Llewellyn’s 2009 Magical Almanac © 2008
$8.99 (U.S.) $10.50 (Canada)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason
Thirty seven articles divided into four separate categories gives a nice range of topics to delve into. Each of these categories is introduced by a short article explaining the season and its relationships. You will find everything from gardening to stone lore to how to connect with the Pagan community. And that’s just in the Earth Magic segment of this yearly offering.
You will find a huge diversity in the articles contained in this book. You will find topics from family as coven to dark culture; from tattooing to Ganesha’s birthday; from clock magic to magic in times of trouble; and from cauldrons to retiring your magical tools.
I certainly don’t agree with everything in this book, but then I never do; having said that, I still have no hesitation in recommending this almanac.
I look forward to the arrival of this book every year for two reasons. The first reason is that I know there will be information in here that I need to know (even if I don’t know I need it yet). And the second reason is that know there will be things that will inspire me to do further reading and expand my own knowledge.
As is usual for this book, the Almanac section is fairly compact, but that is not the major draw for this book. This book is about the articles. There is always something to learn, or something which will inspire you to do further reading and research.
Feel free to dip into any section at any time and read an article or two. There is no need to read this almanac straight through, or even in the order it is presented.
There are several reasons I like this annual offering. The writing, even if I don’t agree with it, shows a diversity which is admirable. The reliability is a plus – you know it is going to be there year after year. The book holds up well (I have several years worth sitting on my shelves). I really feel that it is a good value.