Endless Possibilities!

candle I’ve had to start a new Book of Shadows.

It’s the fourth or fifth one I’ve started. Every time I start a new book I get excited! All of the possibilities! The spells I’ll write, the recipes, the potions, the rituals, the….Oh so many things!

The hardest part is finding the perfect book, or making it if you’re creative. I’m creative, but not THAT creative! So, I tend to spend months searching for the perfect book. I end up getting frustrated because I can never find the perfect book. So… I stop looking. Shortly after I stop looking the book shows up on my doorstep.

So.. now that I have my book. It is time to do a BOS Dedication Ritual. Here is my take on the whole thing:

BOS Dedication Ritual

Needed:

Full Moon Night
Purple Altar Cloth – Represents spirituality, psychic development, magick
Frankincense
Items to represent the four elements
Smudge Stick
Pentacle Disk
Lavender Oil – to anoint the white candles
Sea Salt – lots of salt, enough to make a circle around your new BOS
Holy water or salt water
Ritual Clothing or Sky Clad
5 White Candles
Red Wine
Sharp Knife/safety pin

Before you cast your circle, be sure to smudge your new book. You don’t want to bring any unwanted nasties, or negative energy into your circle. I know people who like to cleanse their book after they’ve cast the circle and called the quarters. You don’t know what is attached to the book you just bought, or just made. Cleansing it before entering the circle gives you a clean slate. You can cleanse it again once in the circle if it is part of your ritual.

Cast your circle. Here is a quick, simple circle I picked up long ago:

World Above, World Below
Energy Come, Energy Flow
Bright Divine Light Circles Around Me
Mountain and Sky, Flame and Sea

The quarter call for this ritual is part of the ritual for blessing your BOS. Take your new BOS to each quarter as you call it. Smudge it, and then call the quarter. For this quarter call I use:

To the North:
Element of Earth, guardian of time
We call upon you to join us
Bless this BOS for generations to come

To the East:
Element of Air, guardian of the past
We call upon you to join us
Bless this BOS for the history it holds

To the South:
Element of Fire, guardian of the future
We call upon you to join us
Bless this BOS for the magick yet to be added

To the West:
Element of Water, guardian of emotion and the higher self
We call upon you to join us
Bless this BOS for the good of all, harming none

In the Center:
Before these assembled elements we bring this BOS to be dedicated to the service of the Lord and Lady

After you’ve called your quarters take your BOS to the altar and place it within the circle of salt on the pentacle disk. Place your hands over the book. Imagine white light enveloping every inch of the book. Then say:

In Perfect love and Perfect Peace
Your purpose shall be one
The sacred charge of every word
Forever to harm none.

Focus on the intent of your new BOS. See yourself writing new spells, or rituals, or recipes…all the great things you’ll add. Imagine filling the pages and passing on the book to family, or friends, or those in your coven. See all the good the book will do. Once you’re done, do an Invoking Earth pentagram over the book to seal your intent.

Now that you’ve placed your book within the circle of salt. Take the five candles, which you should have put in candle holders, and place them around the book. Put them as close as you can to the circle of salt, but don’t break the circle. As you light the five candles say:

Secrets your pages soon will hold
A life of Magick shall unfold
Safe from strangers, theif or crook
May only blood read this book

I’m not much of a ‘must be bound by blood’ person. My belief is if you bind something to you in blood you are opening a can of worms you may not be able to close. I know a lot of people who bind their BOS to them with blood. If the day ever comes they decide to step out of the Pagan path – that book will haunt them. If someone else gets their hands on their BOS – it can be used to harm them. It is your choice what you do, but weigh the pros and cons first. A BOS will stay with you because you’ve charged it to, not because it is blood bound to you. On that note though, if you noticed the last line of the above… “May only blood read this book”… If you’re a solitary, you don’t need the next step. If you’re a coven, or group, you’ll want to be sure only those of blood can read the book. The easiest way to do this is – get your chalice out, pour a glass of red wine, and everyone add one drop of their blood to the wine. Mix, then everyone drink.

As everyone is taking a drink, open the cover of BOS – don’t disturb the salt. Choose one person, the one with the best handwriting, to write the following inside the cover of the book:

These words herein are mine/ours alone
Fashioned deep inside our/my bones
Each picture, thought and quote you see
Are all reflections of what is me

Beware the urge to take this book
Or read it in some private nook
Because its magick isn’t blind
And we/I will know you’ve touched what’s mine

Now that the book has been blessed, charged, and protected. The last thing to do is the consecration. I like to grab the moon and then sprinkle holy water, or salt water, on the object I’m consecrating. Since I always have blessed water and salt on my altar it is a quick matter to combine the two. You can use holy water if you prefer. If you’ve never ‘grabbed the moon’ it is an easy process. Place the tips of your index fingers, middle fingers and thumbs together so they form a pyramid. Then stand with your hands above your head, and the moon is in the middle of the pyramid. In this stance say the following:

Calling now the words of the Witches
The Lord, the Lady and the Moon above
By the gods of old and those yet born
The howling wind which proceeds the storm
We step forth to consecrate
Our sacred book of hidden charms
Guardians from the four directions
Hear our pleas and lend protection

Now take your pyramid and lower it over you BOS and say:

In this night, and in this hour
Fill these pages with your power
My no unveiled eye ever see
The secrets we entrust to thee
My these truths of time gone by
Be shielded from outside eyes

Now, face all whose book this will be – if it is just you have a mirror handy. Then say the following:

To the Witches whose book this be
May the ancient ways be clear to see
And through all the ages yet to come
May your magick always harm none
So mote it be!

Release your quarters. Starting in the Center, then to the North and working backwards:

In the Center:
Before these assembled elements this BOS has been dedicated to the service of the Lord and Lady

To the North:
Element of Earth, guardian of time
We thank you for joining us
Hail and farewell

To the East:
Element of Air, guardian of the past
We thank you for joining us
Hail and farewell

To the South:
Element of Fire, guardian of the future
We thank you for joining us
Hail and farewell

To the West:
Element of Water, guardian of emotion and the higher self
We thank you for joining us
Hail and farewell

Then, release your circle. I am a creature of habit and always use:

Open now this sacred space
Send all energies back to place
Fare the well, and safe return
Let not our magick ere be turned

Once you’re done… enjoy your book! And remember…

To spin a spell, time it well,
Colors count, ingredients too
For each will influence the spell and you.
But mind your mood as you begin…
For EVERYTHING is added in!

Blessed by my friends!

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