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:
- 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.
9. Sabbat rituals.
10. Candle colours.
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
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