Oct 28, 2011

Spirits of October - Giveaway #3


The graveyard I visited last week had a substantial amount of statuary and other objects arranged at the gravestones.  The stones themselves were not particularly ornamental, but most of them had many decorations placed around them.  I found these little vignettes sweet, and sometimes sad - in the manner that children's toys were placed around a child's grave.

I was particulary taken with this statue of the Mother at one of the cemetary gates.  I realize that she is stepping on the snake as a nod to the old testament, but I couldn't help but feel a bit of Hekate in her, with the snake and her place at the crossroad/gates.  I'm sure Catholics would NOT agree!



Our last book giveaway this month is another book of Spirit.  Raven Grimassi's "Spirit of the Witch."

From his website:

"Spirit of the Witch was written to convey the religion of Witchcraft as a spiritual path.

In this book the reader will discover the spirituality of being a Witch (the Witch in Moon light) and how to apply that to daily life (the Witch in Sun light).

Spirit of the Witch is a personalized examination of the core essence of practicing Witchcraft and honoring its beliefs.

It is the first book written solely on the topic of spirituality in Witchcraft."



You know the routine by now...leave a comment and a way I can get ahold of you if you don't have a Blogger profile.  I will draw the final name on Monday, October 31st!

Best Witches!

23 comments:

oakleafwolf said...

Please enter me in the drawing!

I can be reached at oakleafwolf at gmail dot com.

Jeanne said...

Please add my name to the drawing for this wonderful giveaway!
Statuary is one of my favorite things to look, beside checking out the dates on the tombstones, at graveyards. Great photos!

Hexe said...

Oh please enter me.

Love the statuary too and yes, seeing toys around a child's grave or like near us, a woman soldier killed who loved horses as I do, has horse items on her's. Brings it home to me.

I just did a small post about my Catholic (or sorta' non) upbringing so to see this photo of the Virgin really speaks to me!

petoskystone said...

visualizing how appalled catholics would be at acknowledging Hecate within Mary gave me a giggle! ;)

mermaid gallery said...

i never agree with catholics anyways...thank goddess for that!

Hex said...

Please enter me in the drawing.

I ADORE Catholics and their idolatry! They have the best statuary. :D

Sylvanna said...

I want in this time. :)

Kathy said...

The book sound so intriguing. Please enter me for the drawing. I love the comparison with Hekate since she's been calling to me a lot in the last year. :)

Barbara F. said...

PLEASE enter me in the drawing!!! I am loving all these books. xo

Ms Lilypads said...

This brings back childhood memories of the ornate gravestones in New Orleans. According to urban legend, the tomb stones were so ornate, thieves began to steal them and sell them to private collectors. How a grave stone could be considered a collector's item is beyond me.

Birgit said...

Great photos as always. :)

Thanks also for the chance to win this interesting book.

Hugs,
Birgit

PS: The word verification came up with "Sessel" -- the German word for
armchair. :)

M said...

Actually, I know some liberal Catholics who would be more than willing to acknowledge the archetypal "mother goddess" roots of Mary, which connect her with important figures from just about every religion. You can't really generalize...

Anonymous said...

First time visiting and there's a drawing to enter. Fantabulous!

My email: goddesscirce@yahoo.com

Siouxi said...

I'm new, didn't leave a name. Such. A. Dork.

Siouxi, goddesscirce@yahoo.com

Rue said...

M - so true! My Catholic friend sees Mary as a 'great Mother of all' figure, not unlike earlier Mother goddesses. We discuss the similarities between the rituals she sees in church & those performed in other religions/cultures. I'm actually quite intrigued by Catholicism.

Land, Sky & Sea said...

Ooohh this is a great giveaway! Enter me please!

Email is cancer_139@hotmail.com

Thanks!

Laurie Brown said...

Oh, that sounds like a great book! Please enter me.

Jennifer said...

Hi! This book looks really cool. Please enter me in the drawing as well! Thank you!!

Yart said...

Kewl Book! I would love to be entered.. .Thanks!

The StarFire Witch / Bald Girl said...

I live beside 3 graveyards. I love looking at the statues and stones.
I find it very calming to walk amongst them all.Theres always something That'll catch my eye.

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Lovely photos. I passed a graveyard today where someone had built a snowman on a grave. Should have taken a photo...

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

What a fabulous giveaway! Please enter me.

Irma :)

http://irmasrosecottage.blgospot.com

aialvarez7@aol.com

Ashling said...

Never got around to reading his work; here are fingers crossed to win this prize in your generous Halloween giveaway.

Blessed Samhain!