After twenty plus years of being a Witch I have accumulated over ten journals, four of which are the traditional Book of Shadows. My first two have long been dismantled over time since my “little Witch” days. The remaining journals are used for my other spiritual practices, one for journeys and vision quests, meditations, and dreams. Another for ancestral work, two others are used only for specific deity and path work and the others are used for general magickal journaling. I also keep an ever-growing herbal reference book. This does not include all the uncategorized information on my computer. Journaling has become a huge part of my spiritual journey in Witchcraft and other magickal practices through the years. It has also been a lifesaver in my muggle world as well. I found that journaling during the hard-teenage years had helped me understand who I was. As a young gay man keeping a record of my thoughts and emotions had become therapeutic as I started to come out of the closet.
If you are already accustomed to keeping a daily diary, then magickal journals should be an additional easy habit to acquire. Most journal entries need not be wordy or even detailed; often, a single line entry such as “dreamt of a bear and the date” will be sufficient. When it comes to your book of shadows, more details and information might be warranted, especially when writing rituals and spells out. Many modern Witches keep a more detailed record, listing all pertinent information regarding one’s set-up, time and date, results and outcomes, and any other conditions they feel are important. Just as anything else in your spiritual journey the choice is yours and doing what you feel is right for you. In my newest book, “The Modern Witch’s Curriculum” explores a full two weeks of journal keeping and the benefits of doing so. Which also carries over into another two weeks of recording experiences of various journeys into other worlds. One way of journeying that the reader can experience is through astral travel.
In simple terms all astral traveling is, is a spiritual journey within the material world. This means that through an altered state our spirit travels through our world to a location where we can retrieve information and so much more. However, this cannot happen overnight, through practice the information you will receive will be clearer more detailed. In “The Modern Witch’s Curriculum” we explore this practice through guided meditation to lay the foundation of astral travel. In this guided meditation we will visit a chosen area using our astral self to test your accuracy of.
Before beginning this guided meditation, choose an indoor location that is close to your home that you have never been before. Have a glass of water and some type of food high in carbohydrates near the area you are working.
Astral Travel Guided Meditation
This is best lying down at your regular altar or somewhere that is comfortable and where you can relax.
Close your eyes, make yourself comfortable and relax. Next begin to prepare for the meditation by breathing in deeply through your nose, filling your belly, hold for a count of three and exhale through your mouth. Do this three times, or until you feel relaxed, centered and open. With closed eyes keeping them at a centered gaze. Count yourself slowly down from ten to one breathing slowly and regularly.
Begin to feel your energy throughout your body.
Visualize with intention your energy releasing from your body and taking form of yourself.
With eyes closed, look around the room take a mental note of items of interest. This will help you return.
Now thinking of the location, you wish to visit, count down from five; visualize your outer self-leaving the room.
This may be done any way you choose. Allow your intuition to direct you into the correct direction.
When you arrive at your location, look around taking note of items of interest, colors, sounds, building layout, and anything that you might need to remember. Collect as much information as you can.
Begin to return in the direction you arrived from. Slowly begin to feel yourself back in your room. Allowing your energy self to meld back into your physical body.
Recalling from the mental notes taken before become aware of what is around you.
When ready open your eyes. Ground as needed. Drink and eat to help ground.
While eating write down all that you sensed and seen in a journal. Remembering as much as you can, draw the layout of the building and items you saw on your journey. Do not worry about filling in what you have not seen or cannot remember. When possible, but not too long of a wait, travel physically to the location and compare notes. Keep in mind you will not receive a hundred percent on this “test”, but with practice you will get closer each time.