I am Goddess of three Moons. I am mistress of the Night. I am the richness of the Earth. I am the Moon and the Seas. I am all that was and is and ever shall be. Nor has any mortal ever seen that which lies beyond my veil for I am indeed mistress of mysteries and the keeper of the keys. I am Queen of all living things, for I Am Goddess of Nature. I smile and the radiance of the Moon is everywhere. Gather in secret if you must, but do not tarry too long behind closed doors, for it is in the richness of the earth and the boundlessness of the sky that my true temple is to be found; And the Moon, and sun and stars will keep your secrets. I am all these things and more. Hear my words my children and worship and be glad. Look for me within these things but above all, within your own soul, for it is there I am. I have been with you in the beginning and I shall be with you at the end. I am the womb of new beginnings, as yet unimagined and unknown.
I walk the line between the worlds,I am the last bit of black before the morning sunrise, I am the fire in the desert and the rain on the mountains. I am what has been and what has not yet come to pass, I am the fear in the voice of the mother. I have been called witch and seer, demon and possessed, beloved of and beloved by. I am the beaten woman and the cowering child, I am the knife in the throat and the blood from the vein. I am black trees against a fog-shrouded coast, I am the sailor and the shipwreck, I am the sound of the sea. I am the deep water and the river, I am the stones and the dead, I am the first, the middle and the last.
I am a woman, and I do not know my own heart. Fear me, for I fear who I will become. Respect me as you respect your dead, give me the honor and the ashes. I am the birth, the life and the death. I am maiden, mother and crone. I am she who gives and she who takes away.
In addition to keeping a Book of Shadows, many Wiccan practitioners keep other records of their spiritual life & practice. While the Book of Shadows primarily is a record of magical and spiritual activities, these other books provide a place to record thoughts and feelings and other less tangible aspects of the practice. There are two main types of magical journals, the “Book of Mirrors” and the “Book of Light”. These books may also have other names, but these are the ones I have found most often to refer to them.
Book of Mirrors
As we walk the Wiccan path we are continually learning and striving to grow and change. Often this growth requires deeper personal exploration and sometimes hard, emotional work. The Book of Mirrors is a repository for the information gleaned from that work.
It is a place to record your reflections on the work that you are doing. This can include impressions felt before, during, or after a particular spell or ritual. You may also choose to record your dreams and life’s amazing synchronicities in your Book of Mirrors and analyze how they fit into what is happening in your life at that time. In addition, the impressions you get or the things you see and feel during meditation or shamanic journeys can be recorded and explored in the Book of Mirrors.
Book of Light
While the Book of Mirrors is a place to explore the deep parts of your self, the Book of Light is a place to record your blessings and gratitude. It is a way to keep track of the wonders that you have experienced and the blessings that come your way as you become more open to them spiritually.
Many people have talked about the use of a gratitude journal. They believe that by spending time listing the things you are grateful for in your life, you will open yourself to receive more blessings. The Book of Light works on a similar principle. The focus or intent of the Book of Light is to appreciate and recognize the good things that have come from your practice. When you build a fire in the hearth, that fire must be tended to. Logs need to be added to keep the fire going and build its warmth. The Book of Light is like a hearth fire and the entries are the logs that keep that fire going.
The Book of Mirrors and the Book of Light are two types of journals that can be just as valuable to a Wiccan practice as the Book of Shadows. Though they serve different functions, when used together they can help create a well-rounded practice.
What kind of journal do you keep? I have heard of a Wisdom Journal where you write down quotes that inspire you. What other types of journaling do you know about?
“The old people came literally to love the soil. They sat on the ground with the feeling of being close to a mothering power. It was good for the skin to touch the Earth, and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with their bare feet on the sacred Earth. The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing, and healing.”— Luther Standing Bear (via hippiewitch)
I am of the Goddess for You are within me. From beneath me arises Your energy of all the Earth; my home and my foundation. From above me pours down Your light of the Sun and the enchanting Moon. Into my right hand You give the strength to control and direct the magick hidden deep within my soul. Into my left hand You give the skills of your divine energy to heal with the wisdom of time. For You are the source of blessing. So shall it ever be.
Everything that exists partakes of the goddess. But we cannot know her directly. Rather, we know her through the universe that expresses her and that surrounds us. Studying this world, and studying ourselves, is the only way we can truly learn to know the goddess.
Look at the sky, the black earth, the green living things that surround us. Look at the movements of animals, graceful and hungry and free. Watch the flights of birds, the great movements of sea mammals and fish, the ice-flow of glaciers, the frozen rippling time incised on great mountains. These are all ways to know the goddess.
We ourselves participate in the divine feminine. Whether male or female, we each hold her within ourselves. Our route to the goddess is only partially through understanding the world around us. It is also through understanding our hearts: our most frightening and needful urges as well as our brightest and most ecstatic ones. Embracing all that we are, we also embrace her, in whose image we are made.
Something in life happened that just wasn’t fair, and you’re feeling stuck and distrustful. Whatever happened, you’re left with a loss of faith in the universe. This just means that you’re human, and that justice in this situation is not for humans to handle. If you still need to see the situation addressed, go to a crossroads after midnight and leave a little cloth bag with an offering of High John the Conqueror root, a bit of cypress oil, and some graveyard dirt. Take a piece of chalk and draw a circle around the bag, laying a feather on top and saying:
Ma’at, I petition you—pass your judgment on _____. If justice is done, then I am done. But if his heart weighs more than a feather, lay down your sentence.
Write the person’s name around the outside of the circle and walk away without looking back.
Mother, can you hear me crying? Gather me in your infinitely encompassing arms, hug me to your soft breast, and whisper, “There There; all will be well. All will be well, but for now cry. My clothes have been wet with tears before and will be again. So for now, cry, and all will be well.”
“True Magic lies within you! All the rituals, oils, herbs, candles and supplies are just conduit’s to help bring into focus what lies beneath the surface…that voice we all know, wanting to be released so you can spread your joy and your gifts with the world!”—Jennifer Seitzer