Constructing Your Book of Shadows
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Author: Draconis Wierinsan Kinthasil
Posted: January 18th. 2009
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The Book of Shadows, the most important tool in the modern Witch’s arsenal. It contains the various spells, rites, rituals, correspondences, notes and much more. It can be a journal as well as a workbook for your Magickal studies. Some are bought although a good many of these are way out of the price range of the cash-strapped Wiccan. One I liked cost about six hundred bucks plus shipping; others are handmade.
Mine for the moment is a three ring binder. I hope to get the parchment to make my permanent one soon. I have seen many cool Books out there; most of the six hundred-plus ones are made of wood and leather with metal hinges and locks. The binding on these babies is set up so you can add or remove pages. That makes it worth it if you can afford one.
Here is how I plan on making my Book: First I plan on getting about five hundred sheets of parchment. Then I will cut two pieces of wood a little bigger than the pages. The next step will be to make hinges and pins to hold the pages. Then I’m going to try to build a book lock so nobody but me can get it open.
Building a Book of Shadows is in my experience a labor of love and it is never completely finished. Each new page adds to the value of your BOS. The best kind of BOS is a handmade deal; the Book should reflect you as a person. I have devoted a good section of my BOS to various Charges of The God and Goddess as well as prayers and invocations that I have either found or composed.
Each day I read one Charge of the God and Goddess as a way to help me make it through the hard times. Another portion is devoted to the descriptions of the God and Goddess and Their attributes.
For example, Wierin in His form of the Stag-Lord holds deer more specifically Stags as his sacred animals also antlers, deer hooves, buckskin, the bow and arrows and other such hunting weapons like the spear and Staff are sacred. In His form of the Wolf-Lord all canines such as the wolf, coyote, fox, jackal and other wild dogs are his sacred animals. His sacred objects include fangs, claws, wolf hide and other such things.
In His form of the Wise Elder, He wears antlers upon his brow but they are broken and scarred, He wears a robe of black velvet with the hood drawn up, around his neck hang four wolf fangs and a pentagram on a chain. His cloak is made from a wolf pelt and a massive wolf-dog stands by his side. The collar around its neck is made of buckskin studded with sharpened tines of antler. The tools associated with Him include the athame, wand, sword, staff, burin and the left side of my altar.
Sabdh in Her form of the Doe-Maiden also holds deer as sacred particularly she-deer and fawns also the albino deer. Her symbols include hooves and deer hide and the deer-skull stang. The hide of the albino doe is the most powerful of Her symbols. In the form of the Wolf-Maiden She runs with a pack of black and silver wolves.
She wears a short tunic of wolf skin. The symbols of this form are mostly the same as the Wolf-Lord. In the form of the Nursing Mother She sits with Her son in Her lap with a golden fawn at one side and a bronze stag stands watch over her. The tools that are sacred to Sabdh are the chalice, pentacle, the bowl and the right side of the altar. This section also includes the tales of the Goddess and God and parables that teach morals and values.
Among the other things I have included are a section on herbs, a section on the properties on the various stones and crystals. Each section is associated with either the God or the Goddess and one of the elements.
Each section will have a thick parchment divider. As time goes on, I will find time to add new sections. Being as I’m still in high school, I don’t have as much time as I would like to work on my Book of Shadows. I always end up writing myself a note in my datebook so that I will remember.
Working on my Book of Shadows is one of the most therapeutic things that I can find to do. The work of making a Book of Shadows is a way to strengthen your connection with the Gods. As you compose your BOS, you should create a personal binding sigil for the title page.
Mine is going to be a thirteen-pointed star flanked by a wolf and stag to the right and left a dragon above and a lynx below. (Any pictures of a thirteen pointed star would be helpful.) Each animal is a representation of one of the four elements. The Stag is Water, the Wolf Air, the Dragon Fire, and the Lynx Earth. The Second sigil is The Solar Star. This is a pair of pentagrams one turned upside down and the two fused together. This creates a ten-pointed Sun symbol. A silver wolf and a golden stag flank this. The third sigil is the Crowned Stag. This is the image of a golden stag with a crown resting upon his antlers and a pentagram upon his breast. This is upon a field of silver. The last is the Crowned Wolf. This is a jet-black wolf crowned with a pair of crossed swords of silver on a field of gold. These sigils are images of the powers of the God and Goddess the first two sigils are those of the Goddess the second pair belong to the God. I will add more as they come to me.
A final note on your Book of Shadows, make sure you include something of yourself into it -- no matter what you put in it or how you make it.
Draconis Wierinsan Kinthasil
Location: Jackson, Michigan
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