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Keeping a Tarot Journal

Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 20 Mar 2002, and now archived in the Forum Library.



Temperance413  20 Mar 2002 
Okay, how many of you keep a Tarot journal, and what do you keep in it?
Do you keep your own interpretation of the cards, sketches, readings and spreads, insight, etc.
Just curious. Your insight is invaluable! :)

Temperance 


napaisti  20 Mar 2002 
i do keep a tarot journal of sorts. I include the deck I used, the type of spread, the focus (if I had one), the cards and their positions, and anything else that I feel needs to be written down. As for interpretation, right now I only write down the major ideas, but in the past I have written more interpretation compared to the oher info. I like being able to lay out the spread again and see what I read at a later time.

Of course, this is just what works for me at the moment. I'm curious to see what others do. 


Pollux  20 Mar 2002 
Recently, I decided I would go through the cards back again.
I got an brand new Aquarian Deck, and consecrated it (with my best e-friends! ;) ) and I also got recently a proper bag - Kayne... he's just a genius!!! :D.
What is more, I ordered Tarot For Yourself and 78 Degrees of Wisdom - both of them, as shipping to Italy was the same price... And, you know, I never really read anything about tarot, it just welled up from within... and I went with the flow...
But i want to do things more orderly and properly now, even because I eventually managed to buy 78DW...

Therefore, I was ready to start a new journey... But UNI came in the way, and I'm so busy!!!
But I have also kept some black velvet to "dress" an old ring-book I have, and make it my Journey Diary. I plan to go with the One Card a Day, to have drawings, poetry, thoughts, experiences... I hope I will start soon...

BEST WISHES TO ANYONE WITH THEIR OWN JOURNEY!!!!!! :) 


Silence Dogood  20 Mar 2002 
I am a firm believer in keeping a Journal; I do daily readings and also record the card of the day on a calendar so that I can see at a glance that I happended to pull the same card 3 Tuesdays in a row.

I think you should record ANYTHING that feels pertainent at that time, even if you do not do this consistantly. Record the weather, phase of the moon, etc, if you think this is information that will help you when rereading the journal.

How else can you track the accuracy of what you are reading if you don't write it down? 


Strange2  20 Mar 2002 
I've been keeping a Tarot Journal ever since I decided to seriously study and work with the Tarot. I record daily readings, interpretations, some quick sketches, insights, etc. I also keep a separate computer spreadsheet of my personal readings, so I can see card patterns.

I find that the mere act of recording in the Tarot Journal focuses my perceptions and interactions with the Tarot and with my self. I always feel good about myself after a journal entry, even if the entry is just a quick note or if I'm having an "off" day.

A planned addition to my Tarot Journal is to add separate pages for each of the 78 cards, so I can record my discoveries and thoughts on each card as they come up. 


Jewel  20 Mar 2002 
I suppose it is my Tarot journal ~giggles~. I have this notebook where I keep all of the Tarot exercises I do ... I am one of those more academic types so I learn by application. My journal contains my work with Tarot for Yourself, Tarot Constellations, 78 Degrees of Wisdom, and the assignments given us by Thirteen. I have drawings of the layouts, etc. It looks like I am in a serious class that is for sure *LOL*.

I have dreams though *LOL*. I think one day I will dismantle my journal. I want to Tarot scrap-book where I include the images from my old Tarot calendars, a spread section, etc. All in a fun artistic style. I would place the dismanteled pieces in their approriate section. It would be a lot of fun, but that last thing I need now is one more project *LOL*. 


Lion-O  20 Mar 2002 
But I guess it also has got something to do with the way I use my Tarot deck; I don't do readings every day and after I've done a reading I'm sure to remember it for quite some time ;-)

After a reading I usually let it go for 1 - 2 weeks before I can actually 'evaluate' the reading. But in most cases I let it go looking back in a "I knew it" fashion before taking another attempt.

Perhaps I will pick this tip up though now that I have 2 decks (and I'm planning on using them both). 


Red Emma  20 Mar 2002 
I've been reading one or two cards each morning, then posting them in my journal for quite a while. In another Tarot List, one woman wrote to say that when she was meditating one morning she was told to keep such a journal. Within a couple of weeks (more or less, I can't remember exactly) as she worked with this she began having psychic impressions involving the near future for friends and neighbors. Which turned out to be quite accurate.

As I'm retired, I have the time and inclination to think of the readings during the day. While they sometimes puzzle me when I pull the cards, before the day is over I discover just how accurate they are. Another advantage is, I find the cards accurately predict what MIGHT happen during a day. Frequently that warning is enough to warn me to modify my behaviour so that the day has a better cast. It can save me a lot of grief.

Red Emma 


Kitty  20 Mar 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by Strange2


A planned addition to my Tarot Journal is to add separate pages for each of the 78 cards, so I can record my discoveries and thoughts on each card as they come up.


