A book of spells, celebrations and recipes compiled from an unpublished, recently discovered manuscript by perhaps one of the best known writers on the subject of Wicca.
When Scott Cunningham passed to the Summerland in 1993 at the young age of 37, the loss was felt throughout the Pagan community. His books have guided hundreds
of thousands of people on their spiritual paths. He helped popularize solitary Wicca; more than fifteen years after his death, Cunningham's encyclopedias and reference books continue to dominate the Pagan/Wiccan market and fortify his place in the history of modern witchcraft.
A seeker of truth all his life, Scott looked through scores of aged texts and studied with every teacher he could find to satisfy an unending curiosity. He yearned to create what he could not find in the existing Wiccan canon: a Book of Shadows based on past traditions, yet forward-looking—a true guidebook for Wiccan practice. He left our world before he could reveal it...or so it was thought.
Recently, one of his heirs discovered a battered manila envelope among Scott's papers. Hidden within it was a lost treasure that, to many of Scott's fans, is more valuable than gold-the manuscript for his long-lost book of shadows.
American Traditionalist Wicca
Llewellyn Publications takes great pride in presenting the most unexpected yet eagerly desired book in the history of Pagan publishing, Cunningham's Book of Shadows. Scott referred to the system that is published here for the first time as "American Traditionalist Wicca"—a melding of traditional Wiccan practice and Scott's own unique and inspired work. If you have followed the wisdom found in any of his previous books, now you can actually practice the system he developed and used in his own religious and spiritual tradition, bringing you closer than ever before to
Scott and his teachings.
This is a complete Book of Shadows featuring all the information you need to follow Scott's American Traditionalist path. It includes:
Calling the Gods
Invocation of the Elements
Building the Circle
Rituals for all of the Sabbats
Full Moon Rite
Drawing Down the Moon
Consecration of Tools
Prayers, Chants, and Invocations
Recipes for the Feast
An Herbal Grimoire
Magical Lore, Spells and Rituals
This is the book for all fans of Scott Cunningham and a guide for people who have not yet found their Pagan path.
A Personal Book
Because this book is so important, and because we anticipate its frequent use by people who wish to adopt this tradition, Llewellyn has decided to honor Scott and his readers by introducing this book in a beautiful, hardbound presentation. Use it as much as you like and pass it on—this book will last for many, many years and will become a treasured heirloom in your family.
Cunningham's Book of Shadows represents a very personal project of Scott's, and to honor his passion, we have also included his hand-drawn signs, symbols, and runes. There are also reproductions of the text just as he originally typed them—complete with typos and handwritten corrections.
Although there are other Books of Shadows on the market, there has never been one that is both traditional and visionary, both a gift and a surprise, and by someone absent in body but ever present in spirit. Here is your chance to be mentored by one of the founders of modern Wicca, using his vision of what the future of the practice should look like. If you are only going to get one Wiccan book this year, it must be Cunningham's Book of Shadows.