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When you read about protecting your home or a room for daily use, everyone suggests to protect the doorways and windows.  All of the openings need protecting, right?  Oh, so the creepy ghost that is there sometimes and isn’t at other times definitely needs to use that door, doesn’t it?  The big scary demon that might make you go crazy has been sneaking in through your window at night hasn’t he?  Wait…when he came in the other night to scare me, the window was locked tight and it was locked when I woke up.  Hold up.  [Lightbulb]  So maybe that creepy crawly doesn’t need to use the doors or windows…  But then why do I worry about them at all?  That’s it, I’m just going to hole up in my bed and pull the blankets over my head.

So why exactly do we protect the windows and doors if the things that go bump in the night don’t use them?  Well…they do use them, just not the same way we do.  There’s got to be a crossover from their realm to ours, and if the old Hermetic idea of “As Above, So Below” is true, then those doors are actually a great transition area.  The same goes with water/air transitions (aka bathtime), mirrors, light/dark transitions (shadows), and inside/outside transitions (windows and doors).  Transitions are required for anything form the other worlds to get through which is why these areas are inherently scary to children and adults alike.  Think about it.  When children are scared, what are they scared of?  Under the bed (constant shadow), closet (constant shadow and doorway), baths, attics, basements, and mirrors.  When creepy stuff comes out in movies, where does it come from?  Those same transition areas of course.  It’s ingrained in our subconscious that those areas are dangerous areas for us, and it’s not just because we can’t see clearly.

So what should we do about these areas?  Well…you’ve got two options:  get rid of them or protect them from unwanted entities.  If you can get rid of the transitions, do it.  Take down that mirror in your bedroom, minimize constant shadows by rearranging furniture, leave the light on in your closet, clean up that attic and basement.  Obviously you can’t have a house with no doors or windows.  That’s just crazy.  But protect them.  Both sides of them.  Just because you hang your big mojo defensive amulet on your bedroom side of the closet door doesn’t mean the creepy thing watching you while you sleep can’t get through the other side of the door into your closet.  So you’ve got a mirror in your bathroom and you’d really like to check your hair in the morning (I know…vanity’s a bitch sometimes), so go ahead and do a ritual to protect the mirror.  Here’s a big one that a lot of people don’t think about:  bath time.  This one’s kind of tough because it’s a new transition every time you run one.  You could use some anti-bad-stuff-herbs and incenses while you bathe, but let’s face it, the hot guy at work’s not really digging your constant frankincense smell.  So on this one, I’d energize a big monster batch of salt (or epsom salt for those achy bones) with various oils and energy work to make it a purification and anti-bad-stuff salt.  Throw some of that in the tub with you and you should be set (make sure you protect that shower curtain as well since it’s a transition as well).

Obviously there’s a lot of things I haven’t covered since houses and life have a ridiculous number of transitional areas, but these are the major culprits.  If you’re aware of them, then you should be able to deal with them better than before if you ever have problems.  I personally wouldn’t worry too much until there’s an issue.  Remember that if you’ve never dealt with anything creepy and you stay away from that big book o’ demon summoning you’re probably golden and you won’t have to worry too much about looking like a crazy by having weird bags and crazy stuff hanging all over the house.  I mainly am putting this stuff out there for those of you who naturally have to deal with the stuff scares the crap out of normal people.

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In the past, I’ve never really used a book of shadows.  It always seemed as though it were just another journal which could be useful as a self exploratory tool, never really caught my interest.  The further along the path laid before me I get, it keeps becoming more and more apparent that I need to keep one–not for myself, but for my children or any other “students” that come along.  I know that I have had to figure everything out myself from the very beginning, and though this has been a useful exercise in itself, it’s not something that I would wish on anyone else especially my children.  There will always be trials that I never had to go through, entities that I’ve never encountered, and paths I have not traveled, but I wish to have a reference for them so that they can have a place to begin with.

And that brings me to the purpose of this post:  to explain my thoughts on my now current BoS and the future of it.

The purpose of the BoS is not to be a journal.  It is to be a reference book that could never be sold in a store, but can be trusted completely as a reference.  Therefore, it must be clean, easily scanned through, thorough but not to the point of rambling.  All of the information must be completely understandable and not put into metaphysical/New Age confusion which is so prevalent in other references.

It must be a book not a computer file because computers die, flash drives get lost, and every other possibility that can cause things to get lost randomly on a computer.  It is currently in a journal with no lines so that drawings are easy to understand.  It currently is unorganized because organizing in a journal is a task of futility, but once the journal is filled, the information will be recopied into another that is far more organized.  It may even be typed up and printed.

The sections will include the following:  rituals, practices for increasing magickal power, entities and all information on them, special circumstances, information on associations, and a random information part.

Now, other people may have different ideas on what a book of shadows is supposed to be, but this is my view of it.

*Just as an FYI, the image is from Oberon Designs who make the most fantastic leather journal covers I’ve ever found.  Check them out because you won’t find a better journal cover.

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