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Plan with a Witch | 2018 Bullet Journal Layout for Witches

Hello again! Longtime no see. Forgive my absence, 2017 was a bit of a whirlwind for me- in the best way possible.

Last year I started a YouTube channel and met some amazing witches whom I now call my friends. Sharing my practice with others is something I’d never done before. For 18 years, my magick and spirituality was absolutely, 100% a solo endeavor- and I never thought that would ever change. But the intimate conversations I’ve had discussing witchcraft & alchemy from so many varying viewpoints are some of the best conversations I’ve ever had in my life.

But in a witch’s life, with the magick also comes the responsibilities of the mundane. Last year, I also started a new job which has been such a blessing to my life but at the same time, it’s taken a lot of my attention and energy away from not only my blog & YouTube channel, but also my practice as a whole.

Now in 2018 I’m hoping to find my rhythm again. And what better way to ensure witchy-productivity than to plan?

My favorite way to plan is with a bullet journal. It’s customizable to every aspect of your life, and as a witch it allows you to personalize your layouts to reflect your practice and specific areas of focus.

My witchy bullet journal begins like any other bullet journal- a key, an index and my goals for the year or specific months ahead. But as you begin flipping through the pages, you’ll see the different layouts I’ll be using to develop my practice in 2018.

Brain Dump

I love a good Brain Dump. It’s like the mind’s junk drawer. Things that have yet to be sorted, but are too important to be forgotten. They don’t go in any specific order- it’s just the things that you’ve been meaning to tackle but haven’t scheduled out into actionable steps yet. I find doing this is a big stress-reliever. I can spend hours awake at night going through my mental list of to-do’s and projects, but if I get it down on paper my anxiety lightens, my head clears and I’m ready to put my plans into motion.

Sabbat Bucket List

We all have activities and crafts we want to enjoy during the holidays. As a witch, the sabbats can be whatever you make of them. They can be a day of rest and reflection or they can be dedicated to crafts and ritual. And as a lover of Pinterest, I especially adore the beautiful witchy lifestyle pins. There are some fantastic ideas for celebrating the sabbats shared amongst witches from across the world. Sometimes it can be a bit of a rabbit hole and I’ll spend an entire day pinning away. My Sabbat Bucket List takes me out of the rabbit hole and puts my favorite pins into actions.

Monthly Moon Charts

My favorite spreads are my Moon Charts. I follow the moon very closely, not only focusing on the full & new moons but also tracking my mental, physical and emotional reactions to its astrological influencers and when the moon is void-of-course. Doing this allows me to plan certain activities on days with high energy astrological influences and times of rest when the moon is in transition.

Vision Pages

My Vision Pages are like smaller versions of vision boards. Much like a brain dump, I let it spill all over the pages in no specific pattern. But instead of dumping my to-do’s, I doodle and write key words that reflect what I want my life to be. I have a two-page spread for the year and one-page spreads for the months.

Year Ahead Spread

I have a love-hate relationship with Year Ahead Spreads. Sometimes I can pull a spread which hints to a year of certain struggle that’ll just completely deflate me. But then I’ll remember that the cards are warnings- something to keep an eye out for; a way to get ahead of the “struggle” and steer into a better direction.

Witchy Wish List

I’m not one to buy expensive tools and witchy supplies. Frugality is a trait I get from my dad. But also, to me part of the fun is hunting for good deals and unique witchy finds. However, occasionally I’ll find myself wishing for a certain tool or herb and as the frugal planner-witch I am- I prefer to make a list of my witchy lusts and budget them out accordingly.

Herbal Inventory

In the preliminary spell-crafing stage, I like to take stock of what herbs I have available and create a spell based on those herbs. An inventory list complete with their magickal correspondences makes spell-crafting 10x easier. It also allows me to keep track of how much I have on hand and when I need to make my magickal grocery list in order to restock.

Concoction Tracker & Spell Tracker

Almost as important as the spell itself, is keeping track of it. Not only when the concoction or spell was completed but how often you feed it as well any results which have begun to manifest.

