I'm sure a lot of blogs will be posting about their Book of Shadows for one of their B posts. There will be lots of lovely pictures and inspiring stories about how people have built their books. I will look forward to reading them but I also have to admit I'll also be a little jealous.
Years ago, when I first started to look in to paganism, I bought a blank leather bound book with a pentagram on the cover. Over time I filled it with correspondences, moon information, spells, rituals, basic information on pantheons and anything else that I took an interest in. There was little to no organisation and a lot of what I wrote I no longer use but the book is one of the few things I kept. When it was full I began to write notes on loose leaf paper that I kept in a folder. Unfortunately I later threw all of these away when I went through a bit of a dark period faith wise and now I can no longer remember what was in them.
Since I began re-building my own path a few years ago I have started to keep notes in a small notebook or on the PC. I would love to start a book of shadows at some point but I am a bit hesitant to start. I am still very much in the beginning stages of building a workable religion and I change my mind on things on what feels like an almost daily basis. I also have no idea what I would put in my book or even how I would like it to be set out.
I love the idea of making a scrapbook of shadows, an idea I found visiting a forum. The problem is whilst I have a creative mind, I don’t have a creative bone in my body and I'm worried that anything I tried to make would never match up to my expectations. I have also considered the idea of a loose leaf binder, an idea that seems to be a pretty popular one, but I don’t want pages and pages of just words. Again I worry that whatever I make will fail to match up to how I picture it in my head.
For now I am going to stick to my note pad but maybe next year I’ll be able to post pictures of my beautiful book, in whatever form it may be.