Writing things down that happen in your coven or in your rituals is not just a useful tool for keeping track of what happened, but can lead to insights that you might have otherwise missed. Certainly, many of us can relate to the idea of “circle memory,” which is actually a lack thereof. What happened in circle can quickly become hazy once you’ve stepped out of that frame of mind. Connections insights, and experiences that were crystal clear at the time may slip away from you, especially the longer you wait to talk about them or record them.
Some groups keep a coven book with ritual details and information about the members, but keeping a private journal for yourself is also a good idea. Of course, some of us shrug at that idea and go, yeah sure, I’ve tried to do that before and it fell by the wayside after a few weeks or months. Certainly, that was my feeling and experience in trying to keep a diary over the years. Yet a ritual journal is not necessarily the same thing, though you can choose to start a journal that encompasses both your spiritual and everyday life experiences.
Keeping a ritual journal can become part of your spiritual path. Each time, after you’ve done a rite for yourself or attended a group event, you can go home and write down not just what happened, but what you felt and figured out, including any insights and visions. Over time, this becomes not just a record of your experiences, but a guidebook towards getting a better view of your path–where you are, where you came from, and where you might yet be going.
You can expand on the journal by adding in any dreams that relate to your spiritual journey, divination results, and even important phrases that jump out at you from books, movies, and classes. Put all together, the puzzle pieces can begin to reveal who you are and why you are here. They can show you what sort of rituals you might want to create to take you another step onward, to push the envelope just a little bit further.
Despite my failure with various diaries, I’ve somehow managed to keep a regular journal now since 2004 and its filled with not just my circle experiences, messages from the Gods and other spirits, bits and pieces of articles and books in progress, but also poems, stories, and plans for what I wish to accomplish each year. Looking back at the early books, I can not only see just how far I’ve come, but can find insights that I missed at the time or that simply needed the passage of the years to unfold. Those scribbled words in black and green ink have proven priceless, not just for my own sense of self-understanding and exploration, but for aid in creating what I wish to send out into the world at large.
© 2009, Veronica Cummer, author of Sorgitzak and Masks of the Muse.