All things Book of Shadows (part 1)

{I started writing and figured out I had a lot to say so I am doing a series this week on Book of shadows. }

Is it a book of shadows?

What is a book of shadows. Well I have tackled that question here and here though my ideas about it are always evolving. At this moment in time I think of it as a spiritual instructional manual. I also think of it as a publicly agreed upon name. What I mean by the last bit is that when you say to another Witch “my book of shadows” they think oh yes yes I know what means. On the other hand I am not sure how many Witches actually think of their book that way. I have several book in various forms and I think of them all a little differently. But I don’t really think of any of them as a Book of Shadows mainly because I don’t like the name. There I said it. Some where someone is drawing in a sharp breath.

This lack of like for the name seems to pair nicely with my disdain for the “you’re not witchy enough” or the “right kind of witch” to really be a witch and “only a witch can make a witch camp”. please spare me. As everyone knows there is not One book. Though I am sure that there is a lot of myth perpetuating about how “right” my book is vs the others. Go on Ebay or just google and see how many books are offered for sale that claim to be “passed down for generations of our family”  I am not saying those are books are not passed down, but the idea behind the marketing is the validity of such books out ranks a common modern day book.  Again back to the Witchy enough argument.

I also don’t like the name because there is nothing shadowy about my book. For goodness sakes I share it here for the whole world to look inside. I have also heard and rejected (for me) Book of Secrets (again I share), Book of light (yawn and too new agey). The only one that I am fond of that I have heard is Book of Mysteries. But it still doesn’t seem to fit me well.There is of course Book of Blessings, which I like a lot.  Though in the end I mostly call my book “my book” though when talking to Little the other day she asked me if it was a grocery book which I thought was cute. She means cook book of course and it is very much like a cook book. So just lately I have been thinking of it rather like a cook book of life, or book of life. It makes me smile.

Tomorrow we talk type of books.

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7 thoughts on “All things Book of Shadows (part 1)

  1. I like DOS or disc of shadows. 😉

  2. I think I mentioned what your book makes me think of: A Journal or My Journey of Discovery and Lifes Mysteries (too long right?!) Whatever you decide — it’s yours! 🙂

    • yes you did! your the spark for this whole series 🙂 I like the name!

      • 🙂 I’m honored to help! Journaling has always been a passion of mine and I’m always encouraging people to do one. I’ve kind of taken journaling to the extreme lol. I have a very well documented life story. I always joke with my husband that it would be funny if aliens ever come here they would just find my black trunk of journals, be bored beyond belief and head back out into the galaxy sorely disappointed! 🙂

      • I do hope that means your going to share some of your books. Because unlike aliens I find it very interesting 🙂

      • Ahhhh Poppy lol. Some Pandora’s boxes are best left shut (as I have found out trying to get the journals from paper to Computer media). Some things are so vivid and visceral that when I reread them, it’s like experiencing it again! So I share my drawings, poetry, photos etc., but not “the archives”.
        Your books are pieces of art.

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