The author of this essay, Peg Aloi, is also the publisher of The Witching Hour. She submitted this essay independently and without letting us know she would be posting it on her personal blog. We have no qualms with this (although we do like to publish material first when possible) and respect the wishes of the guest contributor. Also, if we can reach more readers outside of The Witching Hour, we are glad to do so in order to deepen people's understanding of this holiday.
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