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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Take a photo of your spread within the Evernote application and click ‘save’.
- 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.
- 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’):
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!