How To Keep A Tarot Journal
Written by Alexandra Chauran. Copyright(c) 2009 Sarah Carter. All rights reserved. Originally published on 9/28/9 in How To Do Things.
One of the most important tools for readers learning how to read tarot cards is to begin to log all of your readings. Not only will you be able to keep an important record of how many of your predictions come true or how many of your interpretations make more sense with time, but you’ll also help remember meanings of the cards as you learn how to read through repetition and writing. Best of all, what better way to get a free reading than by being your own free psychic?
Step 1.) Gather your supplies.
When you procure your journal, it may be tempting to keep one online, but I recommend using a three-ring binder. That way, you can organize your card reading entries by card or by topic of the reading, rather than being bound to a largely chronological organization, allowing you to better track the way your understanding grows. I also suggest that you buy at least 78 three-by-five cards, at least one for each card in your deck, and stick these in the pocket of your journal binder along with your pen.
Step 2.) Go through each card.
Yeah, I know you’re raring to go with your readings, but set aside time each day to analyze each card in the deck, one at a time, making sure to hit them all. This is best done in order, starting with The Fool, so that you can begin to learn the whole Hero’s Journey as it is played out in your deck. Go to a place where you can meditate undisturbed with your cards. Lay aside your books for now, and just study the card. Write down what symbols first catch your eye in order. Meditate on each symbol and what it means to you personally. For example, some people may be afraid of dogs and feel that they represent the baying hounds of Hecate and Hell. Others may love dogs and feel that they represent loyalty. Turn the card upside-down and repeat the process. Each card’s reverse meaning is like a Tarot Secondary façade, often unseen but no less important. Now, at least pretend that you’ve never done or had a card reading before and write your interpretation of the card as a whole, first upright, then reversed. Free associate as many words as you can. Okay, now you can open your books and compare and contrast in your journal your interpretation with those of the authors. Take out a three-by-five card and write the card’s name on one side, drawing at least one of the first and most important symbols that you saw. On the other side, draw a line across the center and then sum up the card’s meaning in only two words, one for the upright meaning on top of the line, and one for the reversed meaning, upside down on the line so that you can read it when your card is inverted.
Step 3.) Perform your free psychic reading!
Now you’re like your own daily horoscope! Draw one card from your deck per day, journaling to predict what it will mean for you that day. To work on learning your spreads, do one small spread per day, starting with a three-card and moving on to the Celtic Cross, with your three-by-five cards, weaving the story together first by just looking at the meanings on the back. Journal the results of these as well!
Eventually you'll be able to move on to just looking at the picture and name side of your three-by-five cards, flipping them over whenever you need help. After you've become proficient with them, you can switch fully over to your deck with no notes necessary!