What a great idea!!!! I am going to try it out
thanks
:) 


jade  21 Mar 2002 
i have kept a tarot journal ever since i began using cards a million years ago LOL

i keep my big readings in it. writing down the deck used, the layout used, the date, the issue (if there is one which is seldom) and then the interpretation that i got from the cards as well the names of the cards.

i find it very helpful for me to look back at the end of the year to see how accurate the layout was and how accurate or inaccurate my interpretation was. the cards are always accurate but my interpretation isn't always on the ball. LOL

that's where the best learning comes from..............when we make a mistake!

in light,
jade 


kayne  21 Mar 2002 
Reflecting on readings is so important. I really love to show someone a past reading and discuss how that did/did not manifest before doing a new reading...

I keep a journal that I write in every other day (my Aeclectic friends have been mentioned more than once... :) ) and in that I put my own readings.

I think it would be really cool, if I ever got into reading tarot for more people, to have a spot set up with a digital camera set up over the table you are doing readings on. After a reading you could take a photo of the cards in their positions and print it out for the quarent as a keep sake... quicker with a much flashier result than writing it all down for them. You could always record your readings for them on an audio tape too... 


Kiama  21 Mar 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by kayne
After a reading you could take a photo of the cards in their positions and print it out for the quarent as a keep sake... quicker with a much flashier result than writing it all down for them. You could always record your readings for them on an audio tape too...


I take photos of all my spreads too. Its really useful, cuz you can see what they all looked like together, and possibly gain some more meaning from that. It also makes the journal look at a bit jazzier....

Kiama 


arizonagirl  21 Mar 2002 
My journal includes the deck, the spread, the cards drawn. For my daily readings, I also indicate how the cards reflected the significant things that happened the previous day.

:D I think taking a photo of the Spreads is a wonderful idea, and I'm gonna start doing that when I do a Celtic Cross spread. Usually I use a 3 card Mind, Body, Spirit spread to start the day. 


Liliana  21 Mar 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by Pollux
and I also got recently a proper bag - Kayne... he's just a genius!!! :D.



SO Kayne's your bag now? Sorry had to say it hehe

Im too scatterbrained for a journal, I write tarot info down on what ever is convient and stash it, in hopes of putting it in a journal eventually lol 


Niove  21 Mar 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by Jewel
... I am one of those more academic types so I learn by application.



Association is another way to familiarize myself with the Tarot besides application. Right now I've been recording associations I've found in my everyday studies, and some entries include a sketch or two. :) The entry will sometimes start out with a quote that relates to a certain card, or card(s) under study, whether its from my psychology textbook, or from a published book on the Tarot. 


Melvis  21 Mar 2002 
You mean some people keep only ONE journal?! ;) :D :)

Actually, I have a few journals devoted to Tarot:

Deck Journal: I'm creating my own deck, so I found a little journal that happens to have 80 pages. I devoted a page to each card, where I write down general card impressions, symbolism ideas, and quotes that I may use on the card.

Spread Journal: I have another journal the same size that I use to jot down new spreads and readings that I've done that were interesting or significant.

Digital Journal: I also keep a journal of sorts on my computer, by keeping track of my Personality Card, Soul Card, etc. info from Mary Greer's books. (Kind of like Jewel's notebook for her exercises, but gone digital!)

I think it's interesting to go back to some of my first entries in the Deck Journal and read my first impressions of the cards. I like being able to look back on some of my original 'gut' reactions when I get stuck in a reading.

My only problem now is that my Deck Journal is small enough to fit in a purse, so, of course, it is small enough for me to lose! Haven't seen it for a few weeks now...

Peace,

Melvis 


Jewel  21 Mar 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by Niove



Association is another way to familiarize myself with the Tarot besides application. Right now I've been recording associations I've found in my everyday studies, and some entries include a sketch or two. :) The entry will sometimes start out with a quote that relates to a certain card, or card(s) under study, whether its from my psychology textbook, or from a published book on the Tarot.


Very cool! I like that. I do a lot of comparitive study. Like I said my journal looks like a school notebook *LOL*. I will keep this in mind. Thanks! 


kayne  22 Mar 2002 
Love that deck journal idea Melvis! I have so many ideas about how I could interpret the cards in my own special way, great way to keep it all together!

Lili: I thought it but prefered to think of it as a fruedian slip :p 


Pollux  22 Mar 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by Liliana


SO Kayne's your bag now? Sorry had to say it hehe



I don't understand it... however it doesn't matter :p
I know I won't find it, even if I go look up in the vocabulary! :D

I was thinkinh that actually my Tarot Journal should be part of my Book of Shadows, together with Runes and all... I definitely think I am going to keep everything together, even though in separate section, with pages of different colours and all...

