Here’s a bunch of tarot exercises you can try out with your cards and write up in/on your journal:
Pick a card each morning. Write about it! Look out for the card as you go through your day. Or pick a card in the evening – what might it mean, considering the day you’ve had?
Write up a reading
You don’t need to record every reading you do –sometimes it’s good to just take your message, put the cards away and move on. But when you’re learning, it’s helpful to spend extra time on a reading and really explore the deeper elements of your cards.
Interpret someone else’s reading
Lots of bloggers post readings they’ve done online. Pick any reading, and read the cards for yourself. What advice would you give the querent?
Same cards, different deck
If you have more than one tarot deck, this can help you to find common threads between them, as well as highlight major differences and thus totally expand your understanding of individual cards. Pick any card from your first deck, then find the same card in another deck. What do they have in common? In what ways are their messages different? Are there symbols common to both/all cards? How would you deliver each card’s advice to a querent?
You could also try doing this with a larger reading. Do your reading as normal, and then find the same cards from another deck and lay them beside the first ones. What does the reading say now? Which messages have become confused? Would you give yourself different advice, or are any particular cards changing their message for you?
Read for someone
Never mind if you’ve only just got your first ever tarot deck. Make it something fun, tell your mate you’re just learning. They’ll have their own ideas about what the cards mean, and as you talk it over this will really help to personalise your understanding of the cards that come up!
Work on a tricky card
If there’s a card you’re really struggling with or which seems to have made literally no sense in a reading, don’t ignore it. Spend some quality time with this card. What confuses you about it? Do you draw a total blank, or does it give you strange feelings? Look up different meanings online or in your favourite book. Study the card carefully. Look for symbols, expressions, colours, animals. Write whatever comes into your head about the card.
Choose your own adventure
Draw a card. This is the start of your story. Now draw another. This is what happens next! Carry on and write a little story! Plenty of authors use tarot to help with the writing process!
So there you go. Get scribblin’.
Anyone else got any cool journalling exercised to share? Did you try out any of these exercises? Let me know in the comments!