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Shadow Magick Compendium: Exploring Darker Aspects of Magickal Spirituality|
Shadow Magick Compendium: Exploring Darker Aspects of Magickal Spirituality
Author: Raven Digitalis
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications Worldwide
Category: Occultism, Shamanism, Neopaganism, Witch Level: Intermediate
"Exploring the shadow, in its variety of forms, is not only safe, but is necessary for balance and healing. Raven Digitalis invites you to navigate inner and outer darkness and harness the shadow for spiritual growth. Shadow Magick Compendium includes ritual meditations for exploring past experiences, dispelling harmful behavior patterns, and healing a fractured soul. Learn how to safely perform fasting and other methods of self-sacrifice, learn about crosscultural mysticism, get in touch with your spirit animal, take advantage of the dark moon and eclipses, and learn the history of the European Witch hunts. Discover methods of godform assumption, shamanic journeying, and the magick of the dying season. From astral journeying to sigils to dark herbs, you'll find an array of magickal techniques to navigate the shadows and mysteries of yourself and the world at large."
* PRAISE FOR SHADOW MAGICK COMPENDIUM: *
"There are few books or authors brave enough to cover and explain in an understandable way that which is a potentially controversial and misunderstood subject: the Shadow. This book not only does it well, but young up-and-coming author Raven Digitalis does it in a well thought out way, bringing in a combination of magic, psychology, and modern social issues."
- Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone, authors of A Witches' Bible, The Witches' Goddess, and Progressive Witchcraft
"Shadow and light are the yin and yang of our existence. As Raven Digitalis says, shadow magic manifests within many different religions, cultures, and creeds. It is that which makes up the whole of who we are and what we do. In this book, Raven gives a wonderful panoply of analysis, history, and practical application, making this a book not only worth reading but worth possessing. His review of, and comments on, the history of Witchcraft are especially notable."
- Raymond Buckland, author of Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft and The Witch Book encyclopedia
"Shadow Magick Compendium opens the way for us to reconcile our visible self with our shadow self by showing just how much of an integral part of our being both are. Nature knows of no such divisions, and man is as much a part of nature as are the seasons. We cannot divide one without canceling the other; no day without a night, no spring without an autumn, no life without death, and no light without the dark canvas against which to perceive it. In order for us to be 'whole' beings, we must embrace all facets of ourselves, and this cannot be done by denying any aspect of our humanity. The true age of enlightenment can only come when we merge both halves of our being into one healthy and contented individual, and that can only be accomplished if we choose to replace ignorance with understanding and acceptance. One a lamp is lifted into the darkness, there is nothing left to fear."
- Leilah Wendell, author of Our Name is Melancholy: The Complete Books of Azrael and The Necromantic Ritual Book
"Raven Digitalis' Shadow Magick Compendium is of necessity not a beginner's book as it covers a huge amount of ground and presupposes familiarity with its primary tenets. Carl Jung recognized the shadow self as the usually unrecognized aspect of the human psyche containing repressed thoughts and impulses. Many mainstream spiritual texts limit themselves to working the 'light.' Raven's approach, however, is to embrace the shadow self so as to attain self-awareness and balance, rather than focusing on pure light or pure darkness. The meditations and rituals presented allow readers to experience Raven's approach in a very real practical sense.'
- Tony Mierzwicki (MA, BE, BSc) , author of Graeco-Egyptian Magick: Everyday Empowerment
"No one can deny that we live in an age of rebirth, a renaissance of spiritual worldviews and esoteric perspectives that will continue on into the distant future. Here, at the beginning, Raven joins the writers and authors who have made good-hearted efforts at giving the world workable occult technologies; systems of understanding that are needed to prepare individuals for the dangerous journey to wisdom and fulfillment. Shadow Magick Compendium is a treasury of resources for just that. Raven has a strong systemic understanding of the intricacies of the hidden arts; I suspect many people will find hidden treasures within its pages, that will help them to make needed connections on the path to wholeness."
- Robin Artisson, author of The Witching Way of the Hollow Hill and The Horn of Evenwood
"With Shadow Magick Compendium Raven Digitalis has created a magical system which explores the Shadow and rejoices in its dark allure. Combining extensive research with clear instructions, Digitalis draws on sources ranging from E.A. Poe to Christopher Penczak, from Deepak Chopra to Dead Can Dance. Those seeking to explore their inner darkness will find an invaluable roadmap in Shadow Magick Compendium."
- Kenaz Filan, author of The Haitian Vodou Handbook and managing editor of newWitch magazine
"Shadow Magick Compendium is an important book that belongs in the library of any serious student of magic, self-evolution, and spirituality. Raven Digitalis writes eloquently as to how and why magicians and witches should embrace the dark, the shadowed. This is not 'black magic' as it's popularly misconceived, but balance. It is not about harm but unity and integration. Amid a wealth of fascinating information and inspiring exercises, Raven not only covers the psychology of magic - perhaps its foundation stone - but also the history of modern magical practice, in terms of the Shadow. The reader is encouraged to look deep within themselves, objectively and compassionately, to understand their own motivations, goals, and aspirations in a magical context. It's truly refreshing to find a book on magic that has new things to say, as well as including thoughtful interpretations of existing beliefs and practices."
