A Never-finished BOS
- My BOS is currently in two forms- one in a notebook and the other on a flashdrive. It will never be finished because I will never be finished learning but the information it contains is priceless. I hope to have it professionally printed in book form so that all of my children can have it.
- —Guest Amethyst
- I have about 12 different books, 9 of them binders, that I use for magical information. It is all divided by subject, and I often will re-write the information if it gets too messy or I drip things on it. I like my practice to be streamlined.
- —Guest Allytria
BOS made by me!
- I made my bos by just stapling some pages, glueing, and cutting. Its a 262 page book, with a jean cover. Not the best bos, but it has my aura. Nice, homemade, and looks good around my garden plants : D
- —Guest Lavender
the real bos is unwritable! :-)
- Yes, I have a 3-ring binder with looseleaf paper for easy rearranging, but my poor bos suffers from neglect. After copying down basics like the Rede, feast menus, and (mostly) blank title pages for sabbat rituals, I hit a sort of block. I seldom write down what I'm not certain of, and the journey is so full of questions! Such as, are these correspondences relevant to me? What is the metaphysical significance of this herb or stone, and what relationship does it have to mundane reality? I don't know yet, so I've nothing to set down! Though I do have a scratch pad for such matters that I'm investigating. In my bos I've included poems and essays that make my soul sing, but the truest contents will never be written down...the mind's music; the tune that plays on the heartstrings; the formula for the scent of autumn that commands that you drop everything and go walk in the woods! The mystery of the soul's lessons for this life are embroidered in spider silk on fairy wings, in dreams.
- —Guest juneberry
- I have started and abandoned many books in the 15 years I've been studying because I'm such a perfectionist! So now I have a simple black covered, bound sketchbook that I keep as a family almanack. It is organized only by seasons and I just write in it when I feel like it or think of something I want to include. One day I'll pass it to my daughter and hopefully it will go on from there! I use printed pictures but do a lot of gilded-type original lettering and have a lot of entries about what I'm doing in my garden or kitchen, astrology, and Germanic lore.
- —Guest Betsy
My book of shadows
- My Book is a beautiful green, representing the earth, home made, bound by white and black plastic thread-type things, which represent the two sides of magick, and a bunch of multicoloured thick strings representing how magick changes in accordance with will :) It has an unknown amount of pages, but its somewhere in - around 500, not a family book, but just for me. It feels like a part of me that's been seperated from myself, like one would feel about a child :) I've still to add deer antlers for the spine and crow feathers on the front :) I love it
- —Guest Lee
- my Bos's are moving along well, both of them are just blank books from Walmart. I keep on for my thoughts and experiences and another for all my information and spells.
- —Guest lilly
- My decision was to create a BOS using a scrapbooking style. I bought a cloth 3 ring binder,decorated the inner cover and made my own cover. I have been using card stock,parchment paper and paper cavas print card stock.I write my works using an india ink artist pen,freestyle and some times i will down load a print if it seems good to have.each sheet or sheets go into protectors and i divide my information into sections.I also add color and embellishments to the pages,leave spaces for notes and occasionally rearrange the material as needed.my BOS is a work in progress which can be time consuming,yet it is something I enjoy putting my energies into. I hope one day my granddaughter might like to have and explore the BOS possible making it her own one day.
- —Guest PhoenixNightengale.
- I am almost 15 (my b'day is samhain) i live in australia and wicca and paganism is really, REALLY low key - i have been researching and reading alot and am about to start a preliminary BOS with the members of my circle, i am using a five subject notebook which i have blessed, it has pocket-dividers which are perfect for printouts and i am going to divide it into; wiccan rede - info about deities - lore and myth - elves, fae and other creatures - our circle and our elements, calendar - almanac - seasons - festivals - celebrations - rituals etc., spells - potions - rituals - circle casting - tools, herbs - stones - colours, events - dreams(one in our circle is known to have premonitions) - ritual planning - poetry- art etc. once we have filled the book i am hoping to get a seperate leather bound book for each section and rewrite it more formally - this first go will just be notes typed and hand written and lots of information from other sources i am really excited to start... blessed be
- —Guest Spirit
Book of Shadows
- I have a few BOS's. All of them are 3 ring binders. I have added a special print out pic to make them a little decorative. The protective sheets help as well. You can add anything of decorations to the BOs as you want.I feel that the binder is the best route for me. There's a wealth of information out there ..Been studying for 3.5 years. I consecrated my last BOS on the Scared Fires of Hecate Celebration Blessings
- —Guest Dom
- i hae to say that i am eager to start my first BOS.. i am a bit of a perfectionist though and even tho my first one is going to be a sort of practice book, i find it hard to know where to begin. any suggestions?
- —Guest green witch beginner
My Book of Shadows
- My BOS is special in that in a way my Mother helped me start it. Mom gave me this beautiful spiral notebook about 20 years ago.On the cover it has a gorgeous painting of a Unicorn at the sea with a setting sun and rainbow. I just could not bring myself to write mundane things in it! So, LIGHT BULB!! I dedicated it and made it my BOS. It is extra sentimental to me being my mom gave it to me and she was born on Samhain and had gifts of her own. Mom crossed over in 2004, and now when I open my BOS I know she is there with me sharing as well.
- —Guest Deborah
Recreating my BoS
- Ive been studying and practicing Witchcraft for two years now, and Ive had several books where Ive recorded journal entries, spells, and correspondences. After a while, I got a huge three-ring binder stuffed with printouts, but now my BoS feels unpersonal, almost as if the energies of the people who wrote the articles are in my book! Some of the correspondence tables are huge and would take weeks to write, but I guess Ill recreate them. Im also working on figuring out how to decorate my BoS, as I draw very well but I need a way to mabey bind the books in cloth so they look a little better.
- —Guest Tempest Flair
- Many years ago, when I broke with a very negative path and the people involved, I destroyed everything associated with it, including my original BOS. Currently, I have two, one is informational and anyone with positive intent to learn can read it, the other is private and is for my eyes only. Both are always being added to as information and ideas come to me. By the way I've been a student of Wiccan for 40 years
- —Guest DyanaLuna
- I have been studying witchcraft for a few years and have recently dedicated myself to Wicca. My BOS is a ring-binder folder for all my spells and ritual information (I also put all my spells in plastic wallets so they don't get dirty). It is also good to put dividers in too as I like things organised. But I also have a seperate book were I write my experiences - it also can be a diary for my thoughts. This can be useful for jotting down notes on what to do for the next ritual as well as questions that need answering for the next time you meet your coven or to research for yourself. Hope this helps!
- —Guest Taz