Actually, the name simply refers to any book or digital folder that contains a witch's personal spells, potions, references and records. The truth is that any given magycal rite or spell is effective only if it's effective for you. Another witch's Book of Shadows is likely to be useless for you.
To that end, you will want to gather any and all information that works best for you. Places to look are books, online, from other witches, and even your own dreams.
How can you tell if something will work for you? Try it.
Of course, there is so much information out there no one can try everything. What I do is examine a new piece of information and notice how it feels to me, how it fits with what else I've learned. If I am invoking a deity, I ask myself how do I relate to this Being in the context of my workings. If I am looking for correspondences (how one aspect relates to another) I ask myself if the whole package seems to fit together nicely. For instance, I might choose to work a love spell on a Friday night because that is the traditional time for working love spells, under a waxing moon. I might choose to evoke the Goddess Diana. I may then choose to write a spell using metaphors of the hunt "hunting for love". I might then choose to burn red rose petals in a fire made with red oak wood. To me, everything on the list fits together, each item reinforcing every other item. What I gather for a particular working may not work so well for everyone. In fact, I'd be surprised if it did.
To get you started, here is a list of links to online books of shadows. Please let me know if you find any one more useful than any other or if something is clearly wrong (this includes broken links)
|Branwen's Book of Shadows - A forum for visitors to contribute their own Wiccan, pagan, witchcraft and magickal rituals, spells, dreams and experiences.|
All About Wicca - Includes sections on ethics, beliefs, ritual structure, goddesses and gods, elements, sabbats (the solstices and equinoxes, plus Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas and Samhain), tools and FAQs.
Amethyst's Wiccan Page - This is a Wiccan site with an online Book of Shadows.
Arianna's Wicca Site - A basic site about beginning Wicca. Has a FAQ section, ritual, tools, poetry, circle casting and a collection of original spells.
Athena's Enchanted Grove - A site dedicated to witchcraft and paganism, including divination, healing, spells, rituals, crystals, colors, chakras, meditation, animal spirituality, and spirit guides.
AutumnCrystal Greywing's Manor House - Online Book of Shadows and other resources for Wiccan study.
Bayowolf And Erzsebet's Wiccan Page - Great site for both new and old to the craft. Educational while helping to dispell the myths of the old religion.
Behold The Mystery - Information on Wicca, Paganism, Witchcraft, moon magick, magick stones, herbs, faeries, poetry, astrology and a book of shadows with a personal touch.
Beltane and Broomsticks - Wiccan web site with information for those new to Wicca, on subjectes including magic, candles, herbs, moon phases.
Bloodroses Wiccan Page - Includes information on, spells, rituals, beliefs, and tools.
Book of shadows by lavenderwater - Collection of spells, incense recipes, herb magick, flower magick, crystal magick, and information on elements, directions, sabbats, phases of the moon, and deities.
Burning White Cauldron - Online Book of Shadows with many rituals and blessings.
Cantrap - Magical site for the novice to the adept. Complete with spellwork, magical technique, divination.
Castle of the Wiccan Realm - You will find no dungeon in this castle, for it is a castle filled with the gentle hearts of kindred souls. A place where the Wiccan Rede still lives and flourishes.
The Celtic Grove - An online Book of Shadows with information on Wicca; provides basics for beginners.
Christy's Book of Shadows and Laughter - Personal online Book of Shadows.
CJ's Spiritual Stop - One Wiccan's Spiritual Journey and progress. Includes thoughts on related issues, spells, rituals, recommended readings, and site links.
Club WiCcA - Some basic information on Wicca, as well as a link to join an online group and a discussion board.
Coven of Celestial Tides - A variety of unusual and creative information, including origami magic, a history of frankincense, original and lyrics.
Coven of the Dragon's Book of Shadows - Includes Wicca symbols, color correspondences, and information on the god and goddess, traditions, and moon phases.
Coven of The Silver Stars - New web site with basic information.
Cunina's Witchcraft - Lots of Wiccan information. Personal essays about being a Witch, what Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism mean, How to cast spells. Plus handcrafted Book of Shadows.
Cyranna's Lair - These pages give way to the truth about Witchcraft and Paganism in general. One of my main goals is to contribute to the dispulsion of the evil connontations that follow us Wiccans and Pagans.
The Dark Moon Circle - A place where many different subjects are touched. Spell and ritual crafting, general Wiccan and Witchcraft traditions, redes, color and candle magick.
Druantia: Woman And Witch - BoS and personal details.
EarthSongs World Of Magick - I've got everything from spells, information on Wicca and what Witches are really about.
Enid's Loft - Dedicated to the sharing of magick and knowledge.
Faded's Wicca Etc. Page - Personal and a community online Book of Shadows. Wiccan comics, web services, post cards, graphics, horoscopes, poetry and essays about Wicca.
Full Moon Magic - Everything to do with magic: correspondences, herbs, crystals, candles. How to create your own incense, oils, amulets, candles, sachets, powders, potions and spells. Learn to use ritual tools, cast a circle, create rituals, develop your magical skills.
