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A Meeting with Gerald Gardner
by Linda Raedisch

While working on her book Night of the Witches: Folklore, Traditions & Recipes for Celebrating Walpurgis Night, author Linda Raedisch discovered a meeting and subsequent correspondence between a now-elderly friend and Gerald Gardner. Just how did the Father of Modern Witchcraft influence our present-day? As the author discovers, much more than you might initially think.



February New Releases and Notable Titles 
Night of the Witches, by Linda RaedischNight of the Witches
by Linda Raedisch

A Treasury of Magic and Witchlore
for Celebrating
Walpurgisnacht

Spring has come to the northern forest. The evening wind blows cold as the breath of the frost giants. Just overhead, there is a sound like the rushing of crows’ wings. A spatter of beeswax, still warm, glows among the roots of the beech, while high up in the tree’s barren crown, a scrap of cloth flutters against the stars. Can it be a coven of witches has flown over these woods?

On any other night, you would probably swear that there was no such thing as a witch—at least, not the kind that streaks through the sky on a broomstick with guttering taper and billowing cloak. But this is no ordinary night; it is the thirtieth of April, the eve of May. Tonight is Walpurgis Night.

The roots of Walpurgis Night reach deep into the Pagan past, and modern Europeans celebrate it with as much abandon as their ancestors. Learn about the sacred rites of spring and the thirteen herbs that correspond with the Night of the Witches. Discover how this “lost” holiday has changed from a lusty fertility festival to a children’s night of fun and treats. Learn about brooms and how to make one, and meet a collection of old-time witches, from Ash Wives to Wolf Crones. This charming, impeccably researched book features a wealth of folklore and herb lore, plus original and traditional recipes, crafts, and activities.

Quantum Tarot
  Quantum Tarot
by Lo Scarabeo


The Tarot of Pagan Cats
  Tarot of Pagan Cats
by Lo Scarabeo

Wyrdworking, by Alaric Albertsson
Wyrdworking
by Alaric Albertsson



Out of the Cauldron - February 2011
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