Making your own book of shadows

Making your own book of shadows

Making your own book of shadows

Making your own book of shadows can be as easy or as complex as you wish

Your book of shadows is your personal reference to the path you tread.

True you can purchase a very mystic looking book of shadows from the many wiccan shops now catering for our needs.

It is true that they are brilliant in design and all ready for use after cleansing but to actually create your own is a very satisfying feeling knowing that no one has the same design as you, a one off, customized to your own requirements.

I have found it really useful to cover my books in a wax resistant covering in case of spillages when working on my altar near candles and wine ceremonies. I had the misfortune to spill wine on an unprotected book years ago and soon learned that covering was the best option several sodden and stained pages later.

When asked I always reply a hand written page for my book of shadows has more power than one typed on a computer but there again it is up to you to decide, as there are many pages of interest on the internet just waiting to be typed out and slipped into your book.

The main issue I came across when making my first book of shadows was to keep it as simple as possible.

I would suggest you try using a ring binder folder of the A4 size so it will be easy to partition your different entries into convenient sections, you can still slip your folder into an handmade outer book covering if you wish to give your new book of shadows a personal mysterious look.

It is entirely up to you what you choose to put in it and you may personalize it as you choose, you do not have to be Wiccan to create your own (BOS).

Your book covering can be decorated in any way you deem fit as long as it is personalized to you, the outer cover instead of being of plain appearance would maybe look better covered with beads, ribbons, fancy wording, symbols as you like, the more elaborate books have locks on them.

All the rituals and spell I place in my book of shadows are worked in my own hand writing this I believe helps to transfer energy back to me, and also helps me to memorize the contents. I try to write as clearly as I can for the purpose of reading back my workings in a ritual setting. I have seen all kinds of scripts in other wiccans books, all personalized to the individual but before using your new book of shadows it is wise to cleanse (consecrated) the book by the following means described below.

It is important to be facing the North as the earth’s magnetic energy is focused there; a compass is an essential tool for this purpose.

Once you have determined the North facing position place your book on a table, shelf or floor making sure the area to be used is clean.
Using a thimble of pure salt sprinkle lightly the area around the book using the following chant:
This salt I sprinkle freely will purify this book for me,
thus all which is placed within it is personalized to me.

This is just an example of the words to be said, by all means create your own chant. Your book is now ready to use.

Record your spell workings in your BOS, some witches keep a separate book called a “grimoire” which is used solely for spells and such; you can make your own grimoire or keep your spells in your BOS. I prefer to use my book of shadows for all my workings, separated by page dividers or tabs. As in any book you need an index system of some description to find things easily because magickal workings in wiccan do have rules and laws that we live by, I always keep my index pages at the front of my book for this reason.

Page numbering is a great idea for should one or a bunch of pages drop out of your book of shadows it’s easy to reassemble that’s from experience as well I mention this.

One thing I can assure you of is you will never run out of things to enter into you book be it writings, pressed flowers, sketches, codes, rituals the list goes on, I have filled many books over the years and it’s a joy to dust off my old books now and again to browse through my earlier wiccan path workings.

Here are just a few ideas you could enter into your new book of shadows:

  1. Poetry for many spells is of the poetic type.
    2. Rituals of all kinds
    3. The moons phases and how you work with them.
    4. The god and goddess.
    5. Your daily thoughts.
    6. When you first joined a coven or are thinking of.
    7. Herbs that you may wish to use daily or in rituals.
    8. Incense.
    9. Sabbat rituals.
    10. Candle colours.
    11. Ceremonies.
    12. When you first set up your altar.
    13. The wiccan Rede.

I also write down the books on subjects I have read.
As you can see there is always something to enter as we never finish learning and our book of shadows is a sacred book that has to be protected, to be treated with respect and kept out of the reach of children or animals please protect it you will reap the rewards of a well-kept book of shadows, remember your book of shadows is a vital tool in the world of wicca. Merry Part.


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Invocation Horned One

Invocation Horned One

Invocation Horned One

Invocation Horned One

The Horned God is one of the two primary deities found in Wicca and some related forms of Neopaganism. Below are workings related to him.

Eko; Eko Azarak! Eko; Eko Zomelak!
Eko; Eko Cernunnos! Eko; Eko; Arada!
Bagabi lacha bachabe;
Lamac cahi achababa,
Karellyos!
Lamac Lamac Bachalyas;
Cabahagy Sabalyas,
Baryolas!
Lagoz atha Cabyolas;
Samahac atha femyolas,
Harrahya!

