A Book of Shadows is used in magick and ritual (and, in fact, in everyday living). The Book of Shadows is where you write down all your thoughts related to the Craft. It is both a journal/diary and a resource; you copy down inspiring things, information, spells and rituals that you collected elsewhere or that you wrote, and anything else. It's good to bring this book into your circle or to your ritual and use it to help your memory; it is hard to "really mean" a chant or passage if you have trouble remembering it, and it is hard to really enjoy a ritual if you have to stop and run through the steps in your mind. The Book of Shadows is a great tool and everyone who is interested in magick should have one in some form, whether it's a mystical-looking tome, a three-ring binder, or a directory on your computer!

Magickal tools