Ive been doing a lot of reading and research lately as I begin my path in Witchcraft and with all this time off without a job its kinda hard not to do a lot of reading. : ( I cam upon a website some time back with a section dedication to the differences between a Grimoir and a Book of Shadows. I read that a Grimoir is not a Book of Shadows historically. For the most part the Grimoir is simply your collection of knowledge and notes and journals you have created over time from your studies. The Book of Shadows on the other hand is not simply your collection of gathered knowledge but rather it is a almost sacred tool which holds your spells, incantations, rituals, etc. The Book of Shadows is one that is secret from the eyes of the world and only you may see its pages. It is bound to your power with you being bound to it. The very use of it by the owner allows it to build up more and more energy and spirit from the owner exerting themselves through the book. When on outsider has even a glimpse of the book it becomes less of you and less of your power because another is partaking in your power. This is why they knowledge and facts and figures must be kept separate. You must only use the Book of Shadows for your magical workings and never for a quick glimpse or to get information on a moments notice. It detracts the power of the book you have put in. For all these reasons a Book of Shadows should never be a quickly made book of printed out pages from your computer because A) most of the knowledge, spells, what have you that the average practitioner today prints out is gathered and created by someone else so it would contain zip of your own energy and B) when a witch sits down after have earned knowledge from reading and studying and meditating and HAND WRITES the knowledge within them onto the pages, the energy of your very self is literally going onto the pages. THINK ABOUT IT. Your energy cant go through your keyboard onto a printed sheet from anthers library of knowledge..it is not you going onto the page! For these very reasons a with should alway way to create their Book of Shadows after a good amour of time practicing and learning. Only then can they truly share true power earned with their handwritten, powerful, and most important secret Book of Shadows.
A Grimoir on the other hand is the journey you take through the path of Witchcraft. It can either be a single individual book of your learning or it can be the title of your entire library. Many things can be a Grimoir. A dream diary is a Grimoir. A tarot journal is a Grimoir. The collection of correspondences with the sun signs or colors, numbers, etc. is a Grimoir. It is the pride of a Witch because it should contain the years and months of deep thought, searching, learning, empowering. This is where you can use up those old three ring binders and loose sheets of paper or see through page holders. Its the Witch's library. Take in knowledge, think, learn, contemplate, search.
THE BOOK OF SHADOWS IS NOT THE SAME AS A GRIMOIR.
A GRIMOIR IS A LIBRARY OF GATHERED KNOWLEDGE.
THE BOOK OF SHADOWS IS THE HANDWRITTEN BOOK OF SPELLS, RITUALS, INCANTATIONS, ETC. IT IS THE SECRET AND MOST POWERFUL TOOL OF THE WITCH APART FROM THEMSELVES!!!!!