Tarot And Personal Growth-How To See Your Patterns At A Glance

Tarot Journal

Tarot and personal growth are a perfect match for each other as both embrace psychology and emotional and spiritual habits. If you are curious about the Tarot cards in terms of trying to understand the greater patterns in your life, journaling and documenting your personal spreads each day is an essential tool to gaining a deeper understanding of some dominant unconscious energy patterns or thoughts going on for you.

Why Journal?

Tarot Journaling

Journaling for greater understanding of self is a tradition and recommended practice by various therapists that is as old as the hills. There are myriad ways to journal, but when it comes to journaling and Tarot cards it is important to document each card that comes up for you, preferably on a daily basis in order for you to collect the most data in the shortest amount of time.

My Experience.

At first when I began this practice I was actually skeptical that I would be picking up some cards more than other cards out of a Tarot deck made up of 78 cards. But that is exactly what has begun to occur. I am beginning to see certain underlying themes showing up on a regular basis that are completely relevant to my personal circumstances. I also came across a paper written by a scientist who has looked at this phenomenon in more detail. She and three others conducted a personal experiment over the course of a year where each documented their personal spreads daily, and then looked at the mathematical probabilities from a scientific point of view to determine what degree their spreads were random or not random. The results confirmed the case for non-randomness. You can read this study here.

Why is it useful to see the bigger patterns in your life?

We all have psychological patterns that we keep repeating over and over. Some of these are useful to us, and others are destructive. Certain belief systems claim we have certain life lessons to learn while we are in our physical form on the planet, and the Tarot is a useful tool to help you discover this. One way to see the patterns at a glance is to use the popular app ‘Evernote’, which can be used both on a desk top or laptop as well as a smart phone.

How to use ‘Evernote’ to get the big picture.

  1. Start by downloading Evernote on your smart phone. Evernote is a note taking application which allow you to enter notes, take photos, perform searches within the application within all the notes you have taken, make tags for entries and much more. But for the purpose of this journaling exercise, the above functions are all you need to know about.
  2. Do your first documented Tarot reading for yourself. I would suggest starting with only one to three cards per day to keep it simple, over a 3 month period. Pose your question before you shuffle your deck and type it into Evernote in the ‘title’ section. This will ensure you are clear about what you asked while you interpret your spread or card so you can keep referring back to the original question.
  3. Take a photo of your spread within the Evernote application and click ‘save’.
  4. Type in some notes about your interpretation. You can make these notes as elaborate or as short as you like depending on how much time you have in the moment.
  5. Make a ‘tag’ of each of the cards that you picked for the day. On a smart phone you tag a post by clicking on the ‘i’ button in the circle to the right (see below), and then type in the first card you drew. Then, do the same with the other cards you have drawn.


Here is the screen shot from the view on the laptop, which is a little more obvious as to how you would tag the post (click next to the ‘tag’ symbol on the left. As you can see I tagged this note with ‘8 of Pentacles’):

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How to analyse the results.

After you have been documenting for at least a month, go to the ‘tags’ section within Evernote and see how many times you have tagged certain cards. Evernote keeps the count for you so if you have been vigilant with your tagging and documenting you should see a reasonably clear pattern emerging.

After even just 3 weeks of doing this exercise I noticed reoccurring cards showing up for me, and one was the Justice card as well as the Chariot card which are major arcana cards and carry a lot of energetic ‘weight’. I am currently sifting through what these cards are suggesting to me, and I figure that once I have either learned the lesson or cleared the energy or thought pattern around these cards, I will start consistently drawing different cards that reoccur for a while.

What are your experiences with Tarot journaling? Have you noticed a pattern emerging? What methods do you use to document your spreads? Leave a comment and let know!

14 thoughts on “Tarot And Personal Growth-How To See Your Patterns At A Glance”

  1. This is a very interesting post about Tarot and personal growth and how to see your patterns at a glance.
    I have had a Tarot reading a couple of times in the past and have found them pretty accurate, but I didn’t realise you could do anything like this yourself!
    I am definitely take up this challenge and see what unfolds!
    Thanks for this 🙂

    1. Thanks John! Ultimately I think the goal is to learn enough about the cards yourself so you have extra self awareness and learn to trust yourself as much as you can. Thanks for your comment ! Look forward to hearing what your results are.

  2. This blog post makes for interesting reading. It is a good idea to try this, but with time constraints I don’t know whether or not I would keep at it long enough to see the results.

    At the moment I am trying to write in my journal each day but some days I just don’t get that far. I wonder what my prevailing tarot card would read, probably too busy for my own good lol.

    1. Hi Michel, thanks for the comment. The daily documenting can be as quick as 3 minutes or as long as you want to elaborate as you like regarding the notes that you take. Most days all I do is shuffle the cards while I ponder one a question such as ‘What card is relevant to me today?’, then I pick the card, get my phone and open evernote, write down the question I asked, snap the pic and then write a short sentence or two on it, and tag it. It literally takes no more than 3 minutes. The key to all of this is to be able to look at the tag section within evernote and see quickly which card/s come up the most.

  3. I,m afraid i can only comment on the neat appearance of the page and easy to follow reading. not too overwhelming.i guess my spiritual upbringing makes me a little prejudice, but i am open to a little more research, particularly after reading the results of the scientific research.i learn a little more every day, thanks for the opportunity.

  4. Very interesting topic! I try to write as much as I can in a journal just to keep up with life and look back to reflect. I am not to really take up on all the tarot stuff, but this article sparked my attention. Especially since I already journal. But anyways nice site, I found it very inviting and professional!.

    1. Thanks for your comment thadpoore. Any kind of journaling is extremely useful I think, and is a great habit to get into.

  5. This is so neat! I love your inclusion of a scientific study (seeing the rationale behind things is always super interesting). And using Evernote is genius. I use Evernote for business purposes. Hadn’t thought of using it for self-discovery before. I imagine this journalling method could be used for so many things! Well done.

    1. Thanks Rebecca! Yes I love Evernote and use it for so many things-business included! And yes, the options are endless when using it for any kind of journal in order to get a quick over view of your personal patterns whether you are into Tarot cards or not. 🙂

  6. Great Article! I love your suggestion of only doing one to three cards a day as I am the sort of person that becomes a little obessive-compulsive. Before you know it I’ve analysed the entire pack and that defeats the purpose of this exercise.

    Could you do this exercise over a year and compare the changes in your cards to the changes in your life?

    1. Hey Amberlee. Thanks for stopping by. You could definitely do this over a year and compare the changes in the cards to the changes in your life. This would be an ideal personal experiment! You will likely find reoccuring suits showing up for a period of time, and then it will change into another suit for a period of time. Or it could be the same major arcana card showing up all the time, which indicates a more major theme presenting itself in your life. But even if you did this for as little as 3 months, you will see some patterns emerging.

  7. I have used online tarot reading myself. I noticed that in the different sites that I went it I ended up picking the same cards. I knew it meant something so I paid very closed attention to what the cards were trying to tell me. I do not know if it’s a pattern, but I can definitely say that they kept repeating themselves.

  8. That would have been an interesting experience and I feel this is synchronicity at work to a tee! We can never really be sure as to what exactly we are interacting with in relation to this big quantum soup around us, but it sure keeps us guessing!

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