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Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 14 Apr 2004, and now archived in the Forum Library.



closrapexa  14 Apr 2004 
Do you have a different journal for each of your decks? I've only started keeping one and it dawned on me that maybe I'd need one for eaqch of my decks. What do you do? 


mercenary30  14 Apr 2004 
I have 20 decks and 2 journals. I have one for readings and studies, and one that....uh...

I have 1 Journal, with the next journal ready when this one is full.

hehe

:D 


lunakasha  14 Apr 2004 
Hi closrapexa!

Welcome to Aeclectic! :)

I keep my tarot journal in a large, 3-ring binder with different sections for each topic: daily readings, spreads, color photocopies of favorite cards (Art of Tarot), resources, readings, etc. Others keep individual notebooks for studying different decks...there are so many options available....you can set it up in whatever way is best suited to your needs.

There are some interesting threads on here that might give you some ideas and inspiration for creating your journal....here is one of them:

http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=22187&highlight=tarot+journal

Have fun! :D

:) Luna 


mj07  14 Apr 2004 
I put a lot into this and over the weekend bought two big spiral pads, one for the Majors and One for the Minors and Court. Still now sure the best way to organize it, after all, I want to be able to find things easily. I have an aversion to 3-ring binders for some reason! AHHA! I think I'm going to get a bunch of composition books to write down readings in. 


Orion  14 Apr 2004 
One journal for all decks. When I am adding an entry into the journal I make sure to note what deck I am using at the time.
:) 


lunakasha  14 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by mj07
I have an aversion to 3-ring binders for some reason! AHHA!


Could it be an aversion to pinched fingers??? :laugh:
I hate that!!! :eek:

:) Luna 


September Pixie  14 Apr 2004 
I keep one for tarot and one for oracle... and then one for tarot games, stories, and poems.. so that makes 3 journals :) 


mysticalowl  14 Apr 2004 
The ATA suggests different sections: History, the cards, personal readings, readings done by others for you, etc. I think I am going to start doing this and see how it works. The problem is I write better when I type. 


lunakasha  14 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by mysticalowl
The ATA suggests different sections: History, the cards, personal readings, readings done by others for you, etc. I think I am going to start doing this and see how it works. The problem is I write better when I type.


I keep copies of all of my readings in my journal, which is a 3-ring binder. I also type mine on the computer and print them off....which might be an option for you, mysticalowl.

:) Luna 


smokey  14 Apr 2004 
GREETINGS,closrapexa
I, also have the big 3-ring binder w/lotsa' dividers I have marked
SPREADS/ DAILY DRAWS/NOTES/RESEARSH, etc. Then, of course I
have my li'l zippered carry-all bag w/all my highlighters, coloured
markers,inks, etc. So, yeah, in-a- nutshell;4-me,it's easier to find
things "at-a-glance" in one journal...THANK goodness- 4- THOSE -
DIVIDERS,though,tee,hee!!! 


mj07  15 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by lunakasha
Could it be an aversion to pinched fingers??? :laugh:
I hate that!!! :eek:

:) Luna


oooh, yes, and that jarring feeling when you open and close them, and wondering "will they bite me this time or will I get away?" eeeekk!!

that, and maybe it's that 3-ring binders just remind me too much of work? 


hedgecub  15 Apr 2004 
I keep two binders for spiritual/occult stuff in general, and of course both of them have sections devoted to tarot :) One contains my notes and exercises as I work through Mary K Greer's "Tarot For Your Self", and the other contains my daily reading and any other readings I do.

I haven't gotten to the point where I have different binders/notebooks for different decks though... 


le pendu  15 Apr 2004 
This is certainly not for everyone, but it has worked out great for me.

