Journal #2 is a mysterious journal written by Stanford Pines and temporarily owned by Gideon Gleeful and later Stanley Pines. It is the second in a series of journals, preceded by Journal #1 and followed by Journal #3, and contains information on various supernatural items and spells found in Gravity Falls.
Over thirty years before the start of the series, Ford recorded and compiled a variety of spells and information on enchanted items of Gravity Falls within Journal 2 following the completion of Journal 1. Out of paranoia that he was being watched, he hid his three books in various areas of the town, choosing to bury Journal 2 near Gravity Falls Elementary. By keeping their knowledge separate from one another he hoped the information necessary to activate the Interdimensional Portal would never be deciphered.
The journal eventually found its way into the hands of Gideon Gleeful, who found it buried near his Elementary School. Using it to enlighten himself on the paranormal activities of his town and locate the Mystic Amulet, which he exploited as part of his child psychic act for his tourist trap, the Tent of Telepathy. Driven by a hunger for ultimate power, Gideon sought what he believed to be the only remaining book, Journal 1, and unite them to unleash a gateway of unimaginable power. Upon learning the journal was likely buried within the grounds of his rival tourist trap, Stan's Mystery Shack, a rivalry between the two was born.
Journal 2 makes its first physical appearance in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel," when the destruction of the mystic amulet at the hands of Dipper and Mabel leaves Gideon searching for a supernatural method of revenge within the book.
In "Little Dipper," Gideon continues his plans for vengeance against the Pines family, considering multiple plans of attack before deciding on stealing the Mystery Shack's deed from Stan.
Gideon repeats an incantation from Journal 2 to summon the dream demon Bill Cipher, making a deal with him to steal Stan's deed to the Mystery Shack in "Dreamscaperers." When the plan fails, Gideon instead uses dynamite to obtain it, thus acquiring the shack for his own as stated in the town's Finders Keepers Law.
Now in possession of the property, Gideon begins his search for Journal 1 with the help of his own journal in "Gideon Rises," eventually believing to have acquired it but instead having obtained Journal 3. Upon his arrest, Stan locates Journal 2 and covertly takes it alongside the deed to the Mystery Shack, combining it with the other journals to activate the Universe Portal.
In "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons," Dipper tells Ford that he has read about the Cycloptopus in Journal 2. In "The Stanchurian Candidate," Ford flips open the journal to the Blood Rain page, which is next to a torn-out page; he brings the journal along when he and Dipper travel into the UFO in "Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future.
In "Weirdmageddon Part 1," Bill burns Journal 2 alongside the other two journals.
After the Series
The journals were recovered by Soos, apparently unharmed after Weirdmageddon had ended. Soos brought the journals to Dipper. Apparently, defeating Bill didn't just de-weird the town, it also restored many things he destroyed, including the journals. After Dipper kept the Journals to himself for a few days, he revealed them to Ford. The family decided to throw them into the Bottomless Pit to rid themselves of the trouble caused by them, and because things thrown into the pit could end up anywhere.
The left page has a drawing of a container, holding the adhesive. It also contains a drawing of its molecular structure, as well as one of the hexagonal plates that is seen throughout the UFO. The right page has two images of a planet. The top image shows the planet split in half and a drop in the space between the two halves. The bottom image is the planet whole again, with a crack running down the middle where the two halves have been sealed.
Taking up most of the page is a drawing of red droplets falling into a red puddle.
Blood rain in Gravity Falls has occurred multiple times before in the past. The rain has usually poured down near the woods.
Sample!! And evidence in ____ ____ ___ ______. Blood rain is unpredictable and unlikely.There is no further explanations for this strange occurrence.
Creature #326 & Summoning
On the left page, there is the Zodiac, as well as various writing:
This odd, triangular being has appeared in my dreams every night for weeks
Ten Symbols! What's the significance?
Mystery power816 816 816
He's in my Wallet!
Cursed Egyptian Super-Termites
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There is image of Cycloptopus on the left page. And on the right page, the eye and the mouth of the creature.
Suction marks (on human skin)
Eye to mouth transformation, WATCH OUT ! Suction cups, Cycloptopus roll
Alchemic symbols: fire of circulation
This page is mentioned in "Little Dipper," when Gideon plots to get vengeance on the Pines family.
Enormous Extraterrestrial Craft
In the official journal 3 it was said that Ford wrote about the underground craft underneath the town in Journal 2.
On the left page, below a paragraph and a half of text, there are two sketches. One is a branch drawing, and another is three connected spirals, which has been seen in other pages of the other journals. On the right page, below the title, is fig. B, a sketch of the amulet. Gideon managed to find the amulet and used it to fool people that he had powers until it was finally destroyed by Mabel Pines in "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel."
Alchemic symbols: grades of fire
The page, ripped out of Journal 2 by Gideon, has a drawing of a splayed hand with squiggles radiating out towards a person. The [controlled] person has wide eyes, an open mouth, and arms outstretched in front of him. On the bottom left is a detailed drawing of an eye. On the bottom right "One time use!" is written in red. The spell on the page is just spooky magic evil spell backwards again and again.
ONE TIME USE!
Possible Hiding Places
Possible Hiding Places
System #3 patent pending
fig. A - Security monitor/locator.
RESET BINARY SEQUENCE
Hatch device will ensure that the journals can be _______ and if I __ _____ away the moment emergency _____.
fig. B Simple Hatch
_____ ______ under ______ allows indistinguishable ___ ___ ______ wood ____. ____ ______ ___ _____ _______ __________.BEWARE OF NESTING SQUIRRELS!
When placed together with the other two journals, it completes a warning written in invisible ink (the bold is the contents of Journal 2)
The machine was meant to create knowledge but it is too powerful! The device, if fully operational could tear our universe apart! I was wrong the whole time! It must not fall into the wrong hands. If the clock ever reaches zero our universe is doomed! Total global destruction!
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It was mentioned in the official journal 3 that there was a page about wizorcisms. The word wizorcism being a pun on the words wizard and exorcism.
The appearance of Journal 2 is similar to 3's. It is burgundy with gold-colored corners in the front and none in the back. There are two gold-colored lines on the book's spine. In the middle of the cover, there is a 6-fingered gold-colored hand with the number 2 written on the palm. It appears to be slightly damaged, but in better condition than journals 1 and 3.
Page Order (left to right)
- Mystic Amulet; Possible Hiding Places; Demon Caterpillars; Possession Incantation; Blood Rain; Zombie Attack... Cursed Egyptian Super-Termites
- Creature #326 & Summoning
- Alien Adhesive
- Enormous Extra-Terrestrial Craft
- Portal Page
- Intro: "Gravity Falls Main Title Theme"
- 201. "Scary-oke"
- 211. "Not What He Seems"
- 213. "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons"
- 214. "The Stanchurian Candidate"
- 215. "The Last Mabelcorn" (flashback)
- 217. "Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future"
- 218. "Weirdmageddon Part 1"
- 220. "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls" (flashback)
- Journal 2 seems to be less damaged when compared to the other two journals.
- Both 2 and 3 have a page about zombies, as heard in "Little Dipper."
- They also both have pages on Bill Cipher, as seen in "Dreamscaperers."
- Journal 2 contains a maze page that fits in with the maze pages from Journal 1 and 3. These are later revealed to be the activation code for the Universe portal.
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