A Tarot Journal is the best technique for learning the Tarot effectively. A Tarot journal gives you the opportunity to develop a personal connection with the cards and is much more useful than trying to memorize the interpretations of others.
Tarot is quite subjective and the best readers are the ones who develop their own interpretations of the cards and use the cards as a tool for enhancing and tapping into the intuition. Another benefit of a Tarot journal is that it can be used to learn how to read any deck, or even kept for multiple decks. Decks can vary greatly in their art, symbolism, and interpretations – so connecting with your cards in your own way is very important.
Creating Your Tarot Journal
I recommend using a three ring binder or any type of book that will allow you to move pages around, add, and subtract as you wish. You will take one or two cards per day and work with them. The first step is to spend a moment or two looking at your card. After this you should spend a full five minutes recording answers to the following questions:
- What did I first notice?
- What characters are in this card?
- What is happening?
- How does this card make me feel?
- Do any symbols or colors etc. stand out to me?
After you record your answers to the previous questions your next step is to write a story about what is happening in the card incorporating the answers from the step above. Spend several minutes writing a very detailed story about your card. Who are the characters? Where is the setting and what does it mean? What is going on? How do the characters feel and why? What can they do or what should they consider to make their way easier? What is the moral of the story?
Do this for every card in your deck. After you have done this go back through your journal entries with your cards. At this point, you can look at books or interpretations of others and see if they add to your perceptions, or if you disagree. You should ideally work on developing your own interpretations first before reading books by others so that you are not influenced by their opinions. Consult books only after you have taken enough time to ensure you are learning to read the cards as you truly see them and not through the lens of other people.
Once you have gone through your deck a couple of times you will be astonished at how accurate your readings become and how well you can tie the stories of your cards into the life stories and lessons of your questioner.