In the stack of first books I read when coming to witchcraft, was one called Book of Shadows by Phyllis Currott. The book is about her own journey into witchcraft and it was really inspiring for me. This was before I ever had my own Book of Shadows and before I truly understood what role one of these would play in my spiritual path.
Do you journal? Do you have those journals that you look back on and revisit your past self?
Perhaps they are from childhood or adolescence (my 9 year old diary tells the story of my brief stint with Christianity, with many entries that begin “Dear God”).
Or maybe they are full of stories and feelings and poems from that rather angsty self from your early 20’s. (or maybe that’s just me).
What’s true is that I have been journaling for as long as I can remember and these stacks of notebooks and scraps of paper and half filled tomes, tell the story of my past self in a way that my present self can not. They are first person accounts of a moment. Of memories. Of hopes. Of goals. Of visions.
My Books of Shadows (Also lovingly referred to as my BOS’s) tell another story. They tell the story of my witchcraft journey.
They are full of spells, notes from books I’ve read, rituals I’ve created and co-created, reflections on divination practices, notes I’ve taken from witchy workshops, rough sketches (and I do mean rough!), songs, chants and more.
They are the way my past witch self communicates with my current witch self. They are a way to time travel. To remember.
This is my own library of both a journey and knowledge.
You might have your own BOS, or maybe you have yet to start one.
What you need to know is that it doesn’t have to be fancy. It just has to have pages to write in and a place you come back to again and again.
I want to help you fill your book!
Through these emails, through classes and workshops, our membership group and the Priestess Path, I am always striving to give you touchpoints and exercises for reflection and experience.
The Cauldron of Wisdom 2 is no different! This virtual conference of Witchery is host to classes on the following topics:
the Tarot Cards that Scare Us
the Maiden Goddess Oshun
and a yoga and tarot collab class Embodying the Fools Journey
Plus two full days of community and lots of information and reflection to add to your own library.
Grab your Book of Shadows or start one today by grabbing a notebook and beginning to tell your witchcraft story.
Then join me and 9 other Wise One’s as we guide you through two days of witchery!
We begin Friday.
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Emily Morrison MA, MFT