Wicca Tutorial: Starting on your Book Of Shadows.
Do you want to make your own Book of Shadows, but don't you know where or how to start?
Then this is the exact tutorial you need!
Also, you should keep a Mirror Journal next to your BoS. A Mirror Journal is some sort of Wiccan Diary. You write about your growth in Wicca, dreams, plans, your day, spells and their effects, etc.
I needed a new BoS, since my niece accidentally burned mine - Yeah, don't ask. I dunno either. -_-;;...Question:
What is a Book of Shadows?Answer:
It's a really important journal for a Wiccan. It's your personal, secret and most important book with recordings with spells, potions, recipes, rituals, chants and things like that!Question:
Do I need to handwrite it?Answer:
It's not necessary, seeing that almost every Witch in this age writes it on the computer. But I prefer doing so, so this is a tutorial especially for the handwritten BoS.Question:
Is there a special way to create it?Answer:
Not necessarily. You may decorate it however you want, but keep it personal. Some feel more comfortable by naming their BoS 'Book of Light', 'Book of Magick', 'Book of Reflections' or 'Book of Witchcraft' or anything like that. That's completely up to you, though.
Anyways, let's get started!You will need:
- a notebook/Hardcover book/Binder/Folder etc.
- a special pen or quill, only used to write in your BoS and Mirror Journal.
- Decorations (Optional).
- Bookmark (Optional).Step 1 - Your BoS:
Step 1a: Go find yourself a nice notebook or such!Can't find one you like?
This one and this one are good for a BoS and a Mirror Journal!
This is mine:Step 2 - Finding your special pen or Quill:Your special pen/Quill will only be used to write in your BoS and your Mirror Journal.Step 2a: Choose a pen/quill that you love writing with, is comfortable and fancy!
Step 2b: Decorate it with runes and symbols, if you'd please.
Extra: You are allowed to use a lot of pens or quills, but use them for Wicca purposes only!Step 3 - Decorating your BoS & your bookmark:If you don't wish to do so, skip to step 4.
You're allowed to decorate you BoS however you want! Just keep it traditional; Don't add stickers of kittens or something O_O...
A lot of Wiccans write on the cover "The Book Of Shadows of -Your Name-."Step 4 - Finally Getting Started:
Step 4a: First think of the contents. What do you want to add in your BoS?
Some quick suggestions:
- Something about you
- An opening dedication to your Goddess/God
- Wiccan Rede
- Wiccan Law
- Three-Fold Law (etc etc)
- Table of Contents
- Wicca Studies
- Family Tree
- About herbs and trees and such
- Lunar calendar
- Celtic Calendar
The About You Section should look something like this:
Name: Kristy Hollaar.
Magick Name: Luna de Mortalis.
Magick Nickname: Sanctimona.
Bloodstatus: Pure Witch - Inheritage Witch.
Covenrank: Future High Priestess (Rank 3), currently Rank 2.
Sexual Orientation: Pansexual/Bisexual.
Haircolour: Dark Blonde.
Specialty: Almost Everything.
Wiccan Since: September 30th 2010 (12th Birthday.)
Has a Book Of Shadows since: October 31.
Date Of Birth: September 30th 1998.
Place Of Birth: The Hague.
Country Of Origin: The Netherlands.
Current Residence: The Hague, The Netherlands.
Other info: Family of the respected Witch Marianne 'Jantjuh' van Leeuwen, whom has learned me everything I know. Past cutter, bloodpainter, writer and artist.Step 4b: You can make a table of Contents:
- File by topic
- Alphabetize by subject
- ChaptersIf you do it with a hardcover notebook like me, that ain't gonna work. Or you should put an additional note in it with the table of contents on it, but then it'll be shuffled, haha.Step 4c: Think about the language you want to write it in.Personally, I write it in English and Gaelic. Just like the Wiccan Rede. Thy, Ye, Thou, etc...
You can also do it in your own language.
I'm half-Dutch and half-British, but I hate Dutch. It's a really stupid language, haha. So that's why I write it in English.WARNING: Do not let someone else write in your BoS! It takes away the power! Personally, Mine is private. No one is allowed to read it.
Reasons to not let others read yours?"Its just too personal."
"The thought of sharing my Book of Shadows makes me uncomfortable."
"There are things in mine that are just between me and the Goddess."
"Not to non-witches ... they don't understand our views."
"Some traditions don't allow that unless the other person is part of that Coven."Step 5 - The End:Well, I think that this is enough to get you started, no?
If you have any questions left, please comment!With Love and Poison,
~xLolitaScorned, AKA ~DemoiselleGothique.
Blessed be, and good luck!