UPDATE (Oct. 11, 2021): Jim Maynard didn't release a 2021 PDF version of the Celestial Influences calendar, as we had hoped, but I'm glad he is enjoying his retirement. I had thought someone would have purchased the rights to reprint, but alas. I'm updating this post with alternatives that have worked for me as a replacement to his calendar.
I’ve enjoyed Jim Maynard's Celestial Influences calendars for years and he’s retiring after 46 years of making this wonderful calendar. Quicksilver Productions (what he publishes under) says that they are trying to find a publisher to take over the calendar for 2021! I really hope they can find someone who can do as good a job as they have.
When I first found out that there wasn't going to be a 2020 release, I went in search of another astro calendar. I thought this would be easy, but as it turns out, it wasn't because Maynard's calendar was an extraordinary and reliable resource.
After some time and research, I have purchased and used a few astrology-specific planners and moon calendars.
Here are my thoughts on them, and in order of preference. (This long post has been updated to add my 2021 reflections.)
I’ve been juggling astrology calendars because there doesn’t seem to be a true replacement for the Celestial Influences. I use the Daily Planetary Guide as my astrology reference and Astrocal's Season's & Cycles Moon Calendar nearby for my month-at-a-glance. (Details below.)
1. Llewellyn's Daily Planetary Guide: (UPDATE 10/21: This is still my top pick.) If I had to pick one today, it would still be this datebook. It’s 4/5 stars for me. It is complete with all the planetary aspects and ingress times that an astrologer needs. (It has all of the planetary aspects listed in the weekly section in both EST and PST.)
I like that it lists the sign with the aspects too. It’s very helpful. I don't have to flip to the ephemeris to see what sign a planet is in. Maynard's calendar made it accessible by providing the ephemeris above the calendar page. With this planner, I appreciate the sign listed together with the aspects, so I don't have to flip to the back each time I forget.
The ephemeris in the back also includes the asteroid goddesses and Chiron. Love that!
There's a blank horoscope chart on the last page of the book. Also included in the planner are Cazimi Moon times, Mercury retrograde shadow/storm notes, and opportunity periods, which are related to void-of-course moons, (opportunity times are boxed, which is visually helpful.)
Compared to the other datebooks in the list, this planner has a rather dull aesthetic on low quality paper. It doesn’t have a month-at-a-glance calendar, which I like in the Magic Of I planner (see below.)
It’s inexpensive at $13, and it shows! I wish they would upgrade the paper quality and design. I would pay for more for it. It has potential to be the best astro calendar/planner if Llewellyn stepped up the quality a bit.
It is still a great astrology guide for the novice and professional astrologer alike. It includes all the information one needs and more. There are weekly forecasts for the year, articles reflecting major cosmic events, and how to find your opportunity days. There's an in-depth introduction about the building blocks of astrology with info on planets, signs, houses, etc. It also has charts for retrograde planets and planetary phenomena for the year, and a page with the list of New and Full Moons, as well as eclipses.
Even though it's not the prettiest datebook out there, its simple design could be seen as minimalist and practical. It has all the information I need listed for Pacific time, which is important to me.
It’s 5.5" x 8" about 10 oz and 208pp., so it is easy to carry around.
2. We'moon Datebook: (UPDATE 10/21: For 2021, I've been using the We'moon along with Llewellyn's Daily Planetary Guide (DPG) again.) I placed We'moon in the number two position, as I still prefer the DPG, specifically as an astrology reference.
Both have Pacific times, which is a must for me. Both have the same information regarding daily astrology happenings with ephemeris pages in the back. We'moon offers astrology basics and planet and asteroid goddess info in the back pages, as well as an astro yearly overview in the front pages.
We'moon is in full color with beautiful contributions from a diversity of artists and writers. The ephemeris has a page for the asteroid goddesses, Chiron, Psyche, Eros, Lilith and a few more.
Both We'moon and the Daily Planetary Guide offer pretty much the same astrology information. We'moon is prettier, DPG is practical. I usually pick up the DPG for astrology purposes and use the We'moon for filling in my schedule.
DPG has the signs listed with the planetary aspects on the weekly pages and We'moon does not. To be fair none of the datebooks has the feature, which is a big plus for me, apparently.
While I enjoy the artwork and poetry/writings, I wish We'Moon had some room to write notes or New Moon intentions like Astrocal's diary (see below). All the pages are filled to the gills, which is inspiring, but given the number of pages, I think having some room to write my own thoughts would be nice. Also, the We'moon's ephemeris has tiny font, which is why I prefer the DPG, as I find it easier to read.
I love the We'moon for so many reasons: They're a local publisher and their paper stock is of higher quality recycled stock printed in full color with soy inks. It has a metal spiral binding too. For all this, its $20 cost is great.
The We'moon is a strong 4/5 stars for me, just like the DPG.
However, DPG just barely edges out We'moon for me. If I had to buy just one.
I also really appreciate the boxed opportunity periods related to the v/c moons and having the Cazimi Moon reminders within the DPG weekly pages.
While it is the same size as the DPG at 5.5" x 8" it is heavier at almost 16oz, but it has 240 pp.
The nice thing about the next datebook on this list, from Astrocal, is its smaller and lighter size for travel.
