Tarot Journaling

“After the writer’s death, reading his journal is like receiving a long love letter.” A personal record of occurrences and experiences; a periodical presentation of events and a dairy that denotes happenings that have stimulated our spiritual or psychic lives: behold, the art of Tarot journaling.

If you have spent quality time shuffling through the mysterious of the Tarot Cards you once invested in and have had the courage to  reach out for solutions through these cards then here I am applauding you for following your intuition. And furthermore, offering you another opportunity to explore, retain and learn from the messages these mystical cards offer you via a Tarot Journal.

A Tarot Journal is an acute dairy that can be used professionally to record Tarot notes about meanings, spreads or interpretations of cards or a personal diary that is passionately used for personal thoughts, insights & observations of our self-journey through readings.


Witnessing your own journey may seem as a complex and odd intent but it’s the very basic benefit of these magical cards. The Tarot cards are representative of aspects of human conditioning and “through our interaction with them, our awareness of the great truths is activated”. As you continue to work with these cards and record your readings in a journal- you’ll be able to connect card meanings to your life log and form patterns of your behaviour and responses to life situations. This awareness will also ease your journey as you begin to let go of things you can’t control and think before you act. With a deeper understanding of the personal messages these cards hold, your professional readings and intuition are also advantaged.

There are a number of ways in which you could pen or blog your thoughts. You could invest in a dairy, a professional Daily Spread Tarot & Oracle Journal or  just type away. You could begin with a ‘card-for-day’ scheme where you begin to record your thoughts and feelings towards that particular card pick & learn to notice how it relates to you. Or if you are in a more advanced stage then go ahead with a spread reflection and observation in your journal.

There are particular things that one should jot down about a card:

☾ First Impressions: How does it make you feel? What do you associate with it?

☾Detailed Description: Write down the description of the symbols, characters, colours and landscape present. (aspects you missed out on first glance- do they change your view of the card?)

☾ Numerological/Astrological/Suit Details: What Astrological sign or number does this particular card represent? Does that add any further value or characteristics to this card? For example, The High Priestess is represented by the number 2 (Duality, Confusion, Choices). Also, we should note down the particular suit the card belongs to, for example, cups symbolise water and therefore cards that associate with relationships and emotions.

☾ Some Meanings: Collecting meanings from different sources (journals, articles and books) to help formulate the overall interpretation of the card.

☾ Someone: Does this particular remind you of someone or some situation that impacted you? Hold on to that feeling.

Anyone can benefit from a Tarot Journal, someone searching for answers or someone learning to perform readings. But like all things spiritual, a regular practice and openness to the idea is key.


Who Are You In The Tarot?

Tarot Cards have remained an unconscious map of my existence for as long as I can recall. They have guided me through emotional turbulence and reinforced/recognized characteristics of situations, people and the upcoming future. Hence, I wasn’t surprised to come across in my journey of spiritual learning that the Tarot can do it all– these cards reveal the core formation of our inner and outer selves; helping us understand our functioning and development (Our Purpose). How?! 

Via your ‘identity cards’- we find out who you are in the Tarot (& in life).

Your birth card, current year card, astrology card, familiar and unfamiliar card make up the ‘identity cards’. This can be used in a spread to have an in-depth reading about your existence, purpose and planning. However in this particular post we are going to focus on finding out your birth card. This card primarily speaks of our karma for this lifetime. “Shows your path in this lifetime, with suggestions as to both strengths and weaknesses.” The birth card is your essence, your gifts and your soul’s purpose in life.

Calculating Your Birth Card

We make this calculation with the possibilities of your birth card number ranging from 1-21 of the Major Arcana represented in the Tarot. Your birth card number is also sometimes similar as your birth number. You add your birth date, month and year together. For example (Me): 21 + 9 + 1992 = 2022. Now, you further add the digits to achieve the possible number between 1-21 of the Major Arcana. For example (Me): 2 + 0 + 2 + 2 = 6. Therefore my birth card is represented by the number six in the Tarot making it The Lovers.

