Those able to see the aura—and you will become one of these—can see it around everyone; again demonstrating that the power is within everyone. Witches have always had the power and used it. Most of them seem to have it naturally, but not all by any means. For that reason the Witches have their own ways of drawing it out; ways that are especially effective. In the magazine Everyday Science and Mechanics, for September , appeared the following report: Human Tissues Produce Deadly Radiations "Rays emitted from human blood, fingertips, noses and eyes, kill yeast and other micro-organisms, according to Professor Otto Rahn, working at Cornell University.
Yeast, such as used in making bread, was killed in five minutes merely by the radiation from the fingertips of one person. When a quartz plate, Vz inch thick, was interposed it took fifteen minutes for the yeast to die. In tests of fingers it was found that the right hand was stronger than the left, even in left-handed persons. Speaking at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he explained how the "rays" seemed to come out most strongly. Harold S. Burr, of Yale University, spoke of similar experiments and conclusions when addressing the Third International Cancer Congress.
Witches have always believed in this power coming from the body and have developed ways to increase it, collect it and use it to do what we term magick. Professors Rahn and Burr showed the destructive use of this power, but it can be used equally effectively constructively. Here is a simple experiment you can try with a friend.
Have the friend strip to the waist and sit with his back to you. Now, extend your hand, with the palm down and fingers together, straight out to point at his or her back. Keep the tips of the fingers an inch or so away from the surface of the skin. Now slowly move your hand up and down along the line of his spine see illustration.
Try to keep your arm straight and concentrate your thoughts on sending all your energies out along your arm and into your hand and fingers. You will probably get quite a reaction from your friend as your power makes contact. He might feel a strong tingling sensation, heat, or even what seems like a cool breeze Try with the left hand; with the fingers together; at different distances from his back. See if he knows where your hand is. Does he feel it moving up when it is moving up; down when moving down?
You will find that the intensity of the power varies dependant upon your physical health and also upon the time of the day and the day of the month. Keep records and note when it is the best time for you to "generate". Spells and charms are the part of Witchcraft most commonly used by the solitary Witch. Spells are done by full covens, certainly, but there are very effective ones that can be done by the individual. The most important ingredient in a spell is emotion. You must want something to happen.
You must want it with all your being, and through that desire you will drive all your power into the magick. This is the reason that it is far better to do magick for yourself than to ask someone else to do it for you. If you are doing a spell for another person there is no way that you are going to put the same amount of emotional drive into it that they could.
Spells and charms are not necessarily tied in with the religious side of Witchcraft. To work a spell within the Circle, immediately following an Esbat rite would, almost certainly, be extraordinarily effective. Yet you can cast a simple Circle and work your spell at any other time and still get results. The actual mechanics of casting a spell; of working magick? Well, let's leave that until you are somewhat better versed in the religious side; after all, Witchcraft is a religion.
What is your understanding, feeling of Witchcraft? Examine your impressions, preconceptions, biases, etc. How have your reactions changed regarding Witchcraft throughout your life? There are many different denominations of Witchcraft. Information is found on these in Appendix A.
Based on what you know at this point, which denomination do you think you'd like to practice, and why? The earliest conceptions of primitive magic dealt with sympathetic magic. How can sympathetic magic help you today? In what ways can you foresee using it? List some possibilities. Make a tape recording outlining the principles of Witchcraft which you intend to adhere to. Keep the tape for future use for recording favorite rituals on. Speaking out loud helps to consolidate beliefs, and make them clearer to you.
As different as are the many religions of the world, in essence they are all the same. It has frequently been said that they are simply different paths all leading to a common center, and this is true. The basic teachings are all the same; all that differs is the method of teaching. There are different rituals, different festivals and even different names for the gods Friedrich Max Muller traced religion back to "an ineradicable feeling of dependence" upon some higher power that was innate in the human mind.
And Sir James George Frazer in The Golden Bough defines religion as being "a propitiation or conciliation of powers superior to Man, which are believed to direct and control the course of nature and of human life". This higher power—the "Ultimate Deity"—is some genderless force which is so far beyond our comprehension that we can have only the vaguest understanding of its being.
Yet we know that it is there and, frequently, we wish to communicate with it. As individuals, we wish to thank it for what we have and to ask it for what we need. How do we do this with such an incomprehensible power? In the sixth century BCE the philosopher Xeno-phones remarked on the fact that deities are determined by ethnic factors.
He pointed out that the black Ethiopians naturally saw their gods as negroid, whereas the Thracians' gods were white, with red hair and gray eyes. He cynically commented that if horses and oxen could carve they would probably represent their gods in animal form! About seven hundred fifty years later Maximus of Tyre said much the same thing: that men worship their gods under whatever form seems In Lesson One you saw how, in their early development, people came to worship two principle deities: the Horned God of Hunting and the Goddess of Fertility.
These, then, were our representations—our understandable forms—of the Supreme Power which actually rules life. In virtually all instances there were exceptions the Ultimate Deity was equated with both masculine and feminine This would seem most natural since everywhere in nature is found this duality. With the development of the Craft, as we know it, there was also, as we have seen, this duality of a God and a Goddess.
As mentioned in Lesson One, the names for the deities would vary depending upon locality. And not only locality. With the Goddess, especially, the question of names could become quite involved. For example, a young man with problems in his love life might worship the Goddess in her aspect of a beautiful young woman. Yet a woman in childbirth might feel more at ease relating to the Goddess as a more mature "middle-aged" female.
Then again an elderly person would tend to think of the Goddess as herself being elderly. So there we have three separate and very distinct aspects of the same Goddess, each having been given a different name yet all being the same deity. As if that weren't enough, the deities would have names known to the general worshippers but also other, secret, names often two or three known only to the priest-. This was a protective measure. In Witchcraft today there are many traditions that continue this multiplicity of names. Traditions with degree systems, for example, frequently use different deity names in their higher degrees than in their lower.
Gardnerian is one example of this. So we have this idea of an Ultimate Deity, an incomprehensible power, and in trying to relate to it we have split it into two main entities, a male and a female. To these we have given names. It would seem that by so doing we are limiting what is, by definition, limitless. But so long as you know, and keep always in the back of your mind, that "It" IS limitless you will find that this is the easiest path to follow. After all, it is pretty difficult to pray to a "Thing", a Supreme Power, without being able to picture someone in your mind.
Yahweh is the vocalized form often used, but it is derived from the four letters YHWH the "divine Tetra-grammaton" , signifying "that name too sacred to be pronounced". With the addition of Mary, the mother figure, the duality was complete. Jesus and Mary were the intermediaries. Different traditions use different names, as already mentioned. These are the names used for the "understandable forms" of the Supreme Power; the Ultimate Deity.
They are the deities honored and worshipped in the Witchcraft rites. In fact this is one of the main reasons for people women especially leaving Christianity and returning to the Old Religion. And yet it's a strange paradox that many—if not the majority—of Witchcraft traditions are guilty of this same crime of Christianity, if in reverse Witchcraft is a religion of nature, as any Witch will tell you.
Everywhere in nature there is male and female, and both are necessary I have yet to meet anyone who does not have both a mother and a father. It follows, then, that both the God and the Goddess are important and should be equally revered. There should be balance. But balance is as woefully missing in most traditions of the Craft as it is in Christianity. We are all—every single one of us—made up of both masculine and feminine attributes.
The toughest, most macho man has feminine aspects just as the most traditionally-feminine woman has male aspects. So it is. As such he is god of goatherds and flocks and is usually represented as a very sensual creature; a shaggy human to the loins with pointed ears, goat's horns and legs. He wanders among the mountains and valleys, pursuing nymphs or leading them in their dances. He is quite musical and is the inventor of the Syrinx, or 'Pipes of Pan'.
He is considered to be a son of Hermes. The God has feminine aspects as well as masculine, and the Goddess has masculine as well as feminine. I will examine this in more detail in a later lesson. What names you use for your deities is a matter of personal preference. Each tradition has its own name. But names are only labels; they are only a means of identifying. You should identify, then, using a name with which you can feel completely comfortable. For, after all, religion is a most personal thing, at the core, and—to be of real purpose—should therefore be related to on the most personal level possible.
Even if you join an established tradition this is still valid—find a tradition that seems right for you as I spoke about in Lesson One but If the name used to identify the God, in the tradition you have chosen, happens to be Cernunnos for example and you have difficulty relating to that name, then choose another for your own use. In other words, respect the name Cernunnos in group worship and all matters pertaining to the coven but, in your own mind—and in personal rites—don't hesitate to substitute Pan or Mananna or Lief or whatever.
