Create a Tarot Journal

Create a Tarot Journal

If you are brand new to Tarot; I recommend the use of a three ring binder so that you can move pages around at will or add and subtract information in proper order later on. Each day focus on 1 or 2 cards and take 10 to 15 minutes with each card. If you have some experience, or want to use a Tarot journal for other purposes, you can purchase absolutely beautiful journals that will allow you to create your own special book.

At the top of your page write the name of your card and at first simply write down anything you see and feel. What are the first things you notice with that card? Do certain colors stand out? Symbols? Characters? How does the scene make you feel?

Next write a story about what is happening in the card. Describe the scenery and the characters in detail including their feelings, actions, what you believe they are experiencing. Make this a real story that you can begin to relate to other experiences you have had. How do they coincide with one another?

Your final part should be expressing what you learned from the card by comparing and contrasting it to your own personal experience(s). What does this card teach and what is the moral of the story being depicted?

This approach to Tarot allows you to become a good reader because now you are not merely looking at cards trying to remember interpretations you read in a book. This practice allows you to develop a relationship with your cards and to tap into your intuition (and creative center of your brain which is closely connected). It is easier to remember the stories and ideas that are uniquely your own and relate those to yourself and others than it is to memorize a bunch of random meanings without truly understanding why those interpretations came to be.

After you have moved through your entire deck creating your own interpretations and stories, then you can begin to look at books and interpretations of others and see how their ideas correspond to your own. Perhaps they will enhance your own interpretations or give you more food for thought, but if you want to be the best reader possible, develop your own interpretations first.

This will help you develop empathy with those you read as well because you will “feel” the cards in your reading and how they relate to those you are reading for. Tarot should not be an analytical process as much as it is an intuitive and emotional one. This is where many new readers get stuck.

 

Learn Tarot Card Numbers Tarot Numerology

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tarot numerology learn what tarot numbers meanHave you ever wondered what the numbers on Tarot cards mean? What if you have many of the same numbers or two or three of the same number in a row? Numerology does play a strong secondary role in the Tarot and this post will explain what that is and what the different numbers mean.

Every Tarot card has a number. The major arcana has roman numerals from 0 to 21 or from 1 to 22 depending on the deck you use. In the minor arcana, the Aces signify the number 1.

There are cards 1 – 9 and then four court cards. When looking into repeat numbers and multiple number patterns in a spread these tend to be the cards I pay the most attention to.

Let’s say you have a 5 card spread and in this spread, you have two cards with the number 3 on them. This means that the number 3 is dominant in that spread and you should also consider the numerology meanings of this number as well as the overall theme of the card itself.

Sometimes this will stand out ever further. What if you do a spread and draw three 3’s in a row? Not only do you have 3 of the same numbered card “3”, but also in succession. Wow, that doesn’t happen often, but it would be a definite clue that the number 3 is playing a big secondary role in that reading.

So, to further enhance your Tarot knowledge what follows is an overview of the numbers in Tarot and what they signify. Consider these meanings when you see certain numbers pop up in abundance.

I also have posts that cover each number in more detail.

I treat Tarot numbers as I do Numerology charts. In numerology, we break down a number until it is a single digit. So for example, say you draw the Devil card – his number is XV which is 15. In numerology, we would add the 1 and 5 together to reduce down to a single digit: 6. If you had the Devil card in your spread and a couple of the six cards from the minor arcana you’d also consider the meaning of the number 6.

