There’s nothing quite like bringing a new blog into existence to make one tighten the reins on their daily workflow and am to utilize their time as effectively and enjoyably as possible.
Enter the humble workhorse that is the personal day planner.
Time to get planning!
With 2020 officially underway, now is the time to ramp up – *cough, cough* – planning for this exciting first year of the new decade.
Planners have seen a huge resurgence in popularity over the past few years. I personally believe they were a game-changer in the paper crafting industry.
I am not surprised that many people, both paper crafters and non-paper crafters alike, find themselves drawn to day planners, bullet journals, and similar forms of personal calendars and tracking methods.
The tactile, creative, imaginative nature of paper planners (as opposed to digital apps and other online planners) stirs many of our souls, while also being a genuinely useful tool in our daily lives.
For the purpose of today’s post, we’re going to bypass the personal planner 101 info.
Instead, we’ll dive headfirst into a look at some of the most appealing 2020 planners for Pagans, witches and similarly spiritually attuned folks.
Note: There are many wonderful annuals, almanacs, and similar books, as well as wall calendars, that are published each year pertaining to things such as moon phases, astrology, herbology, and so forth.
These books and calendars generally provide a short, informative snippet on a given topic each day or week. Some include blank space for the user to jot down their own info as well, others do not.
For the purpose of this post, we’re focusing instead on the types of day planners that lean more heavily on providing the user with ample room to write, track, etc their own personal information.
2020 Your Most Magical Year Yet Planner
Page count: 131
Publisher: Independently published
Specs: From well-known and highly esteemed Pagan author Tess Whitehurst, with contributions from Jennifer Joy, comes this beautiful, full-colour calendar planner that includes info on astrology and moon signs, spells, journaling prompts, poetry, customizable goal planning sections, and colouring pages, amongst its other appealing features.
Get it here: Amazon
Astro Moon Diary 2020
Page count: 202
Specs: Vivid, enchanting artwork is used abundantly throughout this spiral-bound day planner, which features daily moon phase and sign information, sun sign and planetary forecasts, both moonrise and moonset data (in EST), month-a-glance lunar grids, Pagan sabbat info, a retrograde table, and much more pertaining to both astrology and Paganism in general.
Get it here: Amazon
Coloring Book of Shadows: Planner for a Magical 2020
Page count: Unknown
Publisher: Amy Cesari
Specs: Designed, illustrated and published by Amy Cesari, this witchy planner may be the ideal choice for those who are looking to marry their love of adult colouring or paper crafting with their day planner.
Spiral-bound, printed on 70LB paper, measuring 6 inches X 9 inches, designed to be used with coloured pencils, gel pens, and ballpoint pens (best to skip the watercolors and markers here), and featuring such highlights as monthly calendar spreads, weekly planning pages, moon sign tracking, monthly spells, sabbat ideas, and tons of gorgeous witchy themed illustrations, this planner is a work of art right of the gate and will be all the more so once you’ve added your personal creative touches to its pages.
Get it here: Amazon
Country Wisdom & Folklore Diary 2020
Page count: Unknown
Publisher: Talking Tree Books
Specs: As much an engaging read with stellar illustrations as it is a diary planner, this A5 sized book stars folklore and wisdom of the British Isles alongside information on the Wheel of the Year, sun and moon risings and settings, nature and the seasons.
Its motto and principles of “Keeping the Old Ways” alive is sure to appeal to many Pagans and witches both in the United Kingdom and across the globe.
Get it here: Amazon
2020 Earth Pathways Diary
Page count: Unknown
Publisher: Earth Pathways
Specs: Part personal diary and planner, part networking resource for green-minded and creative individuals. This beautifully illustrated, article rich book is UK-centered in terms of its information on the moon, sunsets and sunrises, and related data. However, it can still be by many others around the world.
This A5 sized planner is spiral bound and includes week-at-a-view pages, month-at-a-view planner pages, and a yearly planner, as well as additional pages for you to jot down your own information.
Get it here: Earth Pathways
Llewellyn’s 2020 Witches Datebook
Page count: 168
Specs: To witchy days planners as pumpkins are to Samhain, this much-beloved, long-standing favourite is perhaps the best known of all Pagan planners on the market today.
Llewellyn’s annual day planner is full of beautiful illustrations, writing from some of today’s leading Pagan authors and writers (such as Tess Whitehurst and Laura Tempest Zakroff), sabbat recipes, information about the Wheel of the Year, and many others witchcraft and Pagan related topics.
