What is a Book of Shadows?


A Book of Shadows (sometimes called a BOS) or Grimoire is your personal book and first magickal tool. It should contain all the rituals and spells you do. It can also contain information on herbs, essential oils, Gods, and Goddesses. Corresponding colors, days of the week, Moon phases, etc for the best outcome of a spell. In mine I also jot a note or two on how the spell worked. If not so well then I try to think of why it didn’t and make a note of that also. Basically your Book of Shadows or Grimoire is your Witches journal or diary so you can put anything in it pertaining to The Craft that you want to.

A Book of Shadows doesn’t have to be fancy like the one pictured. It can be as simple as a spiral notebook. I suggest using a three-ring binder that you can decorate yourself so you can add page to it easily; as your knowledge in The Craft grows so will your Book of Shadows. The color of the binder itself is a personal choice. My profile picture is a Celtic Pentagram that I colored in myself and it adorns my Book of Shadows which has grown into a medium size three-ring binder. I will be getting a larger one when I find the right size and color I want.

No one else should ever pick up and/or go through your Book of Shadows because it should only contain your energy. After all you wouldn’t just let anyone read a regular diary or journal…right?

3 thoughts on “What is a Book of Shadows?

    1. I remember it taking me about a week to decide on what to use for my first BOS. I settled on a social notebook figuring I would rather have something simple to start with until I could find what I really wanted. I now use a 3-inch 3 ring binder with dividers with loose life paper so it can grow with me. I decorated it with a Celtic star knot.


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