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Book of Shadows

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When high-powered Manhattan lawyer Phyllis Curott began exploring Witchcraft, she discovered a spiritual movement that defied all stereotypes.

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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 chronicles Curott's remarkable initiation into Wicca (meaning "wise one"), 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, she relates the history of Witchcraft and shares many traditional Wiccan practices such as casting a circle, drawing down the Goddess, and casting spells for health, prosperity, and love.

"Wise words from a smart and savvy priestess of the Goddess; the writing is beautiful, the rituals deep and compelling."       ~Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon

"An engaging memoir of magic and self-discovery, by Wicca high priestess and entertainment attorney Curott. Curott has lectured nationally on the renaissance of witchcraft in America, and here she offers a treatment of magic's role in her own spiritual journey and professional life.

Curott wisely uses the genre of autobiography to introduce readers to witchcraft gradually, as she herself was introduced to it. She first describes her visions of an Isis-like figure in her final year of law school, and her sudden development of extrasensory talents. A bit later, she met a self-described witch and through this friendship began attending her first 'circle' meetings, which sound a lot more like a feminist consciousness-raising group than a coven. Which is precisely Curott's point: the book's chief function is to dispel Christian-based stereotypes about witches, who don't worship Satan (he's not a figure in pre-Christian traditions) or cast spells on people (Curott insists that witches seek to establish harmony in the world, not to be masters of others or of nature).

But in her well-intentioned efforts to rehabilitate witchcraft, she occasionally succumbs to perpetuating rather ridiculous inaccuracies about its detractors (as when she repeats the claim that the Catholic Church was responsible for the Black Plague because it had killed off all the cats, thinking they might be witches' familiars). And at times her rhetorical devices are not too subtle - she gives her lecherous boss the pseudonym Hades, symbolically casting herself as the ensnared Persephone, who must utilize female magic to escape from his underworld.

However, Curott also presents some fine insights into the role witchcraft plays in the complex milieu of American religion, including her observation that Wicca is appealing because it does not demand exclusive devotion (one enchantress calls herself 'an Episcopagan'). Though jagged, Curott's book stands as a unique first-person account of more than 20 years as a practitioner of Wicca."    ~Kirkus Reviews

"Wicca, as Witchcraft is most often referred to by contemporary practitioners, is the renaissance of a pre-Hebraic, pre-Christian, and pre-Islamic Goddess spirituality. The word Witch actually comes from the old Anglo-Saxon word wicce, meaning 'wise one,' a seer, a priestess, or shaman who is able to work with unseen, divine forces. Witches were the singers of sacred songs, the midwives and healers, guides and teachers of the Goddess's spiritual wisdom. Like Native Americans, Taoists, Australian Aborigines, the Yoruban tribes in Africa, Eskimos, Hawaiians, Lapps, and other indigenous peoples, the people of old Europe and the Fertile Crescent lived close to the earth and respected their relationship with nature as sacred, for they experienced their world as the embodiment of the divine."

Author Curott, Phyllis
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 302 pp.
Publisher Broadway Books 1999
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