It’s a classic for good reason and can be an excellent stand-alone or accompaniment to other planners, datebooks, bullet journals, and your BOS.
Get it here: Amazon
The Practical Witch’s Almanac 2020: Walking Your Path
Page count: 160
Publisher: Microcosm Publishing
Specs: As mentioned above, almanacs are not the focal point of this list, however this wonderful book by PaganPath.com founder Friday Gladheart merits inclusion, as it combines an in-depth Pagan focused almanac with planner pages, worksheets, project ideas, and numerous articles on a broad range of topics.
These include such areas as spellwork, tarot, runes, correspondence references, herbalism, wortcunning, crystals and stones, astrological and astronomical information, the sabbats, moon phases, gardening and permaculture, recipes, weekly psychic insights, and more.
In short, it is a treasure trove of handy, engaging info and inspiration that would make a fantastic gift for yourself or any of your witchy friends or coven mates.
Get it here: Amazon
The Witches Planner 2020
Page count: 300+
Publisher: The Witches Planner
Specs: If you’re looking for the crème de crème of witchcraft perfect planners, this is your winner. Featuring an attractive black faux leather covered binder, high-quality paper, a complete annual calendar with sabbat and Wheel of the Year Information, daily affirmations, and numerous other appealing features, this planner is designed specifically for those who live a magickal life and plan to plan their way through the coming year.
Get it here: The Witches Planner
2020 My Shining Year Life Goals Workbook by Leonie Dawson
Page count: 190
Publisher: BenBella Books
Specs: While not strictly Pagan or witchy, this excellent annual life planner by renewed artist and entrepreneur Leonie Dawson has become a cult hit with creatives, spiritually focused folks, and many others the world over since it first debuted a decade ago.
For those looking to use a planner that addresses and emphasizes the very real importance towards such areas as self-love, abundance, and creative endeavors, this gem of a day planner may be for you.
Get it here: Amazon
We’moon 2020 Spiral Edition: Wake Up Call
Page count: 234
Specs: This is the 39th book in the Gaia Rhythms for Womyn series, and like its predecessors, it is a soulful, engaging datebook that focuses on annual theme, as well as astrology and the lunar year, and more than 250 informative articles coupled with beautiful artwork throughout.
Get it here: We’Moon
Page count: 210
Publisher: Independently published / physical copy available from Blurb
Specs: Unique amongst the entries in this post, popular witchy blogger Jess Carlson’s gorgeous Witching 2020 can either be purchased, downloaded and printed yourself, or you can buy a physical copy if you prefer.
Described as a both witchcraft planner and book of shadows in one, this terrific offering features everything from information on the sabbats to moon signs and phases to a magickal tracker, plus monthly charm spells and tarot/oracle/rune spreads and plenty more (including access to a private Facebook group just for customers of this witchy planner).
Get it here: Jess Carlson (digital download version) | Blurb (physical copy)
Why you need a witchy planner for 2020
There is an unlimited number of reasons why a person could, and should, utilize a daily planner.
Each time we write down our plans, goals, and even the more seemingly ordinary “mundane” tasks of our daily lives we are planting seeds of manifestation.
The better the handle we have on our lives and spiritual journeys, the smoother they tend to run and the more prepared we stand to be for those times when the universe throws us one of famous curveballs.
Regardless of specific faith or spiritual path, a planner can be a god/goddess send in terms of helping you to plan, record and document aspects of life that pertain to your beliefs and practices.
You could even use a planner or a bullet journal for your Book of Shadows or Grimoire, if you wanted (though doing so might mean that you’d need to create a new volume of your ongoing BOS/Grimoire when the time frame, such as a year or eighteen months, that the planner was created specifically for wrapped up).
It is important to point out as well, that one can opt to make their own Pagan day planner, starting with all-purpose planner pages (inserts), journaling/planner binders, and any other materials that work for your personal needs, if going that route appeals to you.
There are also numerous sources, including a multitude of Etsy sellers, who sell planner inserts that are a great fit for Pagans and witches. Think moon phases, tarot card logs, and spell recording, for example.
Those who enjoy bullet journaling, paper crafting, or crafts in general, may find the DIY planner approach to be an especially enjoyable and meaningful way to keep track of your life each year.
Creating your own daily planner could also be a rewarding way to break into the world of paper crafting for the first time, if you’re new to this wonderful hobby.
In addition, it can be an excellent way for Pagans and witches who live south of the equator to put together a 2020 planner that reflects the Southern Hemisphere Wheel of the Year.
