To many people, the idea of a Witch keeping a Book Of Shadows is creepy. They think that the writers of these very personal accounts of the Wiccan journey record curses, nasty recipes for making evil spells and so on and so forth.
Your average Book Of Shadows will generally contain the following:
A dedication to the Goddess and God on the first page, sometimes including a poem
A brief account of what the author hopes to achieve by taking notes
Sketches of Altar layouts and a list of required items
Favourite herbal/medicinal recipes
A list of candle colours and their uses
Prayers, incantations and invocations that the practitioner has adapted to make them more personal, but which happen to work
General Nanny Ogg type ramblings about what has been learned from something the practitioner has tried
Favourite websites for Wiccan advice and supplies
There is nothing creepy or nasty about keeping a Book Of Shadows, and they are readily available online. Mine arrived a couple of days ago and is black with an embossed silver Pentagram on the cover. You don’t need to buy a specific Book Of Shadows though; you can simply buy a pretty notebook which has a cover that speaks to you. I happen to like the Pentagram, since it is a symbol of protection and often drawn in a Witches’ Circle. You might prefer Faeries, Gnomes or flowers. It is entirely up to you.
The Book Of Shadows is a journal. It also helps you to remember important things that you’ve learned along the Path. For instance, I now know that the spider is associated with the Goddess – and when one span itself down from the ceiling and plopped itself on to the bed at 5.00 this morning the Goddess was probably trying to get my attention! I am arachnophobic and have been battling it for years, and this is a good reason for me to persevere with curing myself.
In my defence, I only screamed because it startled me. It wasn’t a very big spider at all.
So, I have a written dedication and a poem on the first page of my Book Of Shadows. Now I just need to write about what I hope to achieve before I can begin to write down useful things.
Hey; this book (and others to follow) might fall into the hands of a relative when I’m gone. They need to know what the book is about