The Witches’ Pyramid (Printable)

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Pagan Blog Project – B is for Book of Shadows

According to Wikipedia a Book of Shadows is:

A Book of Shadows is a book containing religious texts and instructions for magical rituals found within the Neopagan religion of Wicca. Originating within the Gardnerian tradition of the Craft, the first Book of Shadows was created by the pioneering Wiccan Gerald Gardner sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, and which he utilised first in his Bricket Wood coven and then in other covens which he founded in following decades. The concept of the Book of Shadows was then adopted by other Wiccan traditions, such as Alexandrianism and Mohsianism, and with the rise of books teaching people how to begin following Wicca in the 1970s onward, the idea of the Book of Shadows was then further propagated amongst solitary practitioners unconnected to earlier traditions.

In non-traditional or “eclectic” forms of Wiccan or Neo-pagan practice, the term Book of Shadows is more often used to describe a personal journal, rather than a traditional text. This journal records rituals, spells, and their results, as well as other magical information. This can be either an individual or coven text, and is not normally passed from teacher to student. In many cases, this kind of Book of Shadows is an electronic document (disk or website) instead of a hand-written one. Some reserve the Book of Shadows for recording spells and keep a separate book, sometimes called the Book of Mirrors to contain thoughts, feelings and experiences.

My Book of Shadows (BoS) is a work in progress, and much more like the “eclectic” definition.  I started out with a really cute hard bound journal, but quickly realized it doesn’t let me organize the way I want to.  I purchase a plain 3 ring binder and have been working on migrating everything over.  I love my first one, its cute and fits my personality, so I will probably keep using it for notes and such and just transferring everything over.

I have so many pages that aren’t even written down yet, stuff that is saved on my computer or password protected blog pages.  I am hoping to have all of this written down by the Summer Solstice.  Wish me luck on that task.  I have everything in there, lunar calendars, correspondences for days, spells, results, meditation thoughts.  Anything and everything that I may want to remember.

What does your BoS contain?  Is it a physical or electronic one?  Pros and Cons to each?

Ritual Tips

Avoid distractions. This may seem obvious, but starting a deep meditation five minutes before the morning train goes by is not a good use of your limited time! Send your children out to play, turn off your phone, lock your animals away if they are disruptive, and FOCUS!

Speaking of focus, experiment with different grounding techniques and figure out what works best, and fastest, for you. Sitting with a couple of rocks in your hands might do the trick, while for others a meditation or a few minutes of yoga are the way to go. Learning to be present in your circle is the first step to a successful ritual.

Keep a Book of Shadows, a place where you collect and write down all of your favourite rituals and spells.

Plan ahead. Get everything together you might need before you cast your circle so that if you have a short amount of time, you can focus on the task at hand instead of cutting doors in and out of your circle to find odds and ends.

Don’t have the right size candle holder for that candle you’re sure would be just perfect for your ritual? Use a ceramic plate or bowl, or shape some tin foil around the candle to catch stray wax.

Never ever, EVER leave candles burning unattended. You may think that because you’re a witch and the candle is being used for magickal uses, the Goddess will protect you and not let your house burn down. However, the day you do that just might be the day that your lesson about letting go of material possessions is learned. So be careful, folks, please!

Keep burning candles away from flammable objects and out of drafts, and always use a candle holder.

Don’t leave children and/or pets unattended with burning candles. Singed kitty whiskers or burnt little fingers are very distracting and despite the media’s claims to the contrary, these are not necessary for successful spells!

Most magickal herbs are not meant to be ingested and may in fact be poisonous to humans, and possibly your pets. The exceptions are those you take from your own kitchen and burn as incense or add to spells.

Practice your magick wisely and honourably. DO NOT use our magick to bind someone else’s will or to hurt or injure someone (you, another person, animals, the earth) in any way (physically, psychically, emotionally, etc.). We follow the Wiccan Rede (and it harm none, do what thou wilt)

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