Gerald Gardner: Book of Shadows

(ca. 1953)

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The Wiccan phrase “book of shadows” can be ambiguous. Some traditional Wiccans keep two “books of shadows,” one containing core Wiccan practices and rituals and that is shared with initiates and the second a book for a coven that differs from coven to coven. This second “book of shadows” may contain all manner of material, including herbal lore, astrological predictions, and the like. Sometimes covens trade these books. Additionally, some Wiccans keep a...