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A Published Grimoire

You can head over to your local bookstore and purchase a grimoire that is full of magical information and ready to use! These books are available online or in the metaphysical section of most bookstores. They’re can be huge—the size of a dictionary with over a thousand tissue-thin pages.

The Pros:

  • These books are thorough, containing information on almost every kind of witchcraft you can think of.

  • They’re organized with neat fonts, a table of contents, and an index for looking things up.

  • They’re a great source of information if you’re unfamiliar with spells and magic. This book can serve as a teaching tool for witchcraft if you’re a solitary witch.

  • They’re already full of information, so you don’t have to start from nothing.

  • They’re usually well made and sturdy since they have been professionally bound rather than homemade.

  • You can add notes to the pages, and mark up the book to personalize it.

  • They’re usually large and heavy enough to press herbs and flowers between the pages.

  • If it’s a hardcover grimoire, the flat surface can serve as an altar itself or a place for charging magical tools when not in use.

  • They’re surprisingly affordable! I found mine for about $34, and there are some for even less available online or in secondhand bookstores.

The Cons:

  • The amount of information included can be overwhelming, and you probably won’t be interested all of the spells included in the grimoire.

  • They’re not as personal. Though you can make notations throughout the book, the bulk of the information will have come from someone else. This may or may not make the spells any less powerful, but it’s worth mentioning.

  • They’re usually large and a bit bulky to carry if you like to practice your magic out in nature, or anywhere besides a home altar.

  • It’s hard to hide the fact that you are a witch when you have a big book of spells on your bookshelf so it might be best for you to only bring a book like this into your home if the people you live with are supportive of your witchcraft. If you are secretive about your practice, make sure you have a plan for disguising or concealing this mammoth book.

  • You might feel hesitant to make notes in this book because it feels more permanent than a notebook where you can easily tear out pages and start again if you make a mistake.

Who This Option Is Good For:

  • A brand new witch

  • A solitary witch

  • A witch who does magic in one set place

A Journal Or Notebook Grimoire

If you’d like to try your hand a writing your own entries in your grimoire, you can buy a notebook and fill it with your magical spells over time by either writing, drawing or pasting information right onto the pages of your grimoire.

Pros:

  • This kind of grimoire gives you A LOT of flexibility in terms of the size, weight, and durability of the book. You can basically pick any kind of binding you like, the number of pages, and the type of paper used. You can decide on a lined notebook or one with blank white pages.

  • Because there are so many different kinds of notebooks available, you can find one at absolutely any price point starting from as low as twenty cents.

  • Notebooks don’t feel as formal as professionally bound books. You probably won’t be as worried about marking this grimoire up, scribbling in it, tearing out pages for burning rituals, or writing whatever is in your heart and mind on that given day.

  • You can pass it off as a “normal” notebook if you want. Lots of people keep notebooks. You won’t have to worry about people judging you at a coffee shop with you’re jotting down notes for your next spell.

  • They travel well. They’re light, durable, and can slip into a backpack if you like to practice witchcraft on the go.

  • You can get as artsy as you like here, using different colors and mediums to decorate your grimoire.

Cons:

  • You might need more than one notebook as your knowledge of witchcraft grows.

  • It’s hard to keep this kind of grimoire organized because you’re adding content chronologically.

  • If you’re making notes quickly, you might not be able to read your handwriting later.

  • Transferring information from one handwritten grimoire to another can be a difficult and tedious process.

Who This Option Is Good For:

  • Witches who travel a lot

  • Witches who want a highly personalized option

  • Witches who love writing and drawing

  • Experienced witches or new witches who are willing to start from scratch as they gather up and discover magical information on their own.

A Binder Grimoire

Get a three ring binder and fill it with notebook paper or any kind of paper that you’ve punched holes in.

Pros:

  • You can easily and neatly add or remove pages in your grimoire your as your magical practice changes.

  • You can change the order of pages if you decide to change the way you originally organized your grimoire.

  • The outside of the binder will protect the pages inside.

  • You can easily transfer all your pages into a new binder if your current one gets damaged.

  • They’re inexpensive, and you can usually find them for under $10.

Cons:

  • You might not love the look of this option as it can look like a school supply rather than a book of magic.

  • Pages can get stuck on and pulled out of the three-ring binding if you’re not careful.

  • It’s larger and bulkier, making this option less travel-friendly than some of the other grimoires.

Who This Option Is Good For:

  • Witches who think they’ll make frequent changes to their grimoire

  • Witches who practice in one place.

A Computer-Based Grimoire

Keep your grimoire on your computer with a word processing system like Microsoft Word or by using an online program like Google Docs. (Google Docs also has an excellent dictation feature and mobile app so you can edit your virtual grimoire while you’re out an about on your smartphone.) You might also be interested in publishing your content on a website to create a grimoire-style blog.

