Book of Shadows

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Wicca is essentially a religion, as sacred and vital as other religions. Its central foundation is nature and all of its laws. Witches maintain a constant identification with the flora, fauna, the waters, the winds, and all other natural phenomena.

Yet Wiccan beliefs and practices are often unknown or misunderstood by non-Pagans and the uninitiated. Approaching the Craft from the Gardnerian perspective, Migene Gonz?lez-Wippler offers a friendly, straightforward introduction to ...

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Overview

Wicca is essentially a religion, as sacred and vital as other religions. Its central foundation is nature and all of its laws. Witches maintain a constant identification with the flora, fauna, the waters, the winds, and all other natural phenomena.

Yet Wiccan beliefs and practices are often unknown or misunderstood by non-Pagans and the uninitiated. Approaching the Craft from the Gardnerian perspective, Migene González-Wippler offers a friendly, straightforward introduction to the Old Religion and sheds light on what it truly means to be a Witch.

What goes on at coven meetings? How do Witches perform magic? Why does magic work? From initiation rites to invoking elementals, González-Wippler explains both practical and spiritual aspects of Wiccan traditions. Book of Shadows also teaches the significance of Moon phases, herbs, colors, crystals, common magical tools, and other implements when performing sacred ceremonies and rituals.

Praise:
"Those looking for a 'how-to' guide for becoming a witch will find this a useful, well-written resource." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"This tome compiles the necessary rudiments and formalized practices of a given tradition/coven—previously kept closely guarded within the confines of membership—into a single volume for reference."—LIBRARY JOURNAL

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Publishers Weekly
A "Book of Shadows" is simply the title used for a witch's journal-the place where each witch chronicles all matters of spiritual relevance over the course of a lifetime. Gonz lez-Wippler, a witch and devotee of the Gardnerian tradition, uses this idea of the "witch's journal" to introduce readers to the basics of witchcraft, creating an encyclopedia-like book of terms, initiation ceremonies and a glossary of herbs and incenses, all by way of mimicking what is normally detailed in a personal "Book of Shadows." Beginning with a brief history of witchcraft, Gonz lez-Wippler then describes the witch's coven, major festivals and three initiation ceremonies. Her discussions are certainly knowledgeable and thorough, if not exciting. Those looking for a "how-to" guide for becoming a witch will find this a useful, well-written resource. Readers may find some material a bit risqu , since kissing features prominently in most rituals, in particular the erotic "Five-Fold Kiss" which involves a kiss each to the feet, the knees, the lower abdomen, the breasts, and finally the mouth. Or perhaps readers will be left wondering whether it's a good idea to practice "skyclad," or nakedness, in the backyard. Neighbors, beware. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
As the grip of traditional religion over Western societies loosens, interest in alternative spiritualities has burgeoned. This tome compiles the necessary rudiments and formalized practices of a given tradition/coven-previously kept closely guarded within the confines of membership-into a single volume for reference. While such books are often invaluable to the earnest neophyte, the mushrooming trend has produced a kind of homogenous verisimilitude among them, with each seeming simply to repackage the same content beneath a different cover. Gonzalez-Wippler, a self-initiated Witch and cultural anthropologist, adds to the already crowded field with this book on the Gardnerian/Alexandrian tradition of Wicca. Topics include all the obligatory ingredients of note: herblore and incenses, gemstones, color correspondences, Sabbat and lunar-phase significances, introductory spells, and detailed rites to be conducted amid a coven by high priestess, priest, and covenites. Unfortunately, this book reads about as unremarkably as its title; there is little here to distinguish it from others already on shelves. Although occasionally punctuated with interesting side notes, the content will not come as any revelation to an advanced practitioner. A basic primer appropriate for libraries with alternative spirituality collections.-Dina Komuves, Collingswood, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738702131
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 461,408
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Migene Gonzalez-Wippler was born in Puerto Rico and has degrees in psychology and anthropology from the University of Puerto Rico and from Colombia University. She has worked as a science editor for the Interscience Division of John Wiley, the American Institute of Physics, and the American Museum of Natural History, and as an English editor for the United Nations in Vienna, where she lived for many years. She is a cultural anthropologist and lectures frequently at universities and other educational institutions.
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