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The symbolism of a magic journal, grimoire or book of spells

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Each magic journal or book of shadow I make features a different symbol or a combination of them on its cover. I have quite a collection of symbols that I use and I wanted to talk about their symbolism and presence in my magic journals, grimoires or spell books. This is important because the choice of such journal is made in accordance with the personal beliefs on its owner.

The Pentagram

During the ages, it also has been attributed a role of protection and good luck and it was seen as a symbol of physical and mental harmony. In religion it has been widely used by the Christians that associated it with God and the five wounds of Christ. In the Renaissance and the Early Modern periods, magicians featured the pentagram in their magical writings and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was also used as a major ritual tool and 20th-century Wiccan and Neopagan groups adopted it as a symbol of their faith so that today, it is one of the most prominent symbol of modern witchcraft. In my books I use it as a symbol of harmony in relation to the universe, symbolizing the five elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood.

The Ouroboros

The Ouroboros symbol comes from the Greek magical tradition and was used in Gnosticism, Hermeticism and mostly in alchemy. In Egypt the image of a snake biting its tail was given the meaning of the cyclical nature of the year. For alchemists it was thought to bring release and liberation due to its focus on the eternal unity of all things and its mmeaning of a cycle of birth and death. In Gnosticism it symbolized eternity and the soul of the world.


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