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Book Of Shadow 4 Newbies
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What can be in the Magickal Journal:

*Day, Date, Time

*Daily Horoscopes (or daily tarot/oracle card!)

*Emotions of the Day (whats the vibe, how are you feeling?)

*Important parts of the day (any events?)

*Divination results (sometimes you won't remember what your tarot said 3 months ago)

*Spell Outcomes

*Dreams (because most of us forget these too!)

Book of Shadow Set up

Cover page (I made mine really pretty and me as in an aesthetic)

Dedication Page (This is actually, for me at least, a list of offerings for my goddess that I know she likes)

Reference Tab (or a table of contents)

Prayer/Song Tab (I also have a spotify playlist of pagan chants)

Ritual Tab (I also have them recorded on my discord)

Spell Tab (I also have them recorded on my discord as well)

Herbal Book of Shadows Set Up

Cover Page (also super aesthetic)

Herbal Lore Tab (Some of these plants believe it or not have their own stories, I also think recording what culture they are from and how they were used back in the day is really cool)

Cooking & Baking Tab (for my green garden goddess dip, lemon herbal cookies, and Mabon Apple Pie)

Drink Making Tab (my own personal homemade tea blends)

Potion Tab (Tea blends or drinks that I got from other sources usually)

Incense & Oil Tab (I just started reading a book for this, since I want to start making my own oil, I feel like this would be helpful)

Are there any categories you would include?

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Re: Book Of Shadow 4 Newbies
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Re: Book Of Shadow 4 Newbies
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I have always been terrible at any form of journalling, be it for dreams, a book of shadows, astral journeys, or the classic 'dear diary'.

It feels kind of ironic because I love sharing and discussion, and I can get rather verbose on even the most mundane of topics. In my days of hanging out on Mirc I was especially notorious for hitting the chat scroll character limit three times over.

But, the instant I step outside of discussion and get into monologue territory everything shuts down and my thoughts stop coming out. Even structured formats like a book of shadows, with prompts and cues, are a struggle for me. Not for a lack of trying either. I currently have a shelf with two journals, three sketchbooks, and two binders. Each one with about three entries before going to blank pages.

I guess the bright side is I've had a few repetitions under my belt to build a format I like... even if it goes largely unused, and far less complete compared to your suggestions Mrs. RedHood.

The first section would be reserved for reference information I would find that I then want to remember. Symbols and meanings, numerology or astrology factoids, noteworthy ways particular authors describe an idea or concept, particular workings (or interesting parts of workings), meditations, that sort of thing.

The next section would be more self-reflective. Thoughts, worries, realizations, habits I repeat, dreams, etcetera.

And my third section was typically a catch-all between writing down significant events or choices I've encountered, unusual interactions with people or animals, and my reflections on those events or explorations into their possible meanings or lessons.

All in all, I guess my habits are a bit free-form by design, or would become so as thoughts would tumble into eachother on their way out. ...That is when I could get them to move to begin with.
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Re: Book Of Shadow 4 Newbies
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My Book of Shadows is a banged up moleskin journal that I have started only writing in about once a year, or when anything significant and magical happen. I keep different notebooks for different things. I have a notebook for learning and recording any and all information about different subjects, and a grimoire for spells and kitchen witch recipes. My Book of Shadows for me is simply a magical journal with a dedication page and a small synopsis on how I got started. There is no wrong or right way to do your book. It's a very personalized tool, so do what works for you.

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Re: Book Of Shadow 4 Newbies
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Mrs Redhood, I really like the way your herbal book is set up.

My personal books are written mostly in hard cover journals either lined or unlined that I usually pick up from the local charity shop. They are relatively cheap and serve the purpose of a spiritual journal.

Some of mine have self drawn illustrations within, others do not. Some have a title or cover page like a regular book.

I do not really focus on aesthetics much in any of them. My main goal is simply to have books to write thoughts down.

I have 5 or more currently going. Some serve the purpose of being books dedicated to a specific topic.

I have one I write in on divination with capnomancy.

One is a cosmetic as well as cooking recipe book.

I have one dedicated to hedge and cottage witchcraft.

One dedicated to traditional Catholic folk practice.

And my most recently bought is dedicated to the topic of spirit work.

Then I have two set aside that I write things down in generally: recipes, spells, offering lists, tarot and oracle divinations, little bits about practices which interest me, etc.

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Re: Book Of Shadow 4 Newbies
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Very nice post. I have two books of my own, one for herbs and then one for everything else. I never thought to add an herbal cookbook section, however. I love the idea. I'll be looking into adding one for sure.

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Re: Book Of Shadow 4 Newbies
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As I think about this, I wonder if it is helpful to have two books. One clean, organized binder you can add to and shuffle around, and another 'toss away' notebook you can carry with you.

The notebook can be small and portable, for scratching down thoughts, discoveries, doodles, grids, and formulas as you encounter them. Then you can re-write and organize the information at your leisure. Sort of a magical equivalent to a sketchbook.
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Re: Book Of Shadow 4 Newbies
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Love the way you organized your book of shadows I separate mine with sections for example the cover, index, wicca, divination, herbs, crystals etc. but and fill it up as I learn more every book of shadows is different and personalized for you every book is different
Blessed Be
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Re: Book Of Shadow 4 Newbies
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One method that I've always liked is using those plastic inserts that you can put printer paper in for reports and such. I have a pdf version of my BoS that I've typed up and printed out. I use a 3 ring binder and then just move or re-organize as I need to. You can do this with handwritten pages as well. Write everything out, put it in the paper holders, and then put those in your binder. I personally think it helps with and makes organization so much easier.

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I've heard of this and I think I might do that! The idea I have is that I plan on having kids one day and not only do I want a nice big at home library of witchy books, I want to make my own. I was thinking of keeping my BOS a binder for now and then when it gets full, make it into an actual book

I also considered making pagan children books because I'm extra

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