Nov 20, 2020

Wisdom of the Darktide

Thank you to everyone who entered! (I've also been receiving all the email entries via the contact button as well - not to worry!) The folks who will be getting some holiday mail are:

Ask Baba Yaga - Book #1 - Maria O. 

Ask Baba Yaga - Book #2 - MrsDuncanMahogany

Literary Witches Book - dustbunny8

Literary Witches Oracle - eli mari

What Would Frida Do - Cartermaryd

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As we stride deeper into the darkest weeks of the year, it is prudent to be aware of the beings that reside in the shadows. Our own goblins lurk there, of course, though it is in our best interest to get to know them. But there are also those shades and spirits that slink alongside us, their interest in us piqued (for good or for mischief). There are numerous tales of things that live in the dark, or hunt in the bitterest months, and so it is shrewd to take precautions and arm ourselves with safeguards, including a healthy dose of cleverness and discernment. That is, after all, how most fairy tale protagonists get out of their predicaments.

As of today my province has tightened up some of the Covid precautions after our case numbers rose dramatically in the past weeks. We are not wholly quarantined again (for now) but we are not to gather anymore, and we must be masked in all buildings. There is a drawing-in that happens naturally this time of year, and so I've decided to weave these new restrictions into my own cold-weather enchantments. I see being masked as a form of invisibility work. A way to move about swiftly and purposefully, without being noticed or recognized (for the most part). Though I enjoy gathering with others, there is a stream of protection magic to tap into when you are forced to keep those who don't live in your home, away. I see the magic of the darktide as a solid ally to these difficult times. And it's always good to have someone, or something, in your corner.

This next giveaway features sage advice and guidance from literary and artistic women, as well as a good amount of advisement from a witch who rolls through the forest in a chicken-legged hut.


Taisia Kitaiskaia is a Russian-American writer who became widely lauded as the present-day voice of the oracle Baba Yaga in her column for The Hairpin. Two collections of those helpful and mysterious responses are now available in paperback, beautifully illustrated by Brenna Thummler: Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday Troubles and Ask Baba Yaga: Poetic Remedies for Troubled Times.
"Voices are ; noise, humanly noise — but what knows best in you is not of human shape or sound but of a stranger, Wilder beast. )Now it turns in your stomach, now it rends yr chest. Tell the voices to shut up & listen for the growl."

Kitaiskaia also dove into the world of historical and contemporary authors and resurfaced with the wonderful insights contained in Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers, and The Literary Witches Oracle, which is a deck containing the women mentioned in her book as well as cards inked with symbols and sigils created by illustrator Katy Horan.

The book reimagines 30 female authors as true witches: not hook-nosed creatures riding on brooms, but figures of radical creativity, originality, and empowerment. Each witch is celebrated with a surreal vignette by Taisia Kitaiskaia and a full-color portrait by artist Katy Horan. Brief biographies and recommended reading lists round out each entry, and a foreword by author, podcast host, and practicing witch Pam Grossman contextualizes the figure of the witch and her connection to language.


Next, I have a gorgeous tome by Arianna Davis, a brilliant Afro-Latinx author, and an adjunct professor at New York University. What Would Frida Do? A Guide to Living Boldly

What Would Frida Do? explores the feminist icon’s signature style, outspoken politics, and boldness in love and art, even in the face of pain and heartbreak. The book celebrates her larger than life persona as a woman who loved passionately and lived ambitiously, refusing to remain in her husband’s shadow. Each chapter shares intimate stories from her life, revealing how she overcame obstacles by embracing her own ideals.

In this charming read, author Arianna Davis conjures Frida’s brave spirit, encouraging women to persevere, to create fearlessly, and to stand by their own truths.

Think of these books and cards as having your own badass fairy godmother to chat with. I know you'll enjoy reading them in the dark nights to come.

I have one copy of each of these enlightening items to give away. I'll draw five names on November 25th at 9pm Pacific, and then you can wander into the woods outfitted with sharp insight from wild and wise women. 

Your comment counts as your entry. Please leave an email address or a linked comment so I can contact you if your name is drawn. If you'd like to share this giveaway on social media, that would be lovely - just pop back and let me know you did and I'll enter your name a second time. If you have a preference as far as which item you'd like to have next to you on a cold winter's night, let me know in your comment. I try as much as possible to match folks with their wishes.



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, Instagram, 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.

39 comments:

Flutter said...

Hope you are doing well, Jen.

I would love either of the ask Baba Yaga books. flutter.flute13@gmail DOT com

Jamesery said...

Put my name in for either Baba Yaga or Frida! Love to you.

dampviolets said...

I would love Baba Yaga or Literary Witches books, good reading for cozy nights. Keep safe, stay well.

Rommy said...

Ooooooooooh, the literary witches oracle please!

