All About Tarot Journaling

I’m so excited to be here today to share with you a little about tarot journaling. Tarot is a huge part of my personal practice – it’s what got me interested in witchcraft in the first place, and I regularly use the cards to connect with my higher self as well as for my spellwork.

One of the most important aspects of being a tarot reader is having a tarot journal, so kick back and let me tell you what tarot journaling is all about!

“What is a tarot journal, and why do I need one?”

A tarot journal can be many things, but the basic purpose is to have a place to record your readings. This is super important because it allows you to revisit your readings to see how right (or wrong!) you were, and if there are any other elements of the reading you didn’t notice at the time.

I usually record my readings in this way: date, question I asked (if any), cards drawn, the traditional meaning, and then a paragraph where I muse on the card and include my own personal interpretations of the card. I think it helps to add the traditional meaning for comparison’s sake, but you can add any info you think would be useful!

My Tarot Journaling Journey

I thought I’d share a little about the journals I’ve had to maybe help you decide what you want yours to look like! My first tarot journal was just a Moleskine notebook. I was just starting out as a tarot reader, so I began the book by writing out the meanings of every single card in the first few pages. Then I wrote down a few basic spreads, and then I started recording my readings. I kept it in my purse and took it with me everywhere, so it made sense to have the meanings and spreads all in one place.

This format worked at first, but soon I wanted to write down more spreads and notes from books I was reading about tarot at the time and it soon became a big mess! I hadn’t left space at the beginning for any kind of table of contents, so my readings were jumbled in with spreads and notes and other things all at the same time. Eventually it was so disorganized, I had to move on to another format.

My second, and current, tarot journal is binder-style so I can move pages around and have as many sections as I want! I have a section for card meanings, which I’ve expanded to include my own personal associations for each card. I then have a section for my own readings, a section for client readings, a section for spreads, and a section for any miscellaneous notes I might want to make.

I still have the first journal and now use that as a sort of on-the-go resource. I use it more to consult the spreads and meanings if needed than to record my actual readings

Ideas for Your Tarot Journal

If you want to start a tarot journal but aren’t sure where to start, here are some things to think about!

First of all, figure out what kind of book you want to have it in. Something small enough to take with you everywhere, or something big so you have a lot of space to write? A bound book or a binder or a scrapbook?

Once you have that, here are some ways to fill it up!

Write down the meanings of each card. Include all of your own personal associations.

Make a collage for each card.

Keep a collection of spreads you make and ones you find.

Record all of your readings.

Write creatively about each tarot card. This could be a poem or a few paragraphs, maybe about the card as a person, maybe about what the card evokes in you.

Draw your own version of each card.

Make a list of the cards that you relate to most. Add the date, so you can come back later and see if it still holds true.

Jot down notes about readings you do for others, so if they ask you for a follow-up reading down the line, you’ll remember what you talked about previously.

Take notes on books you read about tarot.

Have a “tips” section with tips for remembering the card meanings or making readings easier.

Tarot journaling is a really fulfilling, enriching part of the tarot reader’s journey. Your journal can become a powerful and helpful tool to guide you when you need it most. But most importantly, it should be something you like to work in. Don’t feel pressured to make it big and fancy or to write a whole novel about each reading. Do whatever works best for you!



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