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.


Thought for the day

It is an unfortunate fact that very few people are able to be idle successfully.

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knot Magic explained

Knot magic explained

Knot magic explained

Knot magic explained. Knot magic is used in the life of a wiccan and other religious and non-religious groups

It can be called cord workings or cord/knot magick depending on the group or solitary that is using this type of craft.An example of knot magick from the old ways you may have heard of is tying a knot in a handkerchief to remember a certain aspect of life this is yet another form of knot magick is it not.

The materials can vary from ordinary household string to more elaborate silk cords or ribbons depending on the user and the occasion it is required for.

You may wish to use more than one colour to enhance the magickal energy you are invoking into the cord/ribbon you have chosen to work with, even twist the materials together in a braiding length.

What we are aiming for in knot magick is tying our channelled energy, via a simple process into a positive goal and to harm none in any way, through experience you will find the right length thickness and colour material for any given knot spell or working therefore knot magick can be used for any occasion one desires from love spells to warding of negative energy and you will find it is of the binding spell type.
In any spell negativity can occur, a simple way of dispersing the negative energy is to tie a slip knot in to your working to release the bad energy and release it as required.

We must before any spell knot magick can commence cleanse our materials in the usual way with a chant, the use of salt, incense or the likes as long as the mood is calm the energy created will be focused into the knot created.

There are many knot spells, techniques and they vary from person to person here is a four knot spell for example

Sit quietly with materials at hand and concentrate on your goal visualize the energy flowing into your workings chant if you find this brings more meaning to your spell let there be soothing music playing in the background set the mood.
Now chant the following or by all means make your own personal chant:

This knot I tie will not lie
for it is binding till I die
Bring the power I desire
bind it tight within the hour

While chanting the above the knots can be tied and placed on your altar, table or selected spot while the spell is manifesting, if desired it can be worn or carried with you, many wiccans have a spell box into which there spell material is placed, or it is set free in a flowing river or stream or may be buried depending on the wish of the caster. Remember always to give thanks to the elements that be on completion.


Thought for the day

The hours when the mind is absorbed by beauty are the  only hours when we really live.



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Zodiac Gemstones

Zodiac Gemstones

Zodiac Gemstones

Zodiac Gemstones just for you

Zodiac Gemstones

Aquarius–Garnet–Water Carrier–January 20–February 18.

Pisces–Amethyst–Fish–February 19–March 20.
Aries–Bloodstone–Ram–March 21–April 20.

Taurus–Sapphire–Bull–April 21–May 20.

Gemini–Agate–Twins–May 21–June 20.
Cancer–Emerald–Crab–June 21–July 20.
Leo–Onyx–Lion–July 21–August 21.
Virgo–Cornelian–Virgin–August 22–September 22.
Libra–Chrysolite–Scales–September 23–October 22.
Scorpio–Beryl–Scorpion–October 23–November 22.

Sagittarius–Topaz–Archer–November 23–December 20.

Capricorn–Ruby–Goat–December 21–January 19.


Aries March 21 to April 20.
Leo July23 to August 22.
Sagittarius November 22 to December 22.


Taurus April 20 to may 21.
Virgo August 22 to Sept 22.
Capricorn December22 to January21.


Gemini May 21 to June 22.
Libra Septtember 22 to October 23.
Aquarius January 21 February 19.


Cancer June 22 July 23.
Scorpio October 23 November 22.
Pisces February 19 to March 21.

Zodiac Affinities

Aquarius: Aquamarine, Chrysoprase, Garnet, Labradorite, Lapis Lazule, Opal.

Pisces: Albite, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Chrysoprase, Fluorite, Green. Tourmaline, Labradorite, Moonstone, Opal.

Aries: Amethyst, Carnelian, Fire Agate, Garnet, Pink Tourmaline, Topaz

Taurus: Aquamarine, Emerald, Kunzite, Lapis Lazuli, Rose Quartz, Sapphire.

Gemini: Agate, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Sapphire, Topaz.

Cancer: Albite, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Green Tourmaline, Opal, Pink Tourmaline, Rhodochrosite.

Leo: Amber, Carnelian, Chrysocolla, Citrine, Fire Agate, Garnet, Pink Tourmaline, Ruby, Topaz.

