when i discovered shadow

Who is your Shadow?

I often struggled when looking into Shadow work, and discovering my shadow self. I thought that there was a textbook way I had to follow to ‘correctly’ discover my shadow side/being. I quickly discovered the other day that I knew her all along. I’m not sure if this is a ‘gift’ per se, especially since I believe anyone is capable of meeting their shadow self, but I have found it exceptionally easier to interact with her on a daily basis. This is the best way I can explain how I fully ‘discovered’ her.

-I was doing a BOS prompt, (book of shadows, for those of you who are new to witchcraft or not a practitioner:). The prompt was to draw or paint an image of my shadow self. I started thinking, and instantly got an image in my head.

-It might take a few minutes, and I lowkey had an identity crisis, trying to determine the differences between my true self and my shadow, it was interesting! Lol

-The image you first get, might seem confusing, or it might seem like you are just ‘making it up’ as you go. This is when you’re doing it RIGHT.

-My shadow is named Evangeline, which is something else I recently learned as well while working with her. All I did was meditate briefly, uncovering her name.

-When you are able to identify your shadow with a name, and certain physical/emotional characteristics, you will most likely doubt yourself. I know I did, considering most of my answers resided solely in my thoughts. That does not mean you’re wrong, if anything, trust that instinct.

-Draw, sketch, paint your shadow. Dedicate a page or more to them, writing out their characteristics, and what they stand for.

-Another thing, my shadow Evangeline, is not my ‘evil twin’. She is my defender, protector, and wrath. She is practically my inner storm, which is much different from the stereotypical ‘dark-side’ aspect.

-The last bit of advice that I can give is to be open minded, Your shadow may present itself to you in different ways, especially in times of need…be willing to accept it!

The famous “perma-death” actually put me off of this series, made me not want to play it despite wanting to know more about Marth, Roy, and Ike from “Smash Brothers” (and yes I know Ike was the only of those three whose games saw an official U.S. release until “Shadow Dragon”). When I discovered “Awakening” had a mode where that wasn’t the case, it became the first and only “Fire Emblem” game I’ve actually played or been inclined to play. Before anyone tells me to play a “real” game, would it help if I added that “Fates” didn’t and still doesn’t interest me?

Grimoire v.s Book of Shadows

   When I was researching this I discovered that every different practitioner has has his or her own definition of what a Grimoire and a book of Shadows is. 

Here are some of the most common theories: 

  • A Book of Shadows is the term for Grimoire provided to the Wiccans by there founder, Gardner. The Book of Shadows is a Wiccan term.
  • They are the exact same thing. 
  • A Grimoire holds information whereas the Book of Shadows is more personal. 
  • A Book of Shadows is used by a single person, a Grimoire is used by a coven.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           There is no right or wrong answers for this. Your Grimoire/Book of Shadows is what you make of it, the name hardly matters.                       Feel free to share your own opinion!                                                                                                                                                                           ==Moonlight Academy==  

anonymous asked:

hello!! i was wondering if a grimoire and a book of shadows the same thing? or are they different

Hello!!

I explained this in my very first post: 

Grimoire v.s Book of Shadows

  When I was researching this I discovered that every different practitioner has has his or her own definition of what a Grimoire and a book of Shadows is.

Here are some of the most common theories:

  • A Book of Shadows is the term for Grimoire provided to the Wiccans by there founder, Gardner. The Book of Shadows is a Wiccan term.
  • They are the exact same thing.
  • A Grimoire holds information whereas the Book of Shadows is more personal.
  • A Book of Shadows is used by a single person, a Grimoire is used by a coven.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           There is no right or wrong answers for this. Your Grimoire/Book of Shadows is what you make of it, the name hardly matters.                       Feel free to share your own opinion!

==Moonlight Academy==

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Sometimes, being brave isn’t about being tough and showing no weakness.

Sometimes bravery is laying your bear heart, displaying your wounds, exposing yourself, being vulnerable… to save lives.

This is bravery Dean Winchester, your mother would be proud.