Let’s talk about this common, and somewhat confusing concept. Granted, I haven’t been a pagan for very long, and what with being so far back in the broom closet I can see Witch Narnia, my book is fairly ordinary. A three-ring binder, with a title page, a dedication, and some spells I wrote. I’m going to add some pages that include information on Amaterasu and Anpu, as well as notes on magick and herbs, but I’m rather lazy so it hasn’t been done yet.
As far as I can tell, a book of shadows is less of a super-secret-witch-handbook and more of a personal journal, where you keep important things that can be easily referenced later, in case you need it–spells, for instance, which are hard to memorize if you have more than three.
One of the challenges with living with a family that you’re trying to hide your religion from is trying to buy stuff. Let’s face it, you can only buy so many suspiciously pagan-like things before even the most ignorant of parents are clued in. Which is why mine is in a three-ring binder; it looks like it’s for school, and it’s inconspicuous. But I’m lacking a vital element: organization.
Right now my book is basically a mess of spells, notes, and devotions mixed together. That’s not going to fly when I’m in the middle of a spell and I lose my place. There’s also a problem of me remembering to write down everything. As much as it pains me to say it, I’m not the most organized in my brain either.
What’s your book like, if you have one? How do you keep it organized? What tips would you give a newbie?