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  • What's in your Book of Shadows?

    Okay, I know that similar topics have been done, but they seem to get buried or inadvertantly go off-topic. So I'm starting up a new one.

    What information is inside your Book of Shadows?


    Edited: Now it doesn't necessarily have to be a book...
    Last edited by RubyRose; April 10th, 2004, 09:40 AM.


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  • #2
    Here's the general idea of whats in mine.

    ~ What is Wicca
    + History
    + Misconceptions
    + Beliefs
    ~ Wiccan Sects
    ~ What is Witchcraft
    + History
    + Misconceptions
    + Beliefs
    ~ What is Paganism
    + History
    + Misconceptions
    + Beliefs
    ~ What is Druidism
    + History
    + Misconceptions
    + Beliefs
    ~ What is Shamanism
    + History
    + Misconceptions
    + Beliefs
    ~ Dictionary of Terms
    ~ The Wiccan Rede & its Meaning
    ~ The 13 Principles of Wicca
    ~ The Sabbats
    + Lughnasadh
    + Mabon
    + Samhain
    + Yule
    + Imbolc
    + Ostara
    + Beltane
    + Litha
    ---
    ~ Days & Correspondence
    ~ Colours & Magickal Associations
    ~ Crystals, Stones & Metal Correspondence
    ~ Seashell Correspondence
    ~ Herbcraft
    ~ Elemental Correspondence
    ~ Astrological Correspondence

    Pantheons
    Guides
    ~ Animal Guides
    ~ Fae
    ~ Dragons
    ~ Angels

    Divination
    ~ History of Tarot
    + Suits
    + Card Meanings
    ~ Deciphering Tarot Card Readings
    ~ Scrying

    Along with Craft's I have done or am doing, Dreams, Tarot readings, Rituals and so forth.


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    • #3
      Hmm, well I don't really have a Book of Shadows so much as a messy box of shadows, but if I were to dig through there, I'd find:

      A paper on how I view Wicca.
      An article on the Rede and the Law of Return
      An article on the Sixfold Oath (tradition-specific stuff)

      Various excerpts from the Holy Books of Thelema.
      Printouts and hand copies of various Egyptian, Greek, and Celtic myths.

      Notes on the layout of ritual
      Various descriptions of ways of doing/understanding the many typical ritual components, such as circle casting, grounding, etc.

      Information on the Sabbats
      Liturgies for the Sabbats

      Charts upon charts upon charts of correspondences... Colors, hours, seasons, smells, herbs, stones, foods, furniture, drinks, whatever.

      And a little picture of a laughing Buddha to remind me how silly I look digging around in the box.
      Sa Yinepu-Wepwawet mery Khepera her Bast
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Erincelt

        And a little picture of a laughing Buddha to remind me how silly I look digging around in the box.


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        • #5
          a 4" binder with
          section 1 - history
          section 2 - rituals (tools, circles, elements, gods, etc)
          section 3 - love magick
          section 4 - healing magick
          section 5 - money magick
          section 6 - beauty
          section 7 - divination (scrying, tarot, runes, pendulum)
          section 8 - correspondences (moon, days, colors)

          *edit* I forgot the Miscellanous section - for..you now, misc stuff It's actually the largest.

          and a second 3" binder with recipes for oils, incense, bath salts, etc...

          I think thats it...without getting off my lazy butt and going into the bedroom to check
          Last edited by Faeawyn; April 10th, 2004, 10:32 AM.

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          • #6
            Nice! A lot more concise than mine


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            • #7
              My BoS is messy, and I'm currently working on updating it... basically heres whats in it:

              ~ Creeds/Laws/Rede.
              ~ Sabbats.
              ~ Moon (Phases, corrospondences, Moon Goddesses).
              ~ Patron Gods (The Morrigan, The Dagda - Rituals, Bios, Likes & Dislikes).
              ~ Herbs (Corrospondences).
              ~ Charms.
              ~ Spells & Rituals.
              ~ Randoms (Celtic Magick, Candle Magick, Weather Magick, Dream Magick, Random stuff that doesnt fit anywhere else).
              ~ Reciepies.
              ~ Online Pagan Campus Notes & Lessons.

              Future Sections:

              ~ Crystals.
              ~ Fairies.
              ~ Tarot.
              ~ Kabbalah.
              ~ Christian Mysticism.

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              • #8
                Weather Magic? There's such a thing? Interesting...


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                • #9
                  yeah, a long time ago i found some information about weather magick so i stuck it in there..

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                  • #10
                    Ooh. Okay cool.


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                    • #11
                      I'm currently considering re-writing mine, it's getting a little old and battered. But I might keep it... you just never know with these things, haha. In mine there is:

                      *The Witch's Alphabet
                      *The Charge of the Goddess
                      *The Charge of the God
                      *Wheel of the year
                      *Sabbat celebrations
                      *Sacred Celtic trees and woods
                      *Wiccan Ethics
                      *The Pentacle
                      *The Runes
                      *The Tarot
                      *History of witchcraft
                      *Celtic Wicca
                      *Lunar Days
                      *Self Dedication Rite
                      *The wiccan rede
                      *Magical Baths
                      *The Altar
                      *Altar Tools
                      *Full Moons
                      *Casting a circle
                      *Performing Ritual
                      *Inscribing
                      *incense
                      *colour chart
                      *household spirits
                      *fairies
                      *sachets
                      *Irish Blessings
                      *Hand fasting
                      *charms
                      *spells
                      *chants
                      *herbs
                      *gems
                      *candles
                      *potions

                      It's all handwritten, and I have many woodcut prints in it my granfather made for me ^_^.
                      Yours, with gusto,
                      Windi

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                      • #12
                        where did you all learn this?

                        may i say wow.

                        where have you people learned all this! im like the worst learner ever! im obviosly a but ive be studieing and reasearching for over three years and haven't found this much! good on you maties! could any one lend a hand to someone who can't find anything decent. i can't practice meself but i love to learn abot it all. so uh. help?

                        peace out yo

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                        • #13
                          Mine is so unorganized too! I do have it divided into sections, but within those sections, I've got pocket folders crammed with notes, pages I printed off the Internet, brochures and stuff from some local shops, etc.
                          Here are my sections...

                          Paganism 101 (basic info about all of the different religions...Wicca, Shamanism, etc)
                          Mirror Book (journal about things I've learned, thoughts, experiences)
                          Deities
                          Sabbats
                          Rituals & Spells
                          Tools, Herbs, Oils, Recipes
                          and of course, Miscellaneous

                          I'm going to be adding




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                          • #14
                            What is Paganism?
                            History of Paganism.
                            Redes, Creeds, Principles, Laws,.
                            Tools of the Craft. (Candles, Oils etc)
                            Archetypes, Deities, Mythology.
                            Gods/Goddess.
                            Sabbats and Esbats.
                            Spirits, Angels, Animals, Dragons, and Fae Folk.
                            Gemstones (Crystals).
                            Numerology, Magic Squares, & Sigils.
                            Tarot.
                            Runes.
                            Dreams.
                            Visualization and Meditation.
                            Astrology.
                            Satanism.
                            Magical Alphabets (coptic, hieratic, hieroglyphic, theban, etc.)
                            Poetry.
                            Resources & Literature.

                            I also have a seperate one for Rituals and Spells and a smaller book for Dreams, Tarot, Runs and Quotes.

                            I also have another one just for my thoughts.
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                            • #15
                              I'v eonly jsut got a book of shadows but some of the replies have inspired me what to put in my BoS.

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