I got my book in the mail last week, just a couple days prior to Samhain. Not a lot of time to look through the pages as hubby was headed home after 3 weeks on the boat and we were heading to Nashville to see the granddaughters on Friday. Then, of course, there was Samhain (which I went to bed early as I was driving the next day) and Nano (which I wrote very little on because I was too buys playing with my girls).
So here we are. I've looked through the book and I don't see any issues with my book being anything like hers. My book is to be more about being a 'prepper' of sorts - being prepared ahead of time for Sabbats, Esbats, rituals, etc. With my theme shelved for the moment, let's take a look at Silja's layout.
I LOVE that the book is hard bound with an encased spiral binding. Makes a nice appearance on the shelf while still offering a 'lay-flat' concept. The graphics almost have a gardener's journal appearance. The contents are broke up into the months and Solstices beginning with December and January - Yule and Winter Solstice. I found this odd since the turn of the wheel begins with Samhain. I would have thought that would be the best starting point. BUT... and this is a major point - this is why we need to educate ourselves from more than one source. Everyone has a different viewpoint. So here's Silja's 'chapters':
December and January - Yule and Winter Solstice
February - Imbolc
March and April - Ostara and the Spring Equinox
May - Beltane
June and July - LItha and Summer Solstice
August - Lughnasa and Lammas
September - Mabon and the Autumn Equinox
October and November - Samhain and Halloween
The Moon Rituals
Each Chapter has a title page containing a spell, basic information and the backside contains a pocket for storing your own notes.
She talks about symbols then the rest of the chapter is a 'dayplanner' layout with approximately 6 lines under each date for making notes
So how do I plan to use Silja's book? I'm going to use the dayplanner to mark when I need to do things in 'preparation' for an upcoming ritual. Silja's book will help me work on my own book's outline. Since our turn of the wheel has begun, I'll start with the October/ November chapter then circle back around to December/ January.