I work in web development, so have tools for, and am used to building web pages. I decided that I wanted an electronic journal. I built HTML pages for each card in the deck, each suit, and each rank. I have a main page that links to each subcategory. I do a lot of tarot research on line, and I copy and paste whatever strikes me as interesting or related into the journal. It might be a definition or a poem or an interpretation. I put images, quotes, and even some of the comments and posts I find here on Aeclectic into the journal. While it took a lot of effort to set up, it has paid off in the long run as I don't have to write everything down (which takes me forever, and is almost illegible) and I have lots of imagery that adds to my contemplation, comparison, and understanding of the cards. For my readings I just open my readings.html and add in new readings each time.

robert 


lunakasha  15 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by robertmealing
This is certainly not for everyone, but it has worked out great for me.

I work in web development, so have tools for, and am used to building web pages. I decided that I wanted an electronic journal. I built HTML pages for each card in the deck, each suit, and each rank. I have a main page that links to each subcategory. I do a lot of tarot research on line, and I copy and paste whatever strikes me as interesting or related into the journal. It might be a definition or a poem or an interpretation. I put images, quotes, and even some of the comments and posts I find here on Aeclectic into the journal. While it took a lot of effort to set up, it has paid off in the long run as I don't have to write everything down (which takes me forever, and is almost illegible) and I have lots of imagery that adds to my contemplation, comparison, and understanding of the cards. For my readings I just open my readings.html and add in new readings each time.

robert


WOW....that sounds amazing, robert!!!

I would love to set up something like that....if only I had the computer/web design savvy! :eek: My brother works in web design...maybe he would help me out???

:D Luna 


Nevada  15 Apr 2004 
I used to use bound blank-book journals, and in fact I still have some unused ones left. I liked them because they were pretty, and I could choose a uniquely themed journal for a particular purpose. But it got too difficult to keep them all straight and organized, and have a practical way of storing them. Sometimes I would go for a long time without even using one because it was in the other room when I wanted it.

I needed to simplify.

Now I just use a yellow (letter size) legal pad. I write every journal entry (personal, dream, creative, tarot readings, tarot study, business brainstorming, budgeting, shopping lists, to-do lists, etc.) on a page of this pad, and date each page (and number them if I write more than one page for an entry).

I leave a margin on the left (right on the back) side of the page so I can either punch holes and file the page in a 3-ring binder or store it in a file folder by subject, year and so forth. I can sort the pages by deck if I want, or by any other subject!

It's amazing how much this has simplified my life as far as journal writing and filing. I can just sort all the pages at the end of a week, or even a month, and file them away.

They're a standard size for binders or file folders. They're also the same size as pages I print from the computer with online information. They're the same size as computer printouts of journaling I do on the computer, too. :)

I can keep a yellow writing pad and pen or pencil beside my favorite chair or the bed, in each room of the house where I might want to grab it and write a journal page, even in the car or in a tote bag that I grab on my way out of the house.

Nevada 


Macavity  15 Apr 2004 
I am now using two A5 two-ring loose leaf binders. One is a Tarot journal and the other a "Magick" journal. This format allows me to use transparent "pocket pages" to contain (relatively cheap) "pocket" RWS or Thoth Cards to illustrate my various ramblings. The associated deck can thus be changed (and recovered!) at some later stage. I too use a "website" format as the prime mover for the journal and print out the pages as needed. I never could stand (or sometimes even read) my own writing! :laugh:

Macavity 


Jeanette  16 Apr 2004 
I really envy all of you devoted, organized people out there! My system (?) is so haphazard and sporadic, it's just pitiful..... but at least it's mine! My notebook is an on-again, off-again thing, and my journal languishes on the shelf. I suppose I just need some inspiration to get back to these things. 


laura_borealis  16 Apr 2004 
I use standard composition notebooks, the ones with the mottled black and white covers. I have two right now, and they're pretty haphazard. The first one I started a few years ago when I was starting to learn to read tarot. It has pages for each card, and entries for readings, but also lots of other stuff and it's in no way organized.

