Sabbats by Edain McCoy –
Goodreads Synopsis: First and foremost, Witchcraft or Wicca is a religion. In The Sabbats, Edain McCoy reveals the eight major holidays of this faith and the many ways in which they are celebrated.
There are two basic types of holidays. The first come at the Solstices and Equinoxes. The others divide the time between those dates in two, resulting in eight major holidays or Sabbats with approximately the same amount of days between them. The balance, here, gives the appearance of spokes in a wheel, so this cycle is commonly called the Wheel of the Year.
The holidays represent two things. First, the harvest cycle. Each holiday represents a time in the growth of crops. From planting to growth, from harvesting to letting the lands lie fallow in the cold winter, the festivals follow the agricultural cycles of ancient times. However, they also represent the eternal love of the God and Goddess, following the God’s birth from the Goddess and his death before she gives birth to him again. This also follows the pattern of the Sun which moves from warm and high in the sky to cold and low in the sky.
I’ve read a few books by McCoy recently, so I figured I’d give this book a try because of that. I enjoy her writing style and her explanations of all things Wiccan.
Sabbats is a great overview of the Pagan wheel of the year, and all the sabbats in it. It goes through each one and gives a summary of what they are, and then different rituals you can perform. Both for covens and for the solitary witch. It also gives recipes that follow the theme for each sabbat, as well as an activity that can be good for children.
Overall I felt like this book would be the perfect book for new witches like me, who have a hard time remembering all that I can do on the sabbat. I would love to own this book someday so that I can reference it.
I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads, and recommend it to any and all!
Exploring The Pagan Path by Various Authors –
Goodreads Synopsis: Exploring the Pagan Path brings together a number of well-known authors and other pioneers in the global Pagan community. Together, they take readers through the phases of exploring, learning, and living Paganism as they offer insight into the many facets of Pagan spirituality.
I had a strange experience with this book, because while I did like the book, I also decided not to read all of it. Hopefully that doesn’t make me a terrible person. 😀
Exploring The Pagan Path is a handful of essays written by older knowledgeable witches. And the essays I read were fascinating and well written. I enjoyed seeing the perspective on raising Pagan children, and how to live life as a practicing witch.
But I also found that the book wasn’t immediately helpful for me at the time. I feel like this is the type of book you have on the shelf until you have a specific question about something, and then you pick up this book and find answers.
So I would recommend this book for general reference, and I gave it three stars on Goodreads.