Book of Shadows

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    Original Book of Shadows:
    A Book of Shadows is a book containing religious texts and instructions for magical rituals found within the Neopagan religion of Wicca. Originating within the Gardnerian tradition of the Craft, the first Book of Shadows was created by the pioneering Wiccan Gerald Gardner sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, and which he utilised first in his Bricket Wood coven and then in other covens which he founded in following decades. The concept of the Book of Shadows was then adopted by other Wiccan traditions, such as Alexandrianism and Mohsianism, and with the rise of books teaching people how to begin following Wicca in the 1970s onward, the idea of the Book of Shadows was then further propagated amongst solitary practitioners unconnected to earlier traditions.

    Initially, when Wicca was still dominated by covens, "only one copy [of the Book] existed for an entire coven, kept by the high priestess or high priest. That rule has proved unfeasible, and it is [now] commonplace for all Witches to have their own copies."[1] In the various traditions that make up British Traditional Wicca, copies of the original Book composed by Gerald Gardner with the aid of his High Priestess Doreen Valiente, along with alterations and additions that have been made since then, is followed by adherents. They have tried to keep the contents of this Book a secret, although it has been published on a number of occasions by figures such as Charles Cardell, Lady Sheba and Janet and Stewart Farrar. In other Wiccan traditions and amongst a number of solitary practitioners, alternate versions of the Book have been written that are independent of Gardner's original.

    Numerous associations and traditions have since grown up around the Book of Shadows. Traditionally, "a Witch's book of shadows is destroyed upon death."[2] The concept of the Book of Shadows has subsequently appeared in popular culture, for instance being utilized in the American television series Charmed and providing the title of films, musical albums and comics, however in all these cases it was taken out of its original Wiccan context.

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    Gina Phipps

    by Gina Phipps

    Mar 14, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    Great for information

    J. Thomas

    by J. Thomas

    Mar 04, 2015  |  "Awesome"

    Most inclusive in presentation of ritual & tools. Only one other reference I found disseminating as much information on ritual & tools (Bujudia/Wicca Book of Shadows). Well done.

    Aradia Luna

    by Aradia Luna

    Dec 15, 2014  |  "Awesome"

    Handy for when you are out shopping for items for a certain spell, except that I always end up buying more items... But well worth it for any Wiccan/Pagan.

    Wesley Loveless

    by Wesley Loveless

    May 12, 2014  |  "Awesome"

    Thank you !!

    Donna Leon

    by Donna Leon

    Feb 06, 2014  |  "Awesome"

    Workd good better tham good and real nice words and prYers kind ones I rarely use it but if idelete i end up wanting to use it its kinda funny, its like i need it near me always, has a majical close bond even though its not in paper seems strange , i nevermuse cuz i never delete

    l lime

    by l lime

    Dec 27, 2013  |  "Poor"

    I paid for this and it has ads on the bottom screen.