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JOURNAL DIARY INSTRUCTIONS

INTRODUCTION:

In every reputable work on magick, the Ceremonial Magician is told of the importance of keeping a journal of his/her own personal daily work. This journal is a personal diary of sorts, and it is used to help the magician keep track of what they have done over time in an organized format. By reviewing the personal journal, the magician is able to more easily recognize significant stages of their own development, as well as provide insight into certain difficulties by the observance of various patterns.

What form should the journals of our own members within our own Society take? This short work, and the forms that accompany it, has been designed to answer this question, as well as provide the tools necessary to make the everyday tasks of journal diary keeping a bit easier, and to provide a more uniform format for our membership that those Adepti who train other members will have an easier time in reviewing these personal works.

REPORT FORMS:

At present, The Order of the Astral Star has issued six (6) General Forms, with other Ritual Diary Forms currently being developed specifically for the exercises that all Aspirants are required to perform and record in their diaries. For now, the General Forms may be used, or a separate plain blank sheet of paper may be used for diagrams.

The Six Forms are as follows:

1) OAS Form #JD1, (The Daily Ritual Diary Form): The Daily Ritual Diary Form is the principle form in this collection. This is the form that has the member list all pertinent information concerning his/her daily ritual work.

2) OAS Form #JD2, (The Continuation Narrative Form): The Continuation Narrative Form is not labeled as such on the form itself. This form lists the Date and the Day at the top of the form, and is used as a continued narrative for Form #JD1, and for any other form that requires additional narrative. This is a "catch all" form to be used when no other form is applicable. For Diagrams, a plain blank sheet of white typing paper is appropriate in place of this form.

3) OAS Form #JD3, (The Daily Dream Diary Form): The Daily Dream Diary Form is a form to be used to record a record of the members dreams.

4) OAS Form #JD4, (The Daily General Activity Diary): The Daily General Activity Diary Form is an optional form. Several members have stated that it would be nice to have a form that they could use to fill out to list some of the mundane things that happen during the day. This form is used to list what major event when on at work, or what you did that night. Several of our members use this form to list what they had to eat on a given day, and generally what happened to them. This is sort of a "dear diary" general form for ease of use in one's ritual diary.

5) OAS Form #JD5, (The Standard Book Report Form - Page 1 of 2): The Standard Book Report Form is used to record the reading of a particular book or literary work required for advancement in grade. The first page lists the book information more thoroughly than the second page.

6) OAS Form #JD6, (The Standard Book Report Form - Page 2 of 2): The Standard Book Report Form - Page 2 is a continuation from #JD5, and is used to continue writing the members impressions of the work, as well as specific points that stand out to the reader.

REPORT FORM INSTRUCTIONS:

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:

All of the OAS Journal Forms have some features in common. Some Journal Forms have a few features in common. Here we plan to list some of these features, and list some general instructions.

All Journal Forms are to be printed on 8.5 inch by 11 inch white paper. No other color of paper should be used as original forms within a member's Journal. In the event that parts of your Journal need to be photocopied and sent to your sponsor for review, white paper copies come out cleaner than other paper colors.

All Journal entries are to be made in permanent, non-water soluble, black ink. This standard is set both for permanency and for readability.

All Journals should be kept in a standard three ring binder, preferably white in color. In all likelihood, the member will probably develop over the years a set of these binders to contain their Journals. All Journals should be kept in a safe place. These Journals shall continue to provide a wealth of information for you, and for those who follow in your own footsteps.

All Journal Forms have at the bottom of the page the form number and the revision number at the right hand bottom corner. This should list the Form ID Number, (i.e. OAS Form # followed by a / which then lists the Revision Date as Rev. Month-Year. The most recent form Revision Date should be 08-97, for August, 1997.

All Journal Forms have at the bottom of the page and centered a line that is used to assign a page number. Using Arabic numerals, all members who use these forms should write the page numbers using the following format: Year - Month - Date - Number for that Day. Example: The First Page for a member's Journal Diary would read 97-08-01-01 for the first day of Aug., 1997. The second page filled out would have a page number, 97-08-01-02, whereas the first page of the second of Aug., 1997 would be listed as: 97-08-02-01. For the year 2000, the OAS will use 00-Month-Day-Page. Two pages per day are the minimum, whereas three to four pages is the norm.

