This time of year I take down a book titled Witches by Erica Jong and re-read it.
I first fell in love with this book circa 1991. I've read it countless times since.
What is the book about? Witches by Erica Jong is a hauntingly beautiful poetic exploration of the figure or archetype of the witch, her origins, her magic, and why we both fear and love her.
Witches is not a 'how to' manual, but it does touch on spells, herbs and tools of the witch. Witches is also not a book dedicated to the religion of Wicca, as Wiccans do not possess full ownership of the word 'witch'.
If you are fascinated by the archetype of the witch, if you enjoy beautiful poetry and artwork, and if you are looking for a wonderful book for the Halloween season, then Witches by Erica Jong may be just what you are seeking.
I would recommend reading it on a cool, overcast day when whistling winds like thieves steal red, orange, and yellow leaves from slumbering trees. While reading the book you may also want to take a break to enjoy a walk in nature and to realize this surely is the season of the witch.
Some examples of poetry and artwork found within the book:
To The Goddess
Figure Of The Witch
How To Name Your Familiar
Over the years I have bought five copies of this book. Two for me, the second one to replace the damaged first one, and three copies for friends. -That's how much I enjoy this book.
To read the introduction of the book, click HERE.
Let me now if you are as haunted by the beauty of this book as I am.
Witches by Erica Jong