Tarot Numbers & Their Meanings

  • Number 0: This is the absolute beginning “nothing” and “everything” all at once, the alpha and omega. Zero is the absolute place of potential where anything can happen and a course of action has yet to get underway. 0 is the individual as they are at the present moment, brand new, no expectations or preconceived notions – it just is. There is only one 0 in a Tarot deck.
  • Number 1: The number one represents the absolute beginning stages of a venture or process. It also symbolizes individualism, independence, and self-worth. One is the number of expressing one’s unique thoughts and ideas. Newness, potential, the seed of that which has yet to develop. Properly balanced this is a card of ideas and initiative and recognizing personal value, imbalanced it is a card of arrogance and difficulty putting ideas into action.
  • Number 2: Two speaks of choice, being at a crossroads, having to make a decision. Which path? Sometimes this number in abundance can indicate feeling confused or uncertain which choice will bring the most rewards. Two also represents polarity and learning to unite opposites. Properly balanced it speaks of finding peace and harmony a good blend. Imbalanced two’s speak of indecisiveness, victim mentality, and/or failure to make strong choices.
  • Number 3: Three focuses on communications, group dynamics, and expressing yourself in meaningful ways with others. Three is a card of multitasking and being well rounded through different experience. Properly balanced 3’s are social and great communicators, imbalanced 3’s can use others or abuse friendships.
  • Number 4: Fours speak of hard work, practicality, being in the “nitty gritty” phase of a project. Four is hands on, logical, analytical and sequential. Four is a very serious, matter of fact approach to problems. In proper balance they speak of hard work, dogged determination and perseverance. When imbalanced they speak of rigidity and being overly controlling or manipulative.
  • Number 5: Five is the number of adventure and changeability. Never a dull moment with five’s, but they are sometimes chaotic or scattered. Five speaks of loving attention and adventure and being impulsive and spontaneous. When properly balanced five’s are great adventurers and risk takers, when imbalanced they are reckless and impulsive.
  • Number 6: Sixes are conventional with a strong sense of duty to family and service to others. Six has a strong need to be needed and to prove themselves to others. Six tends to be more of a traditionalist number and sometimes overly simplistic or too “black and white” when improperly balanced.
  • Number 7: Seven is a number of wisdom, truth seeking, the subconscious. Seven refers to introspection and looking for what lies beneath the surface. Seven is a number of solitude, reflection, philosophical thoughts and ideas. Properly balanced it is wisdom, insight, and inspiration. Improperly balanced it can be a card of seclusion, becoming detached or reclusive, distrustful of others.
  • Number 8: Eight is the number of personal power, ambition, and being very goal oriented. Expansion, the “Midas touch” and ability to manifest wealth and prosperity. When properly balanced nothing will get in the way of an Eight. Eight can be overly ambitious and become self-centered and destructive of others when not properly balanced – must win at all costs.
  • Number 9: Nine is the number of the humanitarian, it is compassionate, idealistic and dreamy. Nine’s speak of a higher vision and purpose – moving beyond limitations and into new potential. A well balanced nine is a philanthropist and driven by the need to create a better world. An imbalanced 9 can indicate playing the martyr or being kind for selfish needs rather than purity of heart.

Learn more about Numerology at Soul Numerology This site features free Numerology lessons, free readings, and information on how to do numerology charts for self and others.

Can You Teach Yourself Tarot?

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Wondering if you can teach yourself to read Tarot effectively?

The short answer to this question is “yes”. I believe that teaching yourself Tarot can be the best way to learn because it helps you to form a personal connection with your cards and learn to trust your own instincts.

Tarot is different than learning a language where there are set meanings and a specific way you must say things. Tarot is a language of sorts, but one that is highly subjective.

Think about it like this – what is ultimately going to be the most logical and make the most sense? Trying to memorize a bunch of definitions for each card written by someone else? Or taking time with your cards, looking at them, deciding what the stories in the cards mean to you and learning to use that to connect with your cards?

Many new Tarot readers attempt to learn Tarot the way you would Mathematics or a language. They want specific meanings and set answers. When they find conflicting information or different people who claim their ideas are “right” so other peoples are “wrong” it can understandably cause frustration.

Is Tarot Hard to Learn?

This depends on how you define hard. If hard means does it take a lot of time, patience, and repetitive practice? Then yes – it’s hard. If hard means is it difficult to do? No – it’s not. Developing a Tarot journal is very easy and the best way to get started.

If you go into Tarot immediately buying multiple books and trying to memorize everyone’s interpretations it will probably be so difficult and frustrating you’ll give up. If, on the other hand, you trust yourself enough to learn to use Tarot and develop your own base interpretations (which you can expand on later), then you’ll find the way much easier. When something is meaningful to you, when it triggers your own memories and feelings, it will “stick” and be more enjoyable to learn than rote memorization and second guessing.

What Tarot Deck Should I Learn With?

You can learn with any deck you like, however, I recommend starting with a Waite deck or one based on the more traditional deck. The reason is that there is typically more information available on those decks than more specialized or obscure decks.

Go through your deck using your Tarot journal once. After you have done that, take some time to read a book or two or look at the interpretations of others. You will often find things that expand your understanding of your cards. Other times you may read someone,s interpretations and they won’t resonate with you and that’s OK too. The point of teaching yourself Tarot is to develop your own Tarot language and then learn build upon it later on.

If you are looking for a deck; please consider visiting the Tarot Shop on this site.  I feature all of my favorite decks here.  Still not sure? or looking for some suggestions? Shoot me an email via the contact link above and I’ll be happy to help you find some decks that may be right for you.  With over 1500 in existence; the task can be daunting :).


