There are many Wiccan ritual tools that may aid a person in their religious practices. The Book of Shadows (BOS) is arguably the most essential. In fact, if cataclysmic events required me to flee my homeland, and I could only fit one tool in my bug out bag, it would be my BOS. I feel like just about everything else is expendable. I can find a substitute for blades, cups, pots, discs, censers and candle holders; I can even work without them. But the nearly 2 ½ decades it’s taken me to accumulate the knowledge and experienced as outlined in my BOS is not so easily or quickly replaced. I even have much of it memorized—but still, it’d be hard to recall everything and cobble it back together.
So what goes into a BOS? That depends on the Wiccan, really… and I hate to say there are any absolutes. I will say there are the most essential things, the somewhat essential things, and then there are the optional things.
I also want to mention that, while I absolutely respect that many non-Wiccan Pagans and Witches have adopted the tool for their own use, the content with different religions may vary. This is an article aimed at Wiccans, thus the contents discussed are more specific to that religion. [Picture: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0351/3389/products/BOS_grande.jpg?v=1396564658; Text: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Goes-Into-a-Wiccan-Book-of-Shadows ]