T5W: Books Featuring Witches



To begin October (one of my favourite month!) in the proper way, here’s a collection of various witches of every kind that I gathered for this week’s topic. And no, no Harry Potter because that would be rather predictable ūüėČ

Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Stardust is a modern fairytale, or at least it reads as such. It seems appropriate then that the “evil” characters – Ditchwater Sal and the Lilim – have so many traits in common with the classical witches you can find in tales: evil, wicked and hungry for power.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
The birds talked to Patricia when she was little. She doesn’t know how they find her, she doesn’t know how to contact them again. What she knows is that she’s a witch and that she wants to attend a magical future. What she doesn’t know, though, is that together with her childhood friend, she’s going to save the planet.

Dreamwalker By J. Oswald
The mother of the dragon protagonist (Benfro) is your friendly village witch: cottage at the outskirt of her society.? Checked. Collecting herbs? Checked. Helping people with her concoctions? Checked. Her practices reminded me of the modern hedgeriders or traditional witchcraft. Plus, she’s a dragon and this makes her even more cooler.

Wizard’s First Rule by T. Goodkind
I know, I know: Kahlan isn’t a witch and her powers aren’t magic or spells. However the sisterhood she’s part and head of, as the Mother Confessor, made me think about the one in the Mists of Avalon. She loves people, she’s devout in serving her community and fights for her people. Not very witchy-like in the usual sense of the term, but there’s more to the archetype of the witch apart from the cauldron and the incantations.

Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer
Okay, okay: the character isn’t really a witch. She’s just one of the other humans to discover how to bend reality through a computer file. And she isn’t more that a side-character in this book, although she’s featured in the sequel (where she flees to Atlantis to be with other reality-bending women). I liked the character, though, and I liked this concept of magical world that…isn’t that magical.

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October’s here!

I like October: the coloured leaves, the hot tea, the first warm sweater. October is a happy month, for those who are little bears like me and enjoy cozy time on the sofa or a quiet walk in nature. I must say it has been a little clouded the last few days and the gloom and the mists over the fields remind more of November than of the beginning of autumn we’re in. The temperatures are still warm, though.

I have a little goal for this month: start an ongoing devotional activity in the evening and in the morning. I want to familiarise myself a bit more with the ADF core order of ritual and there’s nothing better than practice to achieve this. My only obstacle is to figure out a place in which I can ritualise at 6am in the morning, but I believe I’ll sort that out.
I’m also about to read the chapter of the Dedican Manual about mental training so I believe I’ll have my 10-15 minutes of meditations back in my life soon.

On a sidenote, I discovered that October 3rd Cathu Alesiae (the anniversary of the battle of Alesia) is celebrated:

¬†Alesia was the last major engagement between Gauls and Romans and marked the turning point of the¬†Gallic Wars in favour of Rome. The siege of Alesia is considered one of Caesar’s greatest military achievements and is still one of the classic examples of¬†siege warfare and¬†circumvallation. – Battle of Alesia

Although I am not a Gaulish polytheist I live in ancient Gaul territory so I found it appropriate to pray the Ancestors, pay homage and let Them now their sacrifices aren’t forgotten


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