A name, as I have said, is a label. The God himself knows you are "talking" to him; he's not going to be confused! This all applies equally to the Goddess of course. It may well be for the above reason that the name Cernunnos is found in so many branches of the Craft. As I've mentioned, it is simply the Latin word for "the Homed One". To add your own personal identification, then, in no way conflicts. There can be surprises in discovering names used for the deities in different traditions. Their connection with the Welsh must be one of the mysteries! Traditionally the "dark half" of the year see Figure 2.
But this does not or should not mean that he is "dead", or incommunicado, in the "light half" of the year and vice versa with the Goddess. During the light half he is fully active in his feminine aspect; just as the Goddess is active in the dark half in her masculine aspect. So, both deities are active throughout the year, even though deference may be given to one over the other at certain times. There is a common theme of death and resurrection found in myths throughout the world.
The symbolism is frequently furthered in a descent to the underworld with a later return. We find it with Ishtar's descent and search for Tannaz; with Sif's loss of her golden tresses; with Idunn's loss of her golden apples; with Jesus' death and resurrection; with Siva's death and resurrection, and many more. Basically all represent the coming of fall and winter followed by the return of spring and summer; the lead figure represnting the spirit of vegetation.
Such was her beauty that Death himself knelt and kissed her feet, saying, "Blessed be thy feet that have brought thee in these ways. Abide with me, let me place my cold hand on thy heart. Why dost thou cause all things that I love and take delight in to fade and die? Age causes all things to wither; but when men die at the end of time I give them rest and peace, and strength so that they may return. But thou, thou art lovely. Return not; abide with me. Then said Death, 'An' thou receive not my hand on thy heart, thou must receive Death's scourge'.
It is Fate; better so', she said and she knelt; and Death scourged her and she cried, 'I feel the pangs of love'. And Death said, 'Blessed be' and gave her the Fivefold Kiss, saying, 'Thus only may ye attain to joy and knowledge'. And he taught her all the mysteries. And they loved and were one, and he taught her all the Magicks. For there are three great events in the life of Man: Love, Death and Resurrection in a new body; and Magick controls them all. For to fulfill love you must return again at the same time and place as the loved one, and you must remember and love them again.
But to be reborn you must die, and be ready for a new body; and to die you must be born; and without love you may not be born. And these be all the Magicks. Gerald B. Gardner, Aquarian Press, London "All day had Freya, most lovely of the goddesses, played and romped in the fields. Then did she lay down to rest. And while she slept deft Loki, the Prankster, the Mischief-Maker of the Gods, did espy the glimmering oiBrosingamene, formed of Galdra, her constant companion.
Silent as night did Loki move to the Goddess' side and, with fingers formed over the ages in lightness, did remove the silver circlet from about her snow-white neck. Straightway did Freya arouse, on sensing its loss. Though he moved with the speed of the winds yet Loki she glimpsed as he passed swiftly from sight into the Barrow that leads to Dreun.
Then was Freya in despair. Darkness descended all about her to hide her tears. Great was her anguish. All light, all life, all creatures joined in her doom. To all corners were sent the Searchers, in quest of Loki; yet. On the subject of deity names, let me explain the ones chosen for the Seax-Wica. From time to time I hear comments from people who haven't troubled to check beyond the ends of their noses, to the effect that Woden and Freya were not the original "pair" of Saxon deities. Of course they were not and nobody—least of all myself—has claimed they were. Here is how the founding of the tradition was first explained, back in — "It seems that most people who are Wicca-oriented are also tradition-oriented perhaps this explains the battle for the 'Oldest Tradition' title?
For this reason I have given my tradition an historical background on which to lean. Namely, a Saxon background. By this I most emphatically do not mean that there is any claim to its liturgy being of direct descent from Saxon origins! But, for example, names were needed for the deities Unfortunately 'frig'has certain connotations today which would be misplaced!
It is merely a workable tradition built on a Saxon framework, and the deity names were chosen specifically and for the reasons given. Any comment regarding their being "incorrect" is, then totally erroneous. For who is there may descend into Dreun and return again from thence? Excepting the Gods themselves and, alack, mischievous Loki. So it was that, still weak from grief, Freya herself elected to descend in search otBrosinga-mene. At the portals of the Barrow was she challenged yet recognized and passed.
The multitude of souls within cried joyfully to see her yet could she not tarry as she sought her stolen light. The infamous Loki left no trail to follow, yet was he everywhere past seen. Those to whom she spake held to Freya that Loki carried no jewel as he went by.
Where, then, was it hid? In despair she searched an age. Hearhden, the mighty smith of the Gods, did arise from his rest to sense the bewail-ment of the souls to Freya's sorrow. Striding from his smithy, to find the cause of the sorrow, did he espy the Silver Circlet where Loki Mischief-Maker had laid it: upon the rock before his door. Then was all clear. As Hearhden took hold ofBrosingamene, then did Loki appear before him, his face wild with rage. By wiles and tricks did he strive to get his hands upon the silver circlet.
He shape-shifted; he darted here and there; he was visible then invisible. Yet could he not sway the smith. Tiring of the fight, Hearhden raised his mighty club. Then sped Loki away. Great was the joy of Freya when Hearhden placed Brosingamene once more about her snow-white neck.
Great were the cries of joy from Dreun and above. Great were the thanks that Freya, and all Men, gave to the Gods for the return of Brosingamene. Reincarnation is an ancient belief. It is part of many religions Hinduism and Buddhism, for example and was even one of the original Christian tenets, until condemned by the Second Council of Constantinople in It is believed that the human spirit, or soul, is a fragment of the divine and eventually it will return to its divine source.
But, for its own evolution, it is necessary that the soul experience all things in life. It seems the most sensible, most logical, explanation of much that is found in life. Why should one person be born into a rich family and another into poverty? Why should one be born crippled, another fit and strong? Reincarnation seems the most logical explanation of child prodigies.
A musical genius, composing concertos at the age of five as did Mozart , is obviously carrying-over knowledge from one lifetime into the next. This does not usually happen, but it can. In the same way, homosexuality might well be explained through reincarnation: a person male in one lifetime and then female in the next or vice versa might have carried over feelings and preferences from one life to the next. For someone who does not believe in reincarnation, it is difficult to understand the death of a child.
What was the point of the child living at all, if only for a few short years? For the reincarnationist it is obvious that the child had learned all that had been set to be learned in that particular lifetime and so was moving on. A very good simile for this is the grades of a school. You enter school in a low grade and learn the basics.
When you have mastered these you graduate, take a short vacation, then come back into a higher grade to learn and experience more things. So it is in life. In each life you have a certain amount to learn and to experience. When you have done that, you graduate i. To come back into a higher grade you are reborn in a new body.
Occasionally remembrance of previous lives, or parts of them, is experienced but more generally you do not remember it is possible, of course, through such procedures as hypno-regression, to go back to previous lives and bring them once more to the surface. In what form do we return to the earth? Some believe the Hindus, for example that it is not necessarily in human form each time. Certain Hindu sects teach that the soul may be reborn as a plant or an animal.
However, such beliefs are not generally held in Western civilization. Some say there is a progression from the lowest life-forms to the highest— putting humans at the top. But then who is to say the order? Is a dog higher than a cat, or a cat higher than a dog? Is a centipede higher or lower than an earwig? Does this mean, when every soul has finally passed up the scale and graduated, that in the afterlife there will be no plant, animal or insect life? It seems unlikely. In Witchcraft the belief is that all things have souls. In Saxon Witchcraft, for example, it is believed that a dog will go through many incarnations, but always as a dog; a cat always as a cat; a human always as a human.
There is reason for all things to be here It seems we certainly have a choice, within our species, of being either male or female, in order to experience and appreciate the different aspects. One argument often put forward by non-rein-carnationists is "If what you say is true, how do you explain the fact that the world population is continuously growing? There are not simply x number of souls who all started their development together. New souls are being introduced all the times. So we have so-called "new souls"—those on their first incarnations—and "old souls"—those who have been through a large number of lives.
It is possible that eventually, when the gods decide enough souls have been introduced, there will be a stabilizing of the population followed later by a decline, as old souls in their final incarnations make their graduations. There is yet another thought that might be considered here One possibility, of course, is that we not only experience lives here on Earth, but also on other planets and in other reality systems.
