So I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news…getting the bad news out of the way, somehow my tarot journal was lost or misplaced! Instead of crying over spilled milk, I pulled up my big boy pants and decided to start working on a new one! Besides this being the perfect excuse to go out and buy more craft goods, it certainly will be a fun project!
Before we go on let’s take a moment of silence for my old journal… If you didn’t get to SEE MY OLD JOURNAL check out the blog post, or feel free to WATCH THE VIDEO of how I designed and created it! Alright…let’s begin!
You want to learn the Tarot and don’t know where to start huh? You’ve got 78 cards in your hand and your wondering where do you begin? There are many different tips, tricks and techniques to help you to learn the tarot but one important thing that most recommend is journaling.
My style of journaling is an eclectic hodge-podge where art & creativity meet writing! I have to build an aesthetical foundation of art before the inspiration of writing can start. Does anyone else do this or is it just me?
I take pieces of clip art, newspaper quotes, magazine ads, tissue or designed papers, anything colorful or prints of imagery. Add a few tablespoons of ticki tape. A dash or two of markers, colored pencils or crayons. If you want to get real creative you can also add items like glitter, charms, ribbon…
The world is your acorn…Do what makes you happy!
Combine all ingredients, do some writing, let it simmer for 30 minutes and BAM you’ve got some creative shit poppin’ off!!
I suppose for me there is something about the visuals that then invoke the free-flow of thoughts that allow me to creatively write. I’m sure everyone has their own process, the point is, that no matter how ‘weird’ it may be…find what works for you and DO IT!
This process of creative writing gives you the leg-up on the learning process when it comes to connecting with your tarot deck! The brain is able to form new and stronger connections aiding in the process of learning more about tarot. Journaling has also been shown to be therapeutic. And if you’ve quit smoking, like I have, it sure gives you something to stay busy with and keep your mind off of bad habits lol.
For me, it’s important to search for the imagery I want to use first. These images represent the archetypes to me and help imprint the knowledge into my tiny little brain… Plus, once I have a photo, art, sketch, textile that I want to use I can then color coordinate with the media and envoke an emotion. For the Emperor, as much as I wanted to do a deep red, which is indicative of the traditional Emperor card, I felt esp. with this imagery that I wanted to communicate a more earthly, royal feeling to it. Did I accomplish that in your opinion?
For other images (that I can’t draw…because I’m terrible at drawing) I like to make sure to include reminders that are messages within the cards. For the Empress I HAD to include the pomegranate, symbolic of fertility, which embodies the Empress. Although my chosen image of the beautiful pregnant boho woman doesn’t have a dress of pomegranates, I can include images like this within the journal as a reminder!
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How do you like to journal? What are some tips and tricks that you find are helpful? Please comment below your experiences and help the Squirrel Nest to learn and grow!