Oct 22, 2018

The Great October Book Giveaway - A Life Enchanted

Edited Oct 26/18


The following folks are taking home books:

Earth Works - Heidi and Misty F.

Italian Folk Magic - Shell

The Enchanted Life - mxtodis


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The days of October slip by too briskly each year and I find myself caught in a whirlwind of activity, trying to eke out as many sweet and magical moments as I can before the month expires. I have been to a spooky corn maze, lingered by bonfires, perused fall markets, nibbled warm cinnamon-dusted doughnuts (purchased to keep my cold hands warm, as much as for the taste), and am still planning a selection of Halloween-themed jaunts as we race toward that bewitching evening.

But I also understand that the enchantment doesn't end when October does. It lingers in our daily lives, in the wonder of nature and the seasons beyond our doors, through the tides of our years. It is in our stories, our family lore, our personal practices. It is in how we make a home and feed ourselves (and others). It flows through our gifts and celebrations and is something to be acknowledged, sought, cultivated.

When you stop believing in magic, in the wonder around every corner, when you stop leaving a plate out for ancestors or St. Nicholas, if there is no joy in gardening or mending or singing charms...when a feather is just a feather and flowers no longer heal...then you are in trouble.

This year three books came out that were good reminders that enchantment can be found everywhere - even in the places it can be difficult to look. These books speak of family, folklore, strength and healing. They offer personal stories and more worldly tales. There are recipes and ceremonies and spells to weave. There is deep wisdom here, and I'm wildly happy to get to share them with you.



Take a closer look at these beauties here:

Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time by H. Byron Ballard

"Earthwork" is a word used to describe a constructed bank of dirt, often raised in ancient cultures as a means of defense. Earth Works is a book of essays and rituals for a time of deep cultural change, a shift that author Byron Ballard calls "Tower Time." The first part of the book explores scenarios in these chaotic times and suggests possible reframing to understand the historic underpinnings and the long-term effects on both the planet and its inhabitants.

The second part of the book--called Berms--consists of tried-and-true rituals and ceremonies for communities, small groups and individuals to improve resilience and face inevitable change with courage, consideration and humor. 


Ballard has decades of ritual experience and brings that understanding to the practical and esoteric considerations of making ceremony both personal and powerful. You will find ideas here and inspiration--and something like hope.



Italian Folk Magic by Mary-Grace Fuhrun


Italian Folk Magic is a fascinating journey through the magical, folkloric, and healing traditions of Italy with an emphasis on the practical. The reader learns uniquely Italian methods of magical protection and divination and spells for love, sex, control, and revenge.

The book contains magical and religious rituals and prayers and explores divination techniques, crafting, blessing rituals, witchcraft, and, of course, the evil eye, known as malocchio in Italian—the author explains what it is, where it comes from, and, crucially, how to get rid of it.

This book can help Italians regain their magical heritage, but Italian folk magic is a beautiful, powerful, and effective magical tradition that is accessible to anyone who wants to learn it.


The Enchanted Life: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday by Sharon Blackie


Enchantment. By Dr. Sharon Blackie’s definition, a vivid sense of belongingness to a rich and many-layered world, a profound and whole-hearted participation in the adventure of life. Enchantment is a natural, spontaneous human tendency ― one we possess as children, but lose, through social and cultural pressures, as we grow older. It is an attitude of mind which can be cultivated: the enchanted life is possible for anyone. It is intuitive, embraces wonder, and fully engages the mythic imagination ― but it is also deeply embodied in ecology, grounded in place and community.

Taking as her starting point the inspiration and wisdom that can be derived from myth, fairy tales, and folk culture, Dr. Sharon Blackie offers a set of practical and grounded tools for enchanting our lives and the places we live, so leading to a greater sense of meaning and of belonging to the world. To live this way is to be challenged, to be awakened, to be gripped and shaken to the core by the extraordinary which lies at the heart of the ordinary.


I have two copies of Earth Works, signed and gifted directly from the exceptional Byron Ballard, and one copy each of Italian Folk Magic and The Enchanted Life to give away. You have until Friday, the 26th of October at 9pm Pacific to get your name in the hat. Leave a comment or send me off an entry via the "make contact" form at the top of the page. If you want better odds, feel free to share this giveaway or the authors' books/pages around and then swing back and let me know and I'll enter you a second time. (And you are always welcome to let me know what book you prefer if you win. I try to match the names drawn with preferences, whenever possible.)

I've had so much fun this month, and it's not quite through yet! Let's see what else October has for us, shall we?


Legal Bits:

* This giveaway (or "sweepstakes") is open to all residents of Canada, (exluding Quebec residents) the USA, Great Britain, Europe, South America,  who are 18 years of age or older. This giveaway is void where prohitibited by law.  Please be aware of the contest/sweepstakes laws in your area.

*  Canadian residents will be subject to a skill testing question before being able to claim their prize (this is standard law in Canada).  The skill testing question will be in a form similar to: 1 + 2 - 1 =

*  This giveaway is not for profit and no purchase is necessary to enter.

*  This giveaway is sponsored/administrated solely by this blog/blog author and is not affilitated with or sponsored by Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, or any other entity, nor can they be held liable.

* By leaving a comment intending to enter into the draw for the giveaway (or "sweepstakes") you are knowingly agreeing to these rules/conditions.


I have chosen all the books/cards featured this month myself.  I have not been paid to feature a book, nor have I been asked to advertise for anyone.  This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by anyone other than Rue and Hyssop

45 comments:

Sparkless said...