Who knows? There is obviously much food for thought, very little if any proof of preferences and great scope for new tenets. Along with reincarnation go thoughts of Karma. Karma is usually thought of as a reward-and-punish-ment system stretching throughout all lifetimes: if you do evil in one life you will have to pay for it in the next.
However, it seems that there is always talk of "karmic debts" and "karmic punishments" but seldom of "karmic rewards". The Witchcraft view seems to make more sense. First of all there is a Wiccan belief in retribution within each life. In other words, rather than being rewarded and punished after death, for what you have done in life the traditional Christian view , Witches believe that you get your rewards and punishments during this lifetime, according to how you live it. Do good and you will get back good. But do evil and evil will return.
More than that, though, it is a three-fold retribution. Do good and you will get back three times the good; do evil and you will receive three times the evil. Obviously there is here no inducement for you to ever harm anyone. Of course it is not a literal threefold return. If you were to punch someone in the eye, it does not mean that you will get punched in the eye yourself three times. But, sometime in the future, you may "just happen" to break a leg In the Witchcraft belief, then, one lifetime's experiences are not dependent on the previous one's.
For example, if you suffer physical abuse in this life, it does not necessarily mean that you were an abuser in your previous life. It is possible you were, yes. But it is just as possible that you were not but are going to be in the next life. In other words, it is a case of experiencing all things—being both the abuser and the abusee, but one is not necessarily dependent on the other. Several lifetimes could even take place between the one experience and its apparent correlative.
Just because you have chosen a particular lifetime and are to undergo the set experiences does not mean that you can just sit back and say "Everything is preordained. I'm just along for the ride. Whatever you want, you can achieve. But always remember the Wiccan Rede: "An' it harm none, do what thou wilt. Whenever possible, help those less fortunate than yourself. By "help" I do not mean "interfere".
Help can be given by simply offering advice; by showing compassion; even, sometimes, by actually refusing direct assistance. For, in this latter case, it is sometimes of the greatest help and to the other's benefit to make them give a little more effort: to make them think for themselves. The length of time spent between lives may vary, depending on your study of the lessons learned and their integration with previous lessons; also on the necessary preparation for the next "semester".
While between lives you might also become involved in helping some other spirit here on earth. Just as there is development and advancement in this life, so there is in "the between times". You may have heard of such things as "Guardian Angels" and "Spirit Guides" and wondered if they really exist.
In a sense they do. It means that a spirit is always watching over a less developed spirit here on earth. Since time does not exist in the between-times it is a human-made concept, for the sake of reference only then to watch over an earth-bound spirit for its whole earthly lifetime would not actually hinder the watcher's progress.
In fact, it would add to it in the sense of gaining "student-teacher" experience. Witches always hope that they will be reborn in the next life with those they have known and loved in this one. From psychic experiences, etc. Many times a couple will stay together throughout a number of lifetimes, in different relationship roles e. Although many Witches meet, and work, outdoors - perhaps in the corner of a field or in a clearing in the woods - it is not always possible for everyone to do that.
Many live in cities and towns and are unable to get out into direct contact with the earth. This does not mean they cannot function. Your temple can be an outdoor one or an indoor one. Let's look at indoor possibilities. The area you need, in which to perform your rituals and work your magick, could be a whole building, a single room, or a small section of a room. Whatever its shape or size, this is your Temple.
If you have such a room that can be turned into your temple and kept solely as that, you are very fortunate. Let's look at such a possibility first and then work along to those who can only use a small part of their regular living quarters. First of all, take a compass and establish the alignment of the room. Mark the north, east, south and west. Your altar is going to be placed in the center of the room and it is preferable that it be set up so that when standing before it you are facing EAST. You can keep an altar candle and your representations of the deities on the altar at all times, but more on that below.
On the floor around the altar you will be marking a circle, the. When entering and leaving the Circle, before and after a ritual, you will do so from the EAST, so if your room is rectangular rather than square you might wish to leave extra room on that side see Figure 2. Closets, for the storing of your Craft supplies, might also be placed in this larger area. Unless you live alone, or share your beliefs with everyone in your home, you will need closets that can be locked. You will be storing candles, incense, charcoal, wine and, most importantly, your Working Tools and Book.
Of course, if you can lock the room itself then it is possible to leave your altar permanently setup and have your supplies on open shelves. Actually this is much the better arrangement. Decoration of the temple room is a matter for individual taste. It can vary from all walls being done in a neutral color, to vivid realistic murals being painted.
Others usually those oriented exactly north-south, east-west follow the magickal symbolic colors, with the north wall painted green, the east yellow, the south red and the west blue. The floor, walls and ceiling should be scrubbed, with sea salt added to the water and cleaning agent. It is not necessary to do any elaborate cleansing ceremony at this point, since the Circle will be consecrated before each and every ritual you perform in it.
However, once any decoration of your room is finished other than the actual marking of the Circle itself you should do an initial purification, as follows:This should be done on the night of the' New Moon. Place your right forefinger left, if you are left-handed into the water.
Imagine a bright white light streaming down from above, into the crown of your head. Feel it surge through your entire body and then direct it down your arm. Concentrate all your energies to send it down your arm, down the finger and into the water. It may help to dose your eyes. When you feel you have directed. Stir it nine times, clockwise, with your finger and three times say: "Salt is Life.
Here is Life, Sacred and new; without strife. If the room is irregular in shape, with alcoves and closets, sprinkle every corner of every alcove and closet also. As you sprinkle, say one of the below or make up something of your own, along these lines : "Ever as I pass through the ways Do I feel the presence of the Gods. I know that in aught I do They are with me. They abide in me And I in them, Forever. No evil shall be entertained, For purity is the dweller " Within me and about me.
For good do I strive And for good do I live. Love unto all things. So be it, Forever. It lulls the heart, it stills the wind, Gives solitude I seek. It patters down, so gentle yet It ne'er does bend a leaf,. And yet the water that is there Will wash away all grief. For smoothness follows in the wake, And quiet and peace and love - Are all around in freshness new, Come down from clouds above. All evil go, flow out from here And leave all fresh and plain. Let negativity not come Into this room again.
For love I now find all around, So soft, so still so sure; I can perform my rituals As peace and quiet endure. Stick incense or cones will do but you will find that, for ritual and magickal work, it is better to burn powdered incense on a charcoal bric-quet, in a hanging censer More on this below. Go again about the room, this time swinging the censer in each and every corner. Again say the lines you said when you sprinkled the water.
But what if you do not have a whole room to dedicate as a temple? That is all right. You can take the corner of any room—living room, bedroom or kitchen and make that your temple. Again, let's look at the ideal first. An area at least five feet square is needed. You might like to arrange rails and curtains so that the area can be curtained off from the rest of the room, though this is not a necessity.
You may paint this section of the wall differently from the rest of the room, to suit your desires. If you can choose an area in the east it is preferable. Keep your working tools and supplies locked away in any convenient place but, here in your temple area, keep your altar. You may keep it pushed up against the wall when not in use, if you wish. On the altar always keep an altar candle generally white but, as we progress, you will learn of other colors and their times for use and your representations of the deities. These can be either statuettes or pictures, as outlined below.
This temple area should be cleaned, sprinkled and censed in the same way as the full room temple detailed above. The last consideration is for the person who, perhaps, has a very small apartment or who shares a room with someone not necessarily sympathetic to the Craft. Again there should be no real problem. The main thing is to have somewhere to lock away your. Working Tools. If you can have an altar and leave it set up with candle and deity figures, you can put it anywhere convenient in the room.
Again the east is preferable. If it is not possible to have a regular altar—specially made or adapted and kept for ritual use—then you can get by using a coffee-table or similar. In this case keep your deity figures wherever convenient They should be respected by your roommate s in the same way that you would respect their, or anyone else's, crucifix or Virgin Mary figure, or whatever, should they have such.
When you are able to do your rituals presumably alone all you need do is clear enough floor space anywhere convenient and set up your Circle, altar, etc.. Afterwards you will have to clear everything away again. There are many full covens who meet regularly in one-room apartments. A little light furniture moving and a Circle can be cast and a ritual enjoyed. So, you see, there is nothing to prevent you from having a temple. In fact the majority certainly prefer this, though it isn't always possible due to a lack of a site, or b unsuitable weather.
If you are lucky enough to have access to a small clearing in the woods, or any piece of ground where you can be private, then don't hesitate to use it. There will be no need for the cleansing ritual detailed above; you will proceed as will be shown in Lesson Three—Circles of Power and Protection. You can use virtually anything as an altar. If you are holding your Circle outside, then a large rock or a tree stump is ideal.