GhostDragon - A compilation of information from all over the world, including many assorted spells and rituals, a glossary of terms for the new Wiccan, herbal information.
Glenn's Wiccan Pages - Outlines the true meaning of Wicca and Wiccan beliefs. Read the 13 goals of a witch, why Wiccans are not Satanists and information on fascinating topics such as tarot, runes, numerology, moon phases, crystals.
Gnostic Oracle - Essays about Pagan and Wiccan lore, sabbats, rituals and beliefs.
Good Witch Of The North - Information on wicca/ witchcraft, moon magick, magick stones, herbs, faeries, poetry, astrology and a book of shadows.
Hearthwitch's Book of Shadows - Describes initiation, self dedication, casting a circle, tools, altars, casting spells, doing rituals, essential oils, crystals, candle making, and divination.
The Hidden Land of Wicca - An eclectic page on the beliefs, rituals, mythology, calendar and magick of Wicca. Found within is information on Wicca as a religion, both for solitary practitioners and covens.
In the Shadows - Learn the differences between Wicca and traditional witchcraft. Find information on candle, herb, incense magick, spellcrafting, rituals, sabbats, from my personal Book of Shadows.
The Inner Sanctum of Wicca and Witchcraft - Wicca and Witchcraft resources with rituals, spells, divination. Online Witch store and Pagan forum.
Ivy's Pentacles - Mostly aimed at beginners and/or people who are interested in learning about the Wiccan religion. Wiccan philosophy, practice, and celebrations, plus personal philosophy and lots of links.
JaguarMoon Cyber Coven - Large collection of interesting and unusual information for the new Pagan to well-versed witch.
Jausserande Shadowstar's Online Book of Shadows - This is Jausserande's Book of Shadows. It contains basic information on Witchcraft, Paganism and Wicca collected from a variety of sources.
Joelle's Sacred Grove - Resources for the Celtic Witch.
Khasha's Haven - Once a priestess of the Old Gods, now trying to recapture my spirituality I have made a page dedicated to paganism, mainly wicca, but I'm constantly adding new things.
KnightShade's Realm of Shadows - This site is dedicated to providing people of all religions with a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of Wicca/Paganism.
Lady Hawke's Book of Shadows - A Wiccan site for the Southern Hemisphere, oriented towards Australian Pagans.
Larens Book Of Shadows - A collection of rituals, spells, lore, songs, and invocations. Has information on divination and correspondences.
Lorelai's Lair - Basic Wiccan info, online BOS, pagan poetry, graphics, dragons and anything else I can think of.
Lunar Pearl Pagan Website - Personal site with an online Book of Shadows, many useful rituals. Basic Wicca and Pagan information too. From Raven Silverwing.
Magdalene's Book of Shadows - Introduction to Wicca and articles pertaining to the practice of Wicca. Topics include the Charges of the God and Goddess, a comparison of Wiccan Traditions, getting started in Wicca and a glossary of terms.
The Magick Manor - Pagan and Wicca rituals, spells, and information. Also has a section for kids.
The Magickal Cauldron - Offers information and advice to beginner Wiccans. Includes a glossary, reading list and magickal library.
Magickal Happenings - Lady Raven BlueFlame's Realm of Witchery is a page where people can receive information on Wicca/Witchcraft. This page has a Grimorie, sundry spells, chants, rituals, and ethics.
Magickal Mayhem - An eclectic Pagan/ Wiccan site. Provides Wicca 101, original stories, ideas and how-to's.
Magickal Witchery - Site for all wiccans and pagans.Book of Shadows,if there is a spell you want feel free to sign the guestbook and request it there. Have fun! Sign the Guest Book!
The Maiden, Mother and Maxine - A Journey into the Wiccan/Pagan beliefs. Contains articles on what Wicca is and what being Pagan is about.
Manor House for Wiccan Studies - Wicca basics, herbal, and an Online Book of Shadows.
Midnight in the Realm of the Goddess - Rowan Sterling's home page. Wicca articles, graphics, messageboards, teen webring, magick, spells, causes, poetry and Wicca 101.
Moon Dragon's Lair - A site containing information about WIcca, poetry and dragons.
Moondust's Wiccan Magick - Basic info for beginners and the curious. This site has what we believe and our ethics. Also has moon phases and magick.
Moonhaze's Book of Shadows - A personal Book of Shadows which includes information about the sabbats, rituals, divination and a few spells.
MoonSilver.net - Basic facts about Wicca, including FAQ, terms everyone should know, a Christian's point of view. Free email accounts for all visitors, as well as a growing online community.
New Moon's Book of Shadows - Includes spells and rituals, correspondences, herbal information, chants and blessings.
NightFire's Wiccan Domain - A Wiccan site for both beginners and the advanced. This site is packed with information on Wicca, Paganism, and Witchcraft with a personal touch.
Open Sesame - This is a web site for Wicca, witchcraft, white magick, Pagan spirituality, spells, herbalism, folklore, mythology, poetry, and global pagan networking.
