A Book of Shadows is a personal record of spells and beliefs, typical to Witchcraft and Wiccan traditions. Each one is individual, and most often very private. Decide how you are going to keep your Book of Shadows. You can keep it on your computer, in a spiral notebook, in a binder, or in a journal. Many people use binders because of the ability to shuffle pages around and create sections.
Lay down a statement of your beliefs. What do you believe in? Who are your patron gods/goddesses, if any? Do you follow the Wiccan Rede or the Threefold Law? Do you believe in spell casting, or only in ritualistic worship? These questions and more can help you get a better
sense of your beliefs and put them on paper.
First you will have to make a choice to include the writing down of the Wiccan Rede or not, to set out your intentions and beliefs from the start.
Write down any rituals or spells you have created, step by step. Date all your entries for future reference. Write down any rituals or spells you perform as well as influences such as moon phases etc, and what the results are. You can look back on these later and see how you are progressing,
or what you may be able to do differently.
Include chants, poetry, stories, artwork, etc, whether created by yourself or others. As long as it inspires you, or honors the God/Goddess.
All BOS need to have correspondence pages. At least the basics such as the moon phases and their meanings, basic color charts. It may be a good idea to keep a table of contents so that you can find things easily in your BOS. It makes finding the correct Ritual, Spell, charm, Etc. much faster and can help make the ritual, spell, charm, etc. run more smoothly.
Basically, this is about all the stories in that you have experienced involving magic or magical stories, that you feel are important enough to go into your BoS. As for the artworks, if you were to do a magical sketch or drawing/art that you created or were given involving magic or even pictures of magical things that you believe are appropriate to be in your BoS (Wicca/Magick). Those would be the kind of things to put in your BoS. The most important thing is to have fun with your learning so there is no need to be expert at either drawing or writing.
You can decorate your Book of Shadows however you like. It can be any book that takes your fancy whether you want to start from scratch on a plain notebook, or you want to buy a big, old Harry Potter-style spell book, is up to you. You can come a long way with some superglue and accessories like sequins, string, little crystals or
small stones, twigs and colour pens… The sky is the limit!
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