Today…. Today I left my BOS at home.
I carry it with me every day, everywhere I go. Most days, I don’t even open it. The spells I use most are well memorized and quickly recited. And, for the naysayers, you do not have to write a new spell each time. If it worked once, it will work again. Plus, there is something comforting about having familiar spells.
There is also a comfort in having your book handy. I often rewrite spells. The words I used initially don’t sound as good today, as they did. Sometimes I’ve Suess’ed it too much and need to rethink it. There are also times the spell didn’t work, or didn’t work as well as I expected it to. A rethink and edit never hurts.
Today, though, I do not have my book. I feel a bit lost. Sort of like the days I forget to put on my jewelry. I know there is supposed to be something there…and it’s not! And I keep reaching for it. And it keeps not being there. And….and….it drives you crazy!
I have to admit. When I first came to Witchcraft I didn’t think a BOS was important. I journaled. Why did I need another book? As time passed…I figured it out. My journal contained the thoughts of my day. My BOS contained the beginning of thoughts, ideas, spells, and questions. Lots and lots of questions. I still have questions after all these years.
I can look back on my old books and see what worked, what didn’t, what I found answers for, what I’m still searching for answer for….I can see my whole path laid out before me. And it’s comforting. I know where I found strength, and where I faltered. Where the world was dark, and when I found the light.
I really miss my book!
If you are just starting out. I really hope you start a Book of Shadows (BOS). It will be one of the best things you do. You won’t regret it either. I’ve rediscovered old spells I wrote, and reworked them. Now, they’re my favorite. Old friends rediscovered.