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I have purchased, consulted, and collected "The Witches' Almanac" since it debuted in the early 70's (with the exception of those few years when it mysteriously disappeared from publication). In fact, I still have my copies of the original spine-stapled, faux-woodblocked, "pamphlets".
The informative content, intriguing format, and atmospheric line-art lend a truly "magical" feel that is unequaled. Between the covers, little has changed over the decades. In this high-tech world of constant change, for that I am very grateful.
Issue 33 (Spring 2014-2015) continues the tradition with another year of the usual almanac offerings with an occult focus, including: mystical poem & prose, folklore, astrology, moon signs, planetary positions, herbal knowledge, spellwork, weather outlook, the mantic arts, historical perspectives, and much more-- from the mundane to the magical.
In addition to the traditional, annual offerings, there are articles with subject matter new to each issue.
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My only complaint is purely a cosmetic one.
Over the last few years "The Witches'Almanac" cover has grown incressingly mainstream and commercial. While understandable, from a financial-survival viewpoint... aesthestically, I find it displeasing.
With Issue 33, this commercialism has reached new, unsatisfactory heights.
*Gone are any traces of the signature woodblock art which has been a "Witches' Almanac" standby.
*The delightful, attention-grabbing, mysterious introductory "Being a compendium..." paragraph has been unceremoniously relegated to the back cover.
*The once-prominent colophon and the trademark "ever a keepsake" motto have been pushed-off to the far left... and for all intents, "hidden" by placing it against a banner in a color that blends with the cover art.
When I received my copy today from Amazon.com, I was shocked by these changes. I turned the book over a few times to verify the title and publisher... I thought I was sent a Llewellyn mass-publication by mistake!
While I'm sure Mr. Theitic (executive editor) means well, I can't help but wonder if the "The Witches' Almanac" founder, Elizabeth Pepper, as well as other longtime readers also find this new "appeal-to-the-New Age-masses" look as UNappealing and disturbing as I do?
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Otherwise, simply THE best almanac in publication (to borrow the words of Ms. Pepper) for the "adept, occultist, witch and mortal alike..."
-C.C. Amazon Prime Member-Reviewer
NB: As for the question posed in the Preface re: the meaning of the colophon as drawn by Elizabeth Pepper.... it is my opinion that it is simply a stylized "W.A." ...the initials of the publication's title. So, what do YOU see?