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Author Topic: Keeping a Physical Journal  (Read 1131 times)

Offline CheyenneSKin

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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2018, 11:04:38 AM »
I deal them face up so I can look at patterns before getting started with the reading.  I look for card distribution (what suits are there, what is missing, repeat numbers, elemental correspondences, dominance or missing suits or majors, etc.).

I think I may try that, see how it works for me and if I can connect better or understand better what the cards are telling me. Who knows, it ma work it may not.

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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2018, 11:46:03 AM »
I love notebooks, particularly Paperblanks.

I have one for card meanings, one for readings and one for my Greenwood study - so that's readings, meditations, audits of and notes on individual cards and any other musings I consider relevant.

I also have another I use for the Bohemian Gothic as I worked through the exercises in the companion book.

Non tarot related, I also have one for jewellery design and another for writing. My new year's resolution this year was the write a haiku a day so that has its own book as well. Next year it's going to be a short fiction piece every week.
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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2018, 11:59:58 AM »
I have one for card meanings, one for readings and one for my Greenwood study - so that's readings, meditations, audits of and notes on individual cards and any other musings I consider relevant.
Ilweran, I also have a separate notebook for the Wizards Tarot study (the book has a one year study course).  So I guess I have 3 Tarot journals lol.
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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2018, 12:16:01 PM »
*raises hand*  Another journal/pen/ink junkie here!  I keep a journal of my readings and have separate notebooks for spreads, and decks but I haven't worked in these for a while. 

I use traveler's notebooks for all the forms of my journaling.  I buy packs of Tomoe River 68gsm paper(100 sheets) from Jet Pens and make my own inserts.  It's great for fountain pen, light watercolors, some markers and colored pencils.  When I fill one up, I just go on to the next one.  ;D

@Elin by the Sea, have you ever looked on Nanami Papers(.com) They have nice thick A5 size notebooks.  So does Taroko Shop on etsy, look for the Enigma A5 notebook(384 pages)made of the 68gsm Tomoe River paper. Also the Mystique A5 notebook has orchid paper and is fountain pen friendly as long as you don't have a heavy hand or broad/stub nib.

@DevonCarter, look on etsy for shops that carry TN inserts, or like me, buy the paper and make your own. :)

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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2018, 09:45:38 PM »
I’ve been keeping a steady journal for two years now. Since I don’t really do daily draws, it tends to be filled with larger readings, as well as spreads I’ve come up with, initial feelings on new decks, and any “worksheets” I might be doing (ie the lessons/activities from 21 ways to read a tarot card).

My first one was a tiny spiral notebook, which I got so I didn’t feel so pressured to fill a full page. My current one is regular sized, also spiral. I perfer lined since my penmanship isn’t the best, and lined paper never kept me from drawing anyway.  ;)
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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2018, 03:33:27 PM »
@Dragonfly I am like you, when one fills up I go to the next.

So fun to find so many fellow paper journal junkies  :party:
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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2019, 12:21:09 PM »
I'm gonna zombie a thread, because I'm not feeling like this needs a whole new topic lol!

I have SO MANY JOURNALS. Some of my decks demand their own journals, so I have a few that are specific to certain decks. I have one that is for any other decks and readings I do, the ones that aren't pushy enough to want their own book.

And then, I've got this great book from Staples that looks spiral-bound-ish, but the pages are removable, and it's like... My massive study book. The opening page for The Hanged Man is in the picture as an example - I gave like keywords and associations on this page, along with a table of contents for the section. Stuff that shows up usually includes:

- Card description & first impressions
- Keywords
- Prompts & Reflections (like, if you pull the card, things you may need to reflect on)
- Highlights from external research
- Connections to others cards within the deck (including numerological associations)
- Personal associations and notable readings the card has appeared in
- Pop culture associations  (celebrities, songs, quotes, poetry etc)
- Meanings as seen in different deck images  - Elemental associations
- Astrological connections
- Archetypes & myths associated
- Key symbols
- Card image

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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2019, 01:16:57 PM »
That book is so cool! I love that the pages can be re-arranged. I feel a trip to Staples coming on now. My Master journal is a huge zippered black one with yellow trim, made to be colored on with gel pens. Found it at the height of the gel pen craze while school shopping for my daughter. I also have journals for individual decks. I've been trying to get them into Scrivener but I prefer taking my notes in longhand and having the book right there since I don't read where my computer is. One day, I'll take my master journal and create a handmade, illuminated tome. It just keeps growing though.  :-\

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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2019, 10:51:09 AM »
That book is so cool! I love that the pages can be re-arranged. I feel a trip to Staples coming on now. My Master journal is a huge zippered black one with yellow trim, made to be colored on with gel pens. Found it at the height of the gel pen craze while school shopping for my daughter. I also have journals for individual decks. I've been trying to get them into Scrivener but I prefer taking my notes in longhand and having the book right there since I don't read where my computer is. One day, I'll take my master journal and create a handmade, illuminated tome. It just keeps growing though.  :-\
The fact that it keeps growing is a good reason for a book like this. I'm most proud of my table of contents on each section tbh. It's laid out like "XII.I, XII.II, XII.III..." - so, free first Roman numeral is the number of the card, then the second is the page number in that section. I put it in pencil so that I can adjust it as the segments grow.