If you are indoors, then you can utilize a small coffee-table, a wooden box or even some boards resting on bricks. It is better to have an altar that does not contain any steel, so a ready-made table is not really the best unless glued or pegged together. If there has to be metal in the table, brass is acceptable. It has to do with conductivity. The Witch's Knife and Sword and Wand, if used are the only tools that are used for storing and directing energies.
They, then, can be of a conductive metal—iron or steel. All other items should be non-conductive—silver, gold, brass, stone, wood—since they are not used in that fashion. But why not have a little aestheticism with your altar? Why not do things properly? You are working in a circle, so why not a circular altar? To me, a rectangular altar in a circle always looks somewhat incongruous. This is one of the reasons a tree stump is so ideal. In fact a beautiful altar can be made by putting legs on a section of tree-trunk.
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The legs should be glued on. The "Altar Furniture" consists of a candle, or candles; incense burner known variously as a "censer" or "thurible" ; two dishes, one for salt and one for water; libation dish; goblet s ; and figures to represent the deities. Of course this is not a hard-and-fast list.
Feel free to add or subtract according to your needs it is understood, also, that individual traditions dictate certain items, e. Gardnerian has cords and a scourge. Most Witches "do their thing" in the evenings not a necessity, of course and so illuminate with candles around the Circle and on the altar. A candle on the altar is also helpful so that you can read from the book of rituals. Whether you have one candle or two is up to you. An incense burner is pretty much a necessity. Incense has been used in religious rites for thousands of years. The old belief was that the. Certainly it adds immeasurably to the atmosphere of the ritual.
Since there is frequent need to move the incense-burner about the Circle e. It is far better to have a hanging swinging censer. These can be bought or can be made. A special charcoal briquet is then placed in the censer and lit, then powdered incense is sprinkled on the charcoal. This is much more economical than burning cones or sticks and one briquet will burn for two hours or more.
Both briquets and powdered incense can be bought at most church supply stores. There is nothing against cones or sticks, of course, if you prefer them. Choose an incense that you enjoy; nothing too sweet and sickly. If you feel you must have a specific incense for a particular ritual, fine, but generally I find it doesn't make any difference which ones you use. I personally enjoy a good sandalwood or frankincense or one of the better "high altar" mixtures of the Christian Church. Incidentally, if you have nothing else, you can burn incense in any saucer-like vessel.
If you are using charcoal briquets and are afraid of the vessel cracking, simply fill it with sand and that will absorb the heat. Salt and water dishes are found on most Witch altars. Salted water represents life salt itself symbolizes semen, as is detailed in an interesting essay by Ernest Jones, titled The Symbolic Significance of Salt. Baptismal water, or "Holy Water", is nothing more than salt and water. The dishes you use can be of any type. Some people even use sea-shells as containers. During rituals it is usual to drink some wine or fruit-juice, if alcohol is not possible.
To toast the gods, a libation is always poured first. When meeting outdoors this can simply be poured on the ground. But when indoors the best, and usual, way is to pour the offering into a dish; the Libation Dish. Later—after the ceremony—the dish can be taken outside and the wine poured out on the ground. Like the salt and water dishes, the libation dish can be of any type. Again the goblet can be to suit yourself. It could be simply a glass or it could be a decorative drinking horn.
The latter can be made from cow-horns obtainable from handicraft stores, such as the Tandy Leather Company chain , with stands either separate or attached, made from bent silver or copper wire or from wood. Some Witches refer to their goblet as a "chalice" but, to my mind, this smacks of the eucharistic cup of Christianity so I tend to avoid it. Some Witches do not care to have deity figures on their altar. The majority, however, do. You can seek out actual statues, though good ones are not easy to come by copies of Boticelli's "Birth Of Venus"— irreverantly known as "Venus On a Half-Shell"!
Many Witches search for years to find a statuette that exactly fits the mental image they have of the deity. Some Wiccans use symbols, such as a sea-shell for the Goddess and an antler for the God. I have seen candles used, also various chess pieces, rocks, plants, etc.. I have seen beautiful deity representations made by decoupaging appropriate colored pictures to attractive pieces of wood. If you have the talent, of course, there is no reason why you shouldn't sculpt or draw your own figures.
Magick will be dealt with in detail later, in Lesson Eleven. There you will learn all the many and varied forms of magick and their workings. However, here I would like to take a quick look at some of the rudiments of magick; the basics. You may know that the Moon is frequently associated with Witchcraft, but you may not know why. One of the reasons is that the phases of the Moon are important to the proper working of magick. When the Moon is growing in size, it is waxing; when it is decreasing in size, it is waning.
There is a certain element of sympathetic magick just in this time of working. For example, as the Moon grows, so grows the opportunity or whatever for which you are working. Or, as the Moon dwindles, so declines the bad habit you are trying to overcome, or the wart you are trying to remove. You must want whatever you are working at to really happen. You must want it with all your being.
You must put every infinite particle of power into that desire, that urge for the act to come to pass. For this reason it is usually far more effective to do magick for yourself than to do it on someone else's behalf. It is seldom that another person can feel as intensely about something as the one directly concerned. This strong "feeling" is, in effect, the raised "Power" used in magick.
As an aid, a booster, to your power there can be used a number of amplifiers. One of these is Chant and another is Rhyme. The rhythmic chanting of a spell, with a solid, regular beat, can do much to intensify your feeling and, thereby, increase your power. Similarly, dancing can raise the power and so can a number of other treatments, including sex, all of which will be discussed in detail in Lesson Eleven. One other aspect might be mentioned here. When performing magick it is advisable to have a clean body. This means cleansed externally and internally. Bathe the body with a spoonful of sea salt added to the water.
This can be bought at most supermarkets or, failing that, at health food stores. Also prepare the inner body by the removal of toxins. This is done by fasting for twenty-four hours before working magick. No alcohol, no nicotine and no sexual activity more specific details later. Whenever doing magick, always consider the Wiccan Rede. Will your action harm anyone? If the answer is "Yes" More later. Basically, constructive magick for growth is done during the waxing cycle and magick for destruction is done during the waning cycle.
Constructive magick would include such things as love, success, protection, health, fertility. Destructive magick would include such things as binding spells, separation, elimination,. This Lesson deals with Beliefs. Examine your present beliefs on reincarnation. Do you have any past-life memories? Construct a diagram of a temple which would be ideal for your needs. Indicate the area which would best reflect your affinities outside, inside. What actual items would you like it to contain? Make this a realistic layout of what your temple will actually be like. List some examples of magickal workings appropriate for your needs you would do during the waxing cycle of the Moon.
Indeed we find many peoples regard their blacksmiths as magicians The figure of this wondrous Saxon smith symbolizing at first the marvels of metalworking The working tools are dictated by the tradition to which you belong. In the Saxon tradition there are fewer: Seax knife , Sword and Spear.
If you are creating your own denomination then you can decide for yourself which to have and which not to have. All tools, after they have been made, are ritually cleansed and purified before use, to remove any negative vibrations. They are then personally charged and consecrated.
Details for this are given next lesson. For now, as you finish making each tool, wrap it in a piece of clean, white linen and store it away safely until you are ready for the consecration. So iron, or steel, would seem to be the best material to use. The size of the knife should be to suit yourself; whatever feels comfortable. It will not do, then, to simply go to a store and buy a ready-made knife though more on that later. The best thing, by far, is to make your own from scratch.
Of course, not everyone is capable of this but, for those who are, let me start by looking at how to make one. If you can't buy a suitable piece of steel, use an old file or chisel and work with that. Whatever steel you have, it is going to be hard so your first job will be to soften it for working. Heat the steel till it is a dull red. If you have no other way of doing it, lay it on the burner of a gas or electric stove. You may have to leave it there, with the control turned full on, for several hours but it will eventually heat up to a dull red.
Once it has reached that color, turn off the heat and let it cool down naturally. That's all there is to it. It will now be softened and easier to work. Mark on the metal, with a pencil, the shape you want it to be see Figure 3. With a powered bandsaw if you have one , or a simple hacksaw, cut out the profile and file off any rough edges. Then start shaping the blade for sharpness.
A grinding wheel would come in handy here, though you can work with rough and. Every Witch has a personal knife. In many traditions this is called an athame pronounced "a-tham-ay". In the Scottish tradition it is a yag-dirk and in the Saxon a seax "see-ax". The knife usually has a steel, double-edged blade, though one exception is in the Frosts' tradition, where it is a single-edged brass knife.
