How to Keep a Tarot Journal
Have you ever wondered what a Tarot journal is and how to keep one?
You have come to the right place!
Tarot is gaining increasing popularity! It is to be expected with the emergence of the Age of Aquarius - this is the age where we start to see a return to all things magical that have been squashed down for hundreds of years, such as Tarot, crystals, numerology, astrology, lunar manifestation and everything associated with the new age.
So if you have found yourself gravitating toward the Tarot, then just remember that you are rising the winds of change out into the Age of Pisces and into the Age of Aquarius. You are tapping into the great collective, and your own personal is coming to fruition!
So let’s start with Tarot, specifically a Tarot journal, and how this can enhance your life!
Tarot Journal for Beginners
The beauty of Tarot journals is that they are so diverse, and they tend to be different for everyone.
However, there are a few basics you will need to get you started on your Tarot journey. They include:
- An empty journal and pen (You can have an online journal if you choose if typing is more your thing!)
- Tarot cards
- An hour a week (this is up to you, and you can split your hour up into something like ten minutes a day if that works for you).
Before you begin writing in your Tarot journal, create a quiet space for yourself where you can concentrate and where you won’t be disturbed. You can even incorporate some crystals, candles, or incense into your space to set the tone.
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What to Write in a Tarot Journal & Tarot Journal Examples
As previously mentioned, Tarot journals are so diverse, and many different things can go inside them, which is what makes them so exciting.
Essentially, they are written pieces by you chronicling your Tarot journey, including your interpretations of readings, interpretations of different cards, and anything related to your Tarot readings that helps you gain more insight and experience as a reader.
You can, of course, include images and drawings in your journal. You can decorate it in whatever style you like. Some people like to keep theirs simple (so as to be inconspicuous!) while others like to make it look really Tarot (card images, mystical patterns, vibrant coloring). The choice really is yours.
So what can you write in your Tarot journal? Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. Do A Daily Draw Reading
This is a great and simple addition to your journal and can be done over a morning cup of tea or coffee.
Pick a single card after shuffling and write down in your journal what it means to you. A few lines or a couple of paragraphs is fine. You will find that this helps build your intuitive reading.
You can also write down the card meanings, and which ones apply to your reading at the time.
This is a great reading to do each day for your journal to get you into the swing of things!
If you don’t have your own Tarot deck quite yet, use our free daily One-Card Tarot Reading.
2. Write Up Longer Readings
For longer readings - such as the Celtic Cross or relationship readings - writing them up in your journal can be a wonderful way of reflecting back on them and recognizing elements that you got right and parts you may need to work on.
For a longer reading, write down the cards you pulled and then the meanings you interpret with them.
This is an excellent way to build your Tarot skills and also to make comparisons in the future when you look back on them.
You can take photos of the images and print them to stick in your journal (this can be a great visual!) or just draw out a quick sketch of the cards and their placements. This is especially handy for those who like to create their own Tarot spreads.
Usually, an hour is recommended for a longer Tarot reading as it takes time and concentration to interpret the meanings and write them out. So if you are able to set aside this additional time weekly, all the better.
3. Write Out YOUR Major Arcana Journey
For the storytellers among you, this will be a fun and creative project!
The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards from The Fool to The World. The cards follow The Fool’s journey as he sets out, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, into the world, finally coming to the end of his journey in The World, where he has learned much along the way.
Writing out your own Fool’s journey can be a great way to familiarize yourself with the Major Arcana. You simply lay out cards and think of landmark times of your life that you identify with each card.
So if you were starting with The Fool, you would associate it with a time when you started a new beginning in your life. It could be when you first started university. Perhaps when you started a new career or a new relationship where you felt positive and upbeat. Write down how it made you feel, what happened and how you can identify with the card based on this new beginning.
This can be a long-term project, and you can incorporate different times of your life for each card if you wish - you don’t have to limit yourself to just one.
4. Keep a List of your Different Decks
It’s a neat idea to keep a list of the different decks that you have. You’ll likely find with time that you’ll be instinctively pulled towards a deck based on the reading you wish to do.
Check this out: How to Choose a Tarot Deck
5. Assign Court Cards to People You Know
A great way to get to know the court cards is to think of your friends, family, people you know, and even celebrities, and assign a court card to them based on what you know about the card’s personality.
This will help you understand the courts better when they show up in your readings, as familiarizing them with people you know provides deeper insight for you.
Let Your Journal be Your Guide
You can write in your Tarot journal any time of the day or night, but many people like to start their day with a daily draw which provides a short entry each day. Whereas some people feel their magical energy is stronger at night, and they like to save their longer readings just before bed.
Remember, a Tarot journal is unique to you, so make it work for you.
Hopefully, this guide can get you started on your Tarot journal journey, which will not only enhance your own intuition and knowledge of Tarot, but enrichen your life in ways you would never have expected!
Your Tarot journal will be your friend, guide, and counselor. Always remember that the Tarot is there to help you, and with a Tarot journal to hand, looking back and reflecting on past readings can help pave the way for the future.
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