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Discover the fascinating history, tradition, and modern uses of the Book of Shadows. This fun and easy-to-use guide provides essential information on creating and consecrating a Book of Shadows, as well as how to make it a part of your practice.
Learn about the various types of Books of Shadows, their roles throughout history, and how they differ from regular spellbooks. Enjoy advice and excerpts from the grimoires of well-known modern and historical Witches. Explore a wide variety of ideas for what to include in your own Book of Shadows. Like a magical chart showing where you've been and where you're going, this wonderful tool is your personal guide to Witchcraft.
"This is the complete guide to the Book of Shadows...Mankey has given Wiccans a great gift."John Beckett, blogger at "Under the Ancient Oaks" and author of The Path of Paganism
"This engaging, personal, and well-researched book explores a little-considered subject, the Book of Shadows, from every angle."Yvonne Aburrow, author of All Acts of Love and Pleasure: Inclusive Wicca (Avalonia, 2014)
"If Books of Shadows are your bag, then look no further. Jason Mankey once again shows off his skill as a well-practiced Witch with this collection of stories, tips, and tricks about that most personal of magical tools: the Book of Shadows. A great addition to every Wiccan's shelf."Jenna T. Beachy, author of The Secret Country of Yourself: Discover the Powerful Magick of Your Endless Inner World
"As always, Mankey brings insight and delight to the magickal process. The Witch's Book of Shadows is an in-depth, yet approachable guidebook to all the elements of crafting your own Books of Shadows. Dive in and enjoy!"Lasara Firefox Allen, bestselling author of Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality
About the Author
Jason Mankey is a Pagan blogger, a columnist for Witches and Pagans, and the managing editor of the Pagan Portal on Patheos. He talks about rock and roll, Pagan deities, and various aspects of Pagan history at Pagan and magic festivals across North America. Jason lives in California.
Table of Contents
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 ShadowsOut 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Witch’s Book of Shadows by Jason Mankey. Llewellyn Publications: Woodbury, MN.2017. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-witchs-book-of-shadows-jason-mankey/1123901682?ean=9780738750149 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.