The Lovers: Birth Card Analysis 

The figures in this card suggest youth, love, virginity and innocence. This is a card of human love. The person with ‘The Lovers’ as a birth card makes decisions based on love, harmony, trust, sex, with spiritual inclination. When a woman (in our case) it suggest that she signifies that attraction towards the sensitive life which carries within it the idea of the ‘Fall of Man’ not by being a temptress but rather the working of a secret law of nature- where man is eventually tempted by the woman. “It is through her imputed lapse that man shall arise ultimately, and only by her can he complete himself.” The card is therefore in its way another intimation concerning the great mystery of womanhood. But the querent is likely to follow her heart and always land into the arms of a man who needs her.

Are you tempted to know about your birth card? Leave a comment with your birthdate & I am going to help you out! 

Buying Your First Deck

DEALING WITH TRADITION/SUPERSTITION: Before I ascend into the tips on buying your first deck, it is extremely important to address the topic of Should you even buy your own first deck?! Yes, there are two sides to this argument in the Tarot Reading sphere. Many believe (including me) that Tarot Decks are best “handed down” and not purchased. They are best when gifted. When I first started reading at the age of eleven, my mother had gifted me a beautiful Rider-Waite Tarot deck that worked like magic. That was the first inspiration. Choosing a Tarot Deck after that adventure has been difficult, with two decks that didn’t work for me. Hence, I personally recommend that an adviser or your Tarot teacher should make that special effort of initiation.

But if you are venturing out into your own journey of learning with no past associations with the spirited Tarot, then we move ahead with the argument that states that no one can chose your cards because your connection to the cards is very personal.

  1. Decide if you want a traditional deck or a non-traditional deck: Traditional decks come with 78 cards and have a Major and Minor Arcana. Almost all reference books on Tarot Reading are based on these traditional decks. Hence, when beginning to learn it is advisable to chose a traditional deck. Example: The Rider-Waite Deck. However, there are some decks which are essentially Tarot decks but which have been altered onto a different mythology, so some cards from the traditional deck may be missing or changed. Non-traditional decks have their own system of order which is slightly different from the Tarot (example: Angel Cards) but they can be brought onto the learning journey at a later stage by combining them in a reading with traditional cards to provide new dimensions to your answers.
  2. Buy a Tarot Deck with descriptive pictures and detailed artwork: Tarot Decks today come with several themes: Fairytale/Egyptian/Pagan/Wiccan. Choose a theme that intrigues you but do not forget the importance of the ‘instinctive’ appeal of the pictures of the deck. Pictures that are vague and minimal may be harder to learn with as the deck will eventually lack detailed esoteric meanings. Without interesting artwork, learning the Tarot becomes a dry experience revolving around textbook learning. You need to see and feel meanings, you client will eventually want to as well. When the cards have pictures on them, you can easily explain a particular card in a way that the client can understand.
  3. The Minor Arcana Choice: Out of the 78 cards in the Tarot, 58 represent the minor arcana. These 58 cards are depicted in two different styles ranging from deck-to-deck. The first style is the Rider-Waite style that incorporates people in action and interaction with detailed surroundings; the second style is the Thoth style that has suit symbols shown in a decorative manner. I recommend you to pick a deck with Rider-Waite style because interaction and surrounding depiction suggest much more interpretation than the four constant suit symbols.
  4. Take your time picking out your Tarot Deck: All the practical advise in beneficial but the Tarot must speak to you when buying your first deck. If it doesn’t in that moment, then come back later or try another store. You must choose with love and care. You must ponder over this decision. If a Tarot Deck makes you feel comfortable, secure and inspired then you have got the right one. You will be spending a lot of time with this deck and therefore you must pick one that makes you want to learn and strikes as pleasant. It’s like picking a friend or picking a marriage partner: approach the one that fascinates you, not the first one you find!

The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs.
––A.E. Waite, English occultist and co-creator of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot.