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Book of Shadows, A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess |
Author: Phyllis Curott
Publisher: Broadway Books (Random House)
Category: Memoir/Spirituality Level: All
"A modern-day Persephone myth full of magic and mystery, Book of Shadows transcends the bounds of its genre." --Deepak Chopra, M.D.
"An emotionally satisfying, riveting read, arguably the best--certainly the most unusual--memoir of the year. One might even be tempted to call it 'bewitching.'" --Sonoma County Independent
"An engaging memoir of magic and self-discovery . . . [Book of Shadows] presents some fine insights into the role Witchcraft plays in the complex milieu of American religion." --Kirkus Reviews
"Wise words from a smart and savvy priestess of the Goddess; the writing is beautiful, the rituals deep and compelling." --Margot Adler, author of Drawing Down the Moon
"Phyllis Curott has succeeded in putting together a book that is both entertaining and informative -- a recommended read for any aspiring witch." Janet Farrar, author of The Witches' Goddess
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"Most people know intuitively that when you fall in love the world is full of magic. What they don't know is that when you discover the universe is full of magic, you fall in love with the world."
When high-powered Manhattan lawyer Phyllis Curott began exploring Witchcraft, she discovered a spiritual movement that defied all stereotypes. Encountering neither satanic rites nor eccentric spinsters, she came to know a clandestine religion of the Goddess that had been forced into hiding over the course of history. Book of Shadows recounts Curott's remarkable initiation into Wicca (meaning "wise one") and shares her insights as a high priestess of an elegant, ancient spirituality that celebrates the magic of being alive.
An Ivy-league graduate and promising lawyer, Curott was a typical young woman in her twenties, determined to forge a law career within the burgeoning, male-dominated music industry. But when she began having prophetic dreams and mysterious visions of ancient female figures and unfamiliar symbols, she discovered an unexpected world of magic and began searching for a rational explanation. When her friend Sophia--a practicing Witch--suggested having her cards read by a Wiccan High Priestess, Curott instinctively dismissed the idea, but then forced her natural skepticism aside on the chance that this age-old practice might help her understand the unusual occurrences in her life.
Thus begins her journey into the magical world of Witchcraft, a religion originally practiced by priestesses, shamans, and healers that empowers our lives by working with the natural cycles of nature. Fascinated by this pre-Judeo-Christian religion that honors women as the embodiment of the Goddess and emphasizes respect and love for the natural world, Curott began attending a local coven's weekly circle to learn the sacred arts. Her Book of Shadows chronicles her ascent to the position of Wiccan High Priestess and her efforts to reconcile her newfound spirituality with her struggles as a woman rising through the ranks of the corporate world. Along the way, Curott relates the history of Witchcraft and shares many traditional Wiccan practices, such as casting a circle, drawing down the Goddess, harnessing the powers of the natural world, and casting spells for health, prosperity, and love.
Engagingly written and rich with detailed rituals and techniques, this inspirational book traces a modern woman's spiritual journey into a realm of extraordinary experience and enlightenment. Book of Shadows provides us with the keys to discover an enchanted world of divine empowerment so as to unlock the power that lies within us all. --
About the Author: Phyllis Curott is an attorney, bestselling author, Wiccan priestess, and pioneering spiritual teacher of the Euro-indigenous revivals who has been widely profiled in the national and international media. Described by New York Magazine as one of the culture’s most intellectually cutting-edge thinkers, Phyllis lectures and teaches internationally on the Divine Feminine, the spiritual wisdom of the Earth and the rapidly reemerging indigenous spiritual traditions of ancient Europe and the Middle East. Phyllis is outspoken advocate for the rights of Wiccans and other religious minorities. Phyllis is founder and president of the Temple of Ara, president emeriti of the Covenant of the Goddess, and a trustee of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Indigenous Institute of the Americas and an advisor to Women of Faith and Spirit. Her books include Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman’s Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess (Broadway Books 1998) , WitchCrafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic (Broadway Books 2001) and The Love Spell (Gotham/Penguin 2005) . Phyllis received her B.A. in philosophy from Brown University and her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. She is currently working on her fourth book and spends as much time as possible with her Cairn terrier Gaia in their home on the east end of Long Island, sailing or in the wilderness where she is reminded of what life is really all about.
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