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Encyclopedia > Gerina Dunwich

Gerina Dunwich (born December 27, 1959, in Illinois) is a professional astrologer, occult historian, and New Age author, best known for her books on Wicca and various occult subjects. She is also involved in paranormal research and is the founder of the Paranormal Animal Research Group, which investigates cases of alleged hauntings by animal spirits. December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Other U.S. States Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) Senators Richard Durbin (D) Barack Obama (D) Official language(s) English Area 149,998 km² (25th)  - Land 143,968 km²  - Water 6,030 km² (4. ... The word occult comes from Latin occultus (hidden), referring to the knowledge of the secret or knowledge of the hidden and often meaning knowledge of the supernatural, as opposed to knowledge of the visible or knowledge of the measurable, usually referred to as science. ... New Age describes a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture. ... A Neo-Pagan pentacle (circumscribed): a symbol used by many Wiccans. ... Anomalous phenomena are phenomena which are observed and for which there are no suitable explanations in the context of a specific body of scientific knowledge, e. ...

Her first newspaper article was published in October of 1976. It was an interview with singer/songwriter Jim Peterik from the local Chicago band, the Ides of March (and later, Survivor). By the spring of 1980 Dunwich was publishing a small press literary journal called Golden Isis, a one-woman operation that specialized in Goddess-inspired poetry and off-beat fiction. Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Ides of March is an American rock band. ... Survivor is a rock band formed in 1978 by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan. ... Poetry (ancient Greek: ποιεω (poieo) = I create) is traditionally a written art form (although there is also an ancient and modern poetry which relies mainly upon oral or pictorial representations) in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. ... The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ...

In December of 1993 she moved to Fort Covington, New York, where she opened a small shop on High Street called "The Country Witch" (later renamed "The Calico Cat Whatnot Shop"), which sold antiques, curios and various occult supplies. She officially established Coven Mandragora on Candlemas 1996 and served as its High Priestess. That same year she established the Wheel of Wisdom School (an educational organization offering correspondence courses on the sabbats) and the Pagan Poets Society (a literary circle for writers and publishers of Pagan poetry), along with a local networking organization known as North Country Wicca. In February of 1998 she received a ministerial license from the Universal Life Church. Another location, called Covington, New York is in Wyoming County. ... Candlemas is the last festival in the Christian year that is dated by reference to Christmas; subsequent holidays are calculated with reference to Easter, so Candlemas marks the end of the Christmas and Epiphany season. ...

A respected spokesperson for the Wiccan/Pagan community, Dunwich has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows throughout the United States and Canada. She has lectured and presented workshops at festivals and gatherings across the country, such as the CraftWise Pagan Gathering (Waterbury, Connecticut), the Real Witches' Ball (Columbus, Ohio), and Panpipes' Pagan Day Festival (West Hollywood, California).

A member of the Fellowship of Isis, Circle, the Pagan Poets Society, the Authors Guild, and the Authors League of America, Dunwich's biography is listed in a number of reference works, such as Who's Who in the East; Personalities of America; The Wicca Source Book; The Modern Witch's Complete Sourcebook; and Crossroads: Who's Who of the Magickal Community (published by The Witching Well Education and Research Center, 1988). She is also mentioned in Anne Carson's Goddesses and Wise Women (The Crossing Press, 1992) and other works. Her articles, poetry, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including Sage Woman, Magical Blend, Circle Network News, Pagan Free Press, and American Woman.

In addition to her own book writing, Gerina Dunwich has contributed to:

  • Circles, Groves and Sanctuaries by Dan & Pauline Campanelli (Llewellyn, 1992)
  • The Cat Book of Lists by Stephen J. Spignesi (New Page Books, 2001)
  • A Witch Like Me by Sirona Knight (New Page Books, 2001)
  • The Witch Book by Raymond Buckland (Visible Ink Press, 2002)
  • Haunted Northern New York by Cheri Revai (North Country Books, 2002)
  • The Action Hero's Handbook by Joe and David Borgenicht (Quirk Books, 2002)
  • American Witch by Anthony Paige (Citadel Press, 2003)
  • Encyclopedia of Haunted Places by Jeff Belanger (New Page Books, 2005)
  • Llewellyn's Witches' Datebook (various years)
  • Llewellyn's Witches' Calendar (various years)
  • Llewellyn's Magical Almanac (various years)
  • Llewellyn's Herbal Almanac (2001)
  • Llewellyn's Spell-A-Day Calendar (2001)