Return to the east, and facing west across the altar, gather up the three pieces of twine and consecrate them with incense and wine in the name of the Horned One. Then knot the ends of the twine and braid them together, binding the hair into the plait as you do. Summon up the image of your victim in your mind’s eye as you do this, repeating this quaint jingle over and over:

Lord Cernunnos I ask of thee,
let [name] no pleasure, sleep, nor solace see,
till heart and loins be turned to me!

When the cord is woven, tie the free twine ends together forcefully with the words:
As my will, so mote it be!

No triple cross of sealing is necessary here since the tying action is forceful enough on its own.

Fasten the finished cord around the upper part of your thigh if you are a woman or around the genital organs themselves if you are a man, tight enough not to slip, but not so tight as to restrict the circulation of the blood. This would only be self-defeating. Wear this cord, or cingulum as we call it, for twenty-eight days, removing it only for showers or bathing.

Should no appreciable result have occurred by this time, you up the ante, so to speak, and set the seal on the magic by performing this final part of the spell:

Prepare your place of working with a large floor triangle again and with the usual arrangements of lamps, incense, and pinecones on the altar, making quite sure that the thurible contains a good quantity of glowing charcoals. The chalice should be back again in the triangle, this time containing a few drops of olive oil, red wine, honey, and your own blood or urine.

Then invoke Cernunnos at all four quarters as previously. Remove the cord and tie nine knots along it, beginning with one at either end and working in pairs towards the centre, where you should place the final one. As you do this, repeat your charm with each knot:

Lord Cernunnos I ask of thee,
let [name] no pleasure, sleep, nor solace see,
till heart and loins be turned to me!
Finish on the last knot with “As my will, so mote it be!”

Having done this, dip the cord briefly in the chalice so that it picks up a few drops of the liquid, then cast it, together with a few grains of your incense, onto the thurible coals, repeating these words with all the intense conviction, not to say lust, you can manage:

Ure Spiritus Igne
Renes nostros et cor nostrum
Fiat, Fiat, Fiat!

The second half of the process reinforces the subtle effect of the first on the victim’s deep mind, and gives it a sharp reminder of what all the nudging has been about.

Incidentally, some malicious witches who take a delight, indeed pride themselves on such matters, perform the Love Knot in reverse on pairs of lovers or married couples. This operation is known in the craft by the interesting French name Denoument des noeuds, or “losing the marriage knots.” It has been practised through the centuries, and sixteenth-century theologians such as Del Rio, De Lancre, and Bodin spoke frequently of it in their writings. It was one of the prevalent witch practices which fanned the flames of hysteria in the public mind almost more than anything else leading to popular endorsement of the great witch persecutions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


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The boline

The boline

The boline

The boline (also spelled “bolline” or “bolleen”)

The boline is a white-handled ritual knife, one of several magical tools used in Wicca and other practices of ritual magic.

Unlike the athame, which in most traditions is never used for actual physical cutting, the boline is used for cutting cords, wands and herbs, carving candles, etc, and is the practical knife of the craft.
Sometimes, a knife called a kirfane or kerfan is used for roughly the same purposes.

A boline has a small blade, often straight but sometimes (and increasingly commonly) crescent-shaped, and a handle which is traditionally white in colour.
Many of the bolines sold today have a characteristic crescent shape, and are described as being for harvesting herbs.

This crescent shape is reminiscent of the sickle described in the “Key of Solomon”,a medieval grimoire which is one of the sources for modern Wicca.

In the practice of Kitchen Witchcraft (a form of witchcraft where the substitution of mundane items for magical items is encouraged), there is little or no need for a boline as a separate tool from the athame, and some traditions, such as that of Robert Cochrane, specifically prescribe the use of a single knife for both ritual and practical purposes.
In the Eclectic Wicca tradition, opinions vary as to whether the boline is truly a magical tool or is merely of utilitarian use.

The Boline is still a magical tool.

It’s energy is just as important as one’s Athame.
Most people who work with them still consecrate them like any other altar tool and keep them away from the hands of strangers.
The Boline is the knife that you can carry with you out to the garden to cut herbs,
it’s the tool to get down and dirty with. It’s a very practical sort of magical tool.
While one probably only uses one’s Athame (in traditional Wicca at least) during ritual and as a symbolic tool, the Boline is often carried about and used in much more of a practical manner for ritual or spell work.

The Bolines is sold in most stores these days are shaped like a scythe. While a scythe shaped Boline is traditional.

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Pentacle Magick

Pentacle Magick

Pentacle Magick

Pentacle Magick is real. The Pentacle is a five pointed star surrounded by a circle, a five pointed star without the circle is a pentagram

A pentacle can be drawn on any thing.

