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  1. Tyler J Gray Tyler J Gray says:

    Another wonderful little book in the Sabbat series this one focusing on Ostara Simply a little over view with something for everyone It's not strictly Wiccan though Wiccans can certainly use it too The same chapters as before Old Ways New Ways Spells and Divination Recipes Crafts Prayers Invocations and Rituals of Celebration along with Correspondences for Ostara Wonderfully organized and easy to follow I enjoy learning some stuff I hadn't known as well as annotating stuff I can use in my own practice and spirituality

  2. Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!} Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!} says:

    Disclaimer This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from NetgalleyI really liked the fact that this was not just a Wiccan book and that it focused on Neo Paganism views on the holiday as well I liked how some of the recipes were vegetarian friendlyThere was a little bit of everything for everyoneI wish there was a bit advanced information I felt like I didn't learn anything I didn't read before or researched beforeI recommend this as a good starting place for new neo pagans since it feels like a compilation of information in one bookAlso the cover is cute It really stands out among other witchy books

  3. Jillyn Jillyn says:

    Ostara is the first of the Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials that I received to review This reference book is in a very easy navigate format with just six simple chapters Old Ways New Ways Spells Divination Recipes Crafts Prayers Invocations and Rituals of Celebration The first section Old Ways explains the historical context and anciently tied traditions of the sabbat The section of New Ways offers modern day ways to connect to the holiday like gardening or taking walks or meditation Things that you can do in your daily life without a lot of difficulty or struggle It also suggests places to visit and places to go so you're out in the wonderful springtime The Spells Divination chapter contains just that spells and divination tips and ideas Some of these include a spell to assist in difficult changes and a Spring is in the Air Love Attraction Spell These are written in step by step format and include lists of the things you will need to follow them There are also prayers and words to say included These serve as good jumping off points for beginners to the path This is expanded on within the Prayers and Invocations section as well The Recipes and Crafts section again includes just what you'd think Some of the recipes included in this book are Mint Lamb Chops and Hot Cross buns They're short and relatively simple recipes with the steps written in of a paragraph format as opposed to a step by step list There are desserts drinks and meals for both vegetarians and meat eaters alike Crafts include Eggshell Plant Pots and Painted Garden Stones These are largely family friendly and relatively easy crafts that are a fun way to spend the day I'm not the craftiest person so I was happy to see that these are things that I think I can actually do The last chapter Rituals of Celebration includes a ritual for a solitary practitioner one designed for two people and one designed for a group All in all I think this is a great place to start as a beginner or a relatively uick way to brush up on things if you're not in the regular study habit Reading this book made me reuest the next book in the series I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review This review can also be found on my blog Bitches n Prose

  4. MeriBeth MeriBeth says:

    Part of Llewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials series Ostara focuses on the early spring festival of renewal and regeneration First however you must slog your way through a general history of the wheel of the year and how this wheel effects modern neo pagans throughout the year and the differences between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere versions of it This information very introductory and likely common knowledge to any neo pagan reading the book drags the text down right from the start I was bored with it before I even got to the paragraphs telling me what kind of information I would find in the book I was about to read Ostara then proceeds to tell us the history of the holiday initially by repeating several paragraphs of material from the introduction before moving on into a scholarly discussion of the background and development of Ostara as a pagan holiday For a supposedly ancient holiday the fact that this is an ancient celebration is repeated several times it seems strange that all the written information or references to it begin in the 8th century in illuminated manuscripts with no references discovered in any ancient sites or ancient texts of which we have fragments or whole manuscripts Then in a dramatic shift the author turns around and says it was all Gerald Gardner’s idea Excuse my sarcasm but I’m beginning to think anything with neo pagan festivals is solely Gerald Garnder’s idea or if writers can’t come up with something to say ‘yes that’s where it started’ in archaeology they blame him for inventing it Three paragraphs later once again Ostara is an ancient festival from Ireland Yes if you can’t tell I got rather frustrated rather fast with the almost schizophrenic shifts back and forth on the history of the holiday especially when the author attempted to link Ostara to all sorts of other ancient fertility rites which conveniently happened in the early to mid springAfter the historic ramble comes a ramble on the status of the holiday among modern neo pagan groups and strangely enough the general public A long discourse follows basically connecting all sorts of modern events holidays illness and cures to the return of spring After reading this book I have to wonder if when they get around to a book on Lammas the eventual author will try to make football into a modern harvest rite Needless to say my enthusiasm for this book bombed out long before I reached the spell section which also underwhelmed me with long lengthy explanations and bits of modern poetry as “spells” for things you might want to do in the spring – cleansing mediation renewal attracting love divination – though for some reason the Ostara rituals were tucked away at the very end of the book and were uite lengthy even for a solitary In reading them they seemed familiar and I wonder if they were adapted from something previously published elsewhere The best part was the recipes and crafts section The recipes were healthy and sounded delicious though many of the ingredients were not available currently for me so I was unable to try them out The crafts were simple for the most part and suitable for someone to do with their childrenIn the end this book had its highs and lows for me I believe it is best suited for someone new to the neo pagan movement or who is just started to develop a library of material of their own It is very introductory if lengthy and repetitive in many places Much of the material could have been edited to eliminate the repetition and contradictions in the text Still for what it is it’s not the worst book out there nor is it the best Book received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  5. Rae Sengele Rae Sengele says:

