Hey, I recently bought two spellbooks. The Spell Bible by Ann Marie Gallagher, which I love love love...and also the Encyclopedia of 5000 spells (which I also really like). I don't do a lot of spell work, but I do some... and I am always told that they are all fluff- but after buying a couple and trying them myself, I really like using them. Okay, so given- its better if you write your own, because it comes from you...but what I have been doing, when I do use the books, is taking a spell out of one- and using it as a guideline, sometimes I'll add an herb, or omit one...change the wording, etc. But I just don't see a problem with it. Like this spell:
Bay Cradle Charm:
To bless and protect a newborn baby
Background: The leaves of the sweet bay, or laurus bobilis, are well known for their culinary uses, but magically, bay is used for it protective and positive properties. It is often used in vision- inducing incenses, carried as an amulet, or placed in sachets for healing and protection. Occasionally it is scattered on the floor in circles where negativity is being combated. In this spell, it is used for protection, but mainly for its many blessings. Its virtues in dispelling evil thoughts and intents are legendary, and its wholesome nature makes it a particularly good herb to use to protect and bless a newborn. One of the properties of bay is that it invokes the energies of its planetary ruler, the sun, and all the associated blessings of heath, success, prosperity, and joy. In magical terms, bay is synonymous with success, recognition, achievement, and realizing your potential for goodness. All deities associated with this plant represent growth and prosperity, reflecting bays favorable aspects, ENSURE FOR SAFETY THAT this sachet is properly secured under a crib mattress. Not intended for infants under 6 weeks old.
You will need:
one 4" x2"/10 cm X 5 cm strip of cheesecloth
one skein of red embroidery silk,
one medium sized gold/orange candle
nine bay leaves
How to cast spell:
Work on a waxing moon to bring blessings, and on a Sunday- which is sacred to the sun gods and goddesses linked with bay.
1. cast a circle
2. sew three red Xs in a circular position at one end of the strip of cheesecloth (see image 2)
3. fold the cheesecloth n half with the Xs on the inside, and sew up two seams, then turn it right side outward
4. Light the candle, saying:
Lamp of the sun
show your face
to this child
warm his/her life
with your joy
5. place the bay leaves one by one into satchet saying
one to shine upon your face
two to keep you in good grace
three to make your heart sing
four good fortune so to bring
five for strength in any danger
six for kindness from a stranger
seven for good wisdom's crown
eight for gathering high renown
nine by which this spell is bound
6. Sew up the remaining side and attach it safely to baby's cradle.
So you could have a sample from one of these books, I just wanted you guys who think spellbooks are no good- to see that it is quite neat, and useful aid in spellcrafting. I really thought this was a neat spell, and if you change it up to fit your own self, it could be a very powerful and useful spell for your baby. I don't see anything wrong with using the books, and I don't agree that they are ALL fluff. So if you do feel this way, I hope this sample and post, help ya realize that it isn't a bad thing, and actually a quite useful one. So with that being said, what do you guys think about this topic?