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Different Types of Magical Journaling: Explained

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Journaling is an exercise practiced by many magic-users for a variety of purposes and in many different methods. Journaling can be an exercise in focus, it can help us broaden our view of things, helps us make connections and helps us keep track of our growth or lack thereof.


Magical journaling encompasses various types, including the renowned Book of Shadows, Dream Journal, Divination Journal, and Personal Journal, each serving unique purposes in witchcraft practice.

The Book of Shadows, a cornerstone of magical journaling, chronicles spells, rituals, and magical experiences, often passed down through generations of witches.

A Dream Journal records dreams and their symbolism, aiding in understanding subconscious messages and enhancing intuitive abilities.

A Divination Journal captures divination readings, such as tarot, runes, or astrology, helping witches track patterns and hone their skills.

A Personal Journal offers a space for personal reflections, emotions, and intentions, fostering self-awareness and personal growth through the lens of witchcraft.

What is Magical Journaling?

The magickal journal serves as a reflection of one’s conscious thoughts and the essence of the work performed. As experiences are recorded in the diary, it becomes a readable reflection of higher self-perception, acting as an advisor that enlightens the mind at the right moment.

This inner Master is ready to reveal mysteries and illuminate the conscience, going beyond the borders of the mind. Notably, the notes, reflections, and impressions written in the journal can transmute their frequency and influence over time while retaining their power.

Magickal journaling offers the chance to express creativity and passion for magic, fostering a closer connection to the practice and its tools. It becomes a sacred space to preserve experiences in witchcraft, transforming them into unforgettable moments.

Keeping memories as a witch is not just for oneself but also for future generations. It allows the precious moments, experiences, and reflections to be shared and safeguarded, whether alone or within a community or coven.

Once completed, the magickal journal becomes a cherished treasure and one of the most significant and prized memories of a witch’s life, capable of being passed down and cherished by generations of future witches.

Types of Magical Journaling

Journaling MethodDescription
Gratitude JournalA journal dedicated to expressing gratitude for daily blessings, positive experiences, and more.
Dream JournalA journal used to record dreams, explore their symbolism, and gain insights from the dream world.
Spell JournalA journal where you document your spellwork, including intentions, ingredients, and outcomes.
Tarot JournalA journal for recording tarot readings, interpretations, personal reflections, and card meanings.
Elemental JournalA journal focusing on the elements (earth, air, fire, water), their qualities, and correspondences.

Book of Shadows

The Book of Shadows is probably a witch’s most well-known journal. It is generally a book outlining a witch’s magical experiments, reference notes, and observations, though many witches keep a scrap journal for day to day notetaking and only record the highlights in the Book of Shadows to keep things organized.

Thus, some witches’ Books of Shadows are more journal-like than others, or perhaps more like a formal scientific journal than a personal journal.

A witch may have many Books of Shadows in her lifetime, starting new ones as she enters a new stage in her practice, or as she runs out of room to write in the old one.

Dream Journal

Another journal that many magic-users keep is the dream journal. This may be part of a personal journal, the Book of Shadows, or it may be its own thing.

Keeping a dream journal helps us to remember our dreams and to stay in touch with our unconscious minds. One of the most important things witches must learn is to know themselves; a dream journal helps with this.

For those of us that engage in dreamwork, it becomes even more important and more like a Book of Shadows, recording our experiments and insights as well.

Divination Journal

A divination journal keeps track of messages received via divination. Some magic-users draw a single runestone or tarot card daily while others may give themselves a complete reading.

Writing down the results of these exercises helps us better apply whatever wisdom is imparted and helps us remember what was learned on any given day and relate it to our activities. Keeping a divination journal also helps to strengthen our divination skills.

Personal Journal

Many magic-users also keep a personal journal. In this journal, we can free write, brainstorm, make lists and charts of pros and cons in order to clarify our intent and elaborate on our magical practice.

It also helps us to “unpack” our feelings about things, so we can stop thinking about them for a while and focus on what’s important, or at least within our control.

Benefits of Magical Journaling

Self-reflection and growthJournaling allows for self-exploration, understanding emotions, and personal development.
Enhanced mindfulnessWriting about magical experiences helps to cultivate present-moment awareness and mindfulness.
Tracking progressJournaling helps you monitor your magical practice, track rituals, spells, and their effectiveness.
Increased clarity and focusWriting clarifies thoughts, intentions, and goals, enabling you to focus and manifest your desires.
Spiritual connectionJournaling provides a means to deepen your spiritual connection, explore beliefs, and gain insights.
Personalized reference guideYour journal becomes a valuable resource with your own notes, correspondences, and magical references.

Which One Should You Use?

Depending on the personal interests of a magic-user, many journals may be kept. I keep a plant journal, and a kitchen journal in addition to a personal journal, a Book of Shadows and a dream journal.

Others may keep an Astrology journal, a meditation journal, or a journal related to any of the physical or mental exercises they practice as part of their Craft.

Tips for Getting Started

Getting started with magickal journaling involves finding the right time and creating a suitable environment for writing. Setting aside time each day to write in the journal allows for reflection on daily goals, thoughts, and experiences.

Whether it’s in the morning, evening, or during the day, finding a quiet and comfortable place to write without interruption is essential. This could be a favorite corner at home, a park, or a cozy café.

When writing, it’s important to maintain honesty and express oneself freely, even when dealing with uncomfortable thoughts or feelings. Using informal language and not worrying about grammar or punctuation is encouraged as the main goal is to express thoughts clearly and naturally.

To overcome writer’s block and find inspiration, various techniques can be used, such as prompts, themes, reflecting on important moments of the day, and making journaling a daily habit. Establishing a routine and setting small rewards for consistent journaling can help maintain motivation.

Customizing the diary with decorations, embellishments, and personal touches makes it a unique reflection of oneself and the experiences shared within it. For those concerned about privacy, keeping the diary in a secure place or using a digital diary with a password can provide confidentiality.

Rereading and reflecting on the journal entries can offer valuable insight into personal growth and development. By evaluating thoughts and emotions over time, patterns and trends can be identified, leading to more informed decisions in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a regular journal and a magickal journal?

The difference between a regular journal and a magickal journal lies in the content. A magickal journal is specifically used to express thoughts, ideas, and emotions related to one’s witchy and spiritual path.

Do I need to follow a specific religious or spiritual path to keep a magickal journal?

No specific religious or spiritual path is required to keep a magickal journal. It is open to anyone interested in expressing their experiences and reflections on their spiritual journey.

How often should I write in my magickal journal?

Consistency is essential for magickal journaling. Ideally, writing daily is recommended, but it can also be used sporadically for sharing special and important moments.

Can I share my magickal journal with others?

Sharing the magickal journal with others is a personal choice. It can be kept private or shared, depending on individual preferences.

Are there any precautions or ethical considerations for magickal journaling?

There are no specific precautions or ethical considerations for magickal journaling. It is a personal and introspective practice.


Magickal journaling serves a vital function by allowing individuals to carefully consider their objectives, celebrate successes, and objectively approach setbacks. It fosters personal growth, one step at a time, and writing a diary becomes a successful form of positive change.

Taking a few minutes each day to focus on oneself sets the track for a transformative journey.

About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

4 thoughts on “Different Types of Magical Journaling: Explained”

    • As the article states, a magical journal is just a journal about a magical topic. Just get a notebook and write whatever you want in it. Just start writing.

    • I am not sure how to explain it more than I did in the post.
      Like, anything you want. The results of your divinations, your magical experiments, thoughts on magical subjects, whatever.


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