The Mirror Book is a term coined by Scott Cunningham, and refers to a Witch’s daily journal, in which you record anything pertaining to your spiritual life and Craft. This distinguishes it from the Witch’s grimoire or Book of Shadows, which is a more permanent record of recipes, spells, and the like. The Mirror Book is a valuable tool in assessing your progress in witchcraft, and life in general. Over time, as you read back over the book, you become your own teacher. As Cunningham says: “One of the goals of the Wicca is self-knowledge; the Mirror Book is a valuable tool in achieving this.”
So, what do you record in your Mirror Book? Here are a few suggestions:
-Menstruation cycle (if applicable)
-Significant astrology/planetary alignments
-Reflections on witchcraft/being a witch
-Reflections on your studies in witchcraft
-How you are feeling that day – physically, emotionally, energetically
-Successes and failures in magick spells
-Reflections on your rituals
-Mundane concerns that pertain to your spiritual life or Craft
-Repeating symbols or themes in your day-to-day life
-Significant interactions with others (humans, animals, plants, spirits, etc)
-Progress in your Craft, such as building a new altar, starting an apothecary garden, creating a Witch’s tool, etc.
These are just a few ideas to get you started – you can also check out these journal prompts on the blog for more ideas. What do you include in your witchcraft journal?