made this book a perennial favorite.
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Overview

This informative guide discusses the history, myths, customs, lore, and traditions associated with the eight Pagan holidays. More than merely a listing of activities for each holiday, this examination explains the origins and symbolism of the Sabbats and why they are celebrated. The literary quality of the essays, coupled with the comprehensive knowledge of folklore, has made this book a perennial favorite.
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Editorial Reviews

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"A treasure trove of information . . . Whether you are a new student or a seasoned practitioner, you'll love his [Mike Nichols'] personable writing style, the well-researched information, and his bold and interesting theories."  —Silver Ravenwolf, author, Halloween and HedgeWitch

"One of the best books on the Wheel of the Year."  —Christopher Penczak, author, The Living Temple of Witchcraft

"Mike Nichols is one of those unique scholars that has the ability to make historical and advanced information accessible to everyone."  —Kristin Madden, author, Magickal Crafts

"You couldn't ask for a better explanation of what the holidays are all about."  —Robin Wood, creator, The Robin Wood Tarot

"Multi-decade, Craft Veteran Mike Nichols's work on the Pagan Holidays is quickly becoming the standard on the subject."  —Wren Walker, The Witches' Voice

"An excellent tool for those seeking a good understanding of how modern Wiccans conceive their holidays."  —Jason Pitzl-Waters, The Wild Hunt Weblog and columnist, newWitch magazine

"Arguably the finest Sabbats writing in the modern Craft today."  —Fritz Jung, The Witches' Voice

"Mike's articles provoke thought, make you consider how and why you do the things you do. Be prepared, however, to have your brain cells exercised."  —Ellen Cannon Reed, author/creator, The Heart of Wicca and The Witches Tarot

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936863709
  • Publisher: Acorn Guild Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 527,623
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Mike Nichols has taught classes in Wicca for 20 years and was the first Wiccan representative on the Kansas City Interfaith Council. Nichols has been a featured speaker on National Public Radio, Blog Talk Radio, and the Eclectic Pagan podcast. He continues to write and teach extensively and guest lecture at Pagan festivals.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations x
Foreword xi
Preface: Counting the Days xvii
Acknowledgements xxvii
Part 1 The Witches' Sabbats
Introduction to the Sabbats 3
Chapter 1 All Hallow's Eve 9
Chapter 2 Midwinter's Eve: Yule 17
Chapter 3 Candlemas: The Light Returns 23
Chapter 4 Lady Day: The Vernal Equinox 29
Chapter 5 A Celebration of May Day 35
Chapter 6 A Midsummer's Celebration 43
Chapter 7 Lammas: The First Harvest 51
Chapter 8 Harvest Home 57
Part 2 Other Reflections
Chapter 9 The Death of Llew: A Seasonal Interpretation 65
Chapter 10 The Ever-Widening Circle: A New Pattern Glimpsed in the Holidays 71
Chapter 11 Marking the Sabbats: An Exercise in Dodmanship 79
Chapter 12 Rethinking the Watchtowers 91
Chapter 13 Ten Years Gone 103
Chapter 14 Two Witches: A Modern Craft Fairy Tale 111
Selected Bibliography 115
Index 123
About the Author 132
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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    must read

    This is a must have book for any witches library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Mike Nichols is awesome

    my senior year in High School my graduating class had to write a senior project paper... And I wrote mine on how a lot of the Christian holiday started from Pagan traditions. I got a lot of my information to base my paper on from Mike Nichols website... So when I heard that he was coming out with a book! *gasp* I just had to get it! It goes over all of the Sabbats and why they are celebrated.

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