Magickware\’s Pagan Book Reviews

November 18, 2004

Celebrating the Seasons of Life: Beltane to Mabon

Filed under: Book Reviews,Parenting/Children — magickware @ 4:26 pm

Beltane to MabonLore, Rituals, Activities and SymbolsCelebrating the Seasons of Life: Beltane to Mabon – Lore, Rituals, Activities and Symbols
By Ashleen O’Gaea
New Page Books ((The Career Press, Inc.)

This book is the second of the series. The second half of the Wiccan year, Beltane to Mabon, follows the same format as the fist book.

The book gives the reader the history of each holiday and discusses modern day practices of the holidays. Rituals for the coven, family or solitary are thoughtfully explained. Activities and symbols pertinent to each holiday are also included.

The author has even thoughtfully included advice on celebrating one of the major holidays with non-Pagans in a non-confrontational way.

Surprisingly the chapters I found most useful in this book were the appendices. One discussed indoor celebrations. Many people cast their circles indoors even though Wicca is a nature religion. This section acknowledges that truth in a practical and non-judgmental way. Another appendix clearly states age appropriate activities for including your children in holiday celebrations.

This book is the perfect conclusion to its earlier companion book, Celebrating the Seasons of Life: Samhain to Ostara.

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