It might be worth quoting from Anglo-Saxon Magic by Dr. Storms Gordon Press, NY , an annotated translation of various ancient Anglo-Saxon manuscripts: "Iron manifestly takes its power from the fact that the material was better and scarcer than wood or stone for making tools, and secondly from the mysterious way in which it was originally found: in meteoric stones.
It needed a specialist and a skilled laborer to The blade is going to be double-edged, so you are aiming for a diamond-shaped cross-section see Figure 3. Finish off the blade with two grades of wet and dry paper. Now your blade will need to be hardened and tempered. Heat it up again, this time until it is red hot. Then take hold of it with a pair of pliers and plunge it into a bowl of tepid water not cold, or the blade will crack or oil.
The main characters brother is sick and I think died in the hospital. I work in a public library and a patron just requested a copy of a book about a young boy who journeys to Alaska in search of a male relative dad? She thinks the boy's name was "Lincoln" and he ends up living with the local native people, hunting with them and learning their ways. She thinks the title had the words "water" and "sky" in them maybe? Any help would be appreciated, because her grandson is going to Alaska soon and she thought he might enjoy reading it on the trip.
I'm looking for a book I read when I was in elementary school in the 's. I used to check this book out a lot. All I can remember is the book had a dark blue fabric cover over hardback. It was about a young girl, possibly 12 or 13, who went to stay with an elderly, sick relative in California on the coast. The household was made up of the elderly relative, housekeeper, maids, cook and the child. It is not the Secret Garden, nor is it Heidi.
I want to say the title had something about Candle in it Not sure when it was written. I loved this book and have been wracking my brain for years to try and remember it. He gathers his friends and they all go search for it. Looing for a book that has orange cover and about teens in high school the main character has an enemy and a best friend the book is small in size and is a series. I'm looking for a s book with a cabin that basically when you stayed in time stood still and the outside world kept going at an accelerated speed. It was two brothers. One stayed and the other went outside.
Searching for a book that I read in the early 's about 12 children known as the Big Six older kids and the Little Six at summer camp. There was a ' Fairy Ring' in a clearing in the woods. The children cooked and took care of themselves. Assassin type series Author "Eisen??? I read that around and remember some similarities to what you describe. But it was not precisely what you described. Looking for a romance book about a girl who meets a guy that was kicked out of his old school.
He saves her from getting hit by a car. He rides a motorcycle. They fall in love. He is protecting her from something. She gets weird things sent to her. Looking for a book about a kid in London who is maybe part of a detective agency with his older brother not sure about this? I know he deals with gangs or something and is almost thrown into the thames with cement shoes. There's a scene in the book where he's in a train yard or something and he's tied up, but when he's tied up he remembers to tense his muscles beforehand so he can escape the ropes later.
This is very vague, but I just remember it being a good, kinda funny book. Looking for a book I read years ago. I can't really remember what it was about but it was something like a son or grandson retelling the story of his dad or grandpa who designed the nuke or something? Since every time she wears it good things happen. The strike up a Summer romance. And since I never finished the book, due to my sister snagging it, I have no idea how it ends. Looking for short story, supposedly an English class book about a young boy who travels on a bus then meets a punk looking girl in a bar waiting for the bus to be fixed so he can travel home.
I'm looking for a sci fi series I read as a kid. The main character is an enhanced super soldier who's turned against his compatriots, but his enhanced abilities are only activated by proximity to his former comrades. Looking for a book about 2 boys who travel through history as famous historical figures. Lincoln and Grant, Marc Antony and Cesar. I remember the book being sort of old looking with a green hard cover. I want to say it was written in the 50s or 60s but can't be sure.
The title had something to do with Lost, Forgotten, or Time but not sure about that either. I've come across the typical Land that Time Forgot but that is not it. It was children stuck in this other world and I think they arrived by some sort of door through the brush. Thank you!! Looking for a book where a young boy climbs a waterfall and then he makes friends with a young girl. After many years he climbs the waterfall to win her hands. I read a story once, the catlike woman whose tribe fed on dreams was kept by a worker on a mine planet.
Her kind was forbidden, the dream feed caused eventual death but was pleasant to both in the dreary world. Have been trying to find that short story for almost 40 years now. Sound familiar to anyone? I want to read it again. Looking for an old Penguin book about some half-dozen historical social reforms in Britain. Each chapter was about some social ill that was finally ended or mitigated. Three I dimly recall are the abolition of man-traps to catch poachers, some safety improvements in large sailing ships, The title was something along the lines of "They'll never fix this one".
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I think it's A Spring to Remember. Childrens book with many stories that were illustrated one was about poor man who meets a witch and she gives him a horse who she says he can't feed he gets rich off the horse and one day feeds him the horse turns into a man and spares him for the crumb he gave him but burns his house down and takes his riches the witch comes back and turns the man into a horse.
Looking for a book my mom 88 read as a child. True storyThe story was about a young boy who was lost in the woods of Maine. He fell a lot as he was trying to find his way out. He was cold at night. His shoes wore out and so he was barefoot. He walked through creeks and froze his toes.
He ate berries to survive He prayed a lot. He finally came to a lake, he had fallen and could not get up. He felt someone pick him up He saw a light across the lake and wanted to swim towards it. He was so exhausted he could not and again he felt someone helping him Anyone have any clue as to what the title of this book is???
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He even gets someone to deliver his newspaper to his bedroom lol. He is in the music industry, possibly a jingle writer and he plays the piano and taught his daughter. The author may have an Irish sounding name? Please help me find it again! I am looking for a book my boyfriend read 4 years ago. The book is written in the first person, published before The protagonist is an American professor visiting England and begins on his journey back to the airport in a taxi. All the other tenants in the guesthouse are strange with their own stories to tell. You, as the reader, are lead to believe the other guests are either entirely mad or dead.
The protagonist spends a good portion of the middle of the book trying to distance himself from other guests to find signal on his phone but can't to call his girlfriend. At the end of the book it's heavily hinted that the protagonist actually died in a plane crash and has been dead the whole time. The book was billed as a thriller but had rather humourous moments if you like dark humour.
The author of the book seemed to be English and possibly had a double barrelled surname. The cover may have been yellow on the hardback edition. I am looking for a children't book I used to read as a child. It was a short read about a young girl who wanted to purchase a black stallion but couldn't afford it. So she ended up purchasing a beat up old black horse instead.
Essentially, this book is the ugly duckling book about a horse. It would have been published prior to the early 's. That is when I remember reading it. Hi everyone, I'm looking for a book that is about a Havard student. When he passed away, his friends came to his funeral and they decided to have a speical sign for their children. His son grew up and he got the help from his father's friends to take revenge for him. Please let me know if you know any information about this book.
Thank you so much. I appreciate it. He then set out to find his family along the way he comes across a man and a women in a house and he uses the words full of spunk to describe her. He also uses a bike mask to be protected from the air. And he has a picture of his daughter in his pocket.
Along the way they come accross a hospital where a nurse and a child have been hiding in an X-ray room where they were protected from radiation. The kid was wheeled around in a wheel barrow I do believe. Looking for a book about a girl who lives in california who is goth but carries around a doll and falls in love with a surfer who works at a juice bar and her mom and boyfriend send her to her father on NY an she meets her half siblings.
The cover is pink and yellow-orange stripes with a combat boot and a doll. One is about a man who proposes to his girlfriend with a green ring, next to a dock or some water, and a sea monster like pops out and steals the ring. The man jumps in after it. He eventually gets it back and returns. He gives the ring to his girlfriend and she says she'd like it better if it was blue or some other color. Might be called Suburbia? Looking for a book from the s I think, about a girl whose teacher stays with her while her parents are away.
I don't remember much except she had a party and the teacher made a "cake" with tuna in the middle of a loaf of bread and frosted it with cream cheese. I know it's odd but that's the main thing I remember to this day lol. Underground cult uses magic to overthrow system and a leader eventually achieves lifetime ambition of disappearing into a diamond. Published prior to One leader eventually disappears when not a diamond using magic. In looking for a book i read to teens. It's about a young girl camp counselor that took misfit teens camping.
They had a volunteer grandma with them. Along the bike they encountered a group of motorcycle guys that followed them and caused trouble. If I remember right, it's categorized as a Young Adult book. It's about this girl and boy who I think they used to date, but for some reason they split and part their own ways, but they keep writing letters to each other that's how the book is narrated; with the letters i can't remember but i think the girl stops writing and the guy is struggling to keep up with growing up and becoming a responsible adult.
