~ Book of Shadows FAQ ~
(c) 1998-1999 Spirit Online
The most valuable and essential tool to the witch is a BoS
(Book of Shadows). This is a collection of all your learnings, memories, rituals,
etc. in one place. Most modern Wiccans use a three-ring binder to make it easy to
arrange documents and add in other papers. This can, of course, be hand-written
or printed from a computer.
The following is a listing of some common things people keep
in their BoS. Don't limit yourself- just because these are the most ordinary things
to keep, it doesn't mean they are the only things you can keep. Creativity
will make your BoS more special.
The Wiccan Rede
Include a copy of the rede. You may also
want to have an evaluation of the rede- that is, "dissect" the rede and consider
each statement, and write about its meaning and value to your practices. Our copy
of the rede can be found here.
Have a copy of the eight major sabbats and
include information on the importance of each one. Our online list of the sabbats
can be found
Make sure that you mark things you are documenting with the time of the month and
the moon phases. This
assists in what works for you and when is the best time for certain workings.
A list of what each god and goddess represents,
and a list of the meanings of herbs in magic, and the symbolism of different candle
colors. Maybe include a list of the significance of different scented incences.
Rituals and Spells
Have a section of rituals and spells you
find practical and useful, or you may need for future occasions.
Chants and Poems
Chants or prayers you find especially nice
are good for your BoS collection. Also, personal poetry and your own hand-written
chants would be a great addition to your book.
Daily Journal/ Dream Journal
A journal of daily events and occurences
is always a good idea. A dream journal is also an excellent suggestion- recording
and analyzing dreams can help you to become more in touch with your "third eye",
or psychic awareness. There are some outlines for dream journals, which you can
find at spiritonline.com's
dreams and lucidity page. My thoughts are to have
a seperate dream journal.
Your path to learning can help you more in
the future if you are able to look back on it. Ask yourself questions, and write
your responses in a section of personal insights. As opposed to a daily journal,
this will not record actual events, but instead, will help you to reflect on theories
and thoughts. Think about how you began on this path, reconsider your ways of life,
think about the wonders of reality, write a little on what Wicca means to you and
how it's changed your outlook on life. Anything goes. And you can always return
to a previous insight, and add what new views you've stumbled upon! Don't forget
to write the time/date on each entry!
just stick a bunch of stuff into your BoS. Only include what you consider to be
of value, and always make your own alterations. If you put a ritual in there, write
side-notes on what you decided to change for your purpose. If you put an inspirational
article in there, add your own thoughts and ideas in the margins.