Virgo: Amazonite, Amber, Carnelian, Chrysocolla, Citrine, Sapphire.

Libra: Aquamarine, Emerald, Kunzite, Moonstone, Opal, Peridot, Pink Tourmaline, Sapphire.

Scorpio: Alblite, Aquamarine, Emerald, Garnet, Green Tourmaline, Malachite, Moonstone, Obsidian, Ruby.

Sagittarius: Amethyst, Azurite, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, pink Tourmaline, Ruby, Sodalite, Topaz.

Capricorn: Amber, Amethyst, Carnelian, Fire Agate, Garnet, Green Tourmaline, Labradorite, Peridot, Ruby, Sapphire.

Stones for any sign: Bloodstone, Coral, Diamond, Jade, Malachite/Azurite, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Turquoise, Watermelon Tourmaline.

Crystals to Help You in Your Profession

Advertising: Amber, Lace Agate, Apatite, Garnet, Jasper, Lapis Lazuli.

Agent: Moonstone, Ruby, Turquoise.

Artis: Chrysocolla, Coral, Moonstone, Dark Opal, Blue Quartz, Rose Quartz, Pink Tourmaline

Athlete: Bloodstone, Coral, Diamond, Hematitie, Magnetite, Onyx, Petrified Wood.

Child Care: Chalcedony, Coral, Hematite, Malachite, Rose Quartz, Topaz.

Chiropractor: Albite, Amber, Azurite, Carnelian, Chrysocolla, coral, Jade, Jasper, Jet, Lapis Lazuli, Magnetite, Petrified Wood, Pyrite.

Communications – T.V. and Radio: Lace Agate, Aventurine, Garnet, Jade, Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Tiger’s Eye.

Counselor: Emerald, Magnetite, Moonstone, Ruby, Sapphire, Green Tourmaline.

Dancer: Picture Agate, Amethyst, Emerald, Malachite, Pearl.

Dentist: Agate, Coral, Chrysolite, Diamond, Fluorite, Jet, Lapis Lazuli, Magnetite, Malachite.

Executive: Agate, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Moonstone, Onyx, Sard, Sardonyx.

Exterminator: Jet, Smoky Quartz, Turquoise.

Farmer, Gardener: Moss Agate, Amber, Amethyst, Coral, Diamond, Emerald, Jadeite, Moonstone, Pearl.

Guards, Police: Bloodstone, Carnelian, Jasper, Jet, Moonstone, Onyx, Sard, Sardonyx

Homemaker: Chalcedony, Coral, Chrysoprase, Garnet, Emerald, Moonstone, Rose Quartz, Topaz.

Management: Agate, Chrysocolla, Jade, Jasper, Lazulite, Petrified Wood, Rose Quartz, Sard, Turquoise.

Midwife: Mostt Agate, Amazonite, Beryl, Chalcedony, Jade, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline.

Musician: Chrysocolla, Jade, Lazulite.

Optometrist: Agate, Aquamarine, Adventurine, Beryl, Diopside, Emerald, Hematite, Jade, Kunzite, Opal.

Politician: Jade, Jasper, Moonstone, Sard, Sardonyx, Turquoise.

Professor: Amethyst, Amber, Malachite, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Sapphire, Turquoise.

Sales: Lace Agate, Coral, Moonstone, Petrified Wood

Scientist: Azurite, Calcite, Diamond, Fluorite, Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Pyrite

Singer: Aquamarine, Chrysocolla, Emerald

Student: Beryl, Diamond, Enstatite, Lapis Lazuli, Rose Quartz.

Surgeon: Diamond, Fluorite, Magnetite, Malachite.

Teacher: Lace Agate, Pyrite, Rose Quartz, Turquoise.

Veterinarian: Coral, Jasper, Petrified Wood, Rose Quartz, Turquoise.

Word Processor: Lace Agate, Emerald, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Turquoise.

Where to Wear Crystals

Forehead: Fire Agate, Copper, Coral, Yellow Jasper 

Wrist: Amber, Jet, Rhodochrosite.

Earlobes: Apatite, Bloodstone, Fluorite, Garnet, Picture Jasper.

Thumb: Apatite.

