I’m sure many of you have heard of a commonplace book? No? Well, it’s usually a small notebook you can fit in a pocket (see the black book in the above image) that’s organized into sections. In each section you record quotes, tidbits, etc. related to the sections topic. The idea is that you plan to return to this information later for one reason or another. So my question is how is this really any different than a Grimoire? Honestly, I don’t think it is. After all a grimoire or book of spells is also usually broken down into sections. For examples, spells, rituals, etc.
I’ve kept a commonplace book for YEARS. But I’ve noticed as time goes on I’ve started making notes for rituals I’d like to try out, plants to grow, ect. So it’s really become more of a mini grimoire of sorts. I also have a monstrous book I plan to transfer everything to one day. I say one day because my fear of ruining said book prevents me from actually writing in it. I know, I know it’s time to bite the proverbial bullet and just do it. I will, but not today. Today I’ll jot down more notes in my commonplace grimoire to transfer over later. Yeah…later.
My question is…do you keep a commonplace book? If so what kind of notes or tidbits do you keep in it?