Rommy said...

And I just shared on FB for a second chance. :D

Stephanie P. said...

I would prefer the Literary Witches Oracle, but really, any of these would be amazing! (angelwhisper526@yahoo.com)

Stephanie P. said...

And I just shared on Facebook!

Katrina Ray-Saulis said...

This is so cool! I'm in.

rheawhite said...

These have all been added to my to be read list!

Eveline Maedel said...

Oh my,another assortment of wonderful goodies! I hadn't heard of "What Would Frida Do" - going to add that one to my wishlist for sure! (emaedel at gmail dot com)

Cartermaryd said...

I’d love the Friday book. Cartermaryd@hotmail.com
Thanks!

Cartermaryd said...

Oops I meant Frida not Friday. Typo. Eek!

orion`s daughter said...

I've been lusting after the Literary Witches oracle since I first learned about it, but all of these look fantastic! Thank you so much for all you do for us. This year has been so difficult. I work in healthcare, so I haven't lost my job like so many people, but I go to work every day wondering if today will be the day that I get infected.

orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

Bad Mama Jama said...

Literary Witches would be lovely ❣
gollygeebeaver at yahoo.com Karen Tardiff

Sharon said...

Here, the quarantine suggestions are no indoor gatherings and no more than 10 people in outdoor gathering. As for masks, I am touched when I think someone cares enough to send me a mask via the snail mail.

I wouldn't mind it a bit if La Befana flies in close enough and drops "Ask Baba Yaga: Poetic Memories for Troubled Times" (by Tasia Kitaiskaia) or "What Would Frida Do" (Arianna Davis) in my chimney.

Anonymous said...

Shared on FB. Becky Hobson she_is_wolf2002@yahoo.com

Siduri said...

I would enjoy any of these! Thank you!
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mxtodis123 said...

Any of these would be awesome. Thank you.

Laura Reading said...

I have been blessed to experience the Baba Yaga books already.
Working with authors I know they are indeed magical beings.
I would love to win the Literary witches book and cards.

I am sharing this giveaway.

Lady Fox said...

I can hear Literary Witches calling to me! ❤

Lady Fox said...

Instagram @thepaperpagan is my contact info

Lady Fox said...

Shared on the Facebook page Hearth Witch foxyteahouse@gmail.com

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Oooooooooooooooo anything Baba Yaga makes my heart sing! She's my hero. :)

Sparkless said...

I'd love to win Literary Witches!

dustbunny8 said...

More books to look for! I think the literary witch book would be divine!

Liz Davenport said...

Jen, if lucky enough to be selected, The Literary Witches Oracle would be my first choice :-)

Liz Davenport
ledvenport@gmail.com

petoskystone said...

Expanding my TBR list..the Oracle deck would be my first choice! jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

Sharon said...

whoops. forgot my email addy: sharonmaynard2 at gee mail dot com

Thistle in Avalon said...

These all look fantastic. The Literary Witches and Baba Yaga books seem very interesting! Again, thank your for the opportunity!

PJ "Thistle" Graham
appleisle3@yahoo.com

Magaly Guerrero said...

COVID is getting things strange again in NYC, too. The state is taken precautions, but people will be people (and too many times that isn't a great thing). Finger crossed, I tell myself.

I have a copy of The Literary Witches Oracle and absolutely love it. I bet Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers is just as delightful. So it would be glorious to add it to my collection!

magalyguerrero @ live . com

Laura said...

I'm expecting things to head back toward lockdown here too. I saw the baba yaga books somewhere but haven't had a chance to find them. it would be awesome to win a copy of any of them.
love, kisses & magical wishes...
~*~

♥ eli mari said...

As always, thank you for making the best part of the year even better!! And thank you for the opportunity to win something wonderful, I'd be grateful for any one of these treasures.✨ eliii.mariii@gmail.com

gigi said...



I'd love to win The Literary Witches Oracle
Many thanks

E said...

I've really tapped into a lot of protection magic this year! The upside of this year is it helped me focus on self a d home protection more than usual, and its helped out big time.

I would love the literary oracle ��
sadstregaatgmaildotcom

Renee said...

ooooh the literary witches the the Baba Yaga please! both are on my covet list. x

Soli said...

Very much interested in Taisia Kitaiskaia's bundle for myself, kthx. skilledjackal on the Twitters.

Soli said...

also did a RT and again wanting the literary/Baba Yaga bundle. https://twitter.com/skilledjackal/status/1331306646413389828

Jenny Rosa said...

Thank you for this amazing giveaway, Jen. I would love to win The Literary Witches Oracle. jenbr1992 AT yahoo DOT com

Shell said...

I am torn between What Would Frida Do and the The Literary Witches oracle. They both seem delightful. My email is jettswan@gmail.com