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PostSubject: Book OF shadows   Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:22 pm

The Book of Shadows (BOS) is used to store information you'll need in your magical tradition. Many Pagans and Wiccans feel a BOS should be handwritten, but some use a computer to store information as well.
Copy spells and rituals into your BOS by hand – this will not only transfer energy to the writer, but it also helps you to memorize the contents. Make sure you write legibly enough that you’ll be able to read your notes during a ritual!

What You Need:
• Notebook or binder
• Pens and Paper
• Sheet protectors (optional)

1) To make your Book of Shadows, begin with a blank notebook. A popular method is to use a three-ring binder so items can be added and rearranged as needed.
For the front page simply write, The Book of Shadows of [your name]on the front page.

2) What format should you use? Some witches are known to create elaborate Books of Shadows in secret, magical alphabets. Unless you're fluent enough in one of these systems that you can read it without having to check notes or a chart, stick with your native language.

3) Laws of your coven or tradition: Believe it or not, magic has rules. While they may vary from group to group, it's a really good idea to keep them at the front of your BOS as a reminder of what constitutes acceptable behavior and what doesn't.

4) A dedication: If you've been initiated into a coven, you may want to include a copy of your initiation ceremony. (unavailable due to being an online coven).
But you can do a dedication to the Goddess, example:
I, Andy, dedicate myself to the Goddess today, June 21, 2007.

5) Gods and Goddesses: Depending on what pantheon or tradition you follow, you may have a single God and Goddess, or a number of them. Your BOS is a good place to keep legends and myths and even artwork concerning your Deity.

6) Correspondence tables: When it comes to spellcasting, correspondence tables are some of your most important tools. Phases of the moon, herbs, stones and crystals, colors – all have different meanings and purposes. Keeping a chart of some sort in your BOS guarantees that this information will be at the ready when you really need it.

7) Sabbat rituals: The Wheel of the Year includes eight holidays for most Wiccans and Pagans, although some traditions do not celebrate all of them. Your BOS can include rituals for each of the Sabbats. For example, for Samhain you may wish to create a rite that honors your ancestors and celebrates the end of the harvest, while for Yule you may want to write down a celebration of the winter Solstice. A Sabbat celebration can be as simple or complex as you wish.

8) Other rituals: If you'll be celebrating each full moon, you'll want to include an Esbat rite in your BOS. You can use the same one each month, or create several different ones tailored to the time of year. You may also wish to include sections on how to cast a circle and Drawing Down the Moon, a rite that celebrates the invoking of the Goddess at the time of the full moon. If you'll be doing any rites for healing, prosperity, protection, or other purposes, be sure to include them here.

9) Herbs: Ask any experienced Pagan or Wiccan about a specific herb, and chances are good that they'll expound on not only the magical uses of the plant but also the healing properties and history of use. Herbalism is often considered the core of spellcasting.

10) Divination: If you're learning about Tarot, scrying, astrology, or any other form of divination, keep information in here. When you experiment with new methods of divination, keep a record of what you do and results you see in your Book of Shadows.

11) Sacred texts: If there is a certain text that appeals to you, such as The Charge of the Goddess, an old prayer in an archaic language, or a particular chant that moves you, include it in your Book of Shadows.

12) Magical recipes: As you collect recipes for oils, incense, or herb blends, keep them in your BOS. You may even want to include a section of food recipes for Sabbat celebrations.

13) Spell workings: Some people prefer to keep their spells in a separate book called a grimoire, but you can also keep them in your Book of Shadows. It's easier to keep spells organized if you divide them up by purpose: prosperity, protection, healing, etc.
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