- Storm Constantine, author of the Wraeththu novels, and editor/founder of Immanion Press
"The Shadow lies within us all, dark and dangerous, but powerful in its ability to cause change in our lives, either for good or for ill. It is the wellspring of instinct and impulses hidden at the root of our subconscious that is the ultimate source for our primal strength. For many decades the use of this midnight force in magic has been suppressed, but modern pagans are rediscovering the Shadow and claiming it for their own. To recognize the Shadow and embrace it is the first step in learning to harness its limitless potential. Shadow Magick Compendium provides an overview of practical ways to use the Shadow, and shows that the dark side of our inner nature can illuminate and liberate just as readily as it can curse."
- Donald Tyson, author of Necronomicon: The Wanderings of Alhazred and Words of Power
"Raven Digitalis has done a very credible job in outlining a system of Shadow Magick. I am a great believer in integration work to bring the dark and light into one wholeness. This book can work as valid guide to unearthing the darker aspects of our self as well as a guide to integrating them in both the beginning and advanced practitioner."
- David Allen Hulse, author of The Western Mysteries and The Eastern Mysteries
"This book is a must for the magician or Witch, whether the reader is looking for something beyond a beginner's guide or is an adept looking for an organized overview of Shadow magic. By examining how magic works in various realms from the internal to the external and beyond, Raven shows how Shadow energy can be tapped as a positive force in bringing balance back into one's life through his well-crafted exercises and meditations. Filled with little gems of information in sidebars and footnotes for each chapter, this book is a wellspring of information that competently transcends all religious and spiritual paths. Well done!"
- Ann Moura, author of the Green Witchcraft series
"According to the psychologist Carl Jung, for a child to become an adult, he or she must develop through a process called individuation. Part of individuation is the recognition that each of us has a darker side, a shadow, that must be mastered and not ignored. As the world of magick moves boldly into the 21st century, it is time that magick, too, individuates from its 18th and 19th century parents and its 20th century childhood. Part of this maturation is the realization that wherever there is light, there is also shadow. This shadow is not evil any more than the north pole of a magnet is evil when compared to the south pole. In Shadow Magick Compendium, Raven Digitalis reveals how to master our personal shadows, as well as the shadows of the worlds around us, and use the power to understand and energize a wide variety of magicks. It brings new interpretations to Qabalistic, Shamanic, Wiccan, and Neopagan practices and techniques that can invigorate your approach to any of these systems. Jung pointed out that our most famous myths are variations of a universal 'Hero's Journey,' metaphorically showing how to empower yourself through the integration of all aspects of your psyche, including the shadow. Shadow Magick Compendium doesn't merely share this mythic Journey, it gives you keys and guidance to follow it yourself."
- Donald Michael Kraig, author of Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts
"Each of us responds to the darkness in our soul in different ways. Some with fear, avoidance, and denial and others with courage, curiosity, and sorrow. For the courageous, this book provides a number of strategies, ideas, and knowledge to work through the darkness, work with their shadows, and to emerge wiser and more powerful. Digitalis draws from the wisdom of older cultures and religions as well as from younger, radical cultures. We learn from him that the danger is not the shadow worlds of darkness; for those places are within us and part of us."
- Gail Wood, author of Rituals of the Dark Moon (formerly titled Sisters of the Dark Moon) and The Shamanic Witch
"An exceptional guide to exploring the shadow side for a fully integrated path of magickal and spiritual enlightenment"
- Rosemary Ellen Guiley, author of The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft & Wicca
"One of the most basic tenets of Witchcraft is also its most challenging: Know Thyself. Raven Digitalis, author of Goth Craft, gives us a new tool for this important task with his book Shadow Magick Compendium. This book is a well-researched, profound, and fascinating look at all things shadowy. By teaching us to embrace our shadow selves, Raven Digitalis gives us the tools to learn, grow, and thrive both as Witches and as human beings. This book is a 'must have' for White Witches, Dark Witches and everyone in between."
- Deborah Blake, author of Everyday Witch A to Z and Circle, Coven & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice
"There would be no light without darkness, no life without death. Embracing and exploring what society codes as 'dark' can lead us to discover the light that resides within. In this ambitious yet practical guide, Raven Digitalis gives readers an array of tools for doing just that and provides valuable insights into the shadow's role in everyone's spiritual evolution."
- Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, authors of The Essence of Tantric Sexuality and Tantra for Erotic Empowerment
"For readers who are new to the shadow side of magic, myth, and symbolism, Shadow Magick Compendium provides thought-provoking examination of the subject. Raven Digitalis takes readers on a journey deep within the psyche as well as on a tour of shadow traditions from across the globe. Choc full of inventive rituals, meditations, exercises, and practices, Shadow Magick Compendium can help guide readers into a fuller understanding of their own dark natures, and provide them with grounding, balance, and healing."
- Timothy Roderick, author of Wicca: A Year & A Day and Dark Moon Mysteries
Author's Notes: Raven Digitalis (Missoula, MT) is the author of Shadow Magick Compendium: Exploring Darker Aspects of Magickal Spirituality and Goth Craft: The Magickal Side of Dark Culture, both on Llewellyn. He is a Neopagan Priest and cofounder of the "disciplined eclectic" shadow magick tradition and training coven Opus Aima Obscurae, and is a radio and club DJ of Gothic, EBM, and industrial music. Raven holds a degree in anthropology from the University of Montana and is also an animal rights activist and black-and-white photographic artist. He has appeared on the cover of newWitch magazine, is a regular contributor to The Ninth Gate magazine, and has been featured on MTV News and the 'X' Zone Radio program.
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