I think the girl goes of to college and finds someone else. I am looking for a play theather play that I watched many years ago. It is about two boys raised by their parents in very different ways. Like a psychological experiment. The parents or one of them is a psychologist. One is raised in the attic, locked and isolated.
And the other is raised freely, regularly registered at the school. I am looking for an illustrated children's book I read 30 years back. The publisher was "Treasure Press". The title had the words "The Golden Monkey" I forget whether it was Legend of the Golden Monkey or Tales of the golden monkey or legend of the golden monkey. Any clues? I am looking for a book that i used to read when i was very young.
A male assasin partners up with a female assasin and they start to save people instead. One novel involved an Eastern European police officer who the mob killed and sold the young ballet dancing daughter into sex slavery for revenge and fear to the village. The daughter ends up being trafficked to Las Vegas and main characters save her. I am looking for a book from the 90's. It was a young adult book. There's a girl who loses her virginity to the town bad boy then runs away. She hitchhikes to California and works as a waitress or maybe in a resort.
She meets a guy and they fall in love. She finds out she can't have kids because of some STD the bad boy gave her. In the end she uses a payphone to call her mother. The cover had a backpack, postcards, and a red bra in sand on it. I am looking for an anthology of sci-fi short stories. One story I remember is about a girl who rides her bike beyond her block and discovers a gas station. Later she can't find it. It turns out the town is just an elaborate facade. Her parents aren't her parents. Something dealing with a pumpkin shows a glitch in the false reality.
Looking for a girl born given to her sister. Has two ballerina outfits on it and a person hugging the girl. Am looking for a children's book I read in the s. Great aunt Jane was going to the airport and had a flat tyre. I remember the phrase "as flat as a pancake". Hi im looking for a book who had the drawing of a crocodile on front on the french version anyway I think it was an american teen novel but with mystery and murder.
Two bad? A tree house where a kid witnessed a murder, a cleaning lady. Its all a big blur i tking i read it in bit it might be older. Hello, I am looking for a children's picture book about a boy who was trying to find a friend. He tried to make a friend out of a tumbleweed, and out of a cactus. Finally he rode across a rainbow, and at the end found a friend. This was from the late 70's, early 80's. Thanks for the help! Christine Amaryllis. Looking for a children's book about two sisters who are at the beach when the beach is evacuated but they are left stranded.
An old woman who lives at the beach beckons them to come out of the oncoming storm. The main character gains abilities from small figures that he found, all i can remember is that one of the figures was a necromancer. It was only one novel not part of a series of novels. Hi, my son is trying to find a book he read about 5 years ago but cannot remember the name or the author. It's about game hunters in Africa that get stopped by 2 children.
Not much to go on I appreciate this but it is worth a shot. Thanks Gaz. Cutbytheshell22 If you're still looking for the crow book it might be Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce. Gypsiegately The book you're looking for is Haunted by Meg Cabot. It's the 5th book in the mediator series. I used to love it and really want to find it so my kids can read it. I'm looking for book that is a series. It was about a girl who is human AMD half sky spirit.
She meets a boy who turns in a loupe which is the french word for wolf. I cant remember the name of the 1st book but I remember that if the wolf gets touched by sun or transforms during the day he stays that way forever. Help I loved the series. I was reading it when I was in middle school. I cant remember the name of a childhood book I've read! It has a girl character that never wanted to bathe and she was so dirty, flowers began growing out of her skin. I'm looking for a book I read from the older young adult section when I was in elementary school.
For some reason, white tennis shoes seem really relevant to this book. Trying to find a book about a boy set in a medieval time period who finds out he has illegal powers where he can control an invisible force. He leaves his home on a journey to find his traitorous brother who is like the advisor to the king.
The brother is also an illegal mage who tries to kill the king but the boy saves the king. I'm trying to remember a romance book I read about 7 years ago or so. It takes place in the modern day, and went back and forth for main characters by a vampire and a human woman who was a vet. She had a birthmark that when the vampire saw it know she was his soul mate but only saw it after he attacked her when he needed blood.
She also had a power to heal at will but tried to keep it hidden except for one time she healed a dog who was going to die. Later in the story she met other vampires with their mates who also had the same birthmark as her and they each had different powers too. He ended up at a small cottage on the ocean. Swam a lot, layed in the sun a lot, and began to heal. At some point he began to keep some special kind of bees. Any thought on the name?
I read a book in that was about an elderly man who took his money out of the bank - bought a car perhaps a Cadillac and drive off. It was quite amusing. I would love to know the name of the book. Thank you. One day the boy was driving the car down a country road and he either hit a little girl on her bicycle or swerved to miss her. The boy ended up on crutches and the grandpa was not seriously injured, but I think the little girl was. The grandfather claimed it had been him who was driving the truck, and he was arrested for reckless driving or something like that.
The rest of the book revolves around the main character, the grandson, struggling to decide whether to tell the truth that he was the one driving or let his grandfather take the fall for him. I remember some minor details such as the main character begins dating a popular girl named Maxine, Justine, or Georgina, something like that.
I also know there was a certain country song that was playing when the car accident happened and the main character hears it on the radio several times throughout the book. I remember that his dad has been a firefighter and was killed trying to save a little boy who had fallen from the ice. I have spent years trying to Google the name of the book based off details I remember, but have come up with nothing. If anyone recognizes the book, please let me know. There's a book I remeber reading in the beginning of highschool. It was about a vampire that had bitten this boy?
Anyways the plot I remember is that he resists biting someone and its a really big struggle. There's a specific scene I really remember it's when the family is cooking a steak dinner. He asks for his steak rare and his older brother is grossed out. I remember it ending on an ambiguous ending, where he shuts himself in his room. He struggling a lot and I'm pretty sure he was getting weaker and weaker as he wouldn't drink human blood. The cover was black and had a yellow smile face, I think there was fangs and it had blood on the fangs. Please help? I read a book a long time ago in middle school and a very important theme was the main girl wears purple lipstick and always blotches them on a napkin.
She and this girl have been competing for ever and I think at some point the main girl figures out her boyfriend was cheating with the other girl. So the boyfriend ends up dead with a purple lipstick mark on his cheek and everyone thinks it's the main girl. She fights to prove she's innocent and shows the other girl was keeping her purple lipstick blotches napkins in a drawer and convinced people she used the napkin to frame her.
The other girl ends up in a psych ward, main girl ends up with her male best friend and confesses she truly did murder her boyfriend and framed the other girl. In the 's or early 's I read a book about a teenage girl who lives with her single mother and younger sister. Both the mother and sister seems to look to the teenage girl to take care of them emotionally.
The teenage girl meets a boy and develops a relationship while the younger sister is promiscuous and ends up pregnant. The younger sister lies about how far along she is so a nice boy thinks it's his and married her. The younger sister husband leaves after discovering baby isnt his, younger sister baby is removed and they expect teenage girl to fix it for them. Girl decides to leave for art school and let her family and her clingy boyfriend to care for themselves. Anyone remember this book? Its driving me crazy trying to remember the name of the book and the character names. They try to go into the city by jumping onto a train and they end up finding they need to get her on a boat to get home, so they have to either swim across a ocean or pay to cross the bridge.
There is also this beast who I believe left his master, he ends up fighting an alligator and winning, but just barely, after he accepts death. I can't remember the name of the book I read about a girl in a dystopian world may have had a mother and Brother die in very beginning, don't remember but she comes across a group of men and to protect her from a severe rape and possible death, one of the men "gently" rapes her and she either escapes or the men just leave since they successfully got her; and she ends up pregnant and has a baby girl. Years later she is living in a cave society and ends up meeting the father of her daughter and learns h e had done what he did to try and save her from worse, and they end up falling in love, though there is more to the actual book story.
The book was the first in a series. I cant remember the name of this book I read. Its about a girl who is in art school, her dean tells her shes failing. She goes to look for this like retired artist who could mentor her. Hes an alcoholic. He lives with this younger guy whos like a bad boy. And the mentor had been in a relationship with her mom before her mom died and she found letters in the mentors house. I think the girl had a really unique name and went by a shorter version. I think she had drawn the bad boy the first time she met him and he kept that drawing. They I think started like dating and she got jealous of some girl who I think was his step mom or sister or something.
