Book of Shadows

06 Jan 2017 13:45 #1 by GEM
Book of Shadows was created by GEM
I have practiced on and off for about 10 years - my heart always brings me back to the craft - i am currently working out of an old book of shadows but i feel its time for a change - there are many things in the old book that i want to change - i want to organize it more and have the important things in the beginning - i want this to be a book of shadows that i pass on to my daughter if she wishes to practice - so with that i have 2 questions:

1) after i start my new book and i'm fully ready to let the old one go, should i save it or get rid of it
2) if i get rid of it what is the best way?


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13 Jan 2017 15:33 #2 by Ladon
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Merry Meet Gem,

I am not aware of any "traditional" way to part with a BoS.
In my view, It's up to you to decide if you keep it or not, and how you treat it if you don't.

If you decide not to keep it, you could destroy it ritually:
bury it if it is fully biodegradable, to give back to Mother Earth for all the magic she has given.
Or burn it to set its energy free for new creation.
Make an origami swan out of every page and trust it to the water, so it can return to the Source page by page.
You could recycle the book yourself into hand scooped paper you can use for new spells.

There are probably a dozen more ways to say goodbye to your book.

The important thing is that it has been yours and that you part with it in a way you are comfortable with and that honors the magic it contains. Don't just throw it in the trash with the old newspaper.

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03 Apr 2018 22:52 #3 by KatMarie
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I was quite curious about that myself!

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04 Apr 2018 14:12 #4 by Ouroboros
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I think to honor your old Book of Shadows, I would burn it, do a nice little ceremony, thanking the BoS for its faithful service and wisdom. To throw it in the trash would dishonor it and It could maybe fall into the wrong hands. I am planning to leave mine to my granddaughter.

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13 Apr 2018 19:04 #5 by KatMarie
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And if one were to keep it once it's retired, is there something in particular to be done, or a certain way to store it?

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24 Apr 2018 17:08 #6 by Ouroboros
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You could wrap it up in a nice piece of fabric or a scarf and put it in a box. In case you want to read it again. You could burn it and return the ashes to the earth. I keep most things I have made. After all, It is a record of your spiritual journey.

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24 Apr 2018 17:14 #7 by KatMarie
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Ouroboros wrote: You could wrap it up in a nice piece of fabric or a scarf and put it in a box. In case you want to read it again. You could burn it and return the ashes to the earth. I keep most things I have made. After all, It is a record of your spiritual journey.


Perfect! I want to keep it, and that's a great idea!

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