The Mindful Witch is an absolutely gorgeous guided journal. Beautifully illustrated in full color, this hardcover is divided into four sections: My Journey So Far; My Mindful, Magickal Year Ahead; My Grimoire; and Book of Shadows.
My Journey So Far gives you space to reflect on yourself and your practice, with questions like, “Imagine that you are building a witch resume for yourself. What are your unique talents and abilities?” This section briefly touches on altars, spells, rituals, the elements, magical correspondences, seasons, moon cycles, days of the week, and the wheel of the year.
My Mindful, Magickal Year Ahead makes up the bulk of the book. For each month there is a section for the full moon with a moon name such as The Wolf Moon (January) or The Harvest Moon (September). There are guided questions and a list of correspondences such as elements, colors, stones, gods and herbs for that moon. Then there’s an astrological new moon section (such as New Moon in Aries for April). After the journaling questions for that moon, there is a monthly section to help you set your intentions each month. At the end of the month there’s a page prompting you to mindfully reflect on your month and what worked and didn’t. These pages are reminiscent of planner pages with monthly goals and reflections, except here they’re in a magical context.
The next two sections of the book are not long enough to provide much value but are merely a jumping-off point to show what you might include in a grimoire or book of shadows.
My Grimoire is six pages of three spells: The Honey Jar, An Easy Money Spell, and A Simple Protection Spell.
My Book of Shadows has space to record seven of your own spells with notes, intentions, supplies, and directions. This would give you a template of how to write your own entries in a separate journal.
Despite the last two sections being too small to be very useful, the book is well-designed and lovely. It would take a new witch through an entire year of new and full moons and give some beginner advice on how to plan and conduct rituals and spells.
A lot of people find their book of shadows frustrating and confusing. It shouldn’t be, but it frequently is. That’s because we don’t know if we’re supposed to be writing our own sacred book or keeping a journal. Is it a personal workbook for us or something to immortalize us for posterity? We get overwhelmed with all that we want our books to accomplish and many of us get stuck with an expensive blank book into which we’ve copied a few correspondences before giving up and shelving it.
The Mindful Witch solves this by being beautiful enough for posterity but useful enough to be your workbook. It’s structured and provides a roadmap for navigating the early steps of your path as a witch. Although suitable for brand new witches, this book would also make a decent journal for an experienced witch, even if you’ve already been keeping a book of shadows for years. It’s very much a book I wish I’d had when I was starting out and was so confused about what to do and how to keep my grimoire.
5 of 5 stars
The Mindful Witch: A Daily Journal for Manifesting a Truly Magical Life
St. Martin’s Press, 2019