When I was younger a friend’s wife gave me a book to read. At the time, I was going through a lot in my life because the religion I grew up with was growing more false the more I studied it. The situation caused a lot of cognitive dissonance for me. It was hard for me to keep a bearing on what could be real or believable and what could not.
The book she gave me was Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham and it was full of information about a magickal world that I never knew existed. Of colors and scents and crystals, and Gods and Goddesses.
Now, while not a practicing Wiccan, I still count this book as important on my journey. It taught me how to live a life more in tune with nature. The correspondences and rituals laid out in the book marked my first foray into Magick. This time, under the flavor of Wicca – or traditional witchcraft.
Gerald Gardner was the world’s first Wiccan. Although, his followers might have you believe that the line goes back much further than he. A British Civil Servant, Gerald Gardner started the world’s first Wiccan coven with a group that met at his own personal estate. The group would perform magickal rituals together.
The book shown here is Gerald Gardner’s very own Book of Shadows, which his first coven used to perform their spells and rituals. This book served as the inspiration of all texts on Wicca since then – including Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham.Gardnerian-Book-of-Shadows-1