More Grimoire Musings

Do you think the shift between Handed Down Craft to DIY Craft plays a role in the trouble people seem to have in writing down their personal books?



  1. Yes, copying down is a lot less daunting than choosing and creating your own content. Once you have copied everything down, its only natural to add your own notes at the end, when there is space, the book is already written in at that point. It might be a good practice for some folks to copy in a classic grimoire like the Lesser Key of Solomon or similar to help them get into the groove.

  2. It's an absolute part of it. Mostly because a lot of people aren't sure what's important. I mean, I know how I conduct my own ritual space, why write it down? I know the words to use to call on spirits, why write them down?

    So the things that make up the core of my practice - the things I should ostensibly wish to write in my giant grimoire of doom - are the very things that seem just plain silly to write down.

    That's why I encourage people to use post-bound photo albums/scrapbooks. And to write one thing at a time. Then they can only concentrate on filling a single page, rather than filling a hundred.

    My "Tradbook" - it's full. My personal one? FfFfff. Sketches, musings... 10-15 pages.

  3. That's an interesting idea Sara - i never thought of copying a classic to get me started, but it does make a lot of sense, if it is a piece that you work with a lot.

    I think for me personally, it's a matter of having too high and lofty aspiriations for what the book will be. I grew up with Buffy and Charmed and Supernatural, with Evil Dead and The Ninth Gate; and as such, I expect that my Book will be beautiful and illustrated and essentially, a pretty prop.

    They aren't meant to be props, however. They're workbooks. Something to get dirty and scribble in, something to smudges the pages of with ointments and blood and oil, something to make your own through use.

    I've always been a solo practitioner because I've never had a local coven to join and have texts handed down to me, so for me I don't think it is about that.

    For me it's the damned expection that my Book won't compare to John Winchester's (and as a result, there will be no sweaty, angry man-love with John Winchester...)


  4. It depends. Handed Down Craft is still very much in existence, so there are still people who faithfully copy down by hand their teacher or initiators Book. When it comes to DIY, I think it depends on the person. I write everything down because some of my complex workings are too long to remember, and I need to keep recipes for potions and ointments in an easy-to-use format. I use a post-bound book so that I can move things around or add to them. With the DIY craze, there seems to have been a shift away from keeping a grimoire-type book and towards keeping more of a diary-type thing, so I could see how that could be problematic from a working standpoint.


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