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