What witchy planner am I using for 2020?
As much as I’d love to pick up multiple entries from this list, I’m a witch on a major budget. Plus, objectively, I don’t need more than one planner, even if various options might provide me with different perks and features.
No sense in buying multiples of something for which one version should amply suffice – especially as I work from home and don’t presently live the kind of life that requires me to rigidly plan out my every waking minute (full and busy as my days certainly are!).
I first caught wind of The Practical Witches Almanac in mid-October 2019. Samhain season was out in full force and this planner immediately intrigued me. In fact, I ordered it the very same day I discovered its existence.
I’ve just starting to read and use it, as January gets underway. So far I’m very pleased with this engagingly beautiful planner and am delighted that I followed my intuition and opted to make it my witchy planner for 2020. (Note that the Llewellyn Witches Datebook poking out beneath my planner in the photo above is from a previous year)
Which of these 2020 witch and Pagan planners most appeals to you?
What are you looking for in your planner? Dimensions? The amount of blank space provided? Useful witchy info that is included? Dare I say it… aesthetics?
While the latter can be a lovely boon to any planner, ideally it’s usually prudent to purchase a planner (or multiple planners) that fit your lifestyle. Your real, honest to goodness current lifestyle and daily schedule.
If you aren’t sure which planner is right for you, consider employing divination, listing your options on pieces of paper and using a pendulum to narrow down your choices, asking for a sign, speaking to fellow witchy folks about their choices, or visiting your local metaphysical shop or bookstore to see which of the planners highlighted here they have in stock and getting a feel for what option you connect with most in person.
Do you know of any other great physical or downloadable witchy day planners for 2020 that aren’t included here?
If so, please feel free to share them in the comments below so that this post can offer fellow readers even more handy planner options.
Note: This post is the first in an on-going multi-part series that will explore the importance, benefits, and magickal + spiritual applications of day planners for witches, Wiccans and Pagans of all kinds.
I didn’t even know such existed. The Moon diary is beautiful and the coloring book is such a great idea. I feel very boring now, I use an ordinary Filofax as calendar. It functions both as calendar, address book, notebook and purse, and fits into my handbag. It lives in a pale green fake-snake leather cover, which I was very lucky to find brand new in a charity shop for a song. Besides this ordinary, but practical solution, I love my Bullet Journals. In those I track different things, like my mood, migraine, exercise, books I read, etc. And I use it for writing. Writing down my thoughts and worries makes me feel better. I never use washi tape nor stickers, I like to sketch everything myself, which is part of feeling better. So besides my newfound love for small photos (the Kodak mini printer) everything is drawn by hand. Have a lovely day, dear. 🙂
Isn’t the colouring book brilliant? The talented author/illustrator behind it has produced other wonderful witchery related colouring books as well, each of which is inspiringly beautiful.
I adore, and admire, that you are passionate about hand drawing and pouring as much of yourself and your innate talents as possible into your lovely BOJOs.
I’ve not yet given bullet journaling a spin myself, but Tony got into it last year. He’s journaled for a long time, but that was his first foray into the world of BOJO. It was the coolest thing to have someone to talk paper crafting related techniques and products with in my/our house after years of being the sole paper crafter in our relationship. He’s since returned more to traditional journaling, but may pick up BOJOing again at some point.
Thank you very much for your lovely comment and for sharing more about what works for you, and why, on this front, dear Sanne.
Happy journaling in 2020!
Well my friend, I went to order The Practical Witch’s Almanac and it says 1-2 months for shipping! Maybe next year! I still haven’t found a planner for this year and I liked what I saw inside this one. Oh well! Printed calendar pages it is. 🙂
Hello lovely Willow, thank you very much for your comment. Oh no! I’m sorry to learn that it has become unavailable currently on Amazon. 🙁
Now, granted the site says that it will ship in 1 – 3 weeks, so still a bit of a wait indeed, but the Canadian book chain Indigo/Chapters presently has it listed for sale: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-practical-witchs-almanac-2020/9781621060659-item.html
That could be an option – assuming it really does ship then and one was okay with waiting to begin (and/or backdate some of their pages) their planner a wee bit into the year.
Printed pages are a great option, too, for sure. I’m falling ever more in love with the idea of creating my own (paper crafted) planner for a future year.
I just have to say, I am an immense fan of your stellar blog and have been actively reading it for years now. Receiving a comment from you on this, the very second post on my own witchy blog, is a profound honour. Thank you deeply.