But I was curious to know if people possessing a BOS (wiccans or else) adopt that same solution as well, implementing the TJ in it... 


MeeWah  22 Mar 2002 
I also believe in keeping a Tarot journal. It has been an invaluable exercise in learning & acquiring insight.
I note the deck, the date, the card(s), the immediate reaction. After the day is done (or the equivalent), I note anything pertinent--including moon phase, feelings, a special occasion, weather, interactions with people or situations. To make it easier to handle, I endeavor to keep it brief & to the point.
There seems to be periods where the daily card(s) addresses the next day; then returns to the day at hand.
I maintain another book for Tarot readings (actually 2 books now); still another as a reference source of articles on Tarot.
My BOS is separate from Tarot.  


mermaid1622  23 Mar 2002 
I've kept a journal related to tarot since I first began working with the cards many years ago. Like my other journals, it's a case of now this, now that -- so what I am doing at any one time may vary.

I have kept a record of every reading I've done (20 years) -- the question, the position meanings as defined by the spread, the cards for each position. Usually, I write out rather long interpretations for each card and a summary. I do that because for me, the process of writing things out keeps my less-intuitive side occupied with things it likes (choosing the paper, the ink, moving my hand across the page, thinking about punctuation, etc.) so that that side of me does not interfere with my more-intuitive side.

I find it helpful especially with spreads of more than 3 or 4 cards to reflect on the cards over time, so I may do the spread, record my question, deck used, meaning of the positions, which cards fell where and not do any more *conscious* work with that reading until the next day or several days later.

At other times, I find I really don't have to write any interpretations or summary or associations. I "get the picture" and don't feel the need to write it out. Interestingly, with readings where I have not written out my interpretation, I still get a lot from reviewing the reading later. I lay out the cards again according to the basics I've recorded and voila! there it all is again ... how I saw it before plus how I see it now (which may be pretty much the same or quite different).

As with my other journals, part of my tarot journal is on my computer. But generally, anything I've put into my computer related to my tarot journal is typing up what I originally wrote by hand.

I keep notes about and write essays about individual cards, my ideas of themes for creating different decks, have created a few cards for myself with my own artwork as a means of getting to know the card better. Also, I sometimes use elements of cards in my artwork that is not obviously "tarot" artwork per se.

Because my journaling is just for me, it can require a certain amount of "translation" in order to share it with anyone else. I do the journaling for me. I do share my experiences in general, what I've learned in general, but it's two different things to me. Just as with my non-tarot journals, I write them for my eyes alone because that way is best for me. Then, I can select what and when and with whom I feel happy to share things that began in my tarot journal but that are either "translated" or written anew before being shared.

mermaid1622 


Razz  23 Mar 2002 
Wow

You know everytime I come to the boards, I learn something. What a great idea???!!!!! The scary part IS I keep a journal for other things why not this too???

I liked how someone mentioned (sorry don't remember who here said it) that they keep a separate journal for spreads, decks et al. That is even better!


Thanks everyone!


Razz 


sarahenglish  23 Mar 2002 
I thought it would help me learn the cards to have a journal/notebook.

I bought a 3-ring binder and divided into sections:

Daily reading (from Tarot for Yourself) with pages behind to record the reading interpretation

78 pages (actually double for reversals) each time I pull a card, I am recording the date, the spread and the interpretation

My personal profile (again, from Tarot for yourself)

Spreads for future use

Goodies downloaded from the internet, card and book wish list, etc.

Hopefully, this will help me get to know the cards better! 


Nightwalker  23 Mar 2002 
My Tarot Journal is a bit different right now compared to anyone else's. I've been doing a card a day and putting down on paper the card definition from the LWB and another book I have. I also put down basic numerology info for that specific card. Writing down info makes is easier for me to remember. I've also been putting down my personal thoughts on each card when something strikes me as being pertinent. And sometimes these thoughts/ideas about a card come at really odd times. Like when I'm driving. I also have sections for spreads and readings. Hopefully as time goes by I will have my own "book", and can use it instead of pulling 2 or 3 books off of the shelf.

Nightwalker 


MeeWah  26 Mar 2002 
Nightwalker: That is part of the purpose of keeping a Tarot journal. It can reinforce the learning; encourage one's own insight with the cards; assist to formulate the personal ideology/meanings. What one learns through the personal efforts & experiences with each card will teach far better than any book! Do not be surprised if the same card will not strike you in the same way with each appearance. Each card has a variety of meanings, alone & in combination with other cards. Some of the significances will be unique to the personal experiences. Also, the different meanings refer to the different layers contained within each card, like the layers of an onion. 


Kissa  09 May 2002 
BUMP for Chunkypuffs

Kissa 


The Keeping a Tarot Journal thread was originally posted on 20 Mar 2002 in the Talking Tarot board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the active threads in Talking Tarot, or read more archived threads.

 


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