This is my Book of Shadows, except I call it The Little Red Book of Doom. It is nothing like the Book of Shadows that you see on the TV, and written about in many Wicca 101 books. It doesn’t have fancy boarders, with exotic looking script. Nor is it just spells, workings, rituals or rites. Instead it is full of my writing, well this one is, most of it is somewhat magically themed, but a bunch of it is not.
It contains thoughts, drawings of wall hangings and trance pillows, spelling mistakes, shopping lists, and appointments for job interviews, as well as questions that I wanted to ask during said job interviews. There are doodles, clothing designs, phone numbers, emails and to do lists. It’s a little like a diary and not all at the same time. It is a mix of mundane and magical, but then, so is life no?
The Little Red Book of Doom lives in my bag along with a few pens and a mechanical pencil. I carry it with me everywhere I go. I have had similar books for years, sometimes they started off with drawings, doodles really of things I wanted to make, things I was thinking about and other random type stuff. This last year’s one has more writing in it as I wanted to become comfortable with the idea that I could actually write.
This cover, of the now Little Red Book of Doom, I picked up in Canada so it is a little difficult to find new lined books that fit inside but I have managed ok.
And it has only been this year that I have realise that all of these books that I have filled over the years with drawings, todo lists, magical thoughts, book reviews, job interviews and shopping lists is actually for me a Book of Shadows. But then sometime I am a little slow on the uptake.
I am sure that some people are able to keep a book of Shadows like you see on the TV and that are written about in the Pagan 101 books, but I am not that person, and I am coming to realise that and in so many ways. So often what I have read in books is vastly different from how I practice, but then it is the same to. It’s all a matter of perspective.
So do you have a collection of various diaries, and journal type books that you have used over the years?