(To ensure its return) In natural magic, knots and binding are ruled by the element of Earth. A knot or binding represent both intangible goals (such as the return of loaned property) and they also absorb personal power. This ritual isn't intended to force or coerce another to return the book, it affects the book, not the person the book is being loaned to. Take the book, and hold it between your palms, sending personal energy into it. By hill and wind, By flame and brook, By shining moon and sea; I place a bind Upon this book That it will return to me. Wrap one foot of plain white cotton string around the book, securing it with a knot. Make sure the knot is tight, but not so tight that you cannot slip the string from the book. As you make the knot, visualize the book returning to you, again chanting: By hill and wind, By flame and brook, By shining moon and sea; I place a bind Upon this book That it will return to me. Slip off the knotted cord, and put it in a secret place or spell box. As you actually loan the book, again repeat the chant (silently) while visualizing its return. Once the book has been returned, untie the cord. It is done.