While reading about the art of tarot reading I have seen numerous suggestions and tips about the value of keeping a tarot journal. I have just started one and intend to use it to record tarot spreads, correspondences, meanings of tarot cards and a general record of my learning. I’m also learning about Druidry so no doubt that will also become part of my journal. I guess in a way it will become my own book of shadows.
To get myself started I downloaded the wonderful journal template provided by Tarot Study. I also downloaded the fab free printable cards from Tarot & Psychic Online Reading and printed them out and added them to each journal page. Both of the aforementioned sites have excellent resources and articles and are well worth a visit!
I am using a Lever Arch folder for my journal; so I can move things around and order things to suit my whim.
Up until now I did not have a ‘traditional’ tarot deck so I bought the Rider Waite deck as this is commonly used in both books and beginner courses on tarot. The Rider Waite deck dates from 1909 and was illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith with the guidance of Arthur Edward Waite. I bought a Kindle version of Waite’s Pictorial Key to the Tarot from Amazon for the very cheap price of 83 cents (US). I’m going to read through this as I familiarise myself with each card.
As I work my way through my journal, I take out the card in question and keep it next to me to reflect on. I haven’t got very far yet having just journalled about The Fool, but I have also been completing a beginner course through the Tarot Association. And of course there has been much side reading and link following. I’m currently reading The Book of English Magic by Philip Carr-Gomm & Richard Heygate. A highly recommended read.
Here are a few other pages on the subject of tarot journals that have some excellent ideas and examples: