One of the most powerful things that you can do to help you learn your cards is to create a personal Tarot journal. The journal can serve as a record of your experiences as you journey down your Tarot path.
There are many ways to keep a Tarot journal and many different things that you can keep in it. At the very least, there should be a place to record the meanings of the cards. This in itself can serve as an excellent Tarot reference.
I actually have several different Tarot journals, all in 3-ring binders. My “card meanings” journal is divided into the following sections: Major Arcana, Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. I have several pages for each card on which I’ll record keywords, symbolism, insights, reversed meanings, element, astrological & Qabbalistic associations and advice. The possibilities here are only limited by your creativity.
I typically set aside about 5 or 6 sheets of paper for each card. I would start off with at least two pages for each card in the beginning. The beauty of storing your Tarot journal in a 3-ring binder is that there is room for it to grow. Some people even purchase an extra deck and then paste an actual card in the card meanings area of their journals. After several years of keeping a journal, you will have enough information for a complete Tarot book!
My other journals are divided up into a variety of sections. Here are some suggestions for your journal:
- Record any meanings for the cards. These can be keywords or even various aspects of the cards such as mental, emotional, financial, business, relationship, physical, spiritual, etc.
- Your daily draw.
- A record of any readings that you do. Include date, time, who the reading is for, deck used, layout used, insights and anything that happened afterward that could be tied to the reading.
- Drawings of your cards.
- Results of any meditations sessions that you do with your cards.
- Stories, poems or affirmations that are inspired by your cards.
- Notes on relating the elements to your cards.
- Notes on relating astrology to your cards.
- Notes on relating numerology to your cards.
- Notes taken from books you have read or from online forums (don’t forget to write down the name of the author in case you need to designate credit in the future).
- Rituals that you have created based on your cards.
- A section on the history of the Tarot.
Again, the possibilities are endless. The important thing is that you make your Tarot journal your own creation and incorporate it into your daily life.