4 Things You Should NEVER Write In Your Book of Shadows

4 Things You Should NEVER Write In Your Book of Shadows

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There are things that you should find in your Book of Shadows, and then there are those that have no place in such a sacred book.

You’ve got to keep in mind the purpose of having a Book of Shadows, which is to have a record of your magickal experiences and spiritual journey. It is something that you can preserve and look back on 10 years down the road and even pass it on to your daughters and granddaughters who show an interest in Wicca. Your Book of Shadows can serve as a reference material to future witches in your family.

There aren’t any absolute rules as to what you can place in your Book of Shadows, but it’s better to steer clear of the things I will talk about below:

  • Anything that has nothing to do with Wicca or Magick

  • Your Book of Shadows is your account of your spiritual journey in Wicca. This is not the place to write out your grocery list, and it is not the place to compute your bills. It is for spells, magickal thoughts, dream interpretations, rituals, etc. This is also one way to keep it sacred, to write only entries that have to do with magick.

  • Hateful Thoughts

  • When you are in the heat of the moment, you might be tempted to write down hateful thoughts you have about your partner, your mother, or your work mate. I understand how helpful that can be to blow off steam, but it’s best to have a separate diary for that. Have a separate journal that serves as your daily diary. Keep your Book of Shadows free from anything that you will regret reading about in the future. As negative moods go, they do fade and you do move on and forget about them. Spare your Book of Shadows the negativity that will be in its pages forever.

  • Curses/Hexes

  • Wicca is not about black magick but white magick and purity. If you read enough about Wicca, you know it is the path of peace, nature-loving, and grounding. It is not simply WITCHCRAFT where you cast spells without the help of the Divine.

    Don’t forget the Wiccan Rede: “An Ye Harm None, Do As Ye Will” and the threefold law. Engaging in black magick will put you on the bad side of the Divine.

  • Someone else’s entries

  • When I say someone else’s entries, you should not let anyone write in your Book of Shadows with their personal entries. Every witch should have his or her own Book of Shadows that cannot be accessed by anyone, not even their partner.

    This is YOUR account of YOUR spiritual journey. If a friend wants to write down thoughts, she or he should get her or his own Book of Shadows. This should be common sense, but you’d be surprised how boundaries can be blurred when it comes to friendships.

    Pentacle BOS, Tree of Life BOS, and The Howling Wolves BOS from The Moonlight Shop

    So there you have it. There is really not a lot you cannot write in your Book of Shadows. It is very easy to get it right and hard to get it wrong. If you follow these suggestions, you will be pleased in the future when you want to look back and reread your entries, just to see how much has changed in you. You will be thankful that Joanne’s dress size or how Mandy looked hideous in that dress at your cousin's wedding, or the accounting of July 2016’s bills did not make an appearance in your sacred Book of Shadows.


    14 Responses

    Rama
    Rama

    August 16, 2020

    Friends, you may write whatever you please in your BOS. There are no rules, it is YOUR sacred book.

    Abbi
    Abbi

    June 29, 2020

    So if I don’t put any entries that are too personal, I can share my BOS with a sister witch? I just want to clarify.

    Monet
    Monet

    June 12, 2020

    Thank You 🙏

    Seawitch
    Seawitch

    April 30, 2020

    Thank you ! ❤️✨

    Brytton Lim-Hidaro
    Brytton Lim-Hidaro

    January 20, 2020

    Mahalo..aloha from hawaii

    Natalie
    Natalie

    December 11, 2019

    Amen and thank you x

    Aryan
    Aryan

    December 02, 2019

    I’m someone who experiences paranormal activity on the regular, and I have recorded the experiences in my Book of Shadows and how it made me feel, affected my energy, etc. Is this something i should steer clear from, even if the feelings are positive, or should i continue recording them?
    I also keep track of my personal Tarot Card readings, keeping track of the cards I pulled and what they mean. Is this something else i should or should not put in.

    Bay
    Bay

    October 26, 2019

    All very good advice. I also don’t write personal information about others including real names associated with participation, requests, health concerns, etc. I just assume my BoS will someday pass out of my possession and not necessarily into the hands of the trustworthy.

    Amanda
    Amanda

    October 23, 2019

    Thank you!!

    Rafaella
    Rafaella

    October 22, 2019

    Thank you

    Kathy
    Kathy

    October 21, 2019

    Thank you

    TIFFANY
    TIFFANY

    October 21, 2019

    Thank you

    Allira
    Allira

    October 16, 2019

    Yup

    Azreal
    Azreal

    October 10, 2019

    Thank you!

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