It can be worn around the neck as a symbol of pagan spiritually worn as an amulet for power or protection of which there is a vast array of jewellery around today from your local wiccan pagan store.

The circle that surrounds the five pointed star represents the sacred circle of life and the five elements the very basis of our existence are safely bonded with in it. The mark of the pentacle can be marked on your altar and doesn’t have to be drawn on anything for it to have power.

It is a powerful symbol and serves many purposes as it is the symbol for the five elements which are, Air, Fire, Water, Earth and the star, as a whole, the star symbolizes the spirit (or akasha) and is a symbol of protection for without these elements we would not exist today. I have been fascinated with this symbol for years, I had seen this symbol which is worldwide way before I became a member of the craft and for some reason was drawn to it needless to say I have this symbol on my altar many of my working tools, badges, and tattoos.

A Pentacle is used to invoke power and also to banish and to consecrate tools among other things.

You can draw an invoking pentacle in the air when inviting deities or the guardians, etc., to witness your rites, if you wish you could make your own Pentacle has I have done, I feel that a homemade one has more of my personal power in the making or as said you can purchase one.

I class this powerful symbol as the symbol of the Goddess her name being Kore and in Christian religion the five points of the pentagram have been interpreted as representing the five wounds of Christ (2 wrists, 2 ankles and 1 side) so as you can see various groups use and define them quite differently. The symbol can be easily drawn using a single line as interlocked triangles, also sometimes called Solomon’s Seal, or the Endless Knot, used as a powerful protective symbol it is regarded as the essential mark of a practicing craft member. The Pentacle is used in our magical workings for acts such as: helping with protective power, summoning spirit guides, calling our God and Goddess, and the pentacle is also a suit of the Tarot used in many forms of divination and scrying.

The pentacle is always drawn in one continuous motion, hence its title the “endless knot“. It is said through history that in medieval times it was used as a protection against demons, elf’s and other nasty’s often worn or placed around the house to ward off evil spirits. The five points of the pentacle has a connection with:

5 is associated with Mars.
5 vowels – A, E, I, O, U.
The Wiccan Kiss is 5 fold – feet, knees, womb, heart, lips.
5 human senses – touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight.
5 were the wounds of Christ on the cross.

There are quite a few more references to the pentacle to be found makes one wonder just how powerful this symbol is for many wear the symbol as a tattoo as I do.

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Five Fold Kiss

Five Fold Kiss

Five Fold Kiss

The fivefold kiss is a series of ritual kisses given at initiation, and as a portion of the Great Rite ceremony

The kiss is usually done male to female, or female to male, though this is not always the case. It is only performed within the circle.

It is also a ceremony that is sometimes ritually acted out between the High Priestess and Priest to mark the respect shown between the God and Goddess.
The fivefold kiss is not sexual, even when the ceremony is performed naked. It is a ritual of respect, and not in the least degrading for either party. Far from it. The kiss is usually performed by the most senior High Priest or Priestess present.

FIVE FOLD KISS FEMALE:

The High Priest kneels before the initiate and gives her the five fold kiss. He kisses her on both feet, both knees, womb, both breasts, and the lips, starting with the right of each pair. At each appropriate body part, he says:

Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee in these ways.
Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at the sacred altar.
Blessed be thy womb, without which we would not be.
Blessed be thy breasts, formed in beauty.
Blessed be thy lips, that shall utter the Sacred Names.

For the kiss on the lips, they embrace, length-to-length, with their feet touching each other’s.

FIVE FOLD KISS MALE:

 Five Fold Kiss

The High Priestess kneels before the initiate and gives him the five fold kiss. She kisses him on both feet, both knees, phallus, both breasts, and the lips, starting with the right of each pair. At each appropriate body part, she says:

Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee in these ways
Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at the sacred altar
Blessed be thy phallus, without which we would not be
Blessed be thy breasts, formed in strength
Blessed be thy lips, that shall utter the Sacred Names.

For the kiss on the lips, they embrace, length-to-length, with their feet touching.

 For both sexes the body is a sacred and holy shrine, and is to be revered, not despised. It is to be honoured, not treated with shame. For a woman, the body is considered a temple of the Goddess whose divinity she carries in the centre of the soul. For a man, his body is a temple of the God.


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Experiences gained in one life may not be remembered in their details in the next, but the impressions which they produce will remain. Again, and again man passes through the wheel of transformation, changing his lower energies into higher ones, until he has attained knowledge by experience, and he becomes — what he is destined to be — a god.


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