On (tarot) journaling – where do you stand?

Sample of my first readings journal

Sample of my first readings journal

After having a journal in some way or other most of my life, I thought tarot journaling would be an easy and engaging way to learn – how wrong I was! Join me in this long-form  blog post (over 1,200 words!) where I share my thoughts on my own journaling experience, as well as expert and personal views on the topic.

I am reaching out to those tarot learners and readers out there so you can share your opinions, tips, and views. I am keen to read your thoughts on whether you consider tarot journaling a useful tool, how you do it (do you do it for every reading, every deck, every card?), the physical tools you use (is it an electronic app/programme or physical note pad, binder?) and what have you learned or not learned from the experience.

If you want to share stills of your tarot journal (s), send them to thetarotinitiate [at] gmail.com.

On journaling – some personal background

I had my first personal journal when I was 9 years of age, and kept it going in some form or other well into my thirties. I used to write my thoughts, dreams and was particularly adept at recording key milestones in my life. My journal was a great companion and reading back over the years was fantastic, a very clear way of seeing how I had evolved, how from a young age I was able to connect with deep truths.

At a certain point in time during my teens I felt the urgency of closing down my journal to my parent’s prying eyes, and decided to encrypt it by using a parallel alphabet of made-up symbols. Nothing complex, but deterrent enough for the casual non-intended reader. While this didn’t hinder the writing experience (I was quick at learning the new alphabet), it pretty much ruined the reading part of the experience, so I found I consulted its pages less and less frequently.

Don’t get me started on the actual pleasure of writing, or the contact of pen and ink – as I grew up, the actual notebooks became nicer and nicer and the pens used as well! I recently bought my first fountain pen in years to remind me of that feeling, I suppose.

I still keep those notebooks in a box my in-laws’s house across the pond along with other mementos, waiting for the day I either (i) give them to my (future) son/daughter as a present to remind them I was also their age, or (ii) decide to compile my memoirs for publishing. Wishful thinking!

If you want to test the journaling waters before you jump, I found a couple of interesting 30-days written-journaling challenges on the web here and here. Let me know how it goes!

Next, the benefits of tarot journaling and my own tarot journaling story.


One thought on “On (tarot) journaling – where do you stand?

  1. First of all, thank you so much for the Likes and for following my blog!
    Second of all, I just wrote a post about journaling that is intended as a guest spot over at Ethony’s fantastic blog. This is the gist of it:

    I’ve been learning Tarot now for about six months. I’ve never been successful in any way with any form of daily journaling. What I’ve devised is a system that works for me, and has the potential to work for other folks too, but is highly imperfect and somewhat slapdash.

    My system comprises two physical notebooks plus Evernote. I use one notebook for recording spreads, cheat sheets, reference notes, etc. Anything I may want to reference that is supplemental to my Tarot books. The other notebook is my “record.” This is where I keep track of each individual reading, along with at least the moon’s phase and aspect, but also any significant astrological information. Evernote serves as a sort of digital card file. This is where I clip notes from around the web, and also where I store material to be referenced in blog posts.

    It all works together pretty harmoniously and is in practice much less cumbersome than it may seem as I’ve outlined it here. It keeps some stuff separate that seems in my head like it should be separate, but can be all taken together as a whole, comprehensive system.

    Again, thanks for stopping by Cups & Coins, and thank you for the insightful posts here. Blessings.

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