It’s time for another magickal link roundup wherein I have compiled this fortnight’s best resources from around the witchy web. I hope that 2018 is off to a good start for you all! I’m back to work and the grading grind (I’m a community college adjunct professor), which is kind of stale even when it’s fresh. Even though I love writing materials (hence this website) and staying organized, I’m ho hum on grading, since I essentially give the same feedback all the time. Of course, no one loves 100% of any job, so c’est la vie. I definitely miss writing for this website all December long and doing nothing else!
Below you will find the my favorite links from around the magickal interweb from the first half of January 2018. If you have a favorite witchy post/blog/product to share, please feel free to post it in the comments.
~ Early January 2018 Magickal Link Roundup ~
Astrology & Numerology
2018 Numerology: Balancing the “Me” and “We” in the 11/2 Universal Year on Astrostyle – 2018 is a Year 2 in numerology, a year of patience and planting seeds. This article goes into the details of what to expect in 2018, which is both a Year 2 and an 11 Master number year (and they go into what that means). As a numerology nerd from way back I always love to read about what the numbers have in store for us.
January Numerology: A New Personal Year Number for 2018 on Astro Style – I read this post about personal year numbers (any other 6’s out there?) and was like, “Hmm, interesting,” then an hour later it was clear that this was going to be completely accurate. Definitely check it out, maybe print yours and add it to your Book of Shadows, and plan on reflecting on it at the end of the month.
Books & Publications
Sigil Witchery: A Witch’s Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols by Laura Tempest Zakroff – Released on January 8th 2018 this book is all about sigil magick, a topic that I’m interested in learning more about. I won’t be buying it until I’ve seen in it person though; I know it’s weird, but I don’t like irregularly sized books, and this one is square. For me to buy a square book that’s going to drive me crazy, it would have to be really good. Hopefully, I will see it in person soon so that I can flip through it.
Happy (almost) Solar New Year, everyone! Can we agree to call the first month of the year Plan-uary? Because I always seem to buy a new journal or planner right before the new year starts. Personally, I’m starting a BuJo this year (yes, I’m years behind on this), and I’m really excited. Below I’ve have a list of topics to pack your magickal journal, grimoire, or book of shadows over the course of January. There are both prompts and correspondences below.
Planning Ahead: January is an excellent time to plan ahead. Even if you celebrate one of the many, many other ‘new year’ times on the calendar, the people around you will likely be observing a solar year in some form. Now is an excellent time to write down Full and New Moon dates, signs, and times; Sabbat days for the Wheel of the Year; or brainstorm a list of topics you would like to add to your magical journal over the course of 2018. This is also a great time to set up a magickal journal if you don’t already have one.
Release List: I enjoy a good gratitude list (aka my cat’s name and then a bunch of food I want to eat) just as much as the next person, but for the new solar year consider writing a list of things to release instead. What no longer serves you? What holds you back? Write them down and (try to) let them go. Burn the release list for an extra boost of GTFO.
Something New: Think of a new skill you’d like to add to your witchcraft repertoire. Have you always wanted to try a different type of scrying? Make your own oracle deck? Create charm bags? If you’re drawn to something that usually means you have a knack for it. Try out a new witchy skill and add the information to your magical journal.
I recommend doing your Full Moon ritual on the evening of January 1st, after 9:24 PM is ideal, but any time during the day is fine. You can do your ritual any time on January 2nd before 5:46 PM as well. Regardless, to charge items, they should sit out on the night of the 1st. January’s Full Moon is also a Supermoon, which will provide an extra dose of energy to your magick.
My guide, Witch’s Guide to Full Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.
About January’s Full Moon
The two most common names for January’s Full Moon are the Cold Moon and the Wolf Moon. The name Cold Moon comes from January being one of the coldest times of the year; the name Wolf Moon is related since this is the time of winter when food is running low and wolves are growing hungry. Another name for the January Full Moon is the Moon After Yule, since the January Full Moon always occurs after the pagan holiday Yule, but before Imbolc, the next Sabbat on the pagan calendar. This Moon is occasionally called the Snow Moon, but that title usually refers to the February Full Moon. The message of this Moon is that we are in the heart of winter and must survive. This indicates a time of patience and hibernation.