Book of Shadows serves two main purposes. The first purpose serves as a reference guide of all sorts. This could be a place where one keeps tables and correspondences, rituals and spells that one would like to try. On the other hand, the purpose is more personal. In this aspect, one would keep track of dreams, spells, rituals, and personal readings. Therefore, it is a more magical journal than an ordinary workbook. This is the common purpose of Book of Shadows
Since the purpose of the book is already known, one can now decide what one needs to make most out of it. There are blank books available for purchase in the market, which are pleasingly decorated on its outside design, but only few of them utilize the option to add or remove pages. These books are available, but they are quite expensive. Nevertheless, the cheapest ones are those normal three-ringed binders. This will not only assist in adding or removing pages quite nicely, but it can also let the emotion go crazy when decorating the outside design.
When it comes to the inside design, it will take a little more thought. When one prefers to keep the handmade design on the book, he should utilize handwriting on the pages. However, one should not go overboard on the script. Remember that one should utilize the witchcraft book by candle light at certain times in order for one to make sure that the lettering of the handwriting is quite large and clear enough for one to make out. On the other hand, if one prefers to use the computer, one can type out the pages of the witchcraft book and print them. Also, one could bypass the idea of the whole book completely by keeping the information stored in a disc or CD.
In the end, the main point to remember is that one should reflect their personality as a spiritual being and who would want one to be become when creating the book of shadows or any other witchcraft books. When you plan to start writing a book and you are not happy with it, you can start over. Never be discouraged when it didn’t turn out great the first time.Also keep in mind it is a personal thing.
1. A Three Ring Black binder large is easiest
option- page dividers, and page protectors. I do and have my book covered in black fuzzy.
2. A Dedication Poem first page-
You can also have a simple dedication ritual right before you place your poem in their, also called a BOS blessing.
This BOS Blessings is by SilverravenWolf
Hearken as the witches' word
calls to All, a gulf to ford.
Bridge the vast realities,
An it harm none, do as ye please.
Elements protect and guard this book,
From wandering eyes and prying looks.
Fill it with thine ancient power,
In this right and ready hour.
Powers of North, the East below,
Help me to live, to learn, to grow.
Lend your strength and stability,
To practice the Craft and with love be free.
Powers of East, the Wind, the Sky,
Watch over these pages with thine eye.
Your wisdom and knowledge, for these I do ask,
That this book be worthy of the Craft and its task.
Powers of South, Fire, and the Hearth,
Help these Shadows to prove their worth.
Infuse them with all your Healing and Passion,
So only good comes from the Work that is fashioned.
Powers of West, the Water and Sea,
Change and growth are granted by thee.
Bless these pages with all that you know,
That righteous readers may learn and grow.
And to the unschooled eye that see
Confusing words and sophistry,
Lead them from these sacred pages,
And bless their passage through the ages.
For free will of all,
And harm of none,
As I have willed it,
It is now done.
So mote it be!
3. Table of contents if you wish- Think about all this BOS will be used for,
4 Table of correspondences
Such as color, moon phase, astrological signs, or symbols. You can put in your definition of magick, your basic ritual format, the descriptions of the holidays, or draw in your favorite altar set-up. If it helps, you can print off pages from the Internet and copy them into your book. (I am in the process of re-doing the printable pages of this site so you can print them out easily. For now, however, you can highlight the text, copy it by pressing CTRL C, opening a new word document, and pasting by pressing CTRL V. You may have to adjust the color of the text or the margins,
11 Spell works/Spells to do, and work sheet.
It is ok to use others however best spells is to do yourself.
12 maybe special section on Faury work or Dragon work,
13 You may alos want to use the Witches alphabet. I used this and the Dragons alphabet.
This is just suggestions, as I saw someone had a question on this.
thank you for this post i'm starting my BOS and really needed to konw what to put in it