Spirit Guide Messages

If you believe in signs, omens and symbolism, it can be incredibly fulfilling to jot them down and connect the dots. Sometimes the Universe sends hints in the form of animal symbolism, beautiful coincidences or magnificent dreams. This layout is just for those magickal occurrences of spirit.

Magickal Morning Routine

Last year I also wrote about my long wonderful magickal morning routine, but as life seems to have sped up on me I’ve had to condense my routine quite a bit. In bullet journal form, I can use sticky notes for my ever-changing daily mantras, actions can be either a physical workout or just my major action plan for the day. My “ground and center” sticky notes reflect what I’m grateful for or  little reminders that bring me back to my center. And knowledge sticky notes list what I want to focus on for the day. The next page reveals my inspiration and creative visualizations. Sometimes my inspiration is a playlist of songs that inspire me to get into my work-mode and my creative visualization is a mental montage of the perfect work-day ahead.  Other times my inspiration is Claire Waverley- the main character of my favorite book; and my creative visualization is spending the day dedicating my time to my practice. It may not work for everyone, but it works for me.

Do you have a witchy planning system? If so, how do you keep your practice in order- or are you the kind of witch who forgoes order all together? Let me know!

Thanks for sticking around with me! Till next time…

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

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Plan with a Witch: Witchy Bullet Journal Moon Tracker

I admit it. I’m not much of a spontaneous witch. I found that the spontaneous spells I performed in the past either didn’t work or yielded erratic results. I find success in planning, preparing and clearly focusing on my intentions before doing any type of spell work.

As a Cancerian, I have strong magickal ties to the Moon. In fact, She is a major component in my witchy planning process. I follow her phases, which astrological signs she’s in and the times of the month that she is Void-of-Course.

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I created a Moon Tracker layout in my Witchy Bullet Journal for quick & easy referencing. At the end of every month, I make a new Moon Tracker on a two-page spread for the month ahead.

Month At A Glance

On the left page, I title the header Month At-A-Glance. This page will have a vertical calendar of the days of the month where I can write down major events like Esbats & Sabbats. I start by writing the dates in a column on the far left hand side of the page. Next to each date I write the first letter of the day of the week to more easily distinguish each particular day.

Moon Tracker Left Page

If you like the more traditional calendar look, you can also use a Monthly Planner and use different washi tape to mark these major dates. I use a sparkly gold tape for Sabbats, a matte silver tape for New Moons & a sparkly silver washi tape for Esbats.

Monthly Moon Chart

On the right page, I title the header Moon Chart. This is where I will track the Moon’s astrological signs and Void-of-Course periods. I begin by writing the dates in a vertical column on the far left hand side of the page. I then write the hours of the day in a row, underneath the header and right above the vertical column of dates.

Moon Tracker Right Page

Void-of-Course Periods

To find the Void-of-Course periods, I refer to my Llewellyn’s Witches Datebook 2017 and convert the times from Eastern to my time zone. On the Month-At-A-Glance page, I make a vertical line down the right-hand side leaving enough room to jot down the specific time of each Void-of-Course period for every day. I write the quarters of the moon in this area as well.

Moon Tracker Void of Course

Once I’ve written down the specific times for the Void-of-Course periods, I mark out these time blocks in a red pen on my Moon Chart. If the VoC period begins in the middle of the hour, I mark a slash through the block. If it takes up the whole hour, I mark an X through the entire block.

Before performing any magick, I refer to this page. Personally, I don’t like performing spells on a Void-of-Course period. It’s like when you’re tuning the radio and keep picking up static. I choose to simply wait until the signal is clear and the Moon is in a new astrological sign. I also don’t like to sign contracts, make large purchases or schedule any major meeting during a VoC period if at all possible. I want my radio station nice and clear for those types of events as well.