Looking for a young adult book I read around It had 2 plots, one that took place during the present day and another during an s type time period. It was a conservative rural family and the baby conceived out of wedlock - so consequences from the abusive father were dire and the stakes were high. In the end the older sister ended up having the baby but it died and she put it in the river.
Im searching for a book about this little boy who gets abducted while waiting for his mom. This female detective moves into town and tries to find him. She finds a dairy of maybe the abductor and in it the person describes how they watched a grown police man throw up at the sight of the dead body. So its also about a group of people who have been killing since they were kids.
Looking for a book about a women whom travels into a new neighborhood that is run by a mafia. She has caught the eye of the mafia boss and he protects her sometimes when he see her. IN this book, I believe they have powers in the mafia that allows the mafia gang to shadow creep into places that normal people can not. I'm searching for two books. The first is a book about a group of college women and their lives after graduation. Not a movie. May have Club in the title. May be by Jeanne Dixon. Looking for a book that the cover is a theme of purple and butterflies. The boy spends his whole life trying to get her out and succeeds in the end.
Looking for the title of a novel about a black funeral home director who must find a wife. The wife he is advised to choose should be submissive, dark-skinned, the perfect color, in order to carry on the tradition as his father did. I believe that the story is set in the late 19th or early 20th C. Would love to find this book--thanks! Plot was angel torn between Heaven and Hell, not feeling worthy Monks take bad men to a monastery and basically torture them?
In it, an angel fell to earth from his cloud and landed on earth, in a big city. He explored a department store, and was taken home by an old woman who gave him a bath. It was regularly read aloud by Captain Kangaroo, on his TV show. I am looking for a book that I believe is only a picture book or at least very few sentences, about two gorilla families. The illustrations are marvelous but also contain some weird elements like trees turning into light poles, bowler hat clouds etc. From what I remember the main characters are two child gorillas from very different households one being rich and distant parents, the other being poor but very loving parents.
They meet at a park and play together. Looking for adult book about characters Blue and Pink in kids book. Spider weaving web on porch. Old woman fies. Settling estate. I'm looking for a book that was about this boy with his father not having a good relationship his father is a doctor I believe and is rich. The father has a bodyguard and the son I believe has is taking summer classes due to his father. They own a house near the beach and the boy plans a party with his group of friends not knowing that the word of having a party started to go around like wildfire.
Then later on in the book he and his girlfriend and guy friend go on an airplane trip to France to find more about his father or the bodyguard secret. When they arrive there the main character the guy goes into a car dealership he tries to get a car but fails after being a minor in France. Even though in America he isn't a minor. They then bribe the worker to file fake documents in order to get a car. They go to this hotel near a beach that you can go to fully nude at the beach But it appears that they are being followed by somebody. The main character tries to get more information about the one specific man.
Says who are you looking for and the main character lies that he was eager to find his dad after years of trying to find him. Looking for a second chance mc romance about a female realtor who gets beaten up by a potential client. She then runs into her biker ex and his club , she knows his club, at a wings restaurant on bike night. This is a very remote chance and I dont have a lot of info but Im looking for the names of a trilogy written about a girl growing up in a religious school and coming to grips with her catholism??? Have a feeling the names of the books were something to do with the seasons but could be wrong.
Looking for a book about a teenage girl who if I remember correctly was called either Deliah or Delilah. She had an older brother who ran away from home due to her finding out he had a drug addiction. Her best friend was this Indian girl who ended up sleeping with her boyfriend Adam, the son of a police officer. Her mother was a clown and the book was within a series all focusing on Delilah and her brother. The first book ended with her brother calling her to tell her that he was alive. Please help, have been searching for literally years x.
I'm looking for a book about a motorcycle president and a woman hiding her past. She was raised in a group home that her father sold her to when she was a very young child after her moms death. The group home is abusive and the heroine protects the younger children. The lady running the home beats the heroine or locks her in the dark basement for says.
A young girl shows up with no memory and the heroine protects her. The woman that runs the home son attacked the young girl and the heroine attached him and together they ran. Now the heroines friend was on the way to work and was kidnapped. The heroine is looking for her at a strip club where she heard she might be. Bikers show up at the motel room of heroine saying the president of the club wants to talk to her. She says fine she will dress and follow them.
They grab her and she tells them she doesn't like to be touched. They don't listen and she kicks their booty. She paints rufus on Mc clubhouse wall. Her list uncle comes back and sees it. He knows his sister always had rufus. Heroine is also interloped with the homeless vets. It had copies published in Cortez Colorado by Beaver publishing in I have befriended the author, and would like to read futher adventures of his horse trading days.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am searching for a book that I think was called "The Promise". It is about reincarnation with an actress and writer discovering they had lived and loved in another lifetime. Others from this past life have also been reincarnated and are now closely involved in their current lives as well.
I don't recall all details, but seem to remember the actress's mother in the past interfering in her life and manipulates people and events until she ultimately and accidentally kills her daughter I read this book back in the 70's, so it is rather old. I can't remember the title or author. I read this book back in the 90s. The book is about an English woman who inherits a mansion but only if she goes on a quest to return a dragon egg within 1 years time. The woman was a teacher in London.
When she leaves on the quest, she takes a street-wise London boy with her. The egg is from the union of a dragon and human woman and is watched over and accompanied by an oriental unicorn creature. I think it was called a Ki-lin or Ky-rin maybe Qylin, not sure. The creature starts off as a small statue and he can shrink to tiny size or grow to the size of a horse.
And he never harms anything, not even a blade of grass. At the end of the book, the woman returns home to open an orphanage. When the egg hatches, there are twins inside. A perfect little dragon and a human baby. My friend thinks there might be a fox in the story also. I'm searching for a book that I was assigned to read for a college class in or It probably fits under the category of Intermediate Reader or possibly YA.
Definitely historical fiction. It's the best book I've ever read, so I can't believe I don't remember the author or even the title. The story is set during the time when white people are leary of their Japanese neighbors. The story centers around a girl and her family who have a farm I think on one of the San Juan Islands. Relatives come to stay with the girl's family and she is not happy about it because the female cousin is spoiled and tries to get her in trouble.
The girl likes to go out sailing in her sailboat. One night she is out in her sailboat with her friend and it is foggy and they hear another boat nearby and they hear voices and the sound of a body being thrown overboard. When the boat leaves, the girl and her friend retrieve the body from the water and bring it back to shore.
The body turns out to be a Japanese man and they hide him and nurse him back to health. The would-be murderers of the Japanese man discover that he is still alive and chase the girl and her friend and cousin and the Japanese man across Puget Sound in their sailboats to Friday Harbor. It is an intense chase. Wish I could remember more of the book. Does anyone know the title of the book I'm thinking of? They get him on board and the chief engineer poisons him and takes money. The characters are, Lt. Commander Cordeau, Lt. Beech, Zola the stoker can't remember any more!!
The rogue engineer shoots Cordeau and takes Beech prisoner and then lets him go as he has run out of bullets. I think the book was called "Dead Mans Chest". Thanks in advance John. I can't for the life of me remember the rest of the book or what it is called! Can anyone see if they know! I am looking for a novel about a girl whose tree in her back yard has a world within where her parent go and get balloons of life that keep them young.
Cover I believe depicted a tree and red ballon of some sort. It was about a female inmate who was in a horse training program. I think a guy adopted the horse she was working with, but I remember she ended up going to his house to help train the horse. His child had special needs. And of course like all good books they fell in love in end. Horses name was something like Wildfire Its about some boys and a girl all working as detectives with sherlock holmes.
There at a circus and some people perform tricks in code. I want to learn the tricks but i dont know the book. Any ideas? I am looking for a book that I read in 5th grade. I am pretty sure the title was something like The Family. It was essentially about a family with 5 or 6 children, mostly boys, and their antics. This book was stuck in my mind because one of the sons dies after riding his bike down a hill and then crashing into the side of a car at the bottom.
There was also another kid that really like to eat butter and was caught eating a whole stick of it and later got sent to the hospital with a really high fever, like The family's first Easter after the son's death was really hard. The end of the book had the family go to Thanksgiving with their famous pudding and as they are about to leave the car one of the younger boys accidentally stepped in it and the mom was devastated that the pudding was ruined but the dad was like no it's fine the shoe was clean we don't need to tell anyone. When dessert came around the parents were told that the pudding tasted better than ever so the mom and dad went to the kitchen to laugh really hard, the first time that they had laughed so hard since their son had died.
