Pixie Book Review: A Witch's Shadow Magick Compendium by Raven Digitalis

Pixie Book Review: A Witch's Shadow Magick Compendium by Raven Digitalis

Pixie Book Review: A Witch's Shadow Magick Compendium by Raven Digitalis

Published by Crossed Crow Books Nov. 29, 2022 | $25.95 | ISBN 9798985628142 

Hey there, Peeps! I’ve finally been able to finish reading a book I started last autumn. With dad's passing and all that came after, life has not been conducive to reading anything that would require more brain power than reading, say... a meme. 

Anywhoodles, I was finally able to carve out the time to finish it; and now I'ma tell you about it!  

Why Did I Choose A Witch's Shadow Magick Compendium by Raven Digitalis?

I was approached by someone from Crossed Crow Books and given the opportunity to review a few titles. A Witch's Shadow Magick Compendium (which is actually an updated 15th anniversary edition of the book) was the one that made me perk up with interest so the nice publisher rep sent me a digital copy for my perusal.  

What’s Inside A Witch's Shadow Magick Compendium by Raven Digitalis? 

There is A LOT of information and insight within the 346 pages of this book.

The author gives us a breakdown of the Shadow in 6 chunks, if you will. These are the Internal Shadow, External Shadow, Astral Shadow, Shadow of Nature, Shadow of Society, and Shadow of Death.

Within these well thought out chapters is a whole lot of history, some lore, several meditations & exercises, and even a basic outline for a solar eclipse ritual.

Early on in the book I was struck by this passage: " Many who focus solely on the lighter side of spirituality are just as imbalanced as those who give thought only to its darker aspects. Self-awareness includes acknowledging both the shadow and the light -- within ourselves as well as the world around us." It was one of those passages that had me utter an audible - ok, a quite loud - "YES!!"

There's several bits that spoke to me this strongly, too many to list, but I will say that the information on "Magickal Jewelry & Metals" and "Herbcraft & Wortcunning: A Darkly Herbal" knocked my socks off!

This is definitely not a book for the beginner, so if you've been looking for more advanced concepts, this will fit the bill.

Things I’ll put into practice and/or adapt from the book: 

There is a whole mess of stuff that will be finding its way into my practice. The Metal and Herb info mentioned above will be particularly invaluable!

I would also like to perform the ritual meditation for the Ceremony of Silence. This felt like something that would be wonderfully helpful and insightful during periods in which I feel a bit overstimulated by all the things and would benefit from a profoundly silent spiritual experience.

I also plan on using the Ritual Meditation for "Connecting to the Eclipse" as a framework to crafting a ritual for the solar eclipse that will occur in April of 2024 (as I live in an area that is in the path of totality).

Final Thoughts on A Witch's Shadow Magick Compendium by Raven Digitalis: 

If you strive for a well-rounded practice that emphasizes the dark AND the light side of things, I recommend having A Witch's Shadow Magick Compendium as part of your witchy library. It is full of thought provoking insights and techniques that will set you on a road to self discovery.


If you’re in the United States, and you'd like to buy the book, You Can Support Your Local Book Sellers by purchasing online via The Pixilated Bookshop (An affiliate of bookshop.org). 

A Witch's Shadow Magick Compendium by Raven Digitalis is also available via: 

Crossed Crow Books 

(Be sure to check your local book shops as well!) 

Until Next Time, Pixilators! 

Wishing You Peace, Love, & Pixie Dust  


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