I have always wanted one of those huge leather books with the iron clasps. A special key of course would be needed to unlock its contents as they were to be viewed by only a few. The pages would have the look of aged paper and each would be colorfully printed in an old English font that gave it the appearance of being handed down through the ages. Drawings of ingredients and what not would also be included. Yet in all honesty this is somewhat impractical. Although it would be a great conversation piece and something that visitors would see sitting on a table closed and die with curiosity to know what it was. It is just not something that is easily used or managed no matter how many movies one may see such a book in.
I don’t think you would call what I have necessarily a Book of Shadows; especially since I have several of them. I have always considered myself somewhat of a journal whore. Early on in my life I started keeping journals of my thoughts and so forth. They have all evolved as time has passed and now I keep several going at the same time. Each one has its purpose and its content.
I have the normal journal for everyday thought and such; the rants that come out as they do and the joys and sorrows also. In my earlier days I guess this is what I would have considered my diary. This probably is what the majority of my journals contain. Yet there are others. I have my poetry books that very much show my life through the years if only in the manner of emotion that may have inspired me at the time. I enjoy reading these every now and then. I have to say at times I surprise myself with what I wrote. I have found these books at times to be more therapeutic than the simple diary.
There are also the ones with the secrets I have discovered or been told throughout time. These are probably the ones I refer to the most. They will probably also be the ones that when I do pass will need to be designated as to who will be granted their possession. They contain such information as cooking tips, gardening pointers, and herbalism info I have learned. Recipes for incense, medicines, and so on are also found throughout many of them.
I will be honest and say that I am not really even sure what is all suppose to be in ones Book of Shadows. I have heard many speak of their books and such and marvel at the intricacy and detail of some. Yet I have also always thought from what many say that such books are a very personal thing. That being said I would think that what works best for one may not necessarily work well for another… Or maybe it is just the way I justify the simplicity of my book. Maybe as time moves on and more time is made for me to dabble in things that are not necessarily a rush, I will be able to have a grand book with beautiful pages and intricately written words. Something that will be passed down to my granddaughter and then to her granddaughter… But then again maybe she will just have to settle with my footlocker full of journals.