Today I wanted to talk about grimoires.
A grimoire is a compilation of information used in your craft. It commonly contains things like spells and notes and they’re usually very private items. Generational witches sometimes pass these books along to their children as a family heirloom.
Because grimoires are so personal, a lot of witches try to make theirs as nice as possible. If you would like to have an aesthetically pleasing grimoire, I recommend actually keeping two. The first should be a notebook that you’re not afraid to take notes in and make mistakes. Once you’re confident in the information, it’s then that I recommend you transfer things into a nicer notebook.
Otherwise, it’s important to remember that things can change and you may make mistakes in initially writing something. If you’re not aiming for aesthetic, don’t be afraid to cross things out or make changes.
A grimoire can be a witches greatest tool and it’s probably the only thing I recommend all witches have. It should be something you feel comfortable with though. In meeting other witches and seeing what they use, I’ve seen things from spiral or composition notebooks to binders, leatherbound books, giant journals, and digital copies. The important thing to remember is that this is a reference for you, so make it personal and make it yours.
Personally, I use a leather book that has removable notebooks. It’s a mix between being messy and having nicer aspects. Here’s a few pictures:
Some things that may be good to include in your grimoire are:
- Favorite spells and notes from casting;
- Holidays, celebrations, and days of worship for dieties you follow;
- Reflections on divination readings;
- Ideas for future rituals;
- Anything else you can think of because it’s yours!
I don’t mean to come off sounding overenthusiastic about how the right way to do something is your way, but to me so much of witchcraft is like that. It’s constant trial and error and sometimes you just have to go with your gut and do what feels right. The longer you practice, the easier it is to determine what that is.
Once you have a grimoire, there’s a few other things you want to consider. Usually after you begin to use it regularly, you feel a bond with your grimoire. Some people like to keep their grimoire on their alter while others make special lockboxes for it to keep it safe. What you choose may depend on your circumstances. Additionally, it’s not uncommon to cast your circle while writing in your grimoire as it helps to protect the energy and the bond you have with it.
If you have any tips, questions, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to comment below.
Go in peace.