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4.0 out of 5 stars A good buy
There were intersting articles and the moon and planetary information was good. Better than the LLewllyn's I had last year.
Published 10 months ago by Wendy Susan Hall

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the old version but still useful
Since Elizabeth Pepper (the original editor) passed away the almanac has gone from being a funky, offbeat homebrew publication to a glossy, politically correct compendium of witchy wisdom. I think it has lost its soul, both in terms of graphic design and Pepper's original quirkiness. Oh sure the eclectic stories are still there but it reads more like the Readers Digest...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the old version but still useful, 3 May 2014
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This review is from: Witches' Almanac 2014: Issue 33: Spring 2014 - Spring 2015: Mystic Earth (Paperback)
Since Elizabeth Pepper (the original editor) passed away the almanac has gone from being a funky, offbeat homebrew publication to a glossy, politically correct compendium of witchy wisdom. I think it has lost its soul, both in terms of graphic design and Pepper's original quirkiness. Oh sure the eclectic stories are still there but it reads more like the Readers Digest guide to the Occult instead of the brilliant witchcraft manifesto it once was. The old version had a grassroots printing press feel to it. The modern glossy version has gone all multicultural and has articles about African spirits and esoteric tribal totems. Honestly I can do without this mumbo jumbo in the magazine: I don't know any European-tradition pagans, Asataru, Wiccan or Solitary Practitioners who incorporate African-pantheon beliefs into their practices. So let's leave those Anansi the Spider stories back in the children's section of the Public Library and move on, please?

The Astrology section is probably the most useful part of the book. Their astrologer is well schooled. While not being a complete report--there are other day-by-day astrology guides for that--the Almanac offers a comprehensive overview for every sign including blurbs on love, finances and health.

Other sections like "Window on the Weather" are useless. I have simply stopped reading it. The nail in the coffin for me was back when Hurricane Katrina hit, Window on the Weather predicted sun and calm weather in the Southern States for Summer 2005. The person writing the weather outlook is reliable only in their inaccuracy. As an editing suggestion: I would rather see essays on Tarot card meanings than pages taken up by this material.

The Almanac tries to keep an anchor in traditional witchcraft waters, but sometimes they float off course. The ghost stories are good and the short articles about herbs and trees are informative. However they come off as trying to please everyone. They need to stop celebrating meaningless African folklore in their pages and stick to what they know: Western Witchcraft. It they had a less wishy-washy editor the Witches Almanac could be strong publication like it once was. I keep buying it every year hoping it will get better...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good buy, 5 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Witches' Almanac 2014: Issue 33: Spring 2014 - Spring 2015: Mystic Earth (Paperback)
There were intersting articles and the moon and planetary information was good. Better than the LLewllyn's I had last year.
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