The Workbook

Your final major working tool!

In this, you must write all your magical recipes, spells, and rituals before you use them, using a good clear hand which will be legible by candlelight.


Our old friend the tradition-minded witch will insist on making her workbook out of parchment, sewing it herself and sticking a cover on it.

However, if this seems overcomplicated to you, buy a thick book of good-quality drawing paper, about the size of a large exercise book. Then, when the moon is waxing, cover the back and binding of this book with a material of you own choice. Many practitioners favour velvet or moire silk. Others prefer a leather or skin, often reptile. The choice of colour ranges from black or white to red and green, even an occasional silver or gold!

You should then exorcise the book with water and fir Then, with a pen and ink specially bought for this purpose, draw in this pentacle and its runes on the front side of the first page and the reverse of the last. As you draw in each rune, chant the following words:

Book of words, book of deeds, blessed be thou book of art!

The "art" referred to is magical art, needless to say.

Finally, write your own witch name in the centre of the pentacles, charging each letter as you do so in the usual way, and sealing again with the words "So mote it be !"

This book, along with your Athame, will be your most treasured magical possession and should only be shown other witches and coven members.

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The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

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