Encountering the Dark Goddess by Frances Billinghurst
Written by a druid and qualified herbalist, this is a practical guide to using the sacred herbs of Samhain for healing, divination, purification, protection, magic, and as tools for contacting spirits. The Sacred Herbs of Samhain: Plants to Contact the Spirits of the Dead explores the identification, harvest, safe practical and ritual use of more than 70 plants and trees sacred to the Celtic festival of Samhain, which has become intertwined with Halloween.
It is published by Destiny Books. You can read an excerpt in one of my earlier blog posts: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2019/08/book-excerpt-sacred-herbs-of-samhain.html
The connection between Samhain, the Ancient Irish festival at the end of Summer, and Halloween, the Christian eve of All Hallows Day, is fascinating. In Samhain - The Roots of Halloween, pagan author Luke Eastwood searches for archaeological, historical, folkloric and literary evidence of what really went on in Samhain customs in the past and how those traditions became intertwined with the folklore of Halloween to create the multi-cultural and multifaceted celebrations and observances of today.
It is published by The History Press. You can read a review in one of my earlier blog posts: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2021/10/book-review-samhain-roots-of-halloween.html
Pagan Portals - Scrying by Lucya Starza
It is published by Moon Books.
All of these books can be found in high street shops, or ordered if copies aren't on the shelves. Bookshops Day is part of a campaign to highlight the importance of physical stores including independent bookshops as well as chains including Blackwells, Waterstones and Foyles. It highlights the cultural importance of books and the shops that sell them as well as celebrating booksellers. The amazing and hardworking individuals who run physical shops make our buying experiences special. They can advise us, they create a wonderful experience within their stores, they are community champions and specialists in their fields.
- The Atlantis Bookshop at 49a Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LY. Website: theatlantisbookshop.com/
- Treadwell's Bookshop at 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Website: www.treadwells-london.com/ (The photo at the top shows the interior of Treadwell's.)
- Watkins Bookshop at 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Website: www.watkinsbooks.com (the photo right is Watkins front.)
Bookshop Day happens annually in October and is today, Saturday 8 October, this year. It is run by the Booksellers Association to encourage book lovers to shop at their local bookshop. You can find your nearest bookseller on the map on the website: www.booksellers.org.uk/
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