I recently came across an old journal hand written by my Great Grandmother. As I've come to understand it this was her notebook of the traditions my family has been practicing for nearly a century if not longer at the time her journal was dated, being the year 1904. Altogether the practices are about 200 years old by now. I myself have a small magical journal/spellbook, but I would hardly call it a Book of Shadows. To me a Book of Shadows is a large book, filled with knowledge and information. Not a 100 page journal bought in a store. After thinking long and hard about what I was going to do with my Great Grandmothers journal i was really only left with one option. The notebook she used was not very well made and was falling apart at the seems. I've already copied all the information into my journal (it was mostly just traditions and how to perform spells int he traditional manner) and it's a good thing as two days after I did this the book fell apart completely and I lost multiple pages.
Now, as of recently I've decided to purchase a custom made, hand bound, BIG Book of Shadows from WitchesMoon.net. If you are interested in getting a large style ancient looking tome I would highly recommend you check them out. Here's what I've decided to do with this book though. I know this information needs to be passed down through my family. It's not something I'm willing to let die out, that goes without saying. However what I am wanting to do is make this book appear to be as old as the information it will contain, perhaps even dating it back to the 1700's. While this date would be a lie, the information contained obviously would be this old. This would also allow my descendants to see how our practice has not only grown, but how long it has survived.
I'm writing this post because I want to know what others think of it. It's not going to change my decision because believe me I think this is going to be amazing. But how would you feel if you were handed a book which, to your knowledge, was over 200 years old and contained information even older? How would you feel to know you truly came from a line of witches who have kept this knowledge safe for generations? As stated before while the actual date on the book wouldn't be completely true all the information contained would be nothing but truthful of the time.
I'm not necessarily going to be putting this date to say this is when the book was started, keep that in mind. I'm putting the date as given in my Great Grandmother's journal. Let me know what you think of this!
Book of Shadows Tradition