Moon Tracker Chart

Once I’m done marking out these periods, I write the astrological sign the Moon has entered after being VoC. This is a great way to plan and utilize Her varying energies throughout the month to better enhance your magick, depending on your spell’s specific purpose.

I also use this tracker to plan out my mundane activities as well. I like to start a new lifestyle change during the New Moon and use the VoC time periods to either relax, meditate or do a little studying.

How do you track the Moon? Let me know!

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

Plan with a Witch: Imbolc

Of all the Sabbats, I relate to Imbolc on a very spiritual and meaningful level. I connect with the imagery of a slumbering land, hiding beneath the winter snow on the cusp of awakening and renewal.

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My name Snow Orchid, reveals this story of my soul- a fairy tale of tragedy, courage and love.

Snow- both beautiful and delicate can also be relentless and unyielding. In the cold, dark winter months snow symbolizes this virtue of inner-strength.

The ever-present snow that lingers within my heart tells of the hardships I’ve endured, the tears I’ve cried and the battles I have fought. Yet deep beneath the blanket of white, life stirs and waits to be reborn. The orchid- delicate and elegant in stature rises tall from the dark moist soil symbolizing love, reverence and grace.

I chose this name long ago to remind myself not to let the snow ice my heart. But instead, let it be a reminder of all that I’ve gone through, the strength it’s given me and the importance of living, loving and surviving with honor and integrity.

“The orchids grow in the woods and they let out their fragrance even if there is no one around to appreciate it. Likewise, men of noble character will not let poverty deter their will to be guided by high principles and morals.” –Confucius

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Today I’m planning out my Imbolc celebration, designing my ritual and the ways I want to honor the Maiden Goddess and coming of the Spring.

Goat’s Milk

As Spring approaches we celebrate the milk which has begun to flow within the animals.Goat’s milk candles can be made by melting beeswax in a double broiler, stir in the goat’s milk until combined and following the process of candle-dipping until at least ½ an inch thick. Or you could visit your local farmer’s market and support the candle-makers of your community, which is probably what I will be doing. Goat’s milk soap smells delicious and can be used in your purification bath before ritual. I recommend honey almond oatmeal goat’s milk bars- they’re divine.

Blessing Tools

 The time for action is near and Spring signifies the work of planting and sowing the seeds we want to see grow successfully. At this time, planting tools are blessed to ensure healthy growth and a bountiful harvest. If you’re not much of a gardener, consider blessing the tools of your trade. As a writer and photographer, I will be blessing my books, pens, laptop and camera.

Braided Bread

An Estonian Kringle is a rich buttery cinnamon bread which is rolled, split in half and braided to form a beautiful circle of deliciousness. The braided bread symbolizes Brigid, weaving her two roles as the maiden goddess of fertility and the hearth.

Bird Seed Ornaments

To treat our feathery friends who have endured the winter, birdfeeders can be crafted into cute snowflake or star ornaments and hung outside for them to enjoy.

Imbolc Cappuccino

Every time I make myself a cappuccino, I think of Imbolc.  The warm brown coffee lying beneath a topping of whipped frothy cream- it’s no wonder why it’s my favorite way to enjoy coffee. I’ll be sipping a nice big cup of it on Imbolc morning as I greet the rising sun and welcome the longer days to come.

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How do you plan on celebrating Imbolc?

Leave a reply and let me know!

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

Plan with a Witch: How I Setup My Pagan Bullet Journal

An arctic front hit my city this morning and I can’t think of a better reason to wrap myself up in a fuzzy blanket, enjoy a hot cup of cocoa and work on my bullet journal.

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As I mentioned before in my Pagan Planning post, I use the bullet journaling system to plan out my life- especially my magickal practices. I’ve been practicing paganism for over eighteen years and over that time I’ve learned- next to intent, planning is very important to successful magick.

My Pagan Bullet Journal begins like any other- with a key of my symbols and an index of its contents, but I’ve made a few witchy additions to the BuJo mainstays.

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At the beginning of the year, I did what a lot of tarot-enthusiasts do- a Year Ahead Spread.

