The Single Most Helpful Thing I Did to Learn Tarot and a Free Printable
If you are interested in learning Tarot there is no doubt that you have heard about keeping a Tarot Journal. It’s almost universally accepted among Tarot folks that some form of journaling with the cards will make you a better and more effective reader. There are many incarnations of the Tarot Journal. I thought I would share how my learning journal was structured into three parts and how I used it to gain insight into the cards. It has been the single most helpful tool I have used to learn the Tarot
For many their Tarot reading goal is to be able to read it intuitively and without books, a fine and worthy goal. Beginning reader are often advised to throw the book away and simply trust their intuition to read the cards. That might work for some, but I had a hard time trusting my intuition at the beginning. Intuition is a muscle you have to work it out in order to build it up. I wanted to be able to read the cards intuitively, but I also wanted to know and understand the wealth of wisdom regarding cards meanings, numerology and elemental dignities associated with the cards. While I believe that intuition plays a major part in the reading of the cards, studying and learning the foundation information is essential. By reading intuitively and utilizing traditional Tarot knowledge you will be able integrate multiple layers of meaning, enhancing the reading experience.
For my Tarot Journal I drew one card a day. Some people do this in the morning. I preferred to do it at night, at this point I was still scared of some of the cards of the Tarot and did not want to go about my day worrying that the other shoe was going to drop.
Part One: Read Intuitively
After I had drawn the card, I would intuitively interpret it. First by describing the card out loud, simply stating what I was seeing. I looked at what the figures were doing, where they were facing, and the overall color scheme. As I did this I began to listen to any ideas, phrases or intuitions that popped in my head and wrote them down no matter how weird or silly they seemed.
Part Two: Consult your books
After I felt I had spent enough time engaging with the cards intuitively, I referenced a book. I would then look up card meaning and jot down anything that was significant, in agreement with my intuitive assessment or totally against it. I suggest getting the guidebook that goes with your deck and two to three other books which list the meanings of the cards, switching up the reference book every week or so to keep the perspective fresh.
Part Three: Make a note of what happened during your day and compare
Finally, I wrote about what had happened during my day and how I felt this reflected the cards meaning. More often than not the card interpretations and events of my day were in sync. A few times I found myself disagreeing with the book. In this case I always stuck to my own interpretation.
When all the parts of the journal exercise matched up I was super stoked! This was a huge confidence booster for me I the beginning. I found myself remembering meanings and how they had related to my life events as well as trusting my intuition more and more. Using this journal format helped me to learn fundamental information, and also add a personal aspect to my card reading, making it personal and powerful. I think it will work for you too!