- – Different colors can be worn and coordinated with your intent / affirmation or intended spell work for that day or moment.
- – Ribbons can be braided into your hair along with knot magic.
- – Bows can be made out of various patterns of fabric
- – or have sigils sewn on them.
- – Can be incorporated as part of ritual cleansing / routine.
- – You can attach small items to them, such as a bell, small crystal or pendant, etc.
- Supplementary materials in a book of shadows that has meaning for you and can be used at a moment’s notice in various rituals.
Calls and Charges
- A call is an invitation to an deity (or spirit) to attend a ritual, and it’s a part of some witch rites. Charges are good to use in place of a call, if the mood strikes. (The word charge is actually an old masonic term and refers to a set of instructions.)
Others things you can note in your Grimoire:
- Witch Words/Terms (List and/or meanings)
Witch word examples:
- Athame ( a knife used for rituals or spells)
- Mabon (Autumn Equinox / Sabbat , as of the 1970′s)
- Cowan (from free masonry) – ( means a non – witch)
DEDICATIONS and DEITIES
- Many witches connect with particular deities and god – forms and will often dedicate a part of their “book of shadows” or grimoires to these goddesses or gods.
- You might include information on your relationship with a particular deity , such as when they first approached you (or vice versa). and what that means to you.
- The history of you, your practice, your coven, etc.
Familiars and Pets
- Pets, and spiritual familiars as well.
- Record what they’ve brought to your life
- When they entered / exited
- and what they’ve taught to you
- spells / spell work
Today I’ll be reviewing a book called “Of Witchcraft and Whimsy – A Beginner’s Guide to Witchcraft” by Rose Orriculum – @orriculum , there on Tumblr.
You can find their book on Amazon [ here ]. Which is where I purchased my copy (see below) for around $5, not including the shipping cost.
It is a paperback book, for those who wish to note that. The title cover is really pretty and I was happy with the condition of my copy when it arrived, new, fresh, and clear. It’s also super cute with the plants on the cover, in my personal opinion.
The table of contents is clean, well-formatted, and the names of the chapters are indeed fun and also easy to understand. It has a pretty thorough index at the beginning, which nicely outlines the kind of contents to expect, as far as topics, and is nicely detailed for such a fairly thin and short book.
It gives a nice introduction to the craft to those new or just beginning, while also giving a nice refresher to those who might have otherwise forgotten what some questions those starting out might have. It’s impartial but honest, and the opening feels a little like a Q & A session, between you and the author, which I really like and find refreshing. It is a really nice introduction to what to expect, in reactions and falsehoods you might find floating around in information, what not to do (as far as the basics of appropriation), some basics of religion in witchcraft, what Wicca actually is, covers basic terms to know, and so much more. It also goes over the basics of casting a spell, tools, building or making of said tools, imbued powers, basics of tea and candle magic, and altars in witchcraft. It also includes some spells you can incorporate for yourself and nice correspondences as well as warnings, such as what could possibly go wrong. It has a healthy overview and a friendly tone in the text itself, without ever seeming to talk down to you, informing you, without ever looking down or excluding you from what you need.
I definitely recommend this book, especially if you’re just starting out. It’s a great introduction to witchcraft for new and old practitioners, and it is well written.
review by Ciera H. [stubbornbudgie]
from My other Blog – HexNvex.
Your Book of Shadows can be whatever you want it to be.
- Use this guide for inspiration, follow your intuition and don’t get caught up in perfection – there is no right or wrong!
step 1: pick a format
For a Physical book, You could Try:
- Leather bound, or moleskin notebooks
- Checking Esty or specialty stores for a ready-made Book of Shadows
- Sketch book
- Ringed binder
For an Electronic book, You could Try:
- Canva for creating graphic pages
- Evernote for a notebook with lots of great features
- Google docs for an easy online word processor
- Pinterest Boards
got perfection paralysis?
Many Modern Witches have a “down and dirty” Book of Shadows, which is a constant work in progress, along with a “pretty” version that feels more special.
step 2: decide on organization
want a chronological book of shadows?
- If you like the idea of organically building your Book of Shadows based on when they occur, create a general index at the front. Each time you add something new, update it.
- You’ll be able to quickly find what you are looking for.
want to organize by section?
- If you like putting all your spells in one section, and your crystals in another, create a table of contents at the beginning of the book. If you want to get really organized, you can also create another one at the beginning of each section.
step 3: make it special
- Give yourself permission to unleash your Inner Crafty Witch and go nuts decorating, drawing, or doing whatever else takes your fancy to make it yours.
step 4: what To put in your book of shadows – ideas & inspiration
- Include whatever calls to you – after all, it’s your book!
Tip for secret witches and anyone else who might be interested – have any of you considered using rock candy as edible wands?
They come in a vast array of colors and flavors, and are usually formed on little mini wooden dowels/ sticks. Which the sticks, if properly soaked and cleaned off, could be kept later for future wand making or other projects.
Also the flavors and colors make it easy to correspond them with your rituals and spells. And, since their edible, they can be used for such things like grounding, cakes and ale rites, or just getting rid of evidence to avoid suspicion. They are also a sweet and considered candy. They are basically crystallized sugar.
from my tumblr blog HexnVex