I am a true Ravenclaw organizational nut. Office supply stores are my candy stores. The hubby hates it when I go to one because I can’t help but look at everything and we end up being there much longer than anticipated.
In an effort to become even more organized, this year I’ve tried out three different organizational planning systems, and finally settled into a bullet journal system this week. And I love it. For those who are not aware what a bullet system is, it’s basically a simple journal that has pages that are dot gridded instead of lined. This allows you to do whatever you need on each page. Follow a set of rules to organize, and you have one bullet journal. This is the article that got me started.
As I was putting my mundane things into my new journal, I was reminded of a witch friend of mine who unfortunately had a short stint in jail about 20 years ago. As he was there before there was any allowance of paganism in local and state penitentiaries, he made his magical tools out of paper, which worked very well for him. If paper could work for tools, why couldn’t a bullet journal also be utilized? So here is my brainstorm of what types of things could be done in bullet journal format. Some of these things I’ve already put in my book, while others may take longer to vet out the concept for my personal practices.
This one sounds like a given. There are many different types of prayer cards from many different religions that could easily be placed in a journal and opened when you want a moment of silence with your deity. However, this idea could be taken further. I have an ancestor altar at home that contains many of the funeral cards of passed family and friends. Why not take a scan of those cards, print them out and set up a specific page just for them? This will allow you to keep the original card safe at home, yet you will be able to pray to or send an offering whenever needed. Simply open up the journal to your ancestor altar, say your prayer and put the offering before the page. Then dispose of the offering as necessary after your ceremony is over.
If the book could be utilized for an ancestor altar, it means it could also translate over very well to be an altar to a God or Goddess. It would also allow the owner of the journal to collect whatever they wish to put together the page, or to draw whatever they feel is right for their particular deity. You then have a beautiful way to connect with your spirituality, and people around you won’t notice anything out of the ordinary.
Reiki and Spell Pages
There is a concept I teach in my Reiki classes that allows someone to receive Reiki 24/7. It’s called a Reiki box. The basic idea is to decorate the inside of a small box with Reiki symbols. Then you write people’s names on a slip of paper and add it into the box, finally charging and setting the intentions. This allows the Reiki to be sent to whomever’s name is within the box.
This could easily be modified into a bullet journal. Fill two pages facing each other with Reiki symbols. Then names can be discreetly added by use of a small piece of paper, by post it note and a small amount of tape. I prefer to utilize post it notes to write names as I include specific symbols on the post it note itself based on the need of the person. The sticky part of the note then becomes a ‘seal’ to help solidify the work.
Of course, you don’t have to do this with just Reiki symbols. Any system of symbols would work. I have also used RunValdur and rune staves with post it notes and it works just fine. Using this concept, I’ve done healing spells, blessings and even prosperity and protection work. This is only limited by your imagination.
To ease any concerns about the energy ‘bleeding over’ into other areas of the journal or for more in depth work, the pages could be separated from other lists by additional blank pages. Bind runes or other symbols could be used on the separating pages to keep the energy contained, much like how it is done on many types of altars in use today. For in depth work, I would suggest setting up the boundaries first before setting up the working space.
Using a book for divination practice is very common. And a bullet journal can easily be utilized for this practice. And again, you are only limited by your imagination. I currently have the Elder Futhark set of rune staves in my journal for this purpose, and plan to also add Welsh Triads and quotes dear to me in the future. Passages from holy books could also be used. The divination area could even be used for automatic writing or drawing. Again, if you are concerned about energy bleeding over into other lists and calendars, separate the pages and create boundaries as necessary.
Learning and Exploring New Concepts
I learn best by hand writing the concepts that I am trying to learn. It’s one reason why the Elder Futhark runes already exist in my bullet journal. The more I write, the more I understand the concepts and how they relate to me.
Another option to use the journal is for exploring spiritual ideas or projects. Brainstorming tools and creativity concepts are excellent when you feel stuck or want to do some internal spiritual work. I frequently use mind maps to help work with spirits, draft potential spell work or to put together ceremonies and holiday celebrations.
Don’t Lose the Journal
The more dependent you become on something, the more afraid you are to lose it. And if you are planning on putting that many aspects of your life into a journal like I do, it means the book becomes very important. That is why I also put a prayer in each book that speaks to the book only falling in the hands of whom it is in intended for, and to ensure it doesn’t get lost. The prayer that I use comes from Marion Weinstein’s book “Earth Magic: A Dianic Book of Shadows” but anything that fits your particular practice or spirituality could be easily substituted.
My Personal Practice – Always More to Learn
As an organizational nut, the bullet journal has made me realize there are many other things that I need to learn from a spiritual perspective that don’t have anything to do with writing anything magic-related into it’s pages. I can’t just rip out a page if I write something wrong (well, I could, but then that would leave it very messy). White out also only goes so far. This means taking my time writing what you want in your journal is key to keeping it neat and organized. And when you do make mistakes, I don’t have to beat myself up for them. So I’m being given another lesson in patience and mindfulness as I fill out the pages. I am certain that anyone else who picks up this method of organization will also have mindful and spiritual concepts and lessons they learn along the way as they use it, even if they don’t realize what it is they are learning.
My spirituality is intertwined with my everyday life. It just makes sense to me then that common tools that you use in everyday tasks could also be used for spiritual development as well. As I think of more, I’ll write about them here. Or please feel free to tell me how you might be using these tools for your own spiritual growth!