This spread reveals a card for each of the twelve months and a thirteenth card for the overall year. I keep the results of the spread in my bullet journal so I can refer back to it at any point, especially when planning my focus at the beginning of every month.

Another way I plan out my goals are my Vision Pages, which are mini-versions of a Vision Board to inspire and help manifest my desires for the year and the individual months ahead.

I also use these pages when performing my visualizations every morning as part of my Magickal Mornings Routine.

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Many people are familiar with Hal Alrod’s Miracle Mornings. Last year, I used them daily in my path to self-love and recovery. It involves six morning habits which he calls S.A.V.E.R.S. They stand for Silence, Affirmations, Visualizations, Exercise, Reading & Scribing. There are tons of Miracle Morning articles and bullet journal layouts out there to help apply them to your own mornings.

I have put my own witchy spin on this with my Magickal Morning Routine, which I will explain more in depth in a future post.

I’ve also included an Altar Care Tracker to keep an eye on how often I maintain my altar. This includes the weekly general cleaning like dusting and wiping, as well as how often I purify it, change out the offerings and design new layouts for the various seasons or workings.

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I scored these gorgeous washi tapes on sale at Staples for only a couple of bucks. I plan to use them to mark the Sabbats and Esbats within my calendar layouts and lay strips vertically on the sides of my Ritual Planning Pages. This will make it easier to flip to when I’m out buying any materials I may need for a ritual.

The page I use most often is my Monthly Moon Tracker. The top of the page lists the hours of the day and the left side holds the days of the month. I use Llewellyn’s Witches Datebook to write in the moon’s phases, which astrological sign it’s in and mark off all the times when the moon will be void-of-course.

This is particularly helpful when planning any type of magickal working, especially scheduling around the void-of-course times which are known to skew the results of a spell.

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As I said in my last post, 2017 is My Year of Magick. With the help of bullet journaling and these pagan layouts, I’m sure to step up my witchy-game with more focus and awareness than ever before.

Happy Planning & Blessed Be!

 xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

My December Esbat: Pagan Planning

The December Esbat is a great time for goal setting and contemplating the year that has passed.

Have I accomplished any of the goals I’ve set for myself at the beginning of the year? Am I getting closer to any of the goals I haven’t reached yet? How can I plan to achieve those goals in the coming year?

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Today I’m celebrating the Oak Moon with a big cup of coffee and a whole ‘lotta planning! I begin by meditating on a few contemplative questions, such as:

What are my big goals for the coming year?

What are my goals for the four seasons?

What are my goals for each of the eight Sabbats?

What are my monthly goals for the next twelve months?

What are my goals for my new daily habits?

As the goals start coming to me, I do a quick Brain Dump which is a way of decluttering your mind on a piece of paper and then organizing them into structured categories. This can be done as frequently as you like in order to stay organized- monthly, weekly, every morning, etc.

From there I make page layouts for the year, the seasons, the Sabbats, the months and my daily habits- where I will list my goals for each and how I plan to achieve them. Every Esbat I’ll check in on the past month and adjust my goals for the following month accordingly in my Pagan Bullet Journal.

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If you’re not familiar with Bullet Journaling or BuJo, as it is known in the planning community, I recommend checking it out. This is a great system for all types of planning but I find it especially useful for pagan planning. Keep an eye out for a future post about my Pagan Bullet Journal, which will give you a better idea of how I like to plan.

Tonight I’ll set my intentions by sitting comfortably at my Esbat altar and visualizing my goals with a black manifesting candle and a couple of helpful runes and crystals.

As I said in The Happy Witch Project, I’m determined to make 2017 a productive and happy year. I truly believe goal-setting and planning is crucial to accomplishing your dreams and I don’t think I would’ve been able to pursue my passion for writing and paganism if I didn’t plan this blog into fruition.

How are you celebrating the Oak Moon and what big plans do you have for this coming year?

Let me know!

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch