One of the best pieces of advice that I got starting out was to keep a tarot journal. I wasn’t very religious about it at first, but as my interest and knowledge grew, the more I realized how important a tarot journal can be.
The method that was recommended to me, which was quite stringent (and probably why I didn’t do it) was to start with the first card of the deck (The Fool) and journal my way through the entire deck….twice. It felt quite overwhelming, and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. However, months and months later, I realized that simply pulling a card daily, meditating on it and putting my thoughts down in my journal was an invaluable tool for helping me to understand and get to know the meaning of the cards.
My daily journal practice now includes a three card draw for the day, where I interpret the spread, make notes on anything that jumps out at me about the cards (believe it or not, I’m still finding imagery that I’ve never noticed before even after all this time), and write down my thoughts on my overall take for the day. I do use a rotation of various decks; I feel this is my opportunity to get to know different decks in my collection.
Again, your tarot journal doesn’t have to be that complex. I do recommend starting out to take one card, study the imagery and write down what you see. Then make notes on how that card makes you feel. Think about what message it seems to convey. It’s ok to refer to the LWB (Little White Book) if you are just starting out, but it’s important to trust your intuition as well.
It’s also handy to have a journal to refer to to look back and see how far you’ve come. It’s also fun to see if something manifested that the cards were trying to tell you by checking dates. But most of all, the practice making perfect is key.
Your tarot journal doesn’t have to be fancy, although you can get some lovely ones at various bookstores and on Amazon. A simple spiral notebook will do the trick. As long as you can write in it, that’s all that matters.
So get out there and get journaling!