Ways to Use a Tarot Journal
A tarot journal can
be a catalyst for creating a personal vision of the cards, as well as for
chronicling your inner and outer journey. Aside
from the practical use of collecting card interpretations from various sources
or keeping a chronological record of your readings and their patterns and
themes, your tarot journal is also a way to express the creative themes in your
life. Here are some tips:
Keep a dream journal
along with your tarot journal, comparing synchronicities.
Stay alert to archetypes, and numbers also found in the tarot.
Pull cards that represent the key elements in your dream and record the
card’s meaning and how it relates to the dream symbol or image.
One example: The Chariot might best fit a dream about driving through
Do a reading before
going to a movie and afterward compare your notes with the actual plot.
You’ll get instant gratification in seeing how accurately you predict,
and you’ll discover alternative interpretations of the cards from the
perspective of the movie.
Choose specific cards
that outline the theme of a movie you’ve already seen, using a spread that
explores the sequence of the storyline and depicts why the characters needed to
experience the outcome or message of the film.
“Vision quest” movies like Forrest Gump and Shawshank Redemption seem
to work best for this.
Pick a daily card,
journal a question spoken in the voice of this card, and answer it.
For example, the Star might ask, “What are you optimistic about?
What is the one dream you will never part from?”
Write an affirmation
for your daily card to repeat throughout the day.
One for the Strength card could be: “Treating myself gently makes me
stronger.” Pace the card in a
picture frame at your workplace as a reminder to repeat this affirmation to
yourself whenever you see it.
Create a tarot key.
For the Major Arcana, write ancient and modern manifestations of each
card, selecting movies or stories that best express its quality, along with your
interpretations. The Fool’s
attributes might include court jester, clown, or trickster coyote, and relevant
movies might be Wizard of Oz, The Little Tramp, or The Truman Show.
The interpretation could begin with adventure, fortune, misfortune, or a
leap of faith. Add as many examples as you can to enrich your understanding
of each card.
and symbolic images for the four suits. The Cups, for example, are ruled by the Moon, and are
associated with water, relationships, love, haling, dreams, and fantasy.
They are emotion-based, and their orientation to time is focused on the
past. Images include chalices,
shells, containers and all sea creatures.
Create a numerology
key. For example, “two” equals
polarity, duality, and relationships.
Personalize the court
cards by noting a brief impression of the personality of the card, as well as
people in your life or celebrities that demonstrate the personal attributes of
the card. Add photos or cutouts
Collect ads and
images that convey the meaning of the cards and add them to your journal.
Make your own tarot
deck while journaling about what each card means to you. Collage is an excellent
method. Your tarot journal will
really come in handy now. Study it
while meditating on your personal vision of the card. When you finish a card, color copy one for your journal and
laminate the other for a reading deck. This
has been the most gratifying and powerful project I’ve done with tarot.
In fact, my book and deck set, Transformational Tarot, evolved from my