The Reasons for Crafting One
Most people who walk a path that includes the practice of ritual and/or magick want to have some way to keep track of what has worked for them and what hasn’t, what they did and when and why. Creating this type of reference not only lets you refer back to adapt things for present projects, but also gives a visual record of your personal growth and development.
Many witches call this type of record a Book of Shadows (BOS). The “traditional” name Book of Shadows supposedly stems from the practices of Gerald Gardner who claimed he received his copy from an older coven that could trace its roots back into the ancient past. Many feel that he created this name (and even the book) to legitimize what was essentially his personal generation of Wicca. Whether or not there is evidence of it not being ancient doesn’t matter, the name has stuck and the idea is that the Book is to be kept secret or “hidden away from non-practitioners.”
Still others keep what is often titled a grimoire. It comes from the French for grammar which is defined as a way to combine symbols to make correct sentences. Most of the historical ones are books detailing various types of European ceremonial magic. Today some use the term when they are creating a book to record only spells or other magickal workings.
The 2 Young Crones started out creating our own original Books of Shadows as we came from a Wiccan tradition and that was what they were called. Over the years, through the evolution of our personal practices, the title just didn’t seem to fit anymore and has now evolved into what we choose to call our Book of the Seen and Unseen. On The Path, (what we call our practice) the writing in the book itself is what is Seen and the growth we have experienced through practice is the Unseen for each of us.
If you take a look on the Internet, there are all sorts of fancy journals available offered for sale to create your Book. However, unless you have your heart set on recording it in some fancy leather-bound volume, it’s not the most easily used or practical solution to this sort of created personal reference.
We suggest using a three-ring binder which will allow you to find things more easily because you can group like things together, expand a section as you learn or work with something more, or get rid of a section that no longer serves your current practice. It will also allow you to pull out one particular page if there is something written on it that you want to use during ritual or while crafting a spell. Try putting it in a plastic protector if you want so that it won’t get accidentally ruined and you are good to go. If you want, you can also use multiple binders as it overflows the original one or keep specific sections in a particular one such as having one that deals only with your personal correspondences (see below).
The original of my Book of the Seen and Unseen is currently kept in files on my computer. It allows me to search for specific words if I want when I have it open, add or change things easily, or print a specific page if there is something I need to work with and I don’t want the whole thing with me. If you are a big Google docs fan, you could save it there and pull it up anywhere you want to locate or verify information; think about it being instantly available on your phone and how convenient that could be.
As a compromise, if you feel that you have to use a journal as part of your work or have found one that you just had to buy, consider keeping a journal that records your thoughts and feelings about your practice or to record why a particular ritual or course of study is/was so important to you personally. Use it to write spiritual poetry or to have conversations with the Divine. This makes it something personal and unique that you can cherish as well as a great compromise between beauty and functionality. ...“
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Creating a Book of the Seen & Unseen (2 Young Crones Library 1)
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