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Learn more about Amazon Prime. Skip to main content. Verified Purchase. Another Gardnerian "secret," I suppose?! Hey, might be a "collectible," huh? I needed to see what's passing for Gerald's BOS of late and this version is hardly well-presented.
Read more. Who had the nerve to copyright this material after all these years? Profit motive much??? Now I can't share my personal copies from the s with anyone because you slapped a copyright on it after the fact?
You and several other people Got to call my attorney. Cashing in on revelation is de rigour, right? Don't waste your money, folks! Ok, lots of people seem to have weird ideas about the Gardnerian Book of Shadows. No, Gardner's personal BOS was not published. YES, it still exists. As in, following the Gardnerian tradition, not his personal copy. Also, don't waste your money. You can get a free pdf of the Gardnerian Book of Shadows on so many websites it's crazy.
Well, that's why. He was called the "founder of modern wicca" for a reason. It is not even the real BOS which you will never obtain unless initiated into a Gardnerian coven. Find a local coven if you want to be Gardnerian. This book is a disorganized mash up fake Gardnerian BOS!! I was a working Gardnerian High Priestess for more than 20 years now retired , and founded an entire line of Gardnerian Wicca in California.
It looks more Alexandrian to me, from the pages I saw. It may be adapted from an early draft of the BOS which was discovered by Dr. Aidan Kelly back in the s and published by him in "Crafting the Art of Magic" back in the s. Certainly, I know, as an Alexandrian, that just having a look at my BoS wouldn't teach you much, and I'd be prepared to bet the same would be true of the Gardnerians.
If someone is interested in pursuing Gardnerianism , or any BTW tradition, You've got something that claims to be an oathbound book of a particular tradition. Clearly then there are three possibilities: 1. It is indeed an oathbound book of that tradition, in which case the publisher is dishonourable and untrustworthy.
They are lying and it isn't what it claims to be, in which case the publisher is dishonourable and untrustworthy. Some of it is genuine and some of it is not, or it is perhaps incomplete, in which case as the publisher is dishonourable and untrustworthy, you won't be able to know which is which.
One wonders also, how they've managed to conclude that Gerald Gardner is the sole author when the two most common theories as to its authorship are either that he received all or some of it from other sources, or that he compiled it along with other authors Doreen Valiente in particular. Just what is the copyright status of this volume? Finally, what's the point? Trying to learn an oral tradition form that tradition's written sources is a dubious pursuit in rather obvious ways.
If someone is interested in pursuing Gardnerianism , or any BTW tradition, then they'd certainly be well-advised to stay clear; reading what purports to be material that you plan to take an oath to keep secret is not likely to convince any potential teachers that you'd take that oath seriously, is it? The only value in having a BoS of a tradition that is not your own if it was your own you'd be given one for free is to be able to go "ooh, I have a secret thing".
If that's what you want, you'd get better value out of tabloid magazines that claim to have insight into the sex-lives of various flavour-of-the-month celebrities. Much juicier secrets and a good deal cheaper. The truth be known, the Gardnerian Book of Shadows would never be sold commercially.
The Gard tradition requires an oath of secrecy. Therefore this is only a fabricated version of what is held in secret and not available to the public.
I think it is quite unethical to claim otherwise. Any Gard knows that any BOS is passed on only from initiate to initiate from their high priestess. Perhaps people need to say the disclaimer: an alleged copy of the Gardnerian BOS! Read other reviews that mention book of shadows gardnerian book crafting the art doreen valiente art of magic gerald gardner gardnerian bos tradition published witchcraft claims copyright please coven craft modern secret sources wicca witch.
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Book of Shadows
A Book of Shadows is a book containing religious text and instructions for magical rituals found within the Neopagan religion of Wicca , and in many pagan practices. One famous Book of Shadows was created by the pioneering Wiccan Gerald Gardner sometime in the late s or early s, and which he utilised first in his Bricket Wood coven and then in other covens which he founded in following decades. The Book of Shadows is also used by other Wiccan traditions, such as Alexandrianism and Mohsianism, and with the rise of books teaching people how to begin following Wicca in the s onward, the idea of the Book of Shadows was then further propagated amongst solitary practitioners unconnected to earlier traditions. Initially, when Wicca was still dominated by covens , "only one copy [of the Book] existed for an entire coven, kept by the high priestess or high priest. That rule has proved unfeasible, and it is [now] commonplace for all Witches to have their own copies. They have tried to keep the contents of this Book a secret, although it has been published on a number of occasions by figures such as Charles Cardell , Lady Sheba, and Janet and Stewart Farrar.
The Gardnerian Book Of Shadows. What is the Gardnerian Book of Shadows? Some people act as if this were the Ultimate and Secret Revelations of the Gods, the possession of which will bring power and enlightenment and god-like power. The Gardnerian Book of Shadows BoS is simply a guidebook, no different from any guidebook you buy before you visit another country. It has a few suggestions, some thoughts and shows a Path that works for some people. But not everyone. Look at it like this.