Immense blessings to you for 2020. May you have a radiant year that abounds with creativity, joy, tranquility, and magic from start to finish.
If you create a papercraft planner for next year, please, please, please share it! And I am honored that you follow me! I adore you, your style, and your beautiful words. I’m really happy I have the opportunity to follow you back. 🙂
That is so radiantly kind and encouraging of you to say, dearest Willow. Thank you immensely. I feel 100% the same way about you and your excellent, informative and unendingly inspiring blog as well.
I’m happy to see that you hold the Moon Diary in high esteem – I stumbled across it last year, but didn’t use it as fully as I would have liked, so I’ve bought another this year, and I fully plan to take advantage of all it’s information this time around. Thank you for this post! 💜
Hi Mark, thank you very much for your terrific comment.
I hear you there, my friend! I too have had some years when planners, witchy and more mundane alike, languished unused (save for any text in them being read and enjoyed, which is often worth the price of admission, so to speak, unto itself) or not used as much as I’d hoped they would be.
I’ve been upping my planner usage intensity in recent years though and with this new blog in my life, am confident 2020’s witchy planner will be well-loved come the next December. 🙂
I hope that the same rings true for you and that this year’s edition of the Moon Diary is an engaging gem of a day planner for you.
I seriously had no idea there was such an array of pagan and witchy planners available, and I definitely approve if your choice. I do prefer a real, tactile planner over any app, much like I still prefer teal books over an e-reader. Xxx
Hi sweet Ann, I’m delighted to have introduced you to some of the (ever-increasing number) of witchy related planners that are on the market today.
Absolutely! I’ve never made the switch to ebooks/e-readers either and have zero desire to personally do so at present – much, of course, as I acknowledge their benefits and appeal for many the world over.
Like yourself, I adore the feeling, sight, even the scent of books. Having that tangible connection with printed ink on paper is something I cherish with all my heart.
Here’s to printed books and handwritten planners, and all the joy that both bring into our lives.
I want to add that for the budget conscious, I have enjoyed the Insomniac’s Attic Monthly calendar for years now. It’s a a FREE printable Pagan / Christian / Wiccan / Horror / Gothic monthly planner available on https://insomniacs-attic.myshopify.com/blogs/news/not-your-average-bookstore-dayminder
Also, they come in Northern and Southern hemisphere versions!
You are thoroughly awesome – just as The Insomniac’s Attic’s free printable calendar looks to be. That is such a wonderfully thoughtful, generous offering for her to extend to the public (on both sides of the equator).
I was not aware of it and sincerely appreciate you sharing about this stellar calendar option here. Thank you so much!
These certainly intrigue me! I’m just starting out on my Pagan journey and while I want to craft my own solitary path, I’m at a loss for ideas on things.
Hi Betsy, thank you very much for your visit and lovely comment. It is profoundly beautiful, meaningful and magickal alike that you are deepening in your Pagan path.
If there are any topics that you’d be keen to see posts on here or questions about Paganism, witchcraft, and similar topics that I might be able to assist you with, please don’t hesitate to let me know here in the comments or by email anytime.
And please know, as a newcomer, that you are supported, encouraged, and embraced here in the Pagan sphere.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to junk journal my way through somehow! I have bullet journalled off and on over the years, and I’m fairly certain I can make it work 😜
Also… it’s paper crafting, and I think I can add journaling to it (always good on the witchy path!).
Also nice blog! I missed your vintage blogging, but it’s nice to see your new ‘home’ online 😊
Hi Rachel, thank you very much for your wonderful comment and for joining me here as I embark on this new chapter of my life. It truly means a lot to me.
I adore your idea of a junk journal based planner for 2020. Pretty much anytime one can combine creativity with productivity, I’m on board. 🙂
Wishing you a year of joy, inspiration, positivity, light, and reasons to smile.
So many ideas here for great journals. monthly calendars etc. While I tend to lean toward makig my own, I’ve always required a monthly grid open on the desk so I can be reminded what my priorities and plans are. But no time like the present to start a more creative journal as well. Thanks for the inspirations here, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with this year–so happy to see you back online, you were missed.
Thank you for your heart-touching kindness, Jen. I may have come dangerously close to shedding a few tears over your closing line.
I hear you regarding wanting/needing to be close to a calendar as you go about your day. I keep wall calendars on both floors of our house and my witchy planner is never far from sight.
Many appreciative thanks again. It is a true joy to be helming a blog again, just as it is to have support from awesomely kind people like yourself.