When you have created your Book of Shadows, you may want to perform a blessing ritual, in order to dedicate the book to its purpose – to help you grow as a Wiccan. (If you don’t have a Book of Shadows yet, there’s a good selection to be found at World of Witchery). The ritual doesn’t need to be elaborate (unless you want it to be). You can simply light a candle and recite a blessing, stating the intent for your journey on the path of magick. From now on, this grimoire will be a valuable part of your life as a witch.
This is one of our favourite blessings for a Book of Shadows. It has been circulating online for some time, but unfortunately we can’t find the original author – send us a message if you know who they are!
Book of Shadows Blessing
Elements guard and watch this book,
From wandering eyes and prying look.
In this right and ready hour,
Fill it with thine ancient power.
Powers of North! Earth Below,
Show me to live, learn and grow!
Lend me your strength and stability,
To practice with love and set me free!
Powers of East! Wind and sky,
Watch over these pages with thine eye!
Your wisdom and knowledge for these I do ask,
That this book be worthy, the craft and its task!
Powers of South! Fire and hearth,
Help these shadows prove their worth!
Infuse and uplift with your healing and passion,
So only good comes from the works that are fashioned!
Powers of West! Water and sea,
Transformation and growth are granted by thee!
Bless herein pages with all that you know
That all righteous readers may learn and grow!
In winter spring summer and fall,
In our shadows we ask for the aid of all!
To practice the Craft of the wise as I must,
With truth perfect peace, perfect love, perfect trust!
We ask for the blessings of the Lady and Lord,
As I hold up Her chalice and brandish His sword!
All I know is infused with their power,
From sun and moon, rock and flower!
Guardians from the four directions,
Lady and Lord it’s your protections,
And your love for which I look,
To inspire and lead me as I write in this book!
Yet to the unschooled eye let see,
Confusing words and sophistry!
Lead them from these sacred pages!
On blessed ways throughout the ages!
Yet to the Witch this book shall stay,
Plain and truthful, clear as day!
Direct and show, guide and teach,
My dreams and goals help me reach!
For free will of all
And harm it none
As I have willed it
Now it is done!
SO MOTE IT BE!