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Tansy Firedragon
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PostSubject: Re: journals /diary   Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:53 pm

Hi Gareth

Many people keep journals, many keep a Book of Shadows and some combine them into one. It is a personal choice.

I keep my Book of Shadows separate for spells, deity information, crystals info etc etc - pretty much this forum but in a book LOL! But I also keep a separate journal/diary to note down my thoughts, events, feelings etc - it is useful to clear all the thoughts out of your head and also interesting to look back on in the future to see where you have come from.

Some keep a simple journal on the computer, some prefer to put pen to paper and keep a hand written diary - again the choice is yours, but I do feel it's a useful exercise.


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PostSubject: Re: journals /diary   Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:57 pm

Hi Gareth,

This sounds like you may be talking about a Book of shadows, or BoS as it's known. I got this definition from wikipedia for you:

Book of Shadows
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One of Gerald Gardner's earliest Books of Shadows.

This article describes the traditional book of Wicca; for other uses, see Book of Shadows (disambiguation).

A Book of Shadows is a book containing religious texts and instructions for magical rituals found within the Neopagan religion of Wicca. Originating within the Gardnerian tradition of the Craft, the first Book of Shadows was created by the pioneering Wiccan Gerald Gardner sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, and which he utilised first in his Bricket Wood coven and then in other covens which he founded in following decades. The concept of the Book of Shadows was then adopted by other Wiccan traditions, such as Alexandrianism and Mohsianism, and with the rise of books teaching people how to begin following Wicca in the 1970s onward, the idea of the Book of Shadows was then further propagated amongst solitary practitioners unconnected to earlier traditions.

Initially, when Wicca was still dominated by covens, "only one copy [of the Book] existed for an entire coven, kept by the high priestess or high priest. That rule has proved unfeasible, and it is [now] commonplace for all Witches to have their own copies."[1] In the various traditions that make up British Traditional Wicca, copies of the original Book composed by Gerald Gardner with the aid of his High Priestess Doreen Valiente, along with alterations and additions that have been made since then, is followed by adherents. They have tried to keep the contents of this Book a secret, although it has been published on a number of occasions by figures such as Charles Cardell, Lady Sheba and Janet and Stewart Farrar. In other Wiccan traditions and amongst a number of solitary practitioners, alternate versions of the Book have been written that are independent of Gardner's original.

Numerous associations and traditions have since grown up around the Book of Shadows. Traditionally, "a Witch's book of shadows is destroyed upon death."[2] The concept of the Book of Shadows has subsequently appeared in popular culture, for instance being utilised in the American television series Charmed and providing the title of films, musical albums and comics, however in all these cases it was taken out of its original Wiccan context.

I've put a few posts on here about my BoS. I've always tried to keep a journal of my spells, thoughts, feeling, experiences, outcomes of spells, but have only recently dusted it off outta the closet through a test of belief.
There are no fast and hard rules about keeping one, you don't even have too, but i think the idea of it came from working covens when you would work your way through the 3 degrees. You would keep all of your workings in your BoS to be looked over by the high priestess or priest (so i believe).

Hope this helps?


Much Love & Blessed Be x...

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PostSubject: journals /diary   Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:10 pm

Can you help me out on a subject please... Should I be keeping an everyday journal on things that are personal to me, and what i feel sense and see on a daily basis Just a general question really light and love Gareth
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