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Book of Shadows: A window to our practice

In this day in age that is normal for pagans to want to take down the events and details of their practice and their life. I myself have started many such documents over the years, but most of them end up being left unfinished as I have moved onto a new book and/or phase in my life.

A little over 6 months ago, I began the most recent of these books. This time, it moved into a 3-ring-binder. I was now building my "book of shadows" not just for myself and my practice, but also for my children. It is by far the most extensive work I have done to date.

Contained in this book is not just a listing of things I have done or tried, it is a path I am laying out for my children. Although it does contain a section on spells (and rituals are listed for each of the Sabbats and Esbats), it contains information I feel is much more important . This volume holds stories and tools for teaching. It has every thing from creation stories, lore and history of holidays, recipes, crafts,  correspondence charts, informational sections teaching about the phases of the Moon, the energy field and chakra systems the body, to the path of the sun. It is truly a book rather than a journal. There's even a section where I keep the CD that contains pictures of rituals we attended and music they have especially loved. The most important thing about this book is it evolves with us. We add to it as we need to.

I have laid out a place to keep track of coming of age ceremonies they will go through as they pass through the phases of their life.  I have entitled this book of shadows, "The Book of Light and Shadow." It is a guide and a reference not only for me but for them as well. And I hope it will serve our family and continue to grow as we all continue to move our lives.

Here is a Slideshow of images from the book



Does Your family have a "Book of Shadows"? How do you have it organised, and how do you use this tool in your home?

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    Interesting post, thank you! Could you tell us about the second paragraph more?
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    Hmmm for some reason only half the post can be seen. I tried reloading but still same.

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