3. Astrocal's Astro Moon Diary - The name sounds like it’s only a moon calendar, but it includes planetary aspects and times. It is a gorgeous little datebook with colorful pages. Beyond the weekly planetary aspects, it includes the eight fire festivals and even astronomy events for the year!
It is packed full of information, but it's smaller (5" x 7" and 9 oz) and leaves little room to write in the weekly pages. It does have some room for notes and intentions on the New Moon page, which I do appreciate.
The month-at-a-glance shows moon phases and is located at the back of the planner. There is also an ephemeris in the back, though the charts do not include the asteroid goddesses and Chiron, and I really love having those listed in the DPG.
It’s really a lovely calendar, but I prefer the DPG because it lists the signs with planetary aspects on the weekly pages, the asteroids and Chiron are included in the ephemeris, and because it offers Pacific times. The Astrocal datebook is only published for EST at the moment.
If these aren't an issue for you, you might really like this datebook! It is so beautifully designed. It's printed in the UK with quality papers and inks. If you're in the US, you can get it on Amazon for about $25.
I use their Moon Calendar (available in PST). It’s a beautiful wall calendar! It includes lunations, when the Sun enters a new sign, sunrise and moonrise times, and also astronomy highlights (mainly the meteor showers), which I find useful.
Their wall calendar in combination with the Daily Planetary Guide works well for me right now. I write the bigger astrological events on the calendar so I can see them on the wall.
4. The Magic of I. I was swayed by the beautiful design of this planner. I love that they offer one for the Northern Hemisphere for PST! (The creators are from Australia.) It’s truly a lovely planner, but IMO, I don’t think it’s for the professional astrologer, or at least not how I like to use astro calendars.
It’s missing important planetary dates and times. It has both weekly and month-at-a-glance planetary aspects, but it doesn’t show ingress times, just a list of planetary aspects that are happening that day.
For instance: Sun conjunct Mercury is shown on every day from Jan 4th through the 15th. There’s no time and no indication which of the days they are exact. Another example: Saturn conjunct Pluto is shown only on January 1st in parenthesis (see photo above) and says its happening from Jan 2019 through Jan 2021, but does not indicate that Saturn and Pluto's conjunction is exact on January 12th at 8:22am, a major cosmic event that is not highlighted.
I prefer to view these exact times in my astrology calendar. I do think it is nice to see everything that is happening on a said day for reflection, but I still need another astro reference to use with this planner.
It does list moon void-of-course times, has ephemerides in the back and also lists the New and Full Moon times on a page before the month-at-a-glance calendar.
I love that this planner has the month-at-a-glance before the weekly section with plenty of room to write engagements and notes. There’s an astrology reference section and lots of places to write in weekly, monthly, and yearly intentions. So overall, this is a great planner or journal, but I have to use another astrology reference to get all the information I need.
I have another small quibble with this datebook: the Full Moon and New Moon icons are switched (Full Moon is filled-in and New Moon is blank)! I’ll probably get used to seeing the lunations in this way, but it’s throwing me off right now, as I’m used to seeing the Full Moon symbol blank and New Moon filled in/darkened.
(UPDATE: after using it for the year, I never got over this. I know it is a small complaint, but all of my other moon references don't do it this way, so I found myself getting confused when looking ahead at moon events. I just stopped using it as a moon/astrology reference and only used it as a diary.)
This datebook is quality made with recycled paper and it feels good in my hands! It has that classic journal book-style with a vegan leather cover and feels so soft. However, I can’t keep it open on my desk, which is why I prefer spiral bound planners. I’m using paper weights to keep it open.
It is the most expensive planner that I purchased at $45 plus shipping costs, but it is worth it given its super high quality paper and gorgeous design. If it had the times listed with the aspects, I wouldn't need another reference, and because of that I'll not buy it again. But for this year, it will be a beautiful book to journal in and enjoy.
Other Astrology Calendars
1. The DeAmicis 2020 Day Planner and Calendar looked promising, but I didn’t buy either because their website was hard to navigate. I passed on this calendar mainly because I had no idea what to expect since they didn't have many photos of it.
I'm sure the information in their calendars are solid as the DeAmicis are long-time astrologers, but from the photos, the astro info looks cluttered together in a box and I prefer calendars where there is room to write things in.
2. Moon & Trine Co. Someone shared this one in the comments, but I chose not to purchase for a couple reasons: it didn't have a spiral binding and does not include an ephemeris in the back.
If that doesn't matter to you, you might like this Pacific timezone datebook! They offer weekly and monthly calendars in high quality colored pages. They have a retrograde timeline table included in the front of the datebook and retrograde station and direct dates throughout as they occur. I do love that the Mercury retrograde days are highlighted in light purple throughout the book.
2020 is going to be an interesting year! It’s amazing how many astrologers have relied on the Celestial Influences calendar over the years. Hopefully, Quicksilver Productions will find someone to do future releases!
If you have a recommendation for a Pacific timezone astrology calendar, please share!
Happy New Year!
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Maree Bento is a collage artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a tarot reader and deck creator who enjoys studying the stars and using astrology in her readings. She was born under a Sagittarius Sun with Libra Rising and Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena.
Maree has been a licensed massage therapist for 18 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
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