[Audiobooks] Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the GoddessAuthor Phyllis Curott – Autowiringdiagram.co

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 AliveAn 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 LifeThus 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 LoveEngagingly 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


10 thoughts on “Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess

  1. says:

    I m not fond of all the Wiccan bashing in other brands of Paganism and so it pains me to have to rate this book no than two stars because it basically confirms all the ridiculous, negative stereotypes about Wiccans and fluffy New Agers that are floating around on the internet I started reading this book expecting fully to like, yes, perhaps even love it, because I d heard nothing but good things about it As a Pagan though a tad agnostic leaning I m kind of spiritual myself, there are things I question and others I believe or rather find very likely you could say and concepts such as reincarnation, intuition or having a personal relationship with your Gods isn t necessarily weird or crazy to me I respect different beliefs and traditions, which is essential to polytheism imo Howevvvvver you can take everything too far And Phyllis Curott is one of those people who seem not to even live in this reality or on this planet any Absolutely everything that happened to her or in her life was foretold , a message from higher powers, she sensed, dreamed or just knew things before they happened or she learned about them from other worldly reliable sources And to top it off it s not enough that she is a witch or Wiccan, no, she is some kind of super Wiccan reincarnation of an infamous Goddess I meancome on This is like 30% of all Americans I ever met telling me that they re part Native American and not only that but they are the descendant of a Cherokee princess It just gets old and ludicrous and, well, boring tbh You know, I hate it, I totally hate that I couldn t like this book although I really, I mean REALLY REALLY, tried Perhaps Mrs Curott is a lovely person and I feel kind of bad for bashing her book like this, butI just honestly just didn t particularly enjoy it I m sorry


  2. says:

    In honor of Samhain, I thought I would give props to my favorite book about Wicca and Paganism of all time This book literally changed my life In Book of Shadows, Ms Curott tells the incredibly compelling and true story of her personal journey finding the Goddess, and thereby her truest self I found this book while I was just starting down that path myself, and it helped me release all of fear and shame I felt for leaving the religion I was raised in to find something that fit with my inherent world views There have been many books published on this subject, many of them either misleading or downright ridiculous, and finding a good one can be difficult especially for the beginning practitioner However, this one is eloquent, smart, and cut through the bullshit enough to make me realize that I had found the right fit for me.I highly recommend this book if you are 1 exploring this path yourself, 2 are just curious about what the hell it s all about, or 3 if you have a friend relative who just came out of the broom closet and you re worried they are going to start sacrificing squirrels or virgins You think I jest, but I ve heard it all She is one of my personal heroes, and not just for writing her amazing guidebooks It s because as a Priestess, a filmmaker, and a human rights lawyer, she s an inspiration to all of us who want to make the world a better place.I was lucky enough to meet Ms Curott in person at a book signing for one of her other books, The Love Spell, and I had the privilege of thanking her in person for what she did for me And I ll thank her again in this review Thank you, Ms Curott, for helping an awkward, agnostic, questioning girl with huge self esteem issues find a path that has kept her grounded for the last decade Blessed be.


  3. says:

    An American woman s journey into the ancient practice of Wiccan or the Old Religion of Europe.This is a true story but it is not an easy read.This book will give the reader much food for thought It includes descriptions of the old ways of worship, the various tales and names of the goddess gathered from many lands and cultures It describes not only what the author s group did in their circle meetings but also how the friendships she made and how it impacted both her personal and professional life.Deep and absorbing, if you have ever lived a life in which you participated in the rituals described in this book, you will dream it I certainly did and emerged wondering, Did I just stumble across this book or was it set in concrete that I would eventually come upon it


  4. says:

    Back in the 70 s at age 25 Phyllis Currot was in her last year of law school At age 25 she begin having prophetic visions and dreams that start coming true In her dreams she hears the chanting dedicated to the Goddess Isis, Astarte, Hecate, Diana, Demeter, Kali Inanna She meets with Isis and starts doing research Later she will move to Washington DC to fight organized crime for a labor union The firm she works for eventually closes it s doors and Phyllis returns to New York While in Washington she works hard and soon loses her prophetic vision.Back in New York Phyllis links up with a friend who introduces her to a coven of Wiccan follower Her friend is a solitary witch The coven is an al female coven dedicated to the Goddess that meets in the back of an occult shop Phyllis decide to join Along the way she is instructed by three people Maia, Nonna and Belonna.Phyllis also lands a new job at a record company doing contracts Her boss Mr Hadus is a typical powerful executive with inferiority issues underneath his macho exterior He is demanding, verbally abusive and predatorial The job is stressfull.While in the circle Phyllis learns about meditation, casting spells and the philosophy of the Goddess The true aim of magick is control over oneself not over others or the universe Phyllises introduction into the coven prompts her on a journey into the history of witchcraft and how witches were persecuted. She also learns how the world once worshipped the Goddess and women were Shaman and leadership The world was peaceful until the male dominated religions took over and degraded the woman s positionAs her life progresses Phyllis discovers along with her friend Jeanette the need to do a banishing spell against Jeanette s ex husband They do a spell invoking a West African Goddess They make a poppet and put it in a icebox The man later gets arrested in a drug deal by federal agents She does a banishing ritual against her boss by imagining pentagrams on his door It works an he leaves her alone She trains for a year with her mentors and during that year she does find the strengths to leave her job.At the end she must find a magical name for herself. She finds it in Central park and at first thinks it is prosperina but later calls herself Aradia Excellent book filled with anecdote for newcomer to the craft. Several useful techniques as well.


