As with all spiritual texts, there is a large debate about where and how a book of shadows came into use. Some say they were prevalent during the Middle Ages, written only in Runic alphabets to hide their magickal meanings. Some say the witches during the Middle Ages were illiterate and the books of shadow did not come into practice until the 14th or 15th centuries. Even then, Runic alphabets were used to protect the owner from persecution and death if it were found by a witch hunter.
Regardless of where they started, they’ve had just as many varying names. The Golden Grimoire is one of the more famous mythological versions of a book of shadows. It’s said to be the Book of Shadows of Merlin the Magician himself.
The Great Grimoire is another legendary book of shadow, reportedly it contains the spells and incantations of the world’s first witch…
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