This book is about a girl who met a guy while on vacation and decided to go back with him to his country and meet his family They first met with his brother who didn't seem to fond of her. A novel about a confused woman she sees shadows in a mirror, and she loses time. They are chased and watched and end up in an alternate universe where there is a backwards ticking clock. A countdown of some sort that she has on her to accomplish a task. The driver can help, but it diminishes his life immensely to do this and she feels as though she has done this before.
Can anyone help? Book is about a boy whose father was murdered in his childhood by a thief, he waits all his life with a knife to avenge his father's death. The boy later grows up to be teacher in his own village and finds out that his favourite students father was the murderer of his father. At first he plans to seek revenge but after seeing his health condition he leaves him to his fate. Book about a boy whose family moves into a new house; he rides a bike to school I remember reading that he had to remember to go in a different direction than usual to get to his new house, otherwise he would've been at his old one.
I thought it could've been Time For Andrew, but it wasn't; there was no aunt in this book. YA paperback, read before Book about a guy, bitten by a snake, wakes to find humanity gone. All the people in town think they are crazy too. The mother has a miscarriage and stays locked up in her room, and the brother is a drunk who Runs over his younger brothers cat, clementine.
The older brother then crashes the car and lights it on fire with himself in it. At the end of the book the little brother decided to kill the rest of his family. The book was about a young black man. His parents are killed in a car accident or a train hit them unsure. He is found in a pig pen at some point, is taken in to foster care, and endures racism throughout his time as a foster child.
He is locked in a shed for sometime and manages to escape. He sleeps outside a few times and carries a picture of his mother in his bag. It may have taken place in or near Mississippi because it had a jazz influence. Looking for the name of a romance book where the heroine is daughter of a demon lord and she kills him at end of first book for her love and is taken to hell to rule to save her unborn child.
This book starts out with a woman, her husband, and twins moving into a new neighborhood I believe around the late s earlys. They also learn that they all like to read. This begins a lifelong friendship and monthly book club. They are there for each other over the years as they face the challenges of raising their children, keeping their marriages together, supporting friends through divorce and ultimately through cancer. I believe the cover had a picture of a woman floating in a pool in an inertude with a big floppy hat and a drink.
I'm looking for a book by the name of yellow shoes. It's about a person that work in one of London airport. It was large and thin. The one I had was hardcover with a removable paper cover. It was a collection of short scary stories that had unique artwork. It was painting and ink that used mostly blacks, grey, blues and red and white, maybe some skin tones. There was a lot of splatters for either blood or stars. She starts to fall fo her boy best friend and she invites him to a gala or a dance and she has a terrible time while he has a good one?
After that they sit on her roof top and talk and he leaves her up there hanging. I think they even dated for a while then broke up and stayed as friends. She wrote him letters I think? The cover had a light blue background with a bright yellow candy heart broken with the title.
I really liked the book! A group of girls i think 4 plan to murder a boy that they hate for personal reasons. They plan the murder with great precision so that they murder is not traced back to them and no one except the 4 of them knew about this plan. But before they can commit the murder themselves, the boy is killed in the exact same method that they planned, by someone else. I'm looking for a children's book 4th, 5th grade where the main character is a boy who lives in a room in a hotel that his father manages.
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The curse went along the lines of "when this lump of peat burns away, the child will die and go to clay". There were other stories as well like the one about an australian aboriginal medicine man warning a construction crew against building a road through a cursed thicket of trees, of course tragedy strikes and the road is built around the trees in the end, also one about a tree in africa that was known to the locals to strangle anyone who wandered to close at night. Another with a mummified cat being taken from a tomb only for its spirit to escape its binds through a hole in its throat shocking the collector that brought it along.
Another with a boy somewhere in england disappearing seemingly into thin air atop a hill when he was going to milk the cows or something, but his parents and the locals could hear his disembodied voice crying out for help over the following weeks until finally it fades away entirely. There were also 2 stories about ufo's that i can remember involving one plane being slammed into the ground by what seemed like an invisible hand, and another where some airmen keeping watch over a plane graveyard when the ufo appears and one of them decides to hop into a still functional ww2 plane to chase it only to nearly "ram himself up its tailpipe" when it suddenly stops.
It even had a variation of the girl with the ribbon around her neck that involved an artist who couldn't get enough of painting her portrait. The cover of the book was a mix of red and purple color with illustrations of at least 3 of these stories, ribbon girl, medicine, and mummy cat in a sort of collage. I forgot if it involved the term "ghost stories" or "spine chilling" or anything of the sort, there were at least 10 stories that i can remember but i'm pretty sure there were 13 altogether. It was a really fun read and my copy was so old it ended up deteriorating almost completely and my mother apparently threw it out.
I'm looking for the title of a Teen Romance Nook book. It's about a girl that was abused by her birth mother, but was adopted by a doctor and his wife when she was in the hospital due to abuse. She goes to college and meets a boy. The guy comes back to his dorm room and his roommate also has a sock on his door so he goes up to the roof as well. That's how they meet and then they fall in love. I am looking for a romance book that potrays a couple that have a doughter 14 or 15 years old and i think the husband was a lawyer and the wife a teacher. The husband lost by his choice a case and the wife was upset for that, so he ecided to leave the wife an child and goes to visit his ex girlfriend, wich is an artist.
I read this book at but i can't remember the title or the author. Pleas can anyone help me because this is driving me insane and i have spent more than a month trying to find it. I am looking for a childrens book that was read to me in the 80s. It contained a bunch of stories, but my favorite was called something like 'the naughty moon'. It was about a moon that would sneak into the sky during the day. I'm looking for a book that has a girl floating upside down on the cover.
Looking for a Halloween children's book with a witch in a green mask and maybe a skeleton on the front cover. This is so far fetched, but hopefully someone knows what I'm talking about. There is a group of kids in the middle of nowhere and they have to fend for themselves. The main character is a boy and he has two friends: a girl and a boy. I'm pretty sure him and the girl had something going on Anyways, I remember there was a part where they went underground and there was this giant worm or snake or something that was living underground.
That's all I remember. That's it. Searching for a chapter book I used to read as a young girl in elementary school. I would say anywhere between the years of I vaguely remember the cover of the book picturing a young blonde girl in the foreground, holding a book or notebook of some sort. If I recall correctly she had about shoulder length hair with bangs and a headband on. On the cover it looks as though she is in the woods and she is begrudgingly looking back at what looks like a wooden clubhouse.
In this clubhouse I believe can't remember if this is what was actually on the cover or just my imagination there are two girls looking out the window at her. One I think is African-American and the other is a red head. I think the story revolves around the blonde girl and her connection to the clubhouse.
I believe her grandfather built it and she used to have tea parties in there and basically go there as her escape from the rest of the world. I also vaguely remember something about a key? Thanks in advanced if you have any info pertaining to this long, lost book! A book about a teenage boy who doesn't want to go away for Summer camp so hides out in his basement instead. His long lost sister drug addicted runaway suddenly turns up in his basement, which is where she has been seeking refuge.
YA novel, possibly Italian author. The plot is that a retired Librarian, still owning books, saves the world when the computer networks go down for good. A book for teenagers called Jamie. Jamie met a mixed race girl called Sharon, there was romantic interest, Jamie cut his hand on glass and it never worked as well afterwards. Jamie got jumped by two lads, one called Al, the two boys set fire to Jamie's hair. Young children's book about a girl who goes to visit someone and there's a tapestry on the wall with a girl.
She goes into the tapestry and has an adventure. I'm really sorry but this is literally all I can remember about it! It's not the boy and the lion on the wall but kind of similar. More juvenile though. I think probably from the early s. Part of a series I think, no author that I can remember and unsure of the publishing house.
So very helpful of me! There was some dangerous older characters they would come across that were up to no good, one was a thief and a murderer. So when the kids discover his crime, he chases them through the tunnels, as they try to get away and find help. One girl was weaker, had some sort of health issues, and there was a boy who was her protector. I took this hardcover book out of my school library in , but it seemed like an older book that had been around for awhile. There were a few small black illustrations mixed in with the text. A 2nd book was about a little witch who was best friends with a mermaid, she lived in a world that was separate from "the real world" of a little human girl.
I believe the witch lived in a cave that had a water pool, so the mermaid could pop up to visit. The little girl considered the witch her friend, but there was some sort of separation between them, such as the girl could read about what was happening daily in the witch's life, but could not travel to that world. There were a few small black illustrations mixed in with the text, the drawings of the witch and mermaid was very simple round faces, dot eyes.