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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

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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