View Full Version : Book Of Shadows (Phyllis Curott)

November 4th, 2001, 06:57 PM
Just wondering, how many people have read Phyllis Curott's beautiful book, Book of Shadows? And what did you think?

November 4th, 2001, 08:25 PM
i read that book last spring and loved it. i like how it's in a novel form instead like the millions of "how to becaome a witch" books out there. it tells the authors story about her journey into witchcraft and paganism while explaining the history and demonstrating rituals and other areas of wicca so it's basically a really good story and a how to book in one. very interesting. great book for beginners or anyone else.
blessed be,
p.s. has any one read her most recent book witchcrafting?

November 4th, 2001, 11:51 PM
I've read Book of Shadow. I enjoyed it because it was written as a story...not a straight how-to book. I haven't read her new one yet. Just took a quick glance through it at the book store, though.

November 5th, 2001, 05:06 AM
I read this book over the summer. Like the others, I loved that it was written in novel form & I felt it offered a much more personal view of witchcraft opposed to the usual 'how to...' books. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.


November 5th, 2001, 04:33 PM
I haven't seen Witchcrafting. I might check the Easons website and see if it's been released in Ireland yet.

Is it written like Book of Shadows, or in the 'usual' form?

November 5th, 2001, 05:42 PM
I loved Phyllis Curott's Book of Shadows. It was interesting to read her own spiritual journey into Witchcraft. I also could relate to her line of work as I am a paralegal with a law firm and dealing with coming out as a Witch in your profession takes serious consideration. I am looking forward to her new book "Witchcrafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic," which I did see 1 week ago at Borders Books, but I went back the next day and it was gone. I will just have to anxiously wait! :)

November 5th, 2001, 10:12 PM
Originally posted by phoenixsong
I haven't seen Witchcrafting. I might check the Easons website and see if it's been released in Ireland yet.

Is it written like Book of Shadows, or in the 'usual' form?
what i can tell from browsing through it at borders it's a usual "how to" book.

November 6th, 2001, 11:41 AM
I have both her books. I love BOS, it's great to read her personal story of how she found her way.

Witch Crafting, is great so far, but I haven't read much yet. Good excersizes, and I love how she covers writing your own BOS right at the begining. Witch Crafting has the usual format for these kinds of books, not like her book BOS.

November 11th, 2001, 10:16 PM
I'm currently reading BOS and think it's wonderful. Very interesting to read how another found her way. I've also had some Egyptian connections over the past few months like she spoke of in the beginning of the book.

November 12th, 2001, 04:50 PM
I just spotted it in the bookstore myself. But I'm severely low on cash AND I just finally bought Sprial Dance for the first time. I intend to finish reading the few books i've started before I buy any more new ones.

I really want to get her book though. It looked good and from what I see in this thread it comes highly recommended.

November 13th, 2001, 04:33 PM
The Spiral Dance and Book of Shadows... my two favourite books in my personal Pagan library!

December 12th, 2001, 12:36 AM
I really enjoyed "Book of Shadows", best pagan book I've read in a long time. My thoughts in full are on my site (http://kisstheviolets.org/padma) in the book reviews section; I'd give the direct link but then you wouldn't be in frames.

December 30th, 2001, 06:27 AM
I also could relate to her not coming out-I am a collection specialist for a small law firm and we basically have a dont ask dont tell policy whenever its something personal. I would recomend her book-its a fast read due to the format yet is very informative...her personal experiances are pretty relevant all the way around. Just finished Maiden, Mother, Crone by DJ Conway which is good-though I think I preferred Z Budapest's handling of the material
in Summoning the Fates- though I believe both SHOULD be read as there is some overlap but some is not- and the points of view are parallel but not identical...I really loved Patricia Telesco's works-I am finished reading but beginning exercises in the Crone book , got some things done from the Yule book and making items/some completed from the Magical Needlework book-and start Candlemas;Feast of Flames by Amber K this morning.(and if you have not guessed, I am a former English lit major who reads as much as I did in college on a variety of subjects-no kids-though I do work fulltime and have other elements in my life as well-one is only old when one accepts it and stops learning. I also take mass transit which gives me 1 1/2-2 hours to read 6 days a week just going back and forth to work. I am discrete though about the titles of the books-live in the Bible belt. I keep the covers folded back to not be seen by prying eyes.):boing:

December 30th, 2001, 06:19 PM
Well, in my previous post i said I was gonna wait to buy the book. I didn't. LOL. I bought it. I have soooooo many to read right now. Gotta put myself on a schedule & stop playing on this machine, so I can get some reading done!!!!!!!!!

I can't wait to read it. I also bought a book titled "pagan & chrisitans" that looks interesting as well.

December 30th, 2001, 08:39 PM
If Amazon.com doesnot hear from me at least 1x per month-they send out search parties for me....

Angel's Dreams
January 5th, 2002, 10:45 PM
I haven't read Book of Shadows yet but I have just finished reading her newest book Witchcrafting and it was great! A really good read! I like the language that she uses and the indepth explanations. You never have to go "Huh? What the heck was that?" because she give lots of examples. Pick it up! It is definately worthwhile to read.
Bright Blessings,

March 13th, 2005, 04:06 PM
I adore this book. I picked it up "accidentally" -- was reaching for a book on faeries, my eyes flickered away to scan titles on other shelves, and with some surprise I looked back and found myself holding Book of Shadows. I normally wouldn't have read it, only because I've never been particularly drawn to Wicca, but I'm so glad I had the chance to read it. From the first mention of CBGB's, I knew I was going to love it.

The rituals were so beautiful -- I'm all about the simplicity, but BOS totally made me want to join in some more elaborate group stuff. And though it was meant to serve as an introductory, it still told me a bunch of things I didn't know. The stuff I did know was nice to hear again, like watching a familiar, comfortable movie for the 28th time.

Anyway. Before I continue rambling -- Ms. Curott, your book truly meant something special to me, so thanks for that. :)

June 24th, 2005, 12:30 AM
I read this book last fall. It is a wonderfully written book and Phyllis has an unique way of sharing her experience that is very spiritual. I love reading about people's spiritual journeys. She has one and her view of Wicca was a little unsettling, especially the part about going against the "wall". She said it's something all witches have to experience, so I'm not sure if I want to but I am certain each individual is different. This book is a must and is in my library. I can't wait to get started on Witch Crafting! _witchball

Jade Moon
May 7th, 2007, 02:34 PM
I just finished reading this book last night. I literally read it in one day! I couldn't put it down! Its different from most books about wicca because its written as a novel, or a memoir - not a "how-to" or "self-help" book. Its like you go on a spiritual journey with the author. She gives you alot of history and factual matter, but it easily flows into the story. I highly recommend this to newbies and seasoned Pagans. I think its one I'll likely read again one day.

May 7th, 2007, 02:59 PM
I can't wait for Curott's next book; I've re-read BoS, Witchcrafting, and The Love Spell, about a dozen times!

August 19th, 2007, 11:42 AM
I can't wait for Curott's next book; I've re-read BoS, Witchcrafting, and The Love Spell, about a dozen times!

She's writing another or are you just generically saying you can' wait for her next one as you really enjoy her work?

August 26th, 2008, 03:26 PM
I just read it and liked it also for the same reasons. It was neat to see someone else's journey.

August 26th, 2008, 05:08 PM
She's writing another or are you just generically saying you can' wait for her next one as you really enjoy her work?

She's not writing another that I know of, and I wish she was.

December 23rd, 2008, 10:21 AM
I'm reading this book now for the first time and I love it :smile: Even though I'm not Wiccan this book isn't about teaching you to become Wiccan, it's the authors personal journey on her spiritual path and it calls to everyone, not just Wiccans.

There is something for everyone here and if you like autobiography books then I'm sure you'll love this one!

Spellbinding :uhhuhuh: