I’m a journal hoarder- don’t be like me. Instead, use your journals and don’t just stare at their gloriously blank pages with the intent to fill them, while never actually doing so. However, there is one journal, or set of journals, really, that I do dedicate quite of bit of time to using and that’s my Witchcraft Journals. Kind of like a grimoire, book of shadows, and a diary all in one, my Witchcraft Journal is where I store all the pertinent tidbits related to my practice.
Do you have one? If not, let me convince you why this little tool will not only be your greatest asset, it will quickly become your most coveted form of self-guidance on your journey to being the biggest baddest witch ever.
It Is a Great Record Keeper
Who knew that Witchcraft needed a secretary?! I’m here to tell you that it just might!
I’m constantly creating new spells and because I’m ADHD like a Mofo, I often forget what the hell I did. For some, this isn’t a problem at all, either because they don’t have the memory of an ant, or because they’re not into creating their own spells. However, if you preform spellwork at all, I’d say a journal is necessary; knowing the date, time, moon phase, intention, and even mindset, can help you a long way into recognizing what works and what doesn’t.
For me, I keep ingredient lists for spells, quick notes on how it was preformed, when, where (as I have several places I work), my frame of mind, my intent for the spell, what sparked its creation (dreams, inspiration, etc) and how it turned out. Not only has that helped me to be able to share with you spells I created eons ago, it keeps a diary for posterity or myself when I might be in need of that spell again.
If you use divination tools, such as Tarot, Runes, or even my Oracle Stones, keeping a record of your questions, and the answers, is almost as important as the answers themselves. Seeing things with the knowledge of hindsight has clarified a lot of mysterious reads for me in the past. It can also be a great way to store keyword information on your tools. I keep a quick reference for Tarot in the front of my journals in case I ever lose my entire brain and need it.
In all honesty, that guide has been a great way to go back to basics, a few times, when I was stuck or not feeling particularly connected to my gifts.