Budapest, Zsuzsana. The Grandmother of Time: A Woman's Book of Celebrations, Spells, and Sacred Objects for Every Month of the Year. (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1989). 261 p.
ISBN: 0062501097

Though Budapest is a Dianic witch, this volume relies on folk traditions garnered from her Hungarian family and a wide reading of Goddess lore from around the world. The chapter for each month includes a meditation on a Goddess (Anna, Kore, Demeter, Artemis, etc.) in the form of a speech/lecture as if spoken by the Goddess, followed by "Anna's Spells and Recipes"-- traditionalist spells with a very modern bent--, a sidebar with the properties of the month, and a calendar of Goddess and other religious celebrations from around the world. The last part of every chapter is a meditation by Budapest, some in the form of stories of her religious life, some in dialogues with the Goddess-- which some readers may find offensive, others comforting.


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