Protecting your book of shadows is very important as it is where you gather all of your energies, your intentions, and your work.
So how can you do it?
My favorite ways to protect your book of shadows
A ritual to protect its energy
It is a white magic ritual that converts negative energy into positive to no longer harm you with curses and spells.
It is not a weapon that hits your enemy, it simply prevents them from hurting you further.
Engrave the word PROTECTION on a white candle from bottom to top and while it burns repeat these words:
“I lift you from the darkness and take you towards the light. Don’t let your past control my present. Don’t let my future be as dark as night. I greet you and I welcome you with open arms, leading you towards the light. So be it.”
The ritual does not require special moon phases, nor days or hours. Simply do this when you want and when you need it the most. I find this very effective before consulting my book of shadows for some complicated spell/ritual.
You can create a protective sigil on paper and place it inside of your book of shadows so it can work as a protecting talisman.
Simply create the sigil, expressing and stating your intention with sentences like “I want to protect my book of shadow” – “You are protected” – “Protection is all over this book of shadow”.
Then use the method I suggest in other articles specifically dedicated to sigils.
Note that those sentences are just ideas for inspiration: make a sigil of your own!
With prayer, you can shed some positive energy around your book of shadow so it creates a protective shield around it.
Here’s an example:
“Light, come my way,
I need you to embrace my book of shadows
I need you to keep any darkness away
I need you to help my book of shadows be a tool of light
Might negative vibes stay away from my craft and my journey
My book of shadows is sacred.
So be it”
You can chant this prayer when you feel you need it. Light a white candle when chanting this out loud. If you feel the negative energies around your book of shadows are quite strong you can repeat this prayer on a daily basis until you feel it’s right for you and your book of shadows.
Using a totem image
Get a symbolic image that you feel is protective.
It can be a human figure, such as a knight, a mighty animal, a deity, a safe place, or an angel.
Keep it in your book of shadows and remember that its function is to protect it from any external energetic influence.
Using meditation to protect your book of shadows
Take your book of shadow and keep it between your hands, sit in a comfortable position.
Bring both hands to the center of your chest and start breathing quietly. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
Close your eyes.
When you breathe in, imagine that clean, white, and regenerating air enters your book of shadows and that it purifies it completely. When you exhale, instead imagine dirty air or black smoke coming out of it, taking away any darkness, any heavy energy.
Do this until you properly charge your book of shadows’ energy. You will notice it feeling particularly relaxed, with a pleasant feeling of well-being and at the same time strength and confidence in your book and your journey together.
Now bring your hands to your sides and imagine that a protective shield begins to form around your book of shadows from the earth (it can be a shell, a cylinder of light, a veil, etc), preferably dark in color.
Anything you imagine is fine, as long as it gives you a sense of protection. This protective shield rises from the earth until it completely covers your book of shadows.
When you feel protected by this imaginary shield, return your hands to the center of your chest and ask to be protected throughout the day.
You can use the following formulas:
- I ask my book of shadows to be protected from all forms of negative energy.
- I ask this shield to protect it throughout the day.
- I feel it is protected and energetically shielded.
- Use the phrases you feel are best for you. After thanking, place your hands at your sides and open your eyes again.
- You can do this meditation even during the day, whenever you feel you need it.
Where to store your book of shadows to protect it?
The place where you store your book of shadows is essential as you can’t leave it on display, and you can’t let anyone else touch it. You have to keep your book of shadows in a hidden place. It can be a drawer, a wardrobe, a little casket, and so on.
Make sure nobody knows what you are doing when you store it and if you can lock that place. Another vital thing to keep in mind is that the area where your book of shadows is in an area you feel sacred and calm, and a place giving you good vibes.
Someone saw/touched my book of shadows… What can I do?
Cleanse your book of shadows to keep any external energy interfering with your work and your practice. You can cleanse it with sage, palo santo, or rosemary. Your call. Then, choose another place where to store it and then forget about it.
Keeping positive vibes when dealing with energetic interferences is mandatory to shed some light around it.