Additionally, several of the Journal Forms have a vertical line to the right side of the form with a heading labeled, "Update/Addition." It is recommended that when filling out the daily ritual diary, the member leave this section blank, so as to leave a blank area to write a comment at some future date in. We recommend a schedule for reviewing your own work later in these instructions.

It is not necessary to photocopy forms front and back. It is appropriate to make a copy of the form, and then continue on the back, making sure to leave a margin to the right for additions. Attempt to maintain the same margins as on the front of the form, and attempt to use the proper format of the continuing form that is normally used.

And now for specific line by line instructions concerning the forms themselves.

OAS FORM #JD1 (The Daily Ritual Diary Form):

DATE / TIME:

1) Date: Write in the date on which the report is for using Arabic numerals. Example: 01/01/1997 = January 1st, 1997.

2) Day: Write in the day of the week in abbreviation including: Sun = Sunday; Mon = Monday; Tue = Tuesday; Wed = Wednesday; Thr = Thursday; Fri = Friday; and Sat = Saturday.

3) Start Time: Write in the time that you began your rituals, using either military (24 Hour) time or standard time. If you use standard time remember to write AM or PM.

4) End Time: Write in the time that you ended your rituals, and/or closed your temple, again, using either military (24 Hour) time or standard time. If you use standard time remember to write AM or PM.

CONDITIONS:

5) Astrological Conditions: Feel free to use any number of Almanacs to obtain this information. The OAS uses Llewellyn's Astrology Calendar as it's standard.

A) Sun: Write the sun sign, exact time if known.
B) Moon: Write the moon sign, exact time if known.
C)Aspects: List key Astrological Aspects that occurred while your rituals were in progress. *Note: There are two lines for these entries.

6) Personal Conditions: Make an entry how you generally feel. If you are ill, state what you basically have, and if running a fever, include the temperature if possible. Female members sometimes include when on their menstrual cycle, severity of cramps, etc.

7) Weather Conditions: Include an entry for weather in your local area. Exact weather details are optional, though members should list the general conditions.

A) Sky: cloudy or clear; rain, storm, lightening, etc.
B) Wind: Wind speed and direction if known, otherwise list if it is calm or windy - light, moderate, storm, etc.
C) External: Outside Humidity and Temperature if known.
D) Temple: Inside Humidity and Temperature if known. Most Temples have a thermometer and barometer on the inside of the Temple near the Door.

8) Person(s) Present: Including yourself, who was present during the performance of the ritual(s). List by abbreviation using Order Motto if appropriate.

9) Name of Rituals Performed (in order): List the Ritual(s) that were performed in numerical order in which they were performed. Use standard abbreviations for rituals when they are standard. Example: 1) Open; 2) RR; 3) LBRP; 4) TCR(min); etc.

A) STANDARD RITUAL ABBREVIATIONS:

1) Open = Opening; 2) RR = Relaxation Ritual; 3) LBRP = Lesser Banishing Ritual of The Pentagram; 4) LIRP = Lesser Invoking Ritual of The Pentagram; 5) LBRH = Lesser Banishing Ritual of The Hexagram; 6) LIRH = Lesser Invoking Ritual of The Hexagram; *) Note: a (G) in place of the (L) means greater; an (S) in place of the (L) means Supreme; 7) RCR = Rose Cross Ritual; 8) MPR = Middle Pillar Ritual; 9) CBL = Circulation of the Body of Light; 10) C-EoQ = Circle-Evocation of the Quarters; 11) WK (xxx) = Working (and then specify) = Specific Working; 12) MMoC = Mystical Meditation on the Collects; 13) COM = Communion; 14) Close = Closing; Etc. Other Abbreviations as are common within Ceremonial Magick.

10) Performance/Results: State how the various rituals were performed in your opinion. Be honest. Was a particular rite performed more strongly than another. With regards to Results, list how you felt, what you felt if anything, etc.