  5. says:

    I have a soft spot for this book I read it at a time I was making great changes inner changes and it influenced me profoundly Phylis Currott s delivery will not appeal to everyone Such books can only ever be written from one s own experience and Ms Currott does come from a strong academic background, and has built a career as a successful New York lawyer and peace activist, with a strong feminist streak It was in fact the urban intellectual edge that appealed to me, being as I was at the time a childless city girl living in a farming community and surrounded by people whose beliefs I admired but which seemed reinforced by a connection they had to the the land a connection I did not quite share What Ms Currott was able to impress upon me through her story was how every single one of us can find our own way to a congress with the natural world and with the mystical if we are prepared to read all the signs That particular connection will not be open to us unless we seek our own inner truth and choose lives that enable us to reflect that truth wherever we live, whatever we do, whoever we love, whatever traditions we were raised in.I am no longer the person I was when I first read this book And I follow no church , party , or coven line when it comes to spirituality but I think that is the the point of the story Do your own research and follow your conscience accordingly This book still stands as a reminder to me never to be frightened of change and to always keep an open heart and mind For this I thank the author and will continue to keep a well thumbed copy of her Book of Shadows on my shelf.


  6. says:

    I have to give this book 4 stars because it s just so well written and enjoyable It s an absorbing page turner which does a beautiful job of integrating information about witchcraft with the author s personal journey.Now we come to the reason I can t give it full marks I want Phyllis Curott s life It seems she doesn t ever have to do the laundry, call the phone company to sort out billing issues, or clean puked up red jello off the living room couch Yeah, no one in this book has kids for a fertility religion, it would seem Wicca doesn t really make a lot of room for actual parents Besides working long hours at her glamorous, high powered job with a cinema worthy villain boss, her life is apparently composed of taking scented baths to wash away her frustrations, meditating under park trees, decorating her altar with fresh flowers, reading books about ancient Goddess worship, sitting in the Metropolitan Museum s Egyptian wing meditating, going camping where she is surrounded by fireflies yet never by mosquitoes, and having fulfilling empowering rituals with her amazing coven that NEVER has interpersonal issues Oh, and buying designer clothes that fit her perfectly and make her look gorgeous.Hmmm Perhaps I sound a little bitter I mean, I know she has to pay her bills and change the cat litter like anyone else, and it probably wouldn t be such an exciting read if she included all that stuff Then again if she could make changing the cat litter into a magical act, that would be a lot useful to me at this particular stage of my life than hearing about fantasy rituals and scented baths.


  7. says:

    While some of the prose is too florid for my taste, and although modern Wicca has to do with the imagination than historically documented ancient practices, Phyllis Curott provides much insight into modern day neopaganism She shows how a religion based on a Goddess, interpreted to have appeared in all cultures, can appeal to feminists, in particular.


  8. says:

