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The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries

The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries

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 The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries
 (Complete in One Volume)Feminist Witchcraft,Goddess Rituals, Spellcasting,and other womanly arts... Zsuzsanna BudapestROBERT HALE LONDON© 1980, 1989Zsuzsanna Budapest First published in Great Britain1990 All rights reserved.No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the Publisher, excepting brief quotes used in connection with reviews.Originally published by Susan B. Anthony Coven No. 1. Robert HaleLimited Clerkenwell House Clerkenwell Green London EC1R OHT ISBN 0 7090 4128 4 Line drawings by Lindsay Brown. Thanks to Doreen Valiente for permission to reproduce copyright materialon pp. 80, 104-5, 116-17, 117-18, 121, 124-5 and 137 including materialfrom The Witches' Way by Janet and Stewart Farrar with an appendixcontributed by Doreen Valiente (Robert Hale, 1984).Printed in Great Britain by St Edmundsbury Press Limited, Bury StEdmunds, Suffolk Bound by WBC Bookbinders Limited
 How This Book Was Born Once upon a time, somewhere in Virginia, there were two ex-nuns, Laura and Beach, who embarked on the adventure of following the path of the Goddess with a precious and rare copy of a bookin their hands. This book was called The Feminist Book of Light andShadows. They also had with them a basket filled with candles and food toshare, and Peppy, their trusted mutt. And so they set out in the middle of a windy Halloween night. Beach was reading avidly by flashlight about theritual for Halloween, when a gust of wind dislodged the book from herhand and carried it triumphantly toward the nearby woods where they were headed. Laura dropped the basket immediately, and began to chasethe airborne copy, but to no avail. For a moment, Beach thought God theman was getting even with them for heresy. Laura thought the Goddess was sending the book ahead of them as a sign for their newly-found faith.But Peppy was delighted with the chase, which she punctuated with wildbarks and gruffs at the ever-flying winged book that flew with such ease,
each female following it, caught up in her own way in the night’s
excitement. Finally, in the woods, a birch tree snatched the book out of the wind's hold and dropped it on the wet autumn grass. Peppy immediatelysnatched it up and brandished it between her teeth. This was the last copyin the world of The Feminist Book of Light and Shadows. I'm telling youthis story because these two women were instrumental in our continuingto publish The Feminist Book of Light and Shadows, which later became The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries. They wrote us a letter of such vividdetail that we realized that the hunger for this information was greaterthan we had thought. We needed to raise funds, turn the pamphlet into amore permanent form and keep it in print. The Susan B. Anthony CovenNo. 1 was just an experiment at the time, started on the Winter Solstice of 1971 with a handful of friends, later growing into a fluctuating group of between twenty and one hundred twenty women. We met every Sabbath(the solstices, equinoxes and high points in between) and every full moon,

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