    Of the Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials books that I've read so far I liked the Ostara book the best I love that the book isn't entirely wiccan and that the author addressed the whole Eostre problem from a historical stand point rather than stating it as fact I also loved that she explained a lot of the correspondences especially the deities and why they correspond with the sabbat rather than just listing them and asking the reader to just take their wordI will say however this book like the rest in this series is geared towards beginners so there won't be a lot of new information for advanced practitioners except maybe some new ideas for meals or meditations With this in mind I really do wish the series would include some subtle rituals that learning pagans could do if either they're living situation doesn't permit elaborate ritualsspell work or they just want to ease into itBeginner and discreetsubtle ritualsspell work is something that I have long felt is really missing in the pagan literature that is available and a series geared towards beginners should be a perfect place for it I just think it's a missed opportunity

  6. Loran (Inked with Curiosity) Loran (Inked with Curiosity) says:

    I feel very disappointed by this book I picked it up hoping for a very detailed and rich book about the Ostara holiday with lots of crafts recipes spells etc There aren't many books solely dedicated to just Ostara so I thought this would be excellent It was however very small lacked a lot of inspiration and felt thrown together I'm still giving this book 3 stars because the recipes and crafts included were very good and I enjoyed reading the book I just don't think there was enough included and it was TOO short The old and new wayslore section was pretty bland the ritual walkthrough didn't feel like a Wiccan walkthrough at all and isn't something I would use ever and there were basically no spells appropriate for the holiday included For being a new series supposedly dedicated to the Sabbats I was disappointed and I'm left wondering if I should bother reading the rest of the series at this point

  7. Kathe Kathe says:

    After starting with Imbolc in this series I was disappointed by lax attitudes in this book In the previous book we were taught not to blow out candles as that showed disrespect to the element of fire by overcoming it with the element of air; but in this book we're repeatedly told to blow out the candle Also I found too much preference for ecologically dangerous glitter in the crafts and rituals I realize these may seem like minor problems and I may have been less critical had I started with a different book in the series

  8. Virginia Summers Virginia Summers says:

    I never leave reviews but I have been buying each one and there is something so off about this author Each book has a different one but this one made me feel so weird and that the holiday was actually dumb I don’t know how to describe it I am returning it

  9. Chloe Chloe says:

    The series has a great basis to it a basic summary of every Sabbat and practices that are common as well as some brief history some recipes and some eclectic magic thrown in Something that irritated me was that many of the ideas for crafts and recipes were not very specific or broad and felt a little rushed or just like modern pinterest ideas The ritual was very basic with little specification to Ostara and focused on the idea of rebirth rather than the changes in nature animals and the world around us It felt disjointed at times and I had trouble with chapters being out of order Ex You are given a prayer to read but then the prayer is supposed to be said after a ritual which is not mentioned until the chapter later Above all it's a cute book with some basic information but nothing about Ostara that is powerful enough to make an impact or inspire a Wiccan Witch or anybody reading who has a basic knowledge already of the Sabbat I was hoping for detail in such a specifically aimed book If you're on a budget I wouldn't buy it but if you prefer a traditional book as a resource it's good staple information with not much else

  10. SA SA says:

    Another solid basic introduction to Ostara in the Llewellyn Sabbat series One thing bugged me though the author encourages the use of glitter in a few spells and at one point advises the reader to scoop up handfuls of petals glitter and throw them as high as you can into the air while doing the spell outside Don't do this This is littering Glitter is often plastic or metallic and is not recycled or recyclable If you throw a bunch of standard glitter from the craft store around a natural place you are introducing a pollutant into your natural place and one that many a creature will consume to their detriment DON'T THROW GLITTER OUTSIDE It would have been one thing if Connor had explicitly said use only biodegradable glitter for this as most glitters are pollutants biodegradable glitter exists you can buy it off which would be appropriate not only for nature based work but particulalry for Ostara which is a celebration of springtime returning to the natural world I can't believe this has to be called out Don't litter Don't throw glitter around outside like an asshole

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Ostara ➥ [Ebook] ➠ Ostara By Kerri Connor ➯ – Celebrate the season of returning sunlight and the bursting forth of the birds bees and treesOstara—also known as the Spring Euinox—is a time of renewal a time to plant seeds as the earth once aga Celebrate the season of returning sunlight and the bursting forth of the birds bees and treesOstara—also known as the Spring Euinox—is a time of renewal a time to plant seeds as the earth once again comes to life This guide to the history and modern celebrations of Ostara shows you how to perform rituals and work magic to renew your power and passion for living and growing Rituals Recipes Lore Spells Divination Crafts Correspondences Invocations Prayers MeditationsLlewellyn's Sabbat Essentials explore the old and new ways of celebrating the seasonal rites that are the cornerstones of the witch's year.