Oh goodness three wonderful books to win! I'd love to win The Enchanted Life but don't have any of the books in my collection so would be thrilled to win any of these books. Thank so much for all the wonderful giveaways!

Kelly M said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win. The Enchanted Life sounds like the book for me.

Clanori said...

The Earth Works looks amazing. I would love to read it.

NaNcy KnOll said...

Wow, I would be thrilled to win Italian Folk Magic!! I will share this give away too. Thank you for this awesome opportunity.

Runningafter3 said...

Any would be wonderful! First choices would be earth works or enchanted life.

Brigid Lenehan said...

Either Earthworks or the Italian book, please. Will share on fb as usual.

Melisa Glassford said...

These books sound wonderful!

Erin Gergen Halls said...

I would die for each and any! They are all on my wish list as is!!

Siduri said...

They all look like good reads!

mxtodis123 said...

Such wonderful books. Would love any one of them, but I must add that The Enchanted Life is my favorite.

Lori said...

I always love your give always, you put so much thought into them. The Enchanted Life sounds like a wonderful book to explore. Thanks!

Rommy said...

I already own Earth Works (yay!) so it'll be the Enchanted Life for me.

Johanna Lawson said...

Great books! But Italian Folk Magic calls to me. I've recently delved into my ancestry and found that I am more deeply rooted in Italy than I originally thought. I'm convinced there must be one strega among all those Italian ancestors!

Pati said...

Oh I love these! No way could I choose one. Thank-you so much for running your giveaway.

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Oh, these ALL look so juicy. I could curl up with any of them for the season!

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Yes please!

Kathy Buxton said...

You are so right that we must cultivate our moments and celebrations. Thank you for that reminder. I needed it.
I would be interested in Italian Folk Magic and Enchantment. Thank.you again for offering this to the community. Kathy Buckingstone@gmail.com

Zingara's Song said...

What a great selection in your give away! Italian Folk Magic is indeed calling me...I'm savoring every remaining moment of October as well, it's always so hard to see it go every year!!!

Jen Lawrence said...

The Enchanted Life looks wonderful. You always have the best giveaways.

Petrichor La Fey said...

Earth Works ceremonies in Time Tower is really calling to me, but the Enchanted Life is also intriguing. Please drop a draw in the hat for me! ladypetrichor@aol.com

Soli said...

I would love Italian folk magic!

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Oh boy! What a treasure it would be to be gifted with Earth Works :)

This month is dashing by way to fast for my liking!

Kittyj said...

This is wonderful thank you! All the books sound amazing.

Susan T. Blake said...

These all look wonderful! Thank you for this, and for your insights.

Debra Nehring said...

Beautiful books! I would love any and each of these! Thanks, Jen!
Debra dot Nehring at yahoo dot ca

♥ eli mari said...

All three of your selections look fantastic, I'd be quite pleased with any one of them!! Many thanks for the chance to win!! πŸ–€

Morgana Muse said...

I would love to read Italian Folk Magic! One of the first charms I ever wore was the cornicello, when I was a wee lass. It was long before I knew what it's purpose was for :)

Theresa N. said...

They all sound like great books. The Enchanted Life sounds right for me.
Theresa N
weceno at yahoo dot com

Iesadora said...

I'd love to be put in the hat for the The Enchanted Life book. Thank-you for the giveaway!

sunwyn said...

Italian Folk Magic looks inspiring! Thanks for the awesome giveaways and blog posts!

Misty Fouquet said...

All of these books look divine!! I would especially love to win Byron Ballard’s or Sharon Blackie’s books. I love your blog!!! πŸŒΏπŸ’– bearmother80 at Gmail dot com

Misty Fouquet said...

I shared it with a list of my magical friends on Facebook!! πŸŒΏπŸ’–

Unknown said...

I loveee all three of these, but I would especially love to own Italian Folk Magic! Thanks for sharing yet more books I need to add to my wishlist!

Mary
wayfaring.dreams@gmail.com
goddess-within.me

Infinity said...

I would love it if I won these books they seem great. Thanks, Lady Rubesca (Facebook name Nessa Mei)

Liz Davenport said...

Jen, you always add your special magic to my favorite month with your lovely prose, encouraging words, and fabulous giveaways :-) Thank you for your kind spirit and generosity. I don't want to seem greedy, but these are wonderful books!! Should Fate smile upon me once more, my first choice would be The Enchanted Life; second choice would be Italian Folk Magic, and third choice would be Earth Works.

Liz D.
ledvenport@gmail.com

Chad Blevins said...

All of the books sound great! I am sure I’d enjoy any of them.

-Chad
chadblevins(at)gmail(dot)com

Patricia Boutilier said...

Samhain is my birthday----winning would be a lovely gift!

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

I would love to have my name put in for any or all of these treasures. You always have such a great giveaway in October. Love you bunches, Oma Linda
hrpitame@gmail.com

Shell said...

Honestly, The Italian folk magic book is calling me. Folk magic to me always feels so real and honest because its rooted in everyday practices.

Lori Glenn said...

As another beautiful magical book says - "Empathy is the secret to most things in life—including magic." Thanks for bringing both empathy and magic into this sacred time of year. (I already have The Enchanted Life, and am currently reading it)

Birgit said...

Hi Jen,

"The Enchanted Life" sounds intriguing. Thanks for the chance to win it. :)

Hugs,
Birgit

Aidan Wachter said...

I'm in, please!

Lori Glenn said...

Swinging back by to let you know I retweeted your tweet! : )

Jamie said...

I'd like an entry please. I also retweeted from @wishmage. Thank you!

Jennifer BR said...

I'd like to read The Enchanted Life. Love Sharon Blackie.