Posted by: Nyxks | June 2, 2007

Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox
by Ellen Dugan © 2005
Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN 0-7387-0624-8
208 pages
$14.95 (U.S.) $19.95 (Canada)

I hadn’t planned to get this book for review. In fact, I had reviewed a similar book several years ago (Mabon, reviewed in 2003). I made the mistake of loaning that book out, however, and it never came back, so I decided to replace it. That book was out of print, so I decided to get this one to replace it. Then, it only seemed fair to review the replacement book.

This wonderful book is easy to read and appreciate. Ms. Dugan has arranged things in an easy to use format and has included spells, charms, and rituals throughout. Most importantly, to my way of thinking, a large amount of this book is not Pagan-specific. It is family-friendly, so it is applicable whether used for your coven-mates or your more conventionally oriented “mundane” family members.

She gives ideas for decorations (many of them easy enough to make that children can help), as well as the background on the deities associated with the season. She gives suggestions for gardening, as well as uses for fruits and grains in the celebrations.

She includes almost twenty pages of delicious recipes that will have family and guests enjoying your meals and talking about them long after the table is cleared.

She ends the book with lists (and details) of deities, stones, and plants associated with the season.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and it will definitely be well-used over the years. There are other books out there with a lot of the same data, but this one was real pleasure to read. It may not be the best book on the topic, but it definitely in the top five or six.


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