Heart: Chalcedony, Emerald, Garnet, Lazulite, Picture Jasper, Ruby.

Throat: chrysolite, Granite, Picture Jasper, Jet, Lapis Lazuli, Dark Opal, Light Opal, Peridot, Petrified Wood, Pyrite, Rhodonite.

Temple: Diamond 

Finger: Diamond, Moonstone, Dark Opal, Blue Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Silver, Star Sapphire, Topaz.

Ring Finger: Emerald.

Right Arm: Emerald 

Anywhere: Gold, Jade, Green Jasper, Magnetite, Jelly Opal, Amethyst, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Turquoise

Base of Spine: Hematite, Herkimer Diamond.

Mid-chest: Yellow Jasper, Ruby.

Navel: Pearl.

Ankle: Ruby

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Thought-for-the-dayThought for the day

Religionism and Scientism are continually subject to changes. They have been created by illusions, and die when the illusions are over.


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Wiccan Robe Making

Wiccan Robe Making

Wiccan Robe Making

Wiccan Robe Making by, Jessica Turner

You need to wear a robe when attending a Wiccan ritual. A Wiccan robe symbolizes your oneness with nature and commitment to the ceremony or ritual you are performing.

While you can buy a ready-made Wiccan robe for a small price, it is way better to make your own. You don’t need to be an expert sewer to do this. Just carry out the basic sewing techniques below, and you can have your DIY Wiccan robe.

Choose a fabric. There are two things you need to keep in mind when choosing a fabric. First is texture. Make sure that the fabric of your choice is comfortable, easy to wash, and most especially easy to cut and sew. Second is the colour. Although Wiccan robes are generally black, you can use a fabric in any colour you want. You can perhaps choose a fabric in earth colour to even more connect yourself with nature.

Prepare the tools.

After choosing the fabric, the next thing to do is to gather all the tools you will need. You have to prepare a pair of scissors, fabric cutter, tape measure, tailor’s chalk, thread, and needle. Although you can hand-sew the robe, it is way faster and easier if you use a sewing machine. Besides, a machine-sewn robe is more neat-looking.

Get your measurement. The Wiccan robe is supposed to be loose-fitting, so you only need to get two measurements.

The first one is the length of the sleeves. Get this by spreading your arms sideways. Then, have someone run a tape measure from your one wrist to the other wrist. Record the measurement. Second is the length of the robe. Again, ask someone to run a tape measure from the top of your shoulder down to the ankle. Record the measurement.
Cut the fabric. First fold the fabric cross-wise. Then, using the two measurements, trace a T-like silhouette, with the body following an inverted cone shape, on the fabric. Cut the fabric according to that pattern. Then, cut the neck hole. Fold the cut-out robe lengthwise to determine the centre of the neck hole. Depending on your preference, the neckline can be round or v-shaped.

Begin sewing.

Turn the fabric right side in then start sewing the hem. After which, sew along the sleeve to the armpit and down to the ankle. Do the same to the other side of the robe. When sewing, remember that the stitch is very critical because the robe’s durability depends on the stitch strength and consistency. Therefore, be very mindful of how you run the needle and thread along the robe, especially if you are hand-sewing. 

Try the robe on. See if there are adjustments you need to make. Check that the robe is falling right below your ankle, the armpits are not tight, and the sleeves are hanging above the fingers.

Your Wiccan robe does not have to be all plain, so take time to adorn it with laces, beads, and embroideries. Also, do not forget to tie a cord around the waist. And make sure that the cord’s colour goes well with the colour of your robe.

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Thought for the day

Is anything new ever created? Entirely new and, consequently, created from nothing? No, there are only phenomena partially new and, consequently, created from something already occurring or having already occurred.


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Altar Witch – What Matters

Altar Witch – What Matters

Altar Witch – What Matters

How about we consider that there are numerous in the extensive and grouped agnostic movement of the craft who evade the “neo-agnostic” way as the shallow, immature side of Wicca and different other agnostic religions.

Altar Witch – What Matters

Some even call it “Wicca Lite”! Yet, what does the term really mean?