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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #24 on: April 15, 2019, 11:09:15 AM »

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I have a physical journal I keep. I was wondering if anyone else does?

Yes, I am currently keeping a journal, though I'm not great at keeping them.  I will start one and then lay it down for months or even in the case of years w/o keeping up with it.  So, I would say I am not great at journaling, as much as I wish I was!

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If you do what all do you keep in it?

I am currently keeping a journal that did start out as just a daily journal, but then morphed into mostly me keeping track of not just the things I/we experienced over the course of the day, but it also contains my dieting wins and losses.  Most days I am good, and actually have been losing weight, but a few times I had really bad days where I chucked it all and ate just what I wanted to!  :shhh:  But, it is also nice to open that journal book and see where I started at and where I am at that particular point in time.  I am winning the race more then not and so far have lost a total of 10 lbs.  :)

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Daily draws?
Have a list of spreads?
A few times I did write about readings I did for myself or my husband, but no, I rarely put the spread in there.
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Do you prefer lined or unlined?
How often do you use it?
I prefer a lined journal book and I try to remember to use it daily, as I also list all I eat and drink and the calories contained in each item.
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How did you pick it?
Just picked it up at the store.  Its just a plain book, nothing special to it.  Usually I use a regular college ruled notebook.  I'm not one to pick up those very pretty, expensive 'journal' books. 

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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2019, 07:22:13 PM »
I do have a physical journal! But I use mine as a sort of grimoire? It has my favorite spreads and I'm working through going through each of the cards and writing down personal meanings for them. I maybe should try to do more personal journaling, but I struggle to remember to do it in the moment XD
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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #26 on: April 17, 2019, 06:42:30 AM »
Here are my answers:

If you do what all do you keep in it?
Yes, I have a paper Tarot Journal. I keep all my thoughts on Tarot in it. And my readings, where I always past a picture of it.

Daily draws?
I do not use daily draws.

Have a list of spreads?
If there is a spread what attracts me, I have it in my journal.

Do you prefer lined or unlined?
I prefer lines.

How often do you use it?
Almost every day.

How did you pick it?
There is a local store that has paper notebooks.  I always go for book in A5 size with lines. 

For me my paper notebook is the basis for my Tarot Journal on my computer. So I have one on paper and on digital. The paper version has just ideas, which I can categorize by the correct card in my computer journal. It is the basis for my computer journal. How often does it not happen that you are watching a movie, and you think well that movie is connected with that and that Tarot card.

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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #27 on: April 18, 2019, 06:44:52 AM »
In 'real life' I'm a writer by trade, so this means that I have about 64 paper tarot journals on the go  ;D (I just can't help myself).

My journals contain my own personal readings, intuitive insights, and automatic writing sessions with my spiritual team.

I find that taking out my journal and physically writing down what I perceive in my personal readings really helps me to connect with the information and guidance I'm receiving. Plus, it's always handy to have a record on hand that you can refer back to. I couldn't do without a paper tarot journal now. I absolutely love the ones I have :)
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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #28 on: April 19, 2019, 08:40:02 AM »
I do have a physical journal! But I use mine as a sort of grimoire? It has my favorite spreads and I'm working through going through each of the cards and writing down personal meanings for them. I maybe should try to do more personal journaling, but I struggle to remember to do it in the moment XD

Oh, nice!  I am also putting together a grimoire myself.  Not much in it at the moment.  I do have a printout of the meanings for each lenormand card meaning, but I haven't added anything else as far as card reading going.  I did put in the aura reading I got at a Psychic Expo here and plan to keep anything special like that in it as well. 

I was sharing my issue of not journaling the other day with a friend, and they say its a lot like meditating.  One may try to do so every day and some days are good at doing so, but then a day here and there is missed as life has a way of getting in the way.  so, I see that it is really something normal that happens and not to worry about it, just to do my best at doing this on a daily basis. 

I'd like to hear more about your grimoire.  I've been going to pinterest for ideas of what to put in mine.  I did see some gorgeous books at the psychic fair that would be fantastic for grimoires that looked really cool.  However, way out of my price range.  Then I decided to just get a binder and make my own.  Its not as cool as those I've seen at that expo nor as great as some I've seen online--but thats okay too.  Its really for me at this point anyway

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Re: Keeping a Physical Journal
« Reply #29 on: April 19, 2019, 08:50:34 AM »

Offline Ix Chel, yes, you are right, Ix Chel.  I often watch movies or a tv show where I can see something relating to a tarot card.  In fact, that was also a great tarot exercise, to try to read about the movie or tv show before I saw it and see how accurate the reading was.  Its a good way to learn how to read cards together and is fun too.

Audelia, you're ahead of the game already being a writer by trade.  :)  64 paper journals for tarot already?!   :bugeyed:
 WOW! How do you keep up with all of that?!  :))

I do agree with you that keeping things written down that you intuitively get is very handy.  I have done so a bit with certain things but sadly, not all.  I wish I was as disciplined as yourself with that. 

 

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