11) Update/Addition: Leave this section blank initially. Come back and re-read your entries at a later date, and make additions and updates in this section, indicating the date and time same were made.

OAS FORM #JD2 (The Continuation Narrative Form):

1) Date: Write in the date on which the report is for using Arabic numerals. Example: 01/01/1997 = January 1st, 1997.

2) Day: Write in the day of the week in abbreviation including: Sun = Sunday; Mon = Monday; Tue = Tuesday; Wed = Wednesday; Thr = Thursday; Fri = Friday; and Sat = Saturday.

3) Entry: Continue with your comments from a previous page. This form usually a continuation from OAS Form #JD1 (The Ritual Diary) or #JD3 (The Dream Diary.

4) Update/Addition: Leave this section blank initially. Come back and re-read your entries at a later date, and make additions and updates in this section, indicating the date and time same were made.

OAS FORM #JD3 (The Daily Dream Diary Form):

1) Date: Write in the date on which the report is for using Arabic numerals. Example: 01/01/1997 = January 1st, 1997.

2) Day: Write in the day of the week in abbreviation including: Sun = Sunday; Mon = Monday; Tue = Tuesday; Wed = Wednesday; Thr = Thursday; Fri = Friday; and Sat = Saturday.

3) Time (Sleep): Write in the time that you went to sleep, using either military (24 Hour) time or standard time. If you use standard time remember to write AM or PM. Also, these times may be appropriate.

4) Time (Awake): Write in the time that you woke up, using either military (24 Hour) time or standard time. If you use standard time remember to write AM or PM. Time may be appropriate.

5) Entry: Make an initial comment or note stating approximately how much time you were asleep in hours and minutes. Next, make comments about your dream(s) for that sleep cycle. You may not remember any dreams initially or on occasion. If this is the case, make a note, "I chose not to remember my dreams on this date," or some other such comments. If you remember more than one dream, remember to number them, i.e. 1), 2), 3), etc. Begin each dream at the left margin on a separate line.

6) Update/Addition: Leave this section blank initially. Come back and re-read your entries at a later date, and make additions and updates in this section, indicating the date and time same were made.

OAS FORM #JD4 (The Daily General Activity Diary):

*) Note: This form is optional, used to record significant events during your normal day.

1) Date: Write in the date on which the report is for using Arabic numerals. Example: 01/01/1997 = January 1st, 1997.

2) Day: Write in the day of the week in abbreviation including: Sun = Sunday; Mon = Monday; Tue = Tuesday; Wed = Wednesday; Thr = Thursday; Fri = Friday; and Sat = Saturday.

3) Ti:me: Write in the approximate time of the event that you wish to take note of using either military (24 Hour) time or standard time. If you use standard time remember to write (A) for AM or (P) for PM. Write your entry in the center section in the form of a paragraph or two. At the next event you wish to record, make the note of the time at the left under Time and repeat the process as needed.

4) Update/Addition: Leave this section blank initially. Come back and re-read your entries at a later date, and make additions and updates in this section, indicating the date and time same were made.

OAS FORM #JD5 (The Standard Book Report Form - Page 1 of 2):

1) Report Date: Write in the date on which the report is being made using Arabic numerals. Example: 01/01/1997 = January 1st, 1997.

2) Start Date: Write in the date on which the reading of the book/work was begun using Arabic numerals. Example: 01/01/1997 = January 1st, 1997.

3) End Date: Write in the date on which the reading was completed using Arabic numerals. Example: 01/01/9197 = January 1st, 1997.

4) Author: List the name of Author of the book or work. If the writer is unknown, list Unknown. Example: Donald Michael Kraig.

5) Title: List the name of the Title of the book or work. Example: Modern Magick.

6) Sub-Title: If the work has a Sub-Title, list the name of the work's sub-title on this line. Example: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts.

7) Publisher: List the Publisher of the work in question. Example: Llewellyen World Wide.

8) ISBN: List the ISBN, the International Standard Book Number.

