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From one of the founders of the modern Witchcraft movement|
Earth Magic: A Book of Shadows for Positive Witches, Revised Edition
Author: Marion Weinstein
Publisher: New Page Books
Category: New Age/Wicca Level: All
We thought it best to let the author explain this work in her own words....
I first wrote my Book of Shadows in 1979. It was much shorter then, and deliberately intended for a small audience. In contrast to my other writings about magic. I still wanted my personal Witchcraft work to remain somewhat of a secret – for other Witches only. A member of my coven teased me for conducting my own private witch-hunt – in this case not to persecute Witches, but to isolate them as book customers.
The original subtitle of this book was “A Dianic Book of Shadows”. Some confusion arose when “Dianic” took on the popular meaning of Goddess-worshipping women witches only. This surprised me because to me, Dianic meant that my primary alignment was with the Goddess Diana. Today I chooe to publish the book with a new subtitle – A Book of Shadows for Positve Witches. I have added more material but all of the original information remains.
A Book of Shadows represents a Witch’s most personal practice. In the interest of flexibility, I have departed slightly from the traditional Book of Shadows format to provide suggested alternatives to help you find your own way. If there is one thing I’ve learned in the years since I wrote the first version of this book, it’s that Witchcraft is decidedly not an organized religion. It is inner-directed, not outer-instructed. I have tried to convey this concept here – even though I provide instruction.
In oldest times a Book of Shadows was kept for joyful reasons-to pass the work on to others. Every Witch who could write, had one. In the Middle Ages, during the nightmarish Burning Time, Books of Shadows served another function, to preserve the religion while countless Witches perished. Today, we are back to the original purpose sharing the work with others.
I am happy to share with you this, my latest work, as I simultaneously urge you to explore your own.
Blessed Be Your Path!
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