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23 minutes ago, AnomalyTempest said:

I am in the process of something similar though I'm using file folders. My system is becoming so large, I'm having cross-referencing issues. Sometimes I want to look up readings or notes based on the deck,  or who I read for, or sometimes I'm just looking for general info on the cards. Trying to cross cross reference everything like that longhand would be time consuming at least so I'm working on getting my notes into Scrivener documents which are easily changed and linked. I can then design the pages for the book I want to hand make, and/or I can print it all out and put it in a notebook that takes much less paper than writing it all longhand because I just like having a hard copy.

That would be really time consuming! I plan on keeping my tarot journal completely separate from this system. This is more for crystals/herbs/oils/recipes and spells and spiritual/witchy stuff. I’m thinking of having an index in the front of each binder, and since these will all be separate “books” I’m hoping it will be easy to reference!

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Magrataya

Very interesting topic! Thank you all for sharing your ideas, I always find it very inspirational to read about other people's systems! 

My "grimoire" is a bit unordinary ... I started several "traditional beautiful blank books" grimoires over the years and was never happy with any one of them. I obsessed about making them beautiful and aesthetically pleasing and when I messed one page up, I got frustrated. The books were never "working books" for me but art projects which took up their own life and did not contain any useful information. Bound books had another disadvantage for me: If my research interests or my general practice changed I had no idea how to put these new topics in the book. For example: I started learning about oil recipes and herbs. But then, my interest shifted to runes. Should I just stop where I was in the book and continue with runes?! Should I leave some blank pages? How many? Surely, I will come back to oil recipes in another point in time ... Things like that drove me crazy!!

 

Then, one day I watched a YouTube video in which the person stated, she used a ring binder as a grimoire. That instantly made total sense to me so I went out, got a nice black Filofax and never looked back.

Now, I can pursue whatever I want and group the topics and pages together as I see fit. Nothing is fancy or beautiful (I somehow don't feel the urge to make the thing Instagram pretty) but the content is extremely valuable and useful to me. This format supports my natural way of learning: writing things down. When I read an interesting book, I take notes which reflect the way my brain works and to which I can come back again later. This way, I create my own little library inside the binder. I never would have done that with a bound book because my notes take up a lot of space and pages and I felt like I "wasted" the space. Now, I can also change the order of chapters or topics even while I work on them. I have never been so happy with my stationary 😄

 

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Morsoth

Raggydoll, that's awesome! Love dotted drawings!


I differentiate the terms "Grimoire" and "Book of Shadows".

 

My Grimoire is electronic, on two large Microsoft Word documents. One is about everything related to my spiritual Witchcraft and Druidic practices. Part 1 is theoretical notes (Rules, Dieties, Elements, Sabbats, Herbs and Crystal Lore, Tools, etc.), Part 2 is about practical magick (Devotions, Circle casting, Sabbats/Esbats rituals, witchcraft spells, etc.). This file has 903 pages and has an ever growing glossary and timeline of important events. This one is "complete" but I update the glossary/timeline often.

 

The second file of my grimoire are the Parts 3 and 4, which are about Divination (Tarot, Runes, Ogham, I Ching, Ouija, Crystal Ball, etc.) and Spiritual Empowerment (Meditation, Aura, Chakras, Empathy, etc.). It is updated quite frequently, so I don't print it for now. This one is incomplete and has 609 pages at the moment.

 

My Book of Shadow is my personal diary, written by hand, every day! In this one I record my practices, the spells I've done, what I'm currently studying and also my divination castings. I have a new book of shadows every years ( I use large datebooks).

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Carla

My grimoire is a collection of items. I have a big ring binder and several journals of varying sizes. None of it is fancy, and each item reflects how my practice has changed over the years. My favourite is a small, soft-cover, stitched journal I bought at Wilkinson's! In it, I've compiled some of the highlights from across all the books...sort of my greatest hits. 🙂 I've reserved some pages in the back so that I can index it when it is full. If it ever is! 

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jupiter

This thread has been a joy to read. I am planning to start a Grimoire in a Midori Traveler's Notebook – I just love the lightweight paper inserts and that I can easily swap them out. I've been using the cover for different things over the past years, so it's got a lovely "used" look already. It never occured to me to search for Grimoires on Pinterest … … … down the rabbit hole I go …

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Carla

If you want to go down a rabbit hole that involves more than decorating blank books, try this link to and view the full text of early grimoires: https://www.sacred-texts.com/grim/

 

Here is a spell from the Pow-Wow grimoire of the early 19th century. You'll need a black chicken, a bit of cloth covered in a virgin's menstrual blood, an egg laid on a maundy Thursday, a whole lot of beeswax, and an 8 quart pot with lid, but your house will never burn down!  https://www.sacred-texts.com/ame/pow/pow112.htm

 

 

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jupiter
32 minutes ago, Carla said:

(...) but your house will never burn down!  https://www.sacred-texts.com/ame/pow/pow112.htm

 

 

😋 I think I might prefer a smoke detector. Thanks for pointing out sacred-texts.com, I have that bookmarked somewhere, but my folders are a hot mess. (Seems a great idea to start a pen and paper journal if I can't even keep my computer neat...)

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