Posted by: Nyxks | August 1, 2007

Llewellyn’s 2008 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac

Llewellyn’s 2008 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac © 2007
Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN 0-7387-0559-4
264 pages
$8.99 (U.S.) $9.95 (Canada)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

The Witches Spell-A-Day Almanac (published annually since 2003) is, in reality, my least favorite of the annuals brought out by Llewellyn. That dislike is based on a personal dislike of the format they have used since the very beginning. I like the “folksy” spells; the recipes offered; and the notation of various (sometimes obscure) observances. The monthly introductions are also enjoyable. The problem is the formatting.

Each page is comprised of two columns, giving four columns per two page spread. Each column, potentially, contains one day’s information plus an inch or an inch and a half space for notes. So far so good, but that doesn’t hold true on a consistent basis. Some days take a column and a half (or more) of space, leading to some days starting in the middle of a column. I would simply like to see each day start at the top of a column to make it easier to find a date.

The list of astrological icons and spell icons appear at the end of the book, along with a short glossary, a list of daily influences, and an explanation of the lunar phases and the moon’s influence in various signs. I personally feel that the icons should be in the front of the book, but that is personal preference.

Okay, enough kvetching about the format. Each entry provides the moon phase and sign, including transition times, as well as a suggested color and incense. There are also icons to identify spell types. There isn’t a huge amount of astrological data, except for the moon phases and signs, there isn’t any. But this annual is focused on spells, not astrological data.

Even though I am not fond of the formatting, I always enjoy the prospect of learning something unexpected from this annual. With more than a dozen writers contributing their unique perspectives, I am never disappointed.


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