What exactly is a Book of Shadows (BOS)? The short answer is it is a book that contains a select amount of information that a witch deems necessary. It's very much up to the individual on what it may contain and we'll get to that in this article, but if you want to know more about what a BOS is, check out the article What is a Book of Shadows?--it will tell you the basics of what you might need to be aware of before you start deciding what is in yours. This article is dedicated to not only what you might actually want to put into your own BOS, but also how to go about creating one. What is included below are merely suggestions to get you started while you're still trying to carve your own path and figure out your own methods in your witchcraft practices. So first, let's talk about how you might construct your BOS.
A Book of Shadows (BOS), or a Grimoire is a way for a a witch to keep track of their craft. More than that, it is essentially a journal of everything that a witch has learned, thinks is important, and spells that they have cast or intend to cast. It can contain affirmations of the way they live their life, details on the pantheon of deities that they call upon, uses for herbs and crystals, as well as pertinent information about various divination techniques. Suffice it to say, every witch will have different information available to them in their personal BOS. It is for this reason, that it is silly to think that another witch's BOS or grimoire will necessarily be relevant to your practice.