The second one I started recently when I got my Fey deck, and was meant to be just for that deck. Then I got the Cosmic Tribe and decided to use the notebook for both, so I flipped it over and started a new section for that deck. I color-photocopied cards from each deck for the covers so I know which side is which.

When I have something not deck-specific I write in the first one, or if I do a reading with one of my other decks. I would hate to lose it -- I look stuff up in it all the time.

I really like robertmealing's method and may emulate it some time in the future, though I'll probably always have paper notebooks too. 


mysticalowl  16 Apr 2004 
Robert - Sounds like an idea you should market to Aeclectic..hehe. It would be a cool feature to get for an additional fee with membership. This is a great idea...if only I knew how to program web sites. :) 


lunakasha  16 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by mysticalowl
Robert - Sounds like an idea you should market to Aeclectic..hehe. It would be a cool feature to get for an additional fee with membership. This is a great idea...if only I knew how to program web sites. :)


I second that idea!!! :D

:) Luna 


le pendu  16 Apr 2004 
I was considering making a copy of my 'site" with the content empty that others could use to build from, but they would still need to be able to have dreamweaver or frontpage or similar software.

I thought about it more and agree, I think it would be great to have something like this on the web. I talked to some friends about building something like this in ".php" and it doesn't sound like it would be too complicated. I'm envisioning something similar to a forum like this, only you're the only member that has access to your forums and threads. If someone were to set up a forum like piece of software and preprogram the categories.. instead of "tarot decks" "tarot trading" etc it would be "Major Arcana" then, under that would be threads like "The Fool" "The Wheel' and then you could just keep adding information into it and upload images etc.. it might be a simple way of doing it.

What would be really cool is if you could turn it on or off to share with others so that you could browse other peoples journals if they opened them up to the public. I don't have experience using .asp, .php, or .jsp or using databases... I manage teams that do this stuff. At home, I just build regular old HTML pages. But I think it would be great to go online and create your own journal and then add stuff to it, and it doesn't seem beyond reason that something like this could be created.

robert 


mysticalowl  17 Apr 2004 
Keep us posted if you decide to make your code available. Thanks :) 


Delphina Kalika  18 Apr 2004 
Well hello to you all....

Well as a novice.. (of little or no pryor knowledge)... I am please to see I have been doing something simular to you all... :)

I have been using the playing card method for about 6 years.... and from day1 I felt the need to write down wot cards and their meaning.. fell in my readings...

My method was very simple... A4 Lined paper, date and time inserted at the top of each page... draft copy 1st then neatly writen up later... kept in an old ring binder (from my school days :|:|)

Now that I have my first actual tarot deck... I have bought 2 note pads... I actually have 3 in total..... 1 an old exercise book.. for roughly noting down the cards which have fallen in my reading..... A newer larger exercise book purposely bought for recording my readings... which I then neatly write up from my quick notes.. (using the LWB + my interpretations).... this book I have covered. and a spiral note book which I plan on writing about each card... starting with notes from the LWB, other books. then ending with my own personal feelings and thoughts on each card.... Then finally saving all this onto disks... (just incase i misplace any of the above) which all the above methods I am planning to keep to my orginal lay out... dating and timing each reading, writing the cards and its meaning then my thoughts... but as my collection of decks grows I shall be adding the name of the decks used for each reading.....

If any1 could give me advice etc on simplier methods I would be grateful..:|

But as it stands at present these are the methods I myself use....:D:D 


closrapexa  21 Apr 2004 
Yeah , it could be cool to have a website Tarot journal. There are Dream journals, so why not Tarot journals? 


Dragons_Wing  22 Apr 2004 
i used to use my livejournal account as a tarot journal, a dream journal, and a regular journal. all failed :( now i dont think i've posed in that for a year.

however i have been keeping a hard backed book w/ blank pages i got from the local occult shop as a journal and has worked out pretty well for me. altho next time i think i'm going to get lined pages because i have a tendency to write at weird angles and different sizes all in one sentence :) 


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