Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
|Pagan Art Journal|
|Fabric Covered Composition Notebook|
|Hedge Witch Journal|
The answer is yes, in fact several.
To clarify, I should say I have several working notebooks and one hard bound book that I am transforming into my official Book of Shadows.
Phyllis Curott in her book, Witch Crafting, A Spiritual Study Guide to Making Magic, talks about creating a BOS.
She advises that your BOS is your personal compilation of invocations, rituals, spells, and magical techniques which you work and which you find powerful, meaningful, effective and evocative.
It is also her opinion that while there are many methods of recording your magical efforts ,writing by hand helps you memorize and also infuses your book with your magical energy.
|Page from Practical Magic movie BOS|
As a basic Table of Contents for your BOS, P Curott recommends
3-Invocation of the Goddess
4-Invocation of the God
5-Diagrams for you altar and markings for your working tools
6-In Sacred Space i.e.
Purification of self, elements, of the Circle, grounding & meditation, Casting the Circle,Invocations, Statement of purpose, magic/ritual/spell etc. grounding and libation
7-Closing the Circle
9-Esbats,Full Moon rituals,chants,dances,songs, words of wisdom, quotes etc.10-
Wisdom and Insights
11-Tools of the Craft
table of correspondences,spells,potions,sigils, info. on herbs, stones,candles, crystals, magical alphabets etc.
Remember this will be your book, add what ever speaks to you or is meaningful to you.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
I added my name to the list and checked it often in the beginning.
I noticed a lot of women younger than myself were eagerly posting and connecting up.
I felt a little disappointed, so I chose to reach out. Found a very nice woman younger than myself who answered and we began a correspondence.
Turns out fate would have it that this Pen Pal lived in an area very close to family of mine. My family there is very grounded in their beliefs and would probably be appalled to learn of mine.
I got cold feet.
My mind began contriving what ifs and thinking on how small some places can be and who knows who, so on and so on. I had good intentions but my follow through caved.
I am sorry, Pen Pal friend.
I chalked it up to being and feeling still very new to the Craft and not wishing stir up trouble, real and or imagined.
Most of 2012 I was ill and dealing with dental issues and surgeries, plus helping my children move half way across the country and missing them like crazy.
We have put our home up for sale as well and we are dealing with what all that entails.
To my surprise I got an e-mail right before Christmas from a young woman who had seen my name on the Pen Pal list.
I had to go back to the list and reread what I had written then, so I could have a starting point to begin a conversation with her. Now I'm formulating what I will write to this young woman and how I might find a common ground , a starting place from which to begin our letter writing.
When I went to reread my intro on the Pen Pal list , imagine my surprise to find two other women had left me responses last year.
Now I've got to get busy and reach out to these ladies, hope they're still interested.
I also hope that I have grown enough to find the courage and the will to hold back my insecurities and doubts so I can be an active participant in this venture of letter writing.
It is beginning to look like I may be doing a lot of writing in the new year.