Moon Journaling in a Bullet Journal

I decided to start what I’m calling “Moon Journaling” in my bullet journal. For me journaling is very cathartic and helps me process my worries, frustrations and fears. It’s also a self-care moment but I find it difficult to routinely keep up with journaling. A part of journaling that has been beneficial for me is to be able to look back and see how I’ve grown or progressed over time but it is important to do it consistently to be able to accurately compare moment to moment. So I developed a way to do that through Moon Journaling. Below is how I do it:

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Moon Index

This is where the artists among us can have a lot of fun

Moon Index

It starts with your “moon index”. I recommend a two page spread so start your moon index on the left page. You can find a list of all the phases of the moon in 2018 at Times and Dates. Like with everything with bujo, it’s better to do-it-yourself. Writing is an intentional act and this will help you get acquainted with the moon phases.

This is where the artists among us can have a lot of fun. The standard icons for the moon phases are, well, iconic. They are beautiful in their simplicity yet there are a myriad of ways they can be showcased. For my purposes I kept it minimal because that’s my bullet journal style. My recommendation is to dedicate a full page to this. I left room for myself to write descriptions of the phases or other interesting facts as I come upon them.

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Monthly

Repetition is the key to successfully making sure you journal with the moon phases

Monthly

Now you need to write the icons on each monthly page according to date. Repetition is the key to successfully making sure you journal with the moon phases.

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Daily

Incorporate it into your daily that works for you

Daily

For me this was easy because my layout remains the same from month to month (I do a 6 day, horizontal layout) but I know people do their Daily in a lot of different ways. So do your best to reference your monthly or find some way to incorporate it into your daily that works for you.

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Moon Journaling

The space is created for you to journal during the high tides and low tides of your life

Moon Journaling

And now you are ready to journal. I begin the first page right next to the index. When you come upon a moon in your dailies or when you see it on your monthly page that is when you journal. The other addition I like to add is to write the date and the moon icon (I really can’t get enough of them!). And that’s it. The space is created for you to journal during the high tides and low tides of your life. I hope this enhances your journaling. Be well.


Why the moon phases?

I’ve always romanticized the moon when I was younger. As a child, I always enjoyed watching Dreamworks films not only for the goofy and funny animated stories, but also for the opening scene of the boy in the moon dropping his fishing line into still waters. I’d imagine a number of things he do up there; sprinkle snowflakes and hang stockings in the winter, play a ukulele in the summertime, and do handstands when he got bored and lonely. 

I grew up and the practicality of life hit and I seldom thought of the moon unless it was a supermoon because the sheer massiveness of a supermoon is hard to ignore. But more or less, it just became a distant memory of my youth.

Well, here I am years later and my mind drifted back to the moon. Full disclosure, the concept of the moon phases being aligned with menstruation has not escaped me. There are debates on whether that is true but it recently piqued my interest. I ended up much more interested in the science of the phases and once I saw it had a very nice rhythm and recognizable icons, I immediately thought about using it as a reminder for my journaling.

By journaling with the moon phases, it reminds me to pause and connect with the universe around me. Not only do the repeated notations in my bullet journal remind me of the phases, so does the sky above. It reminds me to step outside, look up and be still. I need those moments of silence to help me reflect on my inner thoughts and put them down on to page.