The Witch's Book of Shadows: The Craft, Lore & Magick of the Witch's Grimoire

The Witch's Book of Shadows: The Craft, Lore & Magick of the Witch's Grimoire

by Jason Mankey


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738750149
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 02/08/2017
Series: Witch's Tools Series , #5
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 629,385
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jason Mankey writes online at Patheos Pagan and is a contributor for the magazine Witches & Pagans. He talks about rock and roll, Pagan deities, and various aspects of Pagan history at festivals across North America. Jason is the author of The Witch's Athame and The Witch's Book of Shadows and the coauthor of The Witch's Altar. He lives in California with his wife Ari and can be found online at

Table of Contents


Introduction 1

What Is a Book of Shadows? 6
Your BoS Is About You! 8

1: Some Different Types of Books of Shadows 11
The Coven Book of Shadows 12
A Tradition’s Book of Shadows 14
The Individual Witch’s Personal Book of Shadows 17
The Journal Book of Shadows 21
“One Specific Thing” Book of Shadows 23
The Operative and Active Book of Shadows 24
Every Trick in the Book:You Are Writing Your Own History, Thorn Mooney 27

2: Putting Together a Book of Shadows and Making It Your Own 31
Finding a Book of Shadows 31
A Book of Shadows in a Three-Ring Binder 34
Making a Three-Ring Binder Look Great 37
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Three-Ring Binder 38
The Cut-and-Paste Book of Shadows 41
The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Cut-and-Paste Book of Shadows 44
The Handwritten Book of Shadows 45
A Handwritten BoS Presents a Few Extra Challenges 48
The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Handwritten Book of Shadows 49
Arranging a Book of Shadows 50
Decorating and Personalizing a Book of Shadows 59
Every Trick in the Book: No-Fear Grimoire Crafting, Laura Tempest Zakroff 65

3: A Brief History of Magical Books, Words, and Symbols 69
The Cave Painters 70
From Symbols to Writing to Books 75
A Few Legendary Magical Writers 79
Every Trick in the Book: The Emerald Tablet, Christopher Drysdale 85
A Few Famous Magical Books 88
Every Trick in the Book: A Modern Witch & The Egyptian Book of the Dead, Kiya Nicoll 96
The Key of Solomon the King (Clavicula Salomonis) 98
From Grimoires to the Book of Shadows 102
Magical Books in Pop Culture Today 107
The Necronomicon 110

4: What to Put in a Book of Shadows 115
The Opening Pages 117
Rituals 120
Ritual Extras 124
Witchcraft Extras 128
Magick and Spellwork 134
Divination and the Future 142
Every Trick in the Book: A Blended Book of Shadows, Asa West 145

5: The Book of Shadows—Out of the Shadows 149
From Sheba to Cunningham to RavenWolf: BoS’s from 1970 to the Present Day 151
Every Trick in the Book: An Excerpt from Gnostica News 162
Are There Any Secrets Left? 165

6: Alphabets, Fonts, Inks, and Symbols 169
Ogham 172
Foreign Languages and Magical Mottos 174
The Creative Use of Fonts and Scripts 176
Magical Symbols and Shortcuts 181
My Favorite Symbols and Shortcuts 182
Homemade Ink and Pens 185
Notes 191

7: Goddesses and Gods of the Books 193
Goddesses and Gods Associated with Literacy, Spellcraft, Alphabets, and Wisdom 194
Spells and Rituals Involving Individual Deities 196
Sophia and Jesus: Jewish and Christian Magick 202
Odin and the Runes 206
The Blessings and Curses of Aradia 212

8: The Book of Shadows in Ritual 219
The Advantages of Reading from Your BoS During Ritual 221
Reading in Ritual 223
We Can Do Better Than Reading from a Piece of Paper in Ritual 227
What a Book of Shadows Is Not 228
Every Trick in the Book: Holding the Keys to Mystery, Christine Hoff Kraemer, PhD 230

9: Cleansing, Consecrating, and Other Rituals 235
Consecrating and Blessing a BoS for Personal Use 238
A Coven Book Blessing 244
Retiring a Book of Shadows 251
Letting Go of a Book of Shadows 253

10: New Frontiers and the BoS 259
My BoS on a Flash Drive and a Tablet 261
A Print-on-Demand Book of Shadows 265
The Cloud and Even Further Frontiers 268

Bibliography and Further Reading 271

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KerriHope More than 1 year ago
The Witch’s Book of Shadows by Jason Mankey. Llewellyn Publications: Woodbury, MN.2017. I was a bit on the skeptical side when Llewellyn had announced they were going to do a series of books on magical tools – an entire book on ONE tool? The idea didn’t seem possible, and yet, they pulled it off. When reading this book, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the author had some of the same misgivings himself. It doesn’t really seem possible to write over 250 pages on one simple tool. But that’s just it, there really aren’t any “simple” tools in the craft are there? Our tools may appear simple, even primitive to the eye, but when you really delve into the makings of the tools, the blessings of them, the workings; there truly is a ton of information to cover. Particularly with a Book of Shadows, there are many different options one can take into an account these days when constructing their own BoS. While construction and usage of the BoS take up a large part of this book, Mankey also delves into a brief history and talks about what the future may hold for them in this electronic age as well. I really appreciate how well Mankey describes the pros and cons of each type of BoS, allowing the reader to choose what will work best. While he gives examples of his own book and his wife’s book, he thoroughly explains that what works best for some, might not work best for everyone. His tone throughout this work is conversational and down to earth. He doesn’t talk over, nor under his readers, giving it a very pleasant tone with not even a hint of “I know better than you”. Instead, he emphasizes how important the connection is between the book and its creator. I find this book to be both informative and entertaining, and even being an old timer by now, it still gave me some new ideas to ponder. I would highly recommend, particularly to anyone new to the craft or other pagan ways.