The following is a complete list of Gerina Dunwich's published works to date:

  • Candlelight Spells (1988) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-1106-0

  • The Magick of Candleburning (1989) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-1141-9

  • Circle of Shadows (1990) Golden Isis Press

ISBN 0-9628-6380-7

  • The Concise Lexicon of the Occult (1990) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-1191-5

ISBN 0-8065-1238-5 Wicca Craft: The Modern Witchs Book of Herbs, Magick and Dreams reveals the traditions, tools and symbols of Wicca craft and offer methods for Wiccan rituals. ...

ISBN 85-286-0150-1 (Portuguese)

ISBN 3-478-08613-2 (German)

  • Secrets of Love Magick (1992) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-1365-9

ISBN 3-635-60303-1 (German)

ISBN 85-2860-325-3 (Portuguese)

ISBN 0-7090-5162-X (British)

  • The Wicca Spellbook (1993) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-1476-0

  • The Wicca Book of Days (1995) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-1685-2

ISBN 0-7522-2108-6 (British)

  • The Wicca Source Book (1996) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-1830-8

  • The Wicca Garden (1996) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-1777-8

  • Wicca Love Spells (1996) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-1782-4

  • A Wiccan’s Guide to Prophecy & Divination (1997) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-1864-2

  • Everyday Wicca (1997) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-1869-3

  • Wicca Candle Magick (1997) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-1831-6

ISBN 85-286-0865-4 (Portuguese)

  • Magick Potions (1998) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-1982-7

  • Wicca A to Z (1998) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-1930-4

ISBN 0-7522-2107-8 (British)

  • Wicca Source Book - Revised 2nd Ed. (1998) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-2027-2

  • The Wiccan's Dictionary of Prophecy and Omens (1999) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-2067-1

  • The Pagan Book of Halloween (2000) Penguin/Compass

ISBN 0-14-019616-1

  • Your Magickal Cat (2000) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-2094-9

  • The Modern Witch's Complete Sourcebook (2001) Citadel Press

ISBN 0-8065-2293-3

  • Exploring Spellcraft (2001) New Page Books

ISBN 1-56414-494-1

  • Herbal Magick (2002) New Page Books

ISBN 1-56414-575-1

  • The Cauldron of Dreams (2002) Original Publications

ISBN 0-942272-74-9

  • A Witch's Guide to Ghosts and the Supernatural (2002) New Page Books

ISBN 1-56414-616-2

  • Dunwich's Guide to Gemstone Sorcery (2003) New Page Books

ISBN 1-56414-672-3

External links

  • Gerina Dunwich website
  • Gerina Dunwich Yahoo group
  • Pagan Poets Society
  • Paranormal Animal Research Group

  Results from FactBites:
Love Potions: An Interview with Gerina Dunwich (1221 words)
GERINA: Potions, also known as "philtres", are traditionally brewed in a cauldron, and usually made with herbal ingredients possessing the correct magickal properties, such as basil, magnolia buds, and roses.
GERINA: Working in harmony with the lunar phases refers to the casting of spells to attract or increase things when the moon is waxing; and the casting of spells to repel or decrease things when the moon is waning.
GERINA: Some individuals in the neo-pagan community feel that the use of love potions, and all love spells for that matter, are unethical because they are designed to manipulate the emotions of another and supposedly rob them of their free will.
The Wiccan/Pagan Times Interviews Gerina Dunwich (3585 words)
Gerina Dunwich is an American Witch, professional astrologer, and prolific author, best known for her b
Dunwich (whose first name is pronounced with a soft G) has devoted her writing career and personal life to educating the public about the ways of the Craft and dispelling the myths and misconceptions that many people have about Witches and Pagans.
We spoke with Gerina Dunwich, author of numerous books, over the last month about the path that she follows, the trials and tribulations of being an author and her views of where we are at as a community.
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