How Does Tarot Work?

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This is my original article “Understanding Tarot Beyond the Myths” that has been featured in many places.  I thought I would revisit it here with a few updates.

There are many misconceptions surrounding the Tarot that I hope to clear up by explaining what Tarot is and is not. For the past 27 years, I have used the Tarot as an instrument to gain understanding and insight.

During this time I have had to grow into this tool also, learning through experience what it can and cannot do. Tarot is not a magic wand that lays out an easy future by providing all the answers in advance. The future is not set in stone, our use of free will ultimately determines our path.

Simply put, Tarot is an instrument used to gain deeper insight & understanding, which then leads to empowered decisions. It is a tool for personal transformation through the combined use of psychology and spirituality. It enhances awareness and expands horizons. When we have the pictorial wisdom of the Tarot laid out before us, it can illuminate choices, show us things we may have avoided seeing honestly and also impart wisdom allowing for more informed decisions.

Living an empowered life means understanding that the future is not entirely predestined. We come here knowing and allowing ourselves to have certain experiences, but we also shape those experiences through integration of what we have learned. Just like a grade in school, you have certain objectives and lessons that are part of the goal plan. Some students will succeed while others will not make the goal, but each student shapes his/her own learning experience through effort and application.

Tarot, when used properly, was never intended to be “magic”, just a tool for insight and knowledge. The ultimate outcome is entirely in the hands of the one seeking the guidance. No one and no oracle can ever tell you what is going to happen, merely point to likely scenarios based on current understanding.

As with anything else misunderstood, it is human nature to fear and label things that can be viewed as a potential threat. Things that are different are frightening and often labeled as evil outright or ridiculed, rather than explored. Remember, we lived in a society that burned people alive only a few hundred years ago because of fears of evil.

I use the cards for many purposes: inspiration for writing, meditation, reflection, asking for guidance when I feel confused, etc. The possibilities are limitless, as are the many different types of decks available. There are decks that represent many different spiritual paths, cultures, styles of art, and more making it easy to find one that fits right with the individual.

How to do Accurate Tarot Readings for Yourself

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Can you read Tarot accurately for yourself? The answer may surprise you, but with the right mindset and application – yes you can.

Reading Tarot for Yourself

Can you read Tarot for yourself accurately and should you do your own Tarot readings? I believe this answer is entirely dependent on individuals and their ability to step back and be objective. I have done my own readings with great success, however, there are times where I find the objectivity of another reader helpful.

Simple spreads for general reflection or “what surrounds me” I find I can do easily for myself, however, there are times in life when we look to the cards for guidance of a higher order. Perhaps we are facing a life altering event or are under a period of higher stress than usual.  In those instances, you can do readings for yourself, but it’s important to develop the right state of mind first.

For me, I take a few minutes to clear my mind and focus on a mantra I developed.  I use the world “TWILIGHT” and each letter stands for something:  Truth, wisdom, inspiration, love, insight, guidance, highest good, trust.  My symbolism here is that I want all answers to be surrounded by Truth.  Twilight is the time of day where there is a transition taking place – not day, not night, but the period between.  It symbolizes neutrality, potential, and faith in the natural cycles of life and order.  Focusing and meditating on this before any reading (for myself or others) gives me the distance I need to be objective.

When emotions are high, or there is a lot of anxiety around a question, there can be a tendency towards tunnel vision or seeing what one wants or expects to see, rather than the truth. Tarot reading is a highly intuitive process and difficult emotions can cloud our judgment and inhibit our ability to truly connect with our intuition.

Other times, perhaps an answer is not clear or you want more insight into a situation. It may be best at those times to allow a third party to read for you because they may be able to see things that you are not allowing yourself to see.

My advice is if you are feeling compelled to ask the same questions again and again, it is a good indication that your emotions are blocking your ability to accurately interpret and intuit your own cards. Ask yourself, am I asking this question repeatedly because I truly do not understand the results being drawn? Or am I doing it because I am not hearing the message I want to hear? To do accurate readings for yourself, you have to be able to know when you are approaching your readings incorrectly.

In addition, if you are new to the Tarot and are not fully comfortable with interpretations you may find that doing your own readings yields inaccurate results. Perhaps seek a second opinion from a more knowledgeable reader or have a professional reading done with a reputable Tarot reader.

When doing your own readings be sure that you have a clear and focused question for the best results. It can be easier when we are drawing cards for ourselves to become distracted or let our minds wander away from the question at hand, which may yield inaccurate or unclear results in a spread as well.