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Beginning Wicca – Book of Shadows?

Hello everyone ^^ before I ask my question I just want to say thank you for looking it over and (possibly) answering. Anyways, YES I know that Wicca is not just “spell casting” but a religion and that not all Wicca’s are Witches and not all Pagan’s are Wiccans e.t.c. So PLEASE do not rip my head off for being “uneducated” (though I will admit I am not too good at memorizing and studying e.t.c)

So my main question is, when you first started writing in your Book of Shadows what exactly did you write? Also, for me, I don’t feel the need to write my own spells and rituals right away but I’m thinking of just starting out with tidbits I got from websites, books and maybe a few help full spells (from the previous sources). Is it okay to do this? I might add more “details/extra questions” later.

Thank you & Blessed Be ^^

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I will say that I have several of what would now be called a Book of Shadows, My first , started when I was about 10 is the books of “recipes” from my Grandmother, mostly herbals but there are some food recipes as well. The Second is from my time with the Italian Grandmother, and are the teachings of her Mother, and her Mothers, Mothers and is a copy if material including letters that date back to the 1600 and are from Northern Italy. How they came to the US, I never asked The Third is from what I call… Read more »

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Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) this is my anscestor and he wrote the book of shadows….. I am not really sure why I am writing this.. but I have just done a headache transfer from my husband and right now I am trying to shake it off… I need to get rid of this…

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First thing I wrote in my BoS was ethics and (*blush*) spells, as when I first started Wicca I was young, naive and focusing on spells…now that I have grown, and studied for a few more years, I have a broader understanding. If you do start spells, yes it’s ok to use pre-written spells…just try to put as much of yourself into them (perhaps add a little something extra…that’s just you to it, like a prayer or chant). Start with something easy (though spells are not easy unless you’re proficient). A simpler spell would be, say, Healing a Headache (this… Read more »

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Suggested Reading List Good luck! Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham This book is 1/2 a how to guide and 1/2 a book of Shadows. You can really see how Rituals are arranged and use that as a primer to write your own! Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman’s Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess by Phyllis Curott Green Witchcraft by Aoumiel (Ann Moura) True Magick by Amber… Read more »

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Merry Meet, I hope the following helps you out. Blessed Be Nyjh Book of Shadows From Patti Wigington, About.com Despite popular movies and television shows, there is no one single book of shadows. A book of shadows, or BOS, is a Wiccan’s or Pagan’s notebook of information. It usually contains spells, rituals, correspondence charts, information about the rules of magic, invocations, myths and legends of various pantheons, etc. Sometimes information in a BOS is passed along from one Wiccan to another (and in a coven setting, there may be a coven BOS as well as individual members’ books), but you… Read more »

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My thoughts on a Book of Shadows are that it is a personal documentary so write any and all bits of information, feelings, accomplishments, failures, blessings, rituals, etc. Mine began with a dedication to my spiritual path and a blessing upon the book itself.

I hope you find the answer you seek and have a great time on the way!
Blessed Be,my friend!