Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess
Book of Shadows A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess Author:Phyllis Curott Since Phyllis Currot first published Book of Shadows, the story of her spiritual journey and initiation as a High Priestess in the Wiccan community, Witchcraft has captured America's imagination as a theme for fiction, television shows, and films. Now America's highest-profile Witch returns to dispel more myths and misrepresentations of h... more »er faith, and to share a practical guide to the beautiful spiritual rituals and philosophies behind Wiccan tradition.
Rich with enchanting stories from Currot's own experiences and detailed advice for creating potions, working with Nature, and finding the Divine within, Witch Crafting is much more than just another superficial recipe book. Curott's unique guidebook integrates the inspiration of religious wisdom with sound, practical information. Witch Crafting reveals how to: incorporate Wiccan practices into your daily life; master the secret arts of effective spell casting; create sacred space and personal rituals; perform divinations for insight and success; and tap the magical power of altered states, such as dreaming meditation, prayer, and trance.
Perfect for beginners or seasoned practitioners, Witch Crafting is the ideal handbook for anyone seeking to unlock the divine power that makes real magic happen, and to experience the power and gifts of the universe more fully.« less
This book was a page turner in that it had a storyline along with a lot of insightful information regarding the practices of Witches. Though it was maybe a bit dramatically written (as someone who tends toward the overdramatic, I'm not judging - I'm just saying), this usually tended to be beautiful, not melodrama. (But perhaps I am just jealous of the beauty and serenity of the experiences she described.)
This book is a good initiation for anyone who wants to know more about what modern-day Witches do and why. If you're looking for trouble or hysteria, be warned: it's real life, not newts and curses. Describes the respect for others and nature that most Witches embrace.
In the Appendix, there is a very nice Table of Correspondences, several Spells and a description of the Wheel of the Year. Also a thorough Resource List (with mags, centers, catalogs and events) and a list of Books of Interest that I thought was pretty on the money.
Overall, this is a good read for fun (even if not interested in Witches/Wicca), especially for women as the story focuses on her professional life in the music industry with a misogynist boss aptly named Hadus. Slightly feminist but mostly just realist and full of wonderful details of the Witches in her coven and their rituals and spells.
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A high priestess of Wicca tells the story of her early days in the craft. You'll follow this smart and savvy Manhattan lawyer as she discovers the Goddess and becomes more than she ever thought possible. Great for newcomers to Wicca.
It's been a while since I read this, but I remember I liked it quite a bit. It takes the mystery out of Wicca and reveals it for what it is ~ a powerful spiritual way of life that brings happiness to many.
This book is more of a personal story than your average how to be Wiccan book, and because of that I found it much more interesting. If you are new to Wicca, curious about what being Wiccan is like or what being in a coven is like, you will enjoy this book. If you are looking for serious how to practice Wicca books, this might not be right for you, but I recommend reading it anyway.
An interesting introduction to Wicca told via the author's own experiences. I found the book a little formulaic but not enough that it ruined the book for me. I found Curott to be very likable and authentic as well as a good writer. More than just being a good story, this book does a good job of debunking a lot of myths out there about Wicca and paganism. Very enlightening.
I found this book to be really interesting. It makes the idea of Wicca more personal. It also helps to understand that it is so much more meaningful than just what people believe, i.e. hocus pocus, sacrifice, etc.