As I’ve mentioned before, my old Book of Shadows was destroyed in my last move.
And just as well.
I wrote that Book of Shadows when I was in my early-twenties and identified myself as Wiccan. Now that I’m in my thirties, I know my belief systems have changed. Being an eclectic witch has given me the freedom to practice my Craft in a way that is more personalized and less structured.
That’s not to say I don’t like structure within my own practice- my moon sign is Virgo, I adore structure. Just as long as it’s my own structure, not one that is strictly by the book- so to speak.
My destroyed Book of Shadows may have been sign from the Universe letting me know that chapter in my spirituality is over.
Since this Book of Shadows will be the one that truly defines me and my Craft, I want to take my time with it. I want to be able to pass it along to my children & grandchildren, leaving behind not only my legacy but that of my grandmother & my great grandmother and our heritage of curanderismo.
Before I actually put the pen to the paper I will begin with a Book of Shadows Manuscript, of sorts which will basically be a simple black binder where I will organize the layout and design the overall look of the new book. Once I’m happy with the information, the order and the look- I’ll begin putting it all together in my actual Book of Shadows.
Easier said than done.
Almost every witch gets overwhelmed when creating their Book of Shadows. There’s so much information out there, where do I even begin?
In my Pagan Planning post, I wrote about Brain Dumps. It’s a great way to focus and organize thoughts, tasks, goals, etc. I find it incredibly helpful in figuring out exactly what to put in my Book of Shadows.
I decided to start with everything that’s truly important to me- the things that have struck me at my spiritual core. From there I simply listed everything I do in my practice, everything I believe in, every magickal puzzle piece I’ve put together and found enlightenment with.
I also wrote my own Book Blessing. Most of the ones I found online had a message of secrecy & privacy, which I respect considering To Keep Silent is part of the Witches Pyramid. Keeping our practices shrouded in secrecy was vital to the survival of the women and men before us. Sadly in some place across the world, secrecy is still necessary to avoid banishment, torture & death.
Personally, I do believe the spells I cast should be kept private to avoid any interference. However, I also believe my Craft should be shared with anyone who’s interested.
The internet has connected more witches together than ever before. Those who were too afraid to browse the New Age section of their local bookstore, can now learn a bevy of information online & find amazing teachers in bloggers & pagan YouTubers who are actively guiding a new generation of witches down their path.
We are in the Age of Information Sharing.
And so, when I have fully redesigned my new Book of Shadows I intend on sharing it with a full flip through, perhaps on my own witchy YouTube channel.
The Snow Orchid Witch