Some of my most popular posts of all time are about grimoires, but I’ve never really shared more than a few sneak peeks of my own grimoire. Today I’m going to share some images of the Materia Medica section of my grimoire for your inspiration! I think it can be really helpful to see what others are doing and how they are implementing their magick.
A witch’s grimoire, or Book of Shadows, is a deeply personal and often private record of his or her spiritual practice, so it’s not always something you would share with the world. However, as you know from The Complete Guide to Grimoires series, my grimoire is composed of several volumes with different purposes. The private aspects of my practice are contained in my Chronicle and Essence Grimoires, but my Practical Grimoire is filled with knowledge about the moon, astrology, crystals, herbs and other information for reference.
Some of my favorite pages in my grimoire are the Materia Medica section, which is a record of some of my most used herbs and plants. Sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of this post and you’ll receive access to the downloadable Herb Profile Grimoire Page Template and the rest of the Super Secret Moonglow Grimoire! This template is based on the types of information I record about herbs in my own grimoire.
A few of the quirky elements I add to my herb pages include:
- The name of the plant in a hand-drawn banner
- A quote about the plant
- At least one element written on the page sideways (this breaks up the text)
- A sketch of the plant
Templates like those you will find in the Moonglow Grimoire are incredibly useful for getting an idea of what to put in your grimoire and how you might lay the information out. But I find that once you have a picture in your head of what you want, writing out your grimoire in a lined notebook is incredibly satisfying and creatively rewarding. (But that might just be my Virgo Rising talking!)
What elements do you include in your herb pages? How do you include your personality in your grimoire?