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#61 westofthemoon

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Posted 15 February 2015 - 12:25 AM

Me too, they need to make binders that look like leather bound books not binders.
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Posted 07 June 2015 - 09:05 AM

I like the idea of binders, but I really hate writing in them. Instead I do my own version of bullet journaling in small notebooks, I can find everything with the index in the back, and I have no issue scribbling things down in it. I might created an external index sometime for catering to multiple books, but this works for now. I spent years not writing things down, and I really regret it.
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#63 RoseRed

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Posted 07 June 2015 - 12:48 PM

I love the idea of 3 ring binders. I can write on the paper anywhere and put it safely away when I'm done with it. They're easy to rearrange until they're perfect. Eventually, I plan on getting a beautiful grimoire cover. I've seen some gorgeous ones for around $200. I'm not going to waste that or the better paper on the rough draft.

While life is so hectic, I sometimes think about the quiet and time consuming things I look forward to doing in the future.

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#64 Izzie

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Posted 07 June 2015 - 02:42 PM

I'd love to make my grimoire out of an old book, kinda like an altered book. My pages need to be cleaned up before I can do that, though.
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Posted 08 June 2015 - 01:53 AM

I'd love to make my grimoire out of an old book, kinda like an altered book. My pages need to be cleaned up before I can do that, though.




I have collected some lovely old books for just this purpose from oddly enough, The Romance Treasury ( I am not even a fan of romance books). They are beautifully bound and gilded, with a satin ribbon attached to mark your place. I picked ones with titles such as 'The Lonely Road', 'An Apple in Eden', 'The Pretty Witch' and 'The Rest is Magic'. As well as looking great on the shelf, they have the advantage of disguise. I have not completed this project yet, but I plan on matching subject matter to the titles as best I can.

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#66 RoseRed

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 03:30 PM

I forgot the name of the store the grimoire I want to buy is and just spent a few minutes googling.

I like this one but not enough to buy it http://www.brahmsboo...ssgrimoire.html

And I just came across the Witch's Moon store. Their wording is a little wiccan for my taste but take a look around and check out what they sell. http://www.witchesmoon.net/

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 04:50 PM

I am going to break with tradition here and admit I use Evernote for all of my record keeping. I think it was especially useful when I was just starting out because there was just so much information to keep track of! For example, whenever I bought a new crystal, I'd take a photo of it, then add the photo to Evernote + the common correspondences. I still really love it for the ease of adding photos, as well as the search ability. I'm tempted to get one of those iPad cases that looks like an old leather-bound book so I feel a bit more traditional. :)

I think a binder might also work for me (being able to add and remove/reorganize as needed), but I really like being able to access all my information on my phone, tablet, and computer. In the past, I've tried using fancy grimoires but I always felt like I needed to start over if I messed up a page!

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 10:56 PM

I use Evernote too! Though I also use a physical notebook to go with it. I find the Evernote Webclipper is particularly useful and saves me rewriting all the things.
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#69 Izzie

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 11:03 PM

I used Evernote for a while and I loved it. I like it because I've got mobile access to my Hoodoo stuff. Like you said, it's easy to snap a picture when you need to. I think it may have voice capability too, but I could be wrong .
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Posted 08 June 2015 - 11:35 PM

There is a whole new branch of magical exploration going on today. Witchcraft in the digital world is amazing. I see what you guys talk about doing with your phones and I'm like :crazy:

A lot of younger chaos mages get very excited when they talk about Technomancy. You can do a lot more with it than just sense your friends and such. Obvioulsy, not my field but it's a new and very exciting field. I'm lazy - I'll keep up on the work that they're doing. And a lot of it is energy work in a brand new wrapper.

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#71 Izzie

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 12:34 PM

I used Evernote for a while and I loved it. I like it because I've got mobile access to my Hoodoo stuff. Like you said, it's easy to snap a picture when you need to. I think it may have voice capability too, but I could be wrong .

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It does have voice capability :) (mischievous grin)

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 06:31 PM

Thanks for including information about the voice capability! I have never used it but it's a great idea and I will have to try. And like Kaye, I also love Evernote's web clipper feature. It has a nice way of keep track of sources for you.

I don't use much other technology in my witchcraft, but I'd love to see how other people are using it. It's definitely something I'd like to explore.

