Book of Shadows: Your Magical Journal

Inspiring Journals and Sterling Silver Bookmarks

Halloween is drawing ever-closer as the weather cools down, and the leaves begin to change. Witches celebrate nature’s eternal transition with magic and spellwork, but duplicating spells and rituals can be difficult without a Book of Shadows (BoS, as many abbreviate it) or grimoire to record everything.

Old book in front of a candle with a skull holding the pages open.
Your BoS doesn’t have to look like this.

This book is considered sacred, though its contents vary across different paths. To some, it is a guide to live by. Others create their own in special journals. It can contain spells, drawings, divination, or even pressed flowers and leaves to be used in spellwork.

Some witches write in coded languages like Theban or other languages to keep their Books of Shadows safe from prying eyes, while others publish theirs in hopes that others will find it useful.

If you haven’t begun your Book of Shadows, MagickSymbols offers a selection of blank books embossed with elegant designs, as well as detailed, handcrafted, sterling silver bookmarks to hold your page. Find yours today and start recording your magical findings!

All About Potions

Sterling silver bottle pendant adorned with gold vermeil Celtic knotwork and elegant fairy
Fairy Celtic Knot Bottle Pendant MPD4063

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at Potion-making? What kinds of brews can you concoct, and how can you use these magical spells to your benefit?

From aromatic or symbolic to edible, medicinal to poisonous, potions have been created by mystics and healers for centuries. Today, you probably shouldn’t poison an enemy (it’s better to not have enemies), but you can make potions to help you and others.

Aromatherapy is everywhere, but did you know you can make your own extracts and essential oils? There are many guides online dedicated to the specific fragrances to use, which can be for their healing effect or magical/symbolic properties. There are many books and online resources for creating the perfect scent, as well.

If you’re still not sure where to begin, look for makers of natural perfumes and custom essential oils. These extracts can be used in aromatherapy jewelry or added to candles or homemade beauty products (make sure they’re non-toxic!).

bottled herbal extracts with leaves and a pestle in a mortar

Even more enchanting are edible potions or extracts, which have medicinal effects, depending on the herbs. These are NOT essential oils, which are usually toxic. Often called tinctures, these are concentrated herbal extracts that are made with (food-grade) alcohol or vegetable glycerin. These herbal potions have documented health benefits (but make sure you consult your doctor first!), and different plants can be combined according to your ailment.

Whether you prefer drinkable tinctures or ambrosial pomanders, you can store your potions in bottle pendants or our line of aromatherapy jewelry–handcrafted in sterling silver, exclusively by MagickSymbols.

What makes a Talisman?

Sterling Silver Cimaruta Charm
Sterling Silver Cimaruta Charm (TPD3133) by MagickSymbols Jewelry

The most widespread type of ritual jewelry are talismans, used in all religions in one way or another. In different branches of  Christianity, crucifixes, Saint imagery, and ichthus fish embody God’s love and guidance. In Stregheria witchcraft, Cimaruta amulets help protect the wearer from the Evil Eye and other forces of negativity.

Talismans can also rely on symbolism of the materials used to make it. Silver is said to amplify intent and is also prized for its visible luminosity. Gemstones of all varieties hold their own symbolism, like soothing turquoise or empowering & prosperous ruby.

Depending on your path, spellwork, prayer, and/or meditation are used to charge talismans with divine energy and the desires of the ones who wears them.

Belief in this divinity, coupled with the symbolic and personal meaning of the jewelry, as well as the ritual of wearing and caring for the jewelry as a physical, palpable intent is what makes a talisman.

From protection and clarity to luck and love, talismans transcend religion and time…What kinds of talismans do you wear?