B is for Book of Shadows

The book of shadows is considered a must-have for many pagans. I’ve certainly given it a try a number of times over the years, but despite my best efforts, every blank book I carry turns into a mishmash of to-do lists, scenes for writing projects, metaphysical notes and everything else.

The closest thing I actually have to a book of shadows is probably my evernote account. That’s where everything interesting that I find online ends up: almost all my research, much of my personal writing, and notes I make while on my phone or otherwise away from my computer.

The important thing is what’s inside the book, isn’t it? I’ve talked about this “electronic book of shadows” before and had people tell me that it’s not a real substitute because I’m not writing it by hand, or because I can’t take it into ritual (which I can, actually – that’s what laptops and phones are for). It may not be for everyone, but for me, it’s a perfect fit to my needs and ritual style.

It also, like my many attempts at paper journals, is not exclusively for magical work. I consider this a good thing. My life doesn’t have strict boundaries between “magical” and “nonmagical” so I don’t expect my notes to have one either. This cross-contamination is actually useful – it means I’m often surprised by the results of a quick keyword search for a specific fact, and can lead to inspirations that I would not otherwise reach.

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  1. I had to laugh reading your post. I can so relate…I have this gorgeous BOS that I just can’t seem to get into, yet I use Evernote to collect spells/rituals etc…Thank you for pointing out that we all have different ways of making and keeping a BOS. I don’t feel so scattered now ; )

  2. I agree, I can relate as well! Everyone in my Pagan group always jokes with me about how much of a technoPagan I am LOL
    All of the things that would be included in my BOS are on my laptop or iPad….and I name them hehe
    But it does work for me πŸ™‚

  3. Thank Goddess. I thought I was the only one who couldn’t “conform.” LOL

    I’ve never heard the term, but technoPagan is exactly what I am! And I’m downloading Evernote even as I type this. I think this is a genius idea, where has it been all my life?!

  4. Evernote is awesome for holding research and notes!! the fact that I can search across everything I’ve saved is priceless! I love using Evernote for tracking my witch thoughts and plans.

    I happen to have a physical book of shadows too, but that’s more because I like Illumination πŸ™‚ I don’t see anything wrong with an eBook of Shadows. It’s all about what you put into it, in energy and information, not what form it’s in.

  5. I do both – my handwriting is illegible, and I type almost as fast as I can think, which makes getting my ADHD thoughts out of my head and onto ‘paper’ more successful. Then I print and page-protector it into my binder. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a notebook full of thoguhts – I keep several ‘official’ books – one for Sabbat & Esbat rituals, notes and thoughts, one for my Teaching Circle and one for my ‘working’ book, which has my tarot notes and other things that are ‘in progress’ that don’t belong in one of the other binders.
    I am looking into Evernote though – search everything one has saved?? Yes, please! πŸ™‚

    1. Evernote is pretty amazing for that. I can use it on my phone or my computer or my girlfriend’s iPad, where the software is, or any computer I can access the website on, and I can save pretty much everything for later. The search is really awesome but I can also sort into notebooks by topic. I highly recommend it.

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