Picture from Pandoraz Treasures which by the way is apparently having a "Going Out Of Business Sale"
Since I did the Book of Shadows post yesterday, I thought it would be fitting to give directions on how to create your own Book of Shadows. You can use anything from a plain old spiral bound notebook, available just about anywhere, to a journal, a diary, or something made just for that purpose. There are many places that sell blank BoS, both online and at any of a number of witchcraft shops.
But what I am going to do here today, is give a blueprint to create your own, "classic" BoS. Anything you make with your own hands is going to be imbued with your energy, and therefore more powerful for you. You should be able to find supplies at any art supply store, craft store, or even your neighborhood Wal-mart, many of which have a decent crafts section. Jo-Ann Fabric, Hancock Fabrics, and Michael's are also good places to look for supplies.
- What you'll need:
- Leather front & back covers
- parchment paper
- leather ties (this can be bought by the yard at most fabric stores)
- something to make holes (maybe an ice pick & a hammer?)
- writing implement
- whatever you want to use as decoration on the cover
- if you're really crafty, you could use leather sets to emboss the wording or designs on the cover as well
Capricorn's Lair has a good selection of different parchments, as well as a selection of journals that could be used as BoS, As a matter-of-fact, they are one of my favorite on line stores. Between them & Azure Green I've almost always been able to find whatever magical item I have been looking for. You should also be able to obtain parchment at any of the places listed above.
SO, make your covers putting two or three (or however many you want) holes in them to "bind" them. Next, you need to determine how much paper you think you'll want (keep in mind, if you are doing this as described, using the "ties that bind" to hold it all together, you can always add more paper later), Center your paper on the cover & mark where your holes need to go. Once you have your holes, carefully thread the leather ties through all pieces, starting with the back cover, next the parchment, then the front cover. Carefully tie in a knot, You now have a Book of Shadows, made by you. Decorate the cover in whatever design you prefer.
There is one other on-line store I'd like to direct you to. It's called Seasons of The Witch, and sells calendars, planners, binders, and other things. I have purchased from them in the past and found them to sell high quality items, as well as being quick & friendly.
Fill your BoS with your spells, rituals, recipes, cures, herbal information, dreams, thoughts, and whatever else seems important to you. Never mind if it isn't something typically included in a Book of Shadows - this one is YOURS and should contain YOUR energies.
When done, you can use one of the following spells to Bless your creation. The source of the first is unknown, the second was found at New Orleans Mistic:
To Bless Your Book of Shadows
You will need:
- A Blue Candle
- A Purple Candle
- A Red Candle
- A Green Candle
- A Yellow Candle
Whether your BOS is a heavy-bound journal, a small personal diary, or a 3-ringed notebook, this spell will guard your book and enchant its pages.
On the night of the Full Moon, cast your circle and place your BOS on your alter. Situate 5 candles (Purple, green, yellow, red, and blue) around your book in a rough pentagram shape. If you see fit, you can place the candles in their correct positions:
Blue ~ Green
Red ~ Yellow
Light the candles, starting with the purple and ending with the blue, and say this or another verse:
By the powers of center (north, south, east, west),
The forces of spirit (earth, air, fire, water),
I bless and protect this Book of Shadows From all unwanted forces and beings.
With your power hand, athame, or wand, draw an invoking pentagram on your BOS's cover and say:
From: "Chameleon" (email@example.com)
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