It has something to do with the housing of our spirits and our ancestors, so we do revere that. When we do our circle for the New Year, we honor all the people that have died for our freedom, which are the people here that were persecuted and accused of being witches, whether they were or not. And you have a feast? We always have a feast because it is a harvest. We do pumpkin pie like everybody else, and also apple pie.
Usually, for people who do eat meat, we might have a roast beef or ham or turkey, or all the three! The gathering this year's probably going be over people, so we would have one of each. Of course, we would have a lot of vegetarian dishes for people who wouldn't eat the meat.
Historically, Samhain was the final harvest—the meat harvest before the winter, right? It is the meat harvest, absolutely. But we also still have all the root vegetables and the squashes and the pumpkins and things like that. It's always a really good feast that everybody looks forward to.
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I'm sure you have amazing apples this time of year, too. Oh, yes. There's a place nearby called Brooksby Farm and they have apple orchards. We go there all the time because they allow us to pick up apple branches off the ground to make apple wands. In the fall, they make their own apple pies, and they're outrageously good. We put apples all on our altar, too. If you cut an apple in half, you'll see a pentacle. The seeds form a pentacle, and around the seeds is a circle, so it's a sacred symbol of a witch. It's interesting, isn't it? Apples are also in the shape of our heart, so they're a heart medicine.
Tell me a little bit about how Samhain differs from Halloween. You've claimed that trick-or-treating is a witch tradition originally. The harvest lent itself to sugary things, so that was the treat for people for behaving—especially children. But there was never any trick. It wasn't part of it at all.
That's sort of a Christian idea to make it seem a little not good. Harvest was a treat. How else has Halloween strayed from its roots in Samhain? It's a mess.
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They're making everything about our holiday horrible. It's awful and deadly and frightening. Putting a cackling witch on a broom? That's demeaning our elders. They're either horrific or laughable. Two thousand years of propaganda against us! And that was one of the reasons you founded the Witches' League for Public Awareness , right? We're still fighting Salem because of the images they often produce.
We just have to stand up and show them that's not real, and that's what we do here. We're the witch city, and this is the only city that's known for us. You know, we're out every day. A lot of witches shop here, and they're visible every single day. What they do with their shops—and being commercial, they have to make a living—they're teaching people about herbs and stones and candles and what magic is and is not. That's a wonderful thing. They do not want to promote that here at all, and I think that's very foolish. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Graduate student Lily Andrews resigned herself to a life of perpetual virginity.
With her recent twisted appetites and weird fugues hospitalizing every would-be boyfriend, it's no wonder she uses her coursework as an excuse not to date. Then, she meets a witch. Joshua enters Lily's life to complete penance for a deadly spell cast centuries ago. Joshua must counter Lily's dem Graduate student Lily Andrews resigned herself to a life of perpetual virginity. Joshua must counter Lily's demon-wrought fugues with his own Wiccan magick, or lose her forever.
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Dylan Newton casts a marvelous spell with Any Witch Way. I loved Lily from the first sentence. She was refreshing and delightful. Her curse, which ruins all of her relationships with men, is clever and quite funny at times. I just about died laughing when I read what she had done to her ex boyfriend.
Then when Joshua makes his appearance I was immediately intrigued. I loved his mystery, passion, and centuries-old mannerism. Whenever the two of them were together, I was on pins and needles.
Kristin, Lily's housemate, also added something special to the story. I enjoyed every page! I give Any Witch Way 5 pentagrams! Nov 14, Gayle Pace rated it really liked it.
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It's mysterious and definitely a might "witchy". The book was just long enough to keep you hooked and yet not lose your attention. You find yourself turning the pages and somehow you can't get enough. You become so wrapped up in the characters that they become real to you and you find yourself actually intrigued by them. Joshua was very sexy. I found that the romance was not overdone but just enough.