    I read this book when it was first released , and as a starry eyed woman in my early adulthood, I thought it was so amazing I was Enchanted by Curott s descriptions of her coven, magickal work, and initiations.I re read it recently , 20 years later, and through my now skeptical , older eyes, I didn t find it nearly as good.The visuals in this book are beautifully described, and I really liked the sound of her HPS , Maia and Bellona who are amazing women IRL, haven t formally met them, but know who they are..trailblazers in the NYC craft It read like a myth or tale and did make me want to keep reading it as a result, Phyllis does a good job of characterization and the storyline moves along pretty well.However, here s where I saw the rot I didn t see about 20 years ago The author is undoubtably privileged..wealthy background than hinted at lawyer educated White woman Etc However..she seems to want to remind you of this throughout the book Her lunch at the Russian Tea room where she sees the celebrities and one at his usual table , name dropping oh so casually and letting us know she s been there before Knowing what to order without looking at the menu and ordering caviar and champagne, which seemed a little hacky, like a caricature of what rich people eat she went to one of the top law schools in the country and wastes no time telling us that She shops at Bergdorf s and goes to a boutique with a fitting room larger than her apartment We get it, Phyllis You have money and are hobnobbing with the stars Enough said That was all a head scratcher, as the truly wealthy people I ve known, especially NYC people, don t name drop or discuss at length what rich people do in New York Most old money people find that tacky and pretentious For someone that reminds us constantly she is privileged, tall, blond, thin and desired apparently by every man that crosses her path, she does little to CHECK her privilege The way she describes her HPS are often patronizingBellonna. Her education stopped at high school, but she was intelligent Maia..earthy edge of a Bensonhurst accent She puts her teachers on a pedestal on one hand, but on another, she seems to place herself above them She is the rich, educated one, they are just poor women from the Bronx that are somehow intelligent She also seeks out Gillian in the group as a friend, as by background and education they have so much in common and she recognizes her prominent last name Ugh Again, a lot of ooohing and aahing over Gillian s wealth She makes friends with Jeanette, a Caribbean woman older than her, and takes the role of patronizing white woman she wants to rescue Jeanette from her ex Jeanette needs her for a ritual Please The other women are also walking stereotypes Marcia, the bodybuilder who is gruff is a lesbian Naomi, the other openly lesbian woman, of course has a relationship with her Annabelle, the southern belle A few of the other women on the periphery aren t mentioned at all..i think you hear about Mindy once.She also lets us know that a winnowing occurs and she is one of the women invited back for the circle and others are voted off the island, I guess I doubt that s what really happened she said they weren t invited back..but did she ever stop to think maybe they had covens of their own were solitaries High Priestesses or Elders She wasn t particularly speshul for being singled out, and might not have been The HPS probably selected the women that wanted to be trained in the coven and asked them about it No mention of Curott s superior attitude needing to be taken down a notch, and from the training I have had, most HPS would do that in a heartbeat When I was a cocky 22 year old in a new coven and a know it all, i got brought down to size , in a nice way, PDQ.I realize it was written in the early 80s when stereotypes were readily acceptable and there was less awareness, but she offers no retrospect Nothing and a feminist would examine their relationships to women of colour and other income brackets and see they might be acting superior.Then we get to the magick Oh, the magick I was so amazed by it as a young woman She sees flaming pentagrams, spirals of light, has visions that rival MGM and their spells rites always work in an obvious way and are phenomenally successful.Maybe that is how she experienced it I have seen things myself, but not in this hollywood style manner Also..this isn t Charmed Spells don t always work People are not always healed Your boss doesn t always suddenly cower in his office because you envisioned pentagrams on his door No, no, no.Magick does work, but often in ways we least expect, or very subtle ways Sometimes people stay sick and die, and we aren t able to save them Prosperity and love spells don t always work Nor do banishings Or, they don t work in ways that are completely obvious and exactly what we want.For someone that highly doubted anything religious or spiritual, she does little questioning of what she is learning She seems to take to it right away No struggle about identity or what this means or serious doubt lasting longer than a page or two.I also know that any group of women or women and men, or men, or whomever does not get along famously 100% of the time Nor do covens Maia shows her temper once, and then immediately cools down Covens have gossip, people that just can t get along, and emotional outbursts Same as any other group Either this is the most miraculous group of women paired together i ve ever seen, or it s highly embellished I d bank on the latter.Now, Hadus Oh dear First of all, it s not a stretch for the reader to figure out this is a play on the Greek God Hades , that captured Persephone in his underworld She is obviously Persephone and he is Hades, whisking her into his realm of riches and glamour eye roll Yes, he was an awful person and a sexist pig, and I know women in the 80s had it even worse in the workplace than they do now I don t doubt that for a second But he was so one dimensional..Hadus, bad Phyllis, good He was basically Satan incarnate Then there is the jolly older boss, the grim secretaries, the nasty personal secretary and the chipper Madeline who also name drops according to this account It seems like a Greek tragedy than a memoir Maybe it was..but she said the story was true and only the names changed I kept thinking that whoever Hadus is, he must recognize himself in the story and not be too thrilled about it Maybe he deserves it But, did she ever face repercussions from that Would be interesting to know She also protects the names of her first teachers in the book, then thanks them publicly in the beginning by their real names what That also confused me I m sure they agreed to it, but why not use their names throughout This lady certainly thought an awful lot of herself Being selected from a tarot reading, a group, then told she was the one they were all waiting for Not saying she had to grovel, but i didn t see a whole lot of humility here.It is really sad when your favourite books as a younger person kind of stink when you read them older I know Phyllis has made a lot of contributions to the Craft and is a respected Elder I don t deny that at all, and I don t know her so can t say how she is in person However, just from reading this book, I wouldn t get a great impression Maybe she was trying to show how her 25 year old self was self involved than she is now If that were the case, would be nice to see that in the forward Overall, I don t see why so many old school witches adored this book too much puff and pageantry and too little reality and self awareness.


  9. says:

    I really like this book and have re read it numerous times over the years.Each time I pick it, something else stands out that was missed the last time it was read.If you are wanting to re balance and re think and move forward within from a starting point of discovering that spiritual side of you, then this is the perfect book for you Try not to take it too literally Each person is on their own path spiritually, whether its Wiccan, priestess or just trying to connect to oneself You have to remember, its Phyllis s journey, I m sure there are aspects of the book that are embellished, and if so, just take what you like from it and put the rest aside This book is worth the read.


  10. says:

    I really dislike giving this book a low rating since I love paganism, witchcraft, Wicca, and the like But, I can tell how much I like a book by how fast I finish it This one took me about 1.5 months to get through I just never looked forward to picking it up and reading it I found it quite dry and boring The story didn t flow well in my opinion and her style of writing didn t resonate with me It seemed to spend time talking about her mundane life than her magickal life We are all different and have our own opinions I just didn t care for it I ll keep it on my shelf and read it again in future Maybe I ll change my mind.