Since we have covered quite a few topics so far, let's cover another important one.
The Book Of Shadows, even it's name alludes to secrets. This book took it's name from being "in the shadows" and secretive.
A Book of Shadows is and needs to be kept very private. It can be as simple or elaborate as the writer wants it to be. It can be as simple as a $1 spiral notebook from the drug store, or as elaborate as a $250 custom bound leather one.
What makes a Book of Shadows special is the person authoring it. "But I am not an author" you say? Maybe author is the wrong word. The Book of Shadows is very personal and very private, and is a collaboration of all you know as a Witch, and all you have learned and all that you want to learn.
Your Book of Shadows should include your personal journey into and through your life as a Witch and what you learn getting there. It can include as much information or as little as you would like. Let me say this though, if you are serious about your Book of Shadows, you will get a lot out of it. The old saying is true, "You get out of it what you put in it". If you put in little effort, you will get little out of it. If you put in a lot of effort, you will get a lot out of it.
There are many sources on the internet and thousands of books on the subject of Witchcraft and also Crafting. If you want to be a crafty Witch, add that to your Book of Shadows also!
Your Book of Shadows, also known as a B.O.S. should include what you want it to include about your journey, basically anything that is important to you. It can include the following: Your Astrological Birth Chart, Definitions of important "Witchy" and Pagan words. Color Correspondences, Stone Correspondences, Rune Definitions, Chapters on the major items you have studied or want to study, including Divination, Scrying, ESP and Psychic Powers, Magick, Herbs, Essential Oils, Healing, The Moon and Her Phases, Astral Projection...the list is long. These are just a few.
Also to be included in your B.O.S. are the Spells you have performed and when you performed them and the outcome. You can also include Spells you would like to perform some day.
Basically, your Book of Shadows should include anything that is important to you and your growth in the world of Witchcraft or the path you are following.
More to come regarding this important book at a later time.