What is a Book of Shadows? It’s basically a ‘magickal diary’ for NeoPagans, containing lore, rituals, notes, meditations, and pretty much anything else related to their magickal practice.
I’ve started collating all of my old Book of Shadows’ into one major undertaking; a beautiful Medieval-illuminated-manuscript style book. After tea staining all of the pages to make them look old, each page is ruled, the words sketched in, then inked in, and any decorative elements are inked and coloured. This labour-intensive process makes the whole activity quite meditative (not to mention being a great way to make the information stick in my brain, since I’m essentially writing it out twice).
In future, these posts will contain stage-by-stage photographs of the drafting and inking processes. But for this introductory post, here’s what the exterior of the book looks like:
And the title page:
The first two pages:
And a close-up of one of the sketch details spread throughout the book:
Join me next time for stage by stage photographs of the process of creating Celtic knotwork and calligraphic writing!