I have heard and read in ever so many interviews ,books and articles about how One's Book of Shadows is to remain a "SECRET" only to be seen by those in your coven . I am not disputing that at all everyone has their own way and order of doing things . I am a firm believer however that if One has knowledge or a gift say you that ,that knowledge or gift should be shared freely at no cost to the seeker . All the seeker has to do is ask. Which in many cases that may very well be the case . However how can some one who is interested in Witchcraft even get started . I mean unless I am standing in a "Black pointy hat holding a broom " you are not going to know I am a witch . So, the problem with that is how can others learn about such things if they are not in a coven per say ? How can someone who has grown up in one religion ask about another without hurting someone's feelings ? There are always book stores which are great . ( I could not tell you in my early years how I loved going to Booksamillion and just sat in the section in awe of the variety of books they had but , now a days it is kind of sad because the books are all about the same thing ,in the same order Gods, Goddess' ,colors candles, Tarot ,Runes )Blah ! Now a days there is always the internet .
Bam ! Here we are .
I had to get that out of the way (tiny rant)
OK, since I am not in a coven . I have and always will give and express openly , share the knowledge (POINT OF VIEW ) that I have gained throughout my 44 years in the craft . I have never nor will I ever feel the need to knock obtrusively on strange peoples doors and try to push my point of view on to them .That is one thing I Love about the" craft " one is allowed the freedom to alter a Spell a Ritual a sitting to make it your own . What makes you comfortable in what you are doing is key to a successful outcome . That is why I am doing this blog for those of you who may be scared to ask , scared to seek out knowledge for yourself . I can not stress this enough that this is the way this one Witch does things and if it helps you in any way I am glad .There are many books that I have read and continue to read about the craft . That is one thing I recommend to you LEARN.... never stop learning .
Back to the Book of Shadows,
I would like to think of a Book of Shadows as a personal guide book full of recipes that helps me change how I see the world around me ,a guide to help me create the world I want to be apart of . A book that I created to help me in my endeavors . I have several throughout my home that I use for different things . I have my so called everyday reference Book of Shadows which consist of Three 3 ring binders .(they continue to grow because I continue to learn) they contain different Spells and Rituals I have printed out on different types of paper , some are decorated , some I drew out myself you can find tons of these on Pinterest , Deviantart , Google , Bing( pretty much what ever floats your boat ) I could go on but, I wont . I'll save that for later . I find pages that inspire me , print them out , punch holes in the them and put them in a binder . That way I can organize them the way I want .
My middle daughter went on ebay and found a really cool blank leather bound book with a lock on it and gave it to me at Yule on year . As you can see I found pages on glued them in it but , when I did that I realized I can't change it later . So I figured I would use the 3 ring binders.
I went to Hobby Lobby and found this really cool Sketchbook ( it is the large one in the middle ) and I brought it home my youngest daughter decorated it and we call it the "Cook of Shadows " Fun . It has our favorite recipes in it and there are sections for the different meals with empty pages so that things can be added at a later time for when my daughters have children
I think there is literally no right way to make your Book of Shadows you get out of it what you put into it . Have fun . Do what feels right for you . Here are some from throughout my years . When you first start off it's a ledger or a journal , spiral note book and then as time goes by you take what works best for you from here and put it there .
Your dreams , spells that for you just whatever .