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Home > Books & Reviews > Pagan > Your Book Of Shadows Search

Book Review:
Your Book of Shadows: How to Write Your Own Magickal Spells

Author: Patricia J. Telesco
Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Citadel Press
Publication date: May 1999
ISBN: 080652071X
Price & More Info: Click Here

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One of the questions I am asked most often by students is how to create their own personal book of shadows. It seems like it should be an easy question to answer, but often it takes working with the student to create something that they will use. Now Patricia Telesco takes on the question -- with much better answers than I usually came up with.

It was the author's name that caused me to first pull this book from the shelves -- I have enjoyed many of her other books. However, it was the sub-title that kept me from putting it back. "How to Write Your Own Magickal Spells." Now, that sounded truly promising.

Like her many other books, Ms. Telesco writes in a clear-cut, yet not condescending, manner. She wants her readers to understand, but she doesn't treat them like children. Given the writing of certain other authors of 101 type books, her tone is indeed refreshing.

Starting with the mundane subject of making your own paper, she progresses to showing you how to make the mundane magickal. From what kind of inks to use for what kind of results to how to organize your information, there is something for everyone -- newbie to third-degree.

One thing that I have always loved about Ms. Telesco and her books is that she is never out to cram "her way" of doing things down your throat. In fact, she starts this book by pointing out that before you start your book, you need to sit down and look at who you are, what you believe, and where you believe you are heading.

Very good advice in my opinion.

Exercises, challenges, reading lists, and space for personal notes made this book very user friendly.

I highly recommend this book.

Reviewed by Elspeth

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