You also have some options if you ever decide to make your virtual grimoire into a physical book. Software like Scrivener, Vellum, and Adobe Creative Cloud allow you to format pages of a book that you can print through a print-on-demand service. Some reputable print-on-demand companies include Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, Ingram Sparks, and sites like Shutterfly.

Pros:

  • Make changes with the touch of a button

  • You can share your magical information with other witches via your online platform.

  • A virtual grimoire will not get lost or damaged the way a physical book can (as long as you back it up or publish it online).

  • It’s eco-friendly

  • You can use online programs that allow you to collaborate with other witches (like Google Docs) if you want to create a grimoire with your friends.

Cons:

  • It’s not as traditional.

  • You’ll need to be near some kind of technology to access your grimoire, making it difficult for you to “unplug” while performing magic.

Who This Option Is Good For:

  • Witches who love technology

  • Witches who don’t like carrying around a book

A Repurposed Book

If you have an old book that has a beautiful binding, but you are no longer interested in reading, you can repurpose the book for a grimoire. You can use paint to cover the writing on the front of the book or glue fabric around the outside. On the inside, you can use gesso to cover up the printed text while creating a space for your magical musings.

Just make sure you spend time (at least a day or two) holding and paging through the book before you choose to make it into a grimoire. Old books can sometimes carry the energy of the previous owners. If you hold the book, and you feel any kind of negative sensation—physical or emotional, strong or subtle—consider using a different book. That energy might linger even after you do multiple cleansing spells on the book.

Pros:

  • This option has an elegant and “old” feel to it.

  • It’s been professionally bound.

  • It carries powerful energy from previous owners. (Again, be sure this energy feels good to you, or else this pro becomes a con.)

  • Old books can be purchased for very cheap—sometimes for pennies at a library sale or a garage sale.

  • You can pick a book that meets your preferences for size and number of pages.

Cons:

  • It can be a time-consuming process to convert an entire book into your grimoire.

  • The binding might not be as strong depending on the age and condition of the book.

  • It might not sit open to the page you want it to when you’re referring to it in the middle of a spell.

Who This Option Is Good For:

  • Witches who have the time and desire to repurpose a book.

  • Witches who love working with objects with powerful energy.

A Hand-Me-Down Grimoire

If you’re lucky enough to have friends or family members who are willing to give you their grimoires that they no longer use, that could be a great option for you.

Pros:

  • This book can hold sentimental value.

  • It was created by someone you like and trust.

  • It already has spells in it that have been proved to work (at least for the previous witch).

Cons:

  • You might feel disrespectful adding notes and marking this grimoire up because it belonged to someone else.

  • It might contain spells you don’t agree with or aren’t interested in.

  • There might not be any space left for you to add your own spells.

Who This Option Is Good For:

  • Witches who benefit from having a mentor

  • Witches more comfortable working tried-and-true spell

A Homemade Grimoire

If you are a crafty witch, you can make your own grimoire with some paper and a little creativity! You can even create beautiful homemade paper for your book for a completely-from-scratch option. Check out the tutorials on Youtube for more information. Use a needle and thread to sew the binding or an adhesive like hot glue or mod podge.

Pros:

  • Like some of the other DIY options, you have control over the thickness, page count, and size of your grimoire.

  • Your energy will be transferred into the book as you create it, infusing it with your personal power.

Cons:

  • The homemade binding might not be a sturdy as the professionally bound options

  • It will be time-consuming, and depending on your bookmaking experience, you might not get the results you desire the first time around.

Who This Option Is Good For:

  • Witches willing to learn or are already skilled in bookmaking

  • Witches who love DIY

If you’re still not sure what kind of grimoire to go with, take a moment to answer the following questions:

  • What medium are you most comfortable with using?

  • Do you practice in one place, or perform magic in a variety of locations?

  • Are you a beginner or an experienced witch?

  • Do you want to be able to fit all your information in one place, or are you ok with using more than one book?

  • Do you keep your witchcraft secret, or do all your friends and family know about it?

  • How much time do you have to invest in making a grimoire?

  • How much money do you wish to spend on your grimoire?

  • Are you a solitary witch, or part of a coven?

Keep in mind that you can also choose to use more than one kind of grimoire! I personally keep journal grimoires to record information chronologically and keep up with things like dreams, energy work, meditations, etc. but I also keep a more traditional grimoire that is bound, organized, and designed to be both beautiful and functional where I transfer the spells, rituals, and other important information that I took note of in my journal. This allows me the space to be messy and explore and jot down notes at random without worrying about messing up my book while still giving me an easy to reference grimoire for when I need to find the right spell quickly.