Out of the Darkness - Includes wedding ritual
The Pagan Library - Articles, stories, music and various thoughts on what it is to be Neo-Pagan. A Book of Shadows which includes: Book Reviews, Editorials, Ethics Discussions, Humor, An Introductory Reference, Music and Poetry, Recipes, Reference Works, Rituals and Spells.
Pagan Universe - Excellent collection of Pagan resources and information on God/esses, computer tools, spells, recipes, and more.
Pagan-Home Web Page - Strives to address the needs of the Internet Wiccan community by providing instructional information regarding wicca, spell-work for those so inclined, and rituals.
Pandora's Mystical Moonlit Realm - Solitary Australian Wiccan. Online BOS; spells, rituals, articles, meditations.
Practical Wisdom - Herbalism and folklore information that is well organized and easy to access.
Rathorne's Shadow - Online Book of Shadows with diary and spells.
RavenFlights Wicca - Information on Wicca, Magick, and Pagan. Also my online Book of Shadows.
Raven's Forest - An informational site that includes an online supply store, information on herbs, candles, oils, a book of shadows, networking and links on the net.
Retro - Site on magick, visually interesting. Discusses various types of magick, using ritual to channel and amplify emotion, book reviews, Online BoS, small links section. Sister site to Spiritonline.
Rhiannon's Witch Garden - Sacred space dedicated to the Goddess and God. Book of Shadows, Ritual Journal, links, information for beginners. Explore Pagan spirituality.
Robin Wood's Livingtree - Online Book of Shadows.
Rowan Grove - Pagan website dedicated to Wicca, Norse, Druid, and Shamanism.
Sacred Texts: Wicca and Neo-Paganism - Primary texts of sacred books including Aradia, an online BOS, Margaret Murray's works, the Golden Bough, the Gardnerian Book of Shadows, the Key of Solomon and many more.
Sage RainWillow's Wicca Page - Spells ,recipes, magickal/ wiccan texts, information on medicinal and magickal herbalism. Information on the Wiccan religion. Online Wiccan Temple.
Sephiroth's Wiccan Lounge - Information on wicca and witchcraft. The spells in the guestbook of shadows will be added to the actual book of shadows if they are good and not duplicates. An online catalog also.
Sernunnoe's Realm - Wicca and Witchcraft resources with information on all important things in the relegion. Spells, Rituals, Traditions, candles, color charts, chat.
"Shadow Masters World" - Information about Wicca, including a Book of Shadows. Note, site is written in black on black to Netscape users.
The Skys of Avalon - A site which features pagan oriented information, ranging from Wicca and Witchcraft all the way up to Shamanism and Celtic Magick.
Toby's Book of Shadows - A collection of spells and information on Wicca. Information on the rede, charges, casting a circle, and color correspondences.
Twighlight Jewel's Book of Shadows - Site dedicated to the enlightening religion of Wicca. Also includes fantasy art.
Web of Shadows - Online grimoire or Book of Shadows, including rituals, sabbats, glossary of wiccan and pagan terms. Offers email addresses.
Wicca 2000 - This site contains a Book of Shadows, witches alphabet, herb listing, candle magic.
Wicca: Book of Shadows - Basics of Wicca including beliefs, creed, rede, definition of Wicca, as well as information on the God and Goddess, Celtic history and religion, tree magic, animal totems, and additional Wiccan topics.
The Wiccan Encyclopedia - A site containing information on Wicca and Paganism.
Wiccan Twin - A place to learn, find spells and chat with other witches.
The Wiccan Way - Online Book of Shadows with personal notes and essays.
The Wiccan Way - A resource for anyone who wishes to learn more about Paganism, Wicca, Witchcraft, Magic(k), the Sabbats and celebrating Mother Earth.
Wiccan's Grimoire - A Wiccan/Pagan community with reference material on herbs, crystals, candle magick, moon magick. Craft boards discussion forum. Links and articles. Community online Book of Shadows.
The Winding Path - My site dedicated to Witchcraft. Books, meditation, herb lore, and an expanding online Book of Shadows.
Winterhome - A place to learn about Wicca, crystals and gemstones, web sites, the Tarot, international cuisine. Grab a few original graphics, post in the message forums, or send a postcard.
The Witch Niche - A Wiccan site with information and resources on Wicca, Witches, Witchcraft.
Witch World - For those beyond the beginner stage and already living life as a Witch. A site dedicated to exploring the deeper waters of Witchcraft.
Witchcraft Search Site - Historical information about the witch trials, as well as information on modern pagan tools and symbols.
The Witches' Hearth - Responsible information concerning Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism. Much of the information is provided in a lesson/lecture format.
Witches Way - Information on Wiccan rituals and divination tools such as the Tarot, candles, stones and more.
WolfHearts Brew - Information on herbs, candle magick, moon magick, chakras, spells, Book of Shadows, supplies.
The Working Witch - This is a magickal website which I created with the working witch in mind since I am a working witch myself. In here you will find useful information to cast spells, do magickal works, and rituals.