A Dark Devotional

Hallowtide: A Dark Devotional explores the sacred days between Hallowe’en and Martinmas. It is a moment of the year which offers a deep well of dark magic. As the leaves yellow and fall, and pavements and forest tracks are covered in fairy gold, much that is strange and disturbing, yet exquisitely beautiful, emerges from the swirling mists. In the darkness, surrounded by the scent of decay, we feel keenly our own mortality and the presence of those who have died recently or long ago: family members, distant ancestors, friends and beloved animal companions. By indulging our emotions at this time, we embrace life with greater intensity. The book casts its spell through personal memories and reflections on joy and loss, woven together with a little of the history and folklore of these holy days. It includes spells, recipes and pathworkings. There are also nine Dark Devotions, powerful, tried-and-tested rituals which can be adapted to suit the tastes of the various streams of witchcraft and magical practice. They are perfect for the dark times but most are suitable for working throughout the year. Beautifully illustrated by Alice Kerridge-Crick, this book will make you laugh, cry, reflect on life and loss and embrace the melancholy of the season while always acknowledging that renewal, growth and blossoming will return.

Available in the following editions:

Paperback Edition: gloss laminate cover – to follow

Hardback Edition: – dust jacketed with gloss cover – to follow

Special Edition: a limited edition of 175 hand-numbered examples bound in black faux leather, gold foil blocking to front and spine, tan end papers and gold head and tail bands. 80gsm cream paper stock.

Size: All editions – 156mm x 234mm 168 pages with line drawings

Foreword by Candia McKormack


Labyrinth Prayer

30th October:  A Gathering of Community

The Ghost of Parties Past

A Bottle Spell for Hallowtide

31st October: Hallowe’en at the House of a Friend

Embracing the Orange and the Black

A Hallowtide Incense

Dittany of Crete

Black Cat

Ghost Tunnel

1st November: All Saints’ Day

Perfect Timing: A Tiny Miracle


At Lollard’s Pit

Coffin Nail

Mortui Vivos Docent

2nd November: All Souls’ Day: Sweet Cakes and the Ringing of Bells

For the Friends who have Died

The Chapel in the Mist – A Pathworking

Bone White

3rd November: And Still the Ghosts Walk




4th November: Orb

In Praise of Beans



Apples, Apples, Apples

In a Thicket of Blackthorn

5th November: Guy Fawkes’ Night


Hand and Glove


Flame in the Dark

Hag Tapers

6th November: A Secret Betrayed


Clinging to Summer


The Angels Wept

7th November: Sitting Out

The Secrets of the Bones


A Curse Upon Those Who Do Me Wrong?

8th November: Seeking a Rose

A Prayer at the Crossroads


9th November: A Dumb Supper

Mound Sitting

The Source of the Curse

Mole Country

10th November: Honouring the Darkness


What Ails Us?

Nine Dark Devotional Rituals:

  1. For Those Who Have Died This Year
  2. A Reflection On Our Blood Ancestors
  3. Creatures Loved and Lost
  4. Honouring Our Magical Ancestors
  5. Remembering Friendships Lost
  6. The Darkness Within
  7. A Ritual For Those Who Suffer
  8. Pathways
  1. Of Loss and Transformation

Memento Mori

11th November: Martinmas

A Vial of Tears


Paperback Edition

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Dust Jacketed Hardback

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Special Edition

£33.50 plus shipping

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