9) Pages: List the total number of pages in the work.

10) Overview: Give a general overview of what you thought of the work as a whole - good, bad, strengths, weaknesses, etc.

11) Intro/Fwd: Give a general overview of what was expressed in the Introduction and/or the forward of the work. If the Forward was written by another person, begin by stating their name.

OAS FORM #JD6 (The Standard Book Report Form - Page 2 of 2):

1) Report Date: Write in the date on which the report is being made using Arabic numerals. Example: 01/01/1997 = January 1st, 1997.

2) Author: List the name of Author of the book or work. If the writer is unknown, list Unknown. Example: Donald Michael Kraig.

3) Title: List the name of the Title of the book or work. Example: Modern Magick.

4) Entry Space: Analyze the work in question, listing what you feel are the most important points in the work. Review each Section and each Chapter. Begin by marking on one line at the Left Margin the Chapter number. Skip a line and make your analysis and comments. Continue using this form for as many pages as is necessary to completely analyze the work.

FILE FORMATS:

The OAS Journal Forms are now available in the form of various computer files and in various formats. More are being added. Additionally, these files are available directly from the Order by writing a request to: order@astralstar.org. These forms will additionally be made available at our Web Site on the Internet which is located at:

(An Index of Forms) http://www.astralstar.org/forms/

(Downloadable Forms) http://www.astralstar.org/ftp/

(or at) ftp://ftp.astralstar.org/

.JPG FILES:

The most common format for OAS Forms is in the form of a .jpg file. Each OAS Journal Form has been converted to a separate .jpg file. There are six forms in this set, including: JD1RD.jpg; JD2CDF.jpg; JD3GD.jpg; JD4DDF.jpg; JD5BRP1.jpg; and JD6BRP2.jpg. As such these files are in standard black and white, and are printable directly. All .jpg files are smaller than the regular forms, as margins are usually added automatically. This depends upon the margins set on your computer and your printer. We send these files as the standard set, as they are the most universal. If you have difficulty with these, let us know.

MS WORD (.TXT) FILES:

A second format is in the form of various MS Word and Text files. Each OAS Journal Form has been converted to a single text (.txt) file called "journal.txt" in an MS Word Format. This file contains all six forms, and if you have MS Word, we can ship this file to you directly. The margins are pre-set, however you should verify your printer margins. The top and bottom margins should be set at 0.25 inch; the Right margin should be set at 0.10 inch; and the Left margin should be set to 0.75 inch. These forms print in the standard size used by members of the Order. Also note that when printing, it is important *NOT* to have any page numbers in the headers or footers. We can send in several different MS Word Formats. If you need a specific format, just write and let us know.

JOURNAL UPDATES & ADDITIONS:

We recommend reviewing your past ritual Journals the first month after you have written it, and again after the calendar quarter which contains the given month. We list these quarters as: 1st Quarter = Jan/Feb/Mar; 2nd Quarter = Apr/May/Jun; 3rd Quarter = Jul/Aug/Sep; and 4th Quarter = Oct/Nov/Dec. Additionally, it is a good idea to review the previous year's Journal on an anniversary date, preferable at the time of one of the Equinoxes or Solstices, depending on when the Journals were begun. We usually review two to three years of Journal entries while seeking patterns.

CONCLUSION:

We hope that this guide will be of some practical use to all of our Sibling, and that the forms themselves meet the needs of the membership. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Send all e-mail comments to: SrAlethia@aol.com. Or, feel free to contact the Order directly, and the comments will get back to me eventually.

All members of The Order for whom we have snail mail addresses will be receiving a set of these forms for themselves that they can use as master copies. Feel free to copy them and use them as you need them. It should be no surprise that these forms, along with several others in development, are used in the practical part of a larger work, The Liber Asteros: A Grimoire for High Ceremonial Christian Magicians & Mystics, which is used by all members of The Order of The Astral Star.


Sincerely Yours,

Sr. Alethia Asteros
2nd Adept, Praemonstria, & Vice President,
Society of The Astral Star, Inc.
Georgetown, KY; Aug. 5th, 1997

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