To me “neo-agnostic” wasn’t a term begat by the neo-agnostics themselves yet that it was instituted by “more seasoned” or “more conventional” witches or agnostics. Why the reason? Indeed, those specific people likely needed an unmistakable contrast in marks. “They’re not an agnostic, they’re a neo-agnostic.” “Neo” just signifies “new.” As old as agnosticism may be (and, on the off chance that you separate it from “shamanism”, which is the most established religion), it’s been around similarly the length of humankind has, maybe even longer than that.

Agnosticism has just been “characterized” What’s more, Wicca, however has its underlying foundations and several of its practices from established old religions and has just been as far reaching and understood as we can remember.

Wicca is extremely new in its origin and numerous Wiccans believe it or not don’t work in the same way as in days of old. Shouldn’t something be said about the joining of numerous pantheons from far away societies, the acts of other, enchantment based religions, for example, Santeria and Voudon? When you make something for yourself, isn’t that “neo” independent from anyone else?
To be sure, isn’t the general purpose of Wicca to revere and celebrate as you see fit? That is likewise the general soul of the agnostic group, or possibly I have seen it to be so. We never judge at first look; we judge when individuals clarify something from their own perspective. My perspective is that there are numerous new convictions that are “neo-agnostic.” How would you be able to judge such an idea when it implies something else to everybody? What’s more, individuals construct their discernments either with respect to their own encounters or on those of others.

The “apparent” issue is the manner by which these new Wiccans, or new agnostics, have a mentality that is esteemed, by many, to be improper. More often than not, these individuals are quite recently energized. A considerable measure of them are youngsters and lack the experience that older members of the craft have.

Young people get amped up for everything. As a young person, you decide, investigate what that really means, and afterward perhaps alter your opinion. When you’re a grown-up, you may go toward another path totally, regardless of whether this is on account of what you did before was “youthful” or in light of the fact that your sentiments or convictions have basically changed. It happens, and it’s a piece of finding yourself, since you’re finding the world like that.
Neo-agnosticism isn’t a terrible thing, and a considerable measure of more established Wiccans, regardless of how new to the Craft they are or not, loathe the energy and enthusiasm, obviously verging on devotion, of more youthful eras.
A considerable measure of that state of mind is quite recently the need to share. Individuals, adolescents particularly, can be somewhat unreliable about something new they’re attempting. They need to realize that they’re “doing it right” or if nothing else have somebody to discuss the point with. It doesn’t make a difference what the thing is, it could compose a story or learning math. It’s quite recently a similar thing with religion. Another piece of the state of mind is the need to flaunt. We as a whole know our qualities, and youngsters jump at the chance to share them.
A few people who help other people (as a guide, for instance) need to flaunt, no less than a bit, so they locate an appropriate outlet for it. It’s hard for an adolescent to coup know-how, however much know-how there is, with more established, more experienced individuals around. Actually, they attempt to change over everybody. Thusly, they have somebody to converse with and somebody to be only a tiny bit above. It’s something most adolescents become out of, yet I would imagin you had something you resembled that about when you were a young person.
Ask yourself this question: what are you pleased with? I’m glad for my written work aptitudes, my minor drawing abilities and my unyielding quality which has gotten me through a considerable amount of issues. What are you pleased with? Because somebody’s a young person or on the grounds that another person doesn’t mean they aren’t kidding. It doesn’t mean they don’t comprehend what they’re doing, and it doesn’t imply that their info isn’t substantial or important. Much the same as such a variety of individuals have been disparaging of solitaries since they don’t “have a gathering” or another person to state. We ought to do it along these lines”, individuals have been similarly condemning of “neo-agnostic.”
Perhaps you don’t relate to “agnostic” since that makes you consider old things, or possibly you do in light of the fact that it makes you feel near the past.
Perhaps you don’t relate to “Witch” since it makes you consider the Burning Times, or possibly you do in light of the fact that it makes you consider fairy’s or the like.

Possibly you don’t relate to “Wiccan” since it sounds like a religion, or perhaps you do on the grounds that it makes you have an inclination that you realize what really matters to you and you interface with it that way.


Thought for the day

He who recognizes the supreme power of the universe in his own heart has become free. He whose will is swayed by his lower personal self is the slave of his person, but he who has conquered that lower self enters the higher life.


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