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Posted 29 June 2018 - 11:10 AM

The idea of a BOS can be seen in Gardner who got the idea from Crowley (seceret Crowley wrote most of the original Wiccan Rituals for Gardner since Gardner was an OTO member), Crowley got the idea from the Golden Dawn who got the idea from Eliphas Levi who got the idea etc etc all the way back to the first Grimore because Grammar is just a notebook of a particular Witch. 

Mine are full of workings, dreams, poetry, songs, stories, so it's a notebook for all my stuff. I do find it helpful in marking my progress, it also helps me examine my overall life so I can see were I went right and were I goofed up. I'm a bit of a nutter I suppose. 


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Posted 29 June 2018 - 06:27 PM

Once a year or so (cough) I condense & copy my scraggy spiral notebook scribblings into my leather bound Book. It makes a nice winter snow-day activity. I tried office supply spiral bound 5x8 index cards just for recording spells and used standard list format as others have exampled above. Ingredients, timing & feelings went on one side of a card & instructions/results on the other. It helped me organize and observe. I learned fast when I was cooking &'when I wasn't.
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Posted 29 June 2018 - 08:44 PM

My Grimoire is called "The Book of Ouroboros" because contrary to my name here, Onyx. My name is Ouroboros in other places. I painted the symbols on the front of my book with Bronze acrylic paint and I used a stencil on the corners..
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#76 NatureMama

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Posted 04 July 2018 - 01:54 PM

Very nice job Onyx! Your book is beautiful.   :)


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Posted 30 July 2018 - 07:11 PM

I've been putting together my own book and am definitely including a lot of these suggestions in it-- I really feel that writing on paper what you do, materials you use, the conditions, the results, etc. not only records it for future reference, but also imparts your energy and intent somehow. Call me crazy, but I just always feel that I'm "charging" my book and that it's like an extension of myself. I'm really enjoying creating it, because it's like very specific "me time." And by the way, my book is a ringed notebook with dividers that I got on sale at Rite Aid lol. Nothing special to another person... just to me.


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Posted 30 July 2018 - 08:05 PM

Very nice job Onyx! Your book is beautiful.   :)


Thanks NatureMama, My book is my journey with only stuff that resonates with me.
I also have correspondance books and three ring binders full of early Wicca stuff. Oh! The horror! We all started somewhere.

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#79 Lauvitra

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 06:34 PM

Recording every little thing is something I've never felt like doing. As in, keeping an actual journal of my workings. It just seems pointless, mostly. The only record keeping I've done is something I started about a year ago. I began to actually write down my spells. Up to that point I've always just memorized everything, but then I realized there are a lot of spells I've taught myself which I never really use, but I wouldn't want to forget them either. So, I began to write everything down.

 

I've used a normal notebook, mostly, and also copied everything into my computer, to have a back-up in case something happens. Nothing fancy - not at first, at least. Then a friend of mine gifted me two of those fancy leather-bound, handmade journals with a pretty hook clasp to lock them with, along with two bottles of handmade ink and two quill pens. So, what was I to do? They were gifts, and surely I had to use them for something!

 

Long story short, I made those leather journals into my fancy back-ups. Copied everything again. Those journals sure are pretty, but damn how hard it is to write in them! The hook clasp on the front cover makes it almost impossible to write anything on the pages on that side of the book, because it just won't lay flat unless I put something in between the cover and the first pages. The handmade paper is sometimes very thick, sometimes so thin the ink almost seeps through. Because of these two problems, I decided to only write on the pages on the right. Makes it easier to write, and leaves some empty space for every entry in case I want to add something later.

 

I have to admit, though, quills are nice to write with. Shame they aren't very practical nowadays.


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Posted 13 August 2018 - 09:43 PM

Your Books sound marvelous! I think they may have handmade paper in them, which is very absorbent. You might have to change your ink into something more permenant and less absorbent.
I would ask at your local stationary shop about inks and fine permanent marker type pens.
writing on one side only is actually a great idea as you can save the left side for drawings diagrams and pictures of your altar etc.
One thing I personally would have a problem with is the clasp, Your book will expand with adding pictures etc, so I guess you would have to limit yourself to drawings only.
As a tip I would suggest that you write your own crafted spells onto nice paper, noting Date, Day, Correspondeces etc. This can be kept in an envelope or plastic pouch. I tend to reuse good spells. These cards are a great Aid Memoire.

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