I suppose that I should preface this by saying that this is all based on my own personal craft and what has worked for me. I’m not trying to judge the entirety of magic and witchcraft here even though I’m painting in broad strokes here.
I’ve never been a fan of timing in magic. What I mean is planing out a spell to cast it during a certain moon phase, planetary event, Wheel Holiday (I don’t follow the Wheel in the usual sense anyway so), or even season. There are a few reasons for this, some more magical than others.
The first reason is energy and not even in the magical sense. (Though I suppose you could tie it in) I need to feel right for a spell. There are days when I’m up for a spell and days that I’m not. So if I am researching a spell and feeling excited for it, why shouldn’t I just cast it or work with it then? There’s no guarantee that I would feel up to it or have the same spark for it when the universe’s timing was “optimal.” Plus as we all know, something always comes up. I find magical timing to be more inconvenient than it is helpful on the most mundane level.
The other reason, which is more magic based, is “Why should I care?”. My magic is down and dirty and pretty grounded at its most basic level. I like to know exactly what’s going into my spell work and prefer to have all my ingredients right in front of me, good to go. I write a spell so that everything I need is covered by the ingredient list and by myself. I don’t write with the intention of drawing energy or influence from a planetary body or the like. Also, considering how I put the energy of my components into my spell, it would be weird to do the same with something so far away. I don’t pay attention to timing related things anyway, so I’m not expecting it to influence my magic. As far Wheel Holidays are concerned, I don’t connect with the seasonal ones that much. That’s mostly because where I live doesn’t match with what holiday is telling me is going on. I also don’t have a connection to many of the traditions the holidays are based on. (I really should just make a post about my feelings on the “traditional” Wheel of the Year)
I think it may also be because timing related things lean more towards the ceremonial side of magic. While I think that ceremonial magic is really cool and I will gladly learn about it and think it has a lot a value to it, it’s not my craft. I treat witchcraft as more folk magic and using what’s around you. It’s down and dirty and earthy in the sense of being tied to the Earth. So that really cuts out planetary stuff aside from the moon. As for holidays, I’m not one for big altar set ups, especially if it’s for a holiday I don’t have a connection to in the first place. Of course I have a few exceptions to this but I should again just make a post about holidays on their own.
So that’s a bit of a ramble as to why you won’t ever really see me talking about timing in magic in terms of events. I’m probably not going to be the witch penciling in magic a few days, or weeks out. If you are that witch, more power to you. It just isn’t for me.