Saturday, August 23, 2014

Protecting Your Book of Shadows

I decided to write this post after Witchfire over at Book of Mirrors wrote a post titled Student Teacher Relationships. In it she addresses an issue she had recently come upon on a pagan message board. A student of the craft was asking for curses to place on their BOS so that when their teacher (the person teaching them the craft) asked to see it she/he would be harmed. This student said the teacher made them uncomfortable each time they asked to see the BOS. Either way, I am going to say it: This is WRONG. First of all, you shouldn't be learning the craft from someone who makes you uncomfortable. Second, when faced with someone that makes you uncomfortable, someone you picked to learn from, your first instinct should not be to curse them. This student needs to seriously rethink their path. It's like shooting a guest you invited over for dinner because they asked for extra potatoes. Come on. Please don't ever put curses on your BOS. You never know if and when it will backfire on you. It's better instead to put protection spells on it. This way, your BOS is safe from others and won't hurt you or anyone else on accident. When in doubt, avoid "violent" spells. Sometimes the universe gets things mixed up, and its better if the spell was "peaceful."

Today I would like to share my Book of Shadows Botantical Protection Spell. I don't just use this for my BOS, but for all my pagan books and notebooks, even the notebook I use for planning this blog. This is actually very, very simple.

     Sage Smudge
     Your Book of Shadows
     Whole dried Mugwort
     Whole dried Wormwood
     Whole dried St. John's Wort

  1. First cleanse your BOS using a sage smudge. Sage is great at removing any negative energy from objects. While cleansing, imagine the negative energy leaving the book and entering the earth. 
  2. Next place the Mugwort, Wormwood, and St. John's Wort between the pages of your BOS. Make them part of the design. Mugwort, Wormwood, and St. John's Wort are all believed to physically preserve books by keeping page-nibblig vermin away as well as provide spiritual protection. As you do so imagine their energies encircling and protecting your BOS while saying:
    "With these herbs, I protect this book from prying eyes and harm."

Simple and much more effective than cursing someone. If you are looking at protecting all your books, keeping living versions of these plants in and around your library.

How do you protect your BOS?


  1. It's been my experience that the younger ones (no offense meant) are the quickest to jump on the "how do you curse" bandwagon. Your words here are very well spoken and have given this Crone much to think about. I've never felt the need to protect my BOS, but I think I will. I'm having to reconstruct it from the ground up, having lost my electronic version in the switch from Windows 7 to 10. I'm still hoping it's lurking around out there somewhere, but the one lesson I've learned from this is to ALWAYS HAVE A HARD COPY!!!!

    1. I hear you there! I find more often than not young, new witches want to use magic to seek revenge or just be mean. I think a lot of that has to do with maturity.

      I'm sorry about your BOS. I lost my electronic copy way back when when my old laptop crashed. The good things is we have great cloud storage nowadays. Backing it up to One Drive or Dropbox is easy. If you are looking for extra security I recently heard of a new cloud storage endorsed by Snowden called SpiderOak. May be a good place to store a BOS if you are particularly worried.

      Thanks for reading!