Being a witch we all have our book of shadows. Question: Is a Book of Shadows (BOS) the same as a Grimoire? To me, they are different.
Most witches I know keep a BOS but most witches do not keep a Grimoire. A Book of Shadows is a personal book of magic that most witches keep. Its like an enchanted book of magic. The book of shadows is where you would post all rituals, spells, just about everything that you would do as a witch. A BOS is a witch’s personal book of magic; a diary of magic if you will. It’s always a good idea to keep down everything you do in your book of shadows so you can build upon what you have already done.
Now lets discuss a Grimoire and its very similar to a BOS. The only difference really is that its not on such a personal level. It can hold rituals, potions, and even spells. Its a good place to store information about herbs, crystals, etc. I would consider this like a place I would put enchanted research not any personal records of any enchanted workings that you have done.
Most witches usually only have a book of shadows but I keep both due to the fact there are some things that I want to keep private.
So just remember that Books of Shadows contains personal information that you may not want to share. To me my book of shadows is very sacred and I put it in a very special place so I can keep it protected. I bless it everyday. The Grimoire is something that is less personal and could be shared with others.
Just remember its up to you whether you keep a BOS or Grimoire. I do both that way I dont have to worry about others seeing my private stuff.
I hope this helps clear up the difference.
High Priestess Raven