Creative tarot journaling isn’t as hard as you think, and creating visual art journal pages to explore your life and personal growth is one of the most therapeutic activities you can immerse yourself in.
But where do you start, if a blank white page is putting you off?
My latest creative tarot journaling ebook Cosmic Journaling Through The Year contains a variety of colourful journaling templates (and much more!) that can help boost your imagination and creativity.
One of the journaling templates is Circles, and in this post you can see one of my completed versions of this page.
Once you have printed the template from the ebook, choose a topic or prompt for your journal entry. Here are some ideas:
I am grateful for…
What makes me happy…
Self-care habits I need to practice (looking after myself…)
I love this…
Making Magick happen…
My Doodle Universe
For my circle page I have chosen Raise Your Vibration:
Once you have chosen your prompt, let your intuition guide you. Draw a few tarot or oracle cards for inspiration.
It’s perfectly okay to write down keywords on your page, and you don’t need to complete it in one sitting.
Work on it over a few days or even weeks, when you can take some time out to unwind and reflect with your journaling.
Treat yourself to stepping through a mysterious and magickal doorway.
Add colour and variety with coloured glitter, felt tip, ball point pens and pencils.
Collage with cut-outs from magazines and stickers.
With Halloween and winter fast approaching, it’s a good time to light some candles, burn some incense, play some atmospheric music and work with the shadow cards of the Major Arcana for some serious self-exploration:
The Hanged Man, Death, The Devil, The Tower and The Moon.
The late Hajo Banzhaf (Tarot and the Journey of the Hero) assigned these cards to the Arc of the Night of the Major Arcana, the descend into the underworld, which starts with the Hanged Man and ends with the Moon.
These are not the most welcome cards when they appear in readings, but when we face them and examine our dark side (including those past experiences we’d rather forget), they can help us turn our darkness into light.
The best way to do that is through self-enquiry. Here are some questions you can ask yourself for each card:
The Hanged Man – What do I keep avoiding? Where am I stuck in my life? In what situations did/do I find it hard making decisions? What sacrifices have I made in order to make progress? What do I refuse to give up?
Death – Endings in my life that were painful. Changes that were unsettling. New beginnings that resulted from these endings/changes. What do I need to let go of now (habits, things, people…)? How can I transform anguish, loss and grief into a new sense of purpose and understanding? What transformations have I experienced in my life?
Tarot spread: 1. Me now / 2. Me a year ago – What has changed?
The Devil – What is controlling me / what am I controlling? Where do I feel trapped? How can I break free? Where am I complacent? Where am I wasting too much energy that isn’t worth it? What am I obsessed about? Where have I been despondent? A taboo in my life / family / society.
The Tower – What am I angry about? When was the last time I showed my anger? What incident or situation shook my world? How have I recovered? When did I feel that my life was falling apart, and how have I rebuilt it? What has gone out of control? What have I destroyed on purpose in order to start again differently?
The Moon – When did my imagination last run wild? What are my fears / insecurities and doubts? What am I confused about? A nightmare I can remember I once had. My lunar fantasies: visions and illusions (pull a card for each). What is obscured and needs to be revealed? Where and how am I deceiving myself?
Make a date with your shadow and descend into the underworld with these cards. Enjoy!
Strength embodies qualities such as passion, creativity, resilience and soft power, which I am hoping to utilise and develop during 2017.
My special word CREATE indicates activities I would like to focus on, such as making and creating things, including arts and crafts.
Together with Strength, it also relates to becoming more assertive, ruthlessly expressing my values and opinions openly without fear, which is especially important in today’s divisive isolationist world of Trump and Brexit.
This means that instead of avoiding debate, I will engage in a constructive way and not turn away from people with different opinions.
You cannot CREATE change, if you retreat to the echo room full of like-minded folk.
Strength isn’t about running away from it all; it’s about having the courage (or CREATE-ing it) to face that lion and roar back into his face 😀
With regards to Tarot, CREATE will involve completion of my tarot deck and a new tarot journal ebook, Cosmic Journaling Through the Year.
If you love journaling, then you know how therapeutic it can be. If you haven’t really done any regular journaling yet, then perhaps because blank white pages in a notebook don’t inspire you, or you just don’t know where and how to start.
I am at a stage now, where writing down words alone is no longer enough, even if it’s in a pretty notebook. I need to express myself on a visual level, too.
Don’t worry if you think you’re not very good at art. You don’t have to be. The resources I am offering are designed to spice up your tarot journal and even help you create your own unique journal from scratch.
If you are learning the Tarot, then journaling is a powerful tool to help you connect with the cards.
Journaling can help you put your mind in order, relax, loose yourself in words and art, and switch off from an otherwise busy life at least for a while.
Visual journaling with your tarot and oracle cards creates mindfulness and awareness in everyday living.
This is the kind of thing I want to work on this year, helping you to help yourself with creative tarot art journaling, and I hope you are interested in joining me on this venture.
You can download plenty of creative journaling freebies here, where you can also sign up to my newsletter for more free stuff and updates on the latest developments at Cosmic HQ.
And until the end of January, I am offering 20% discount on Cosmic Faery’s Journal workbook to get you into the swing of things straight away (use coupon code CREATE20) on checkout page.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have reduced my time on the computer as much as possible.
Of course I’m still available for readings and continue to respond to my students and messages I receive on social media.
But I also had the urge to get immersed into something tangible again, such as art and creative journaling, painting, paper crafting, mandala crocheting, baking cakes, reading inspirational magazines….
There was method behind this computer fatigue madness though; along the way I learned tons of new stuff and generated new ideas for future tarot and journaling projects.
Sometimes it’s vital to take some time out to explore new ideas, evolve and to keep the spark alive (or re-ignite it if necessary).
Perhaps you also feel like taking some time out, and if you are not kept too busy with family commitments over the Christmas / Yule holidays, then you might want to treat yourself to some creative journaling me-time.
First, you could invest in a new Tarot deck to invigorate your intuition and refresh your perspective on the cards. A new and perhaps more unusual (non-traditional) deck may help you avoid stagnant “same old” readings.
Next, you could enrol on a FREE art and healing online course at Willowing Arts. I have recently discovered this network and look forward to diving in. There are two one hour tutorials to download, PDFs and a community to join. Perhaps I’ll meet you there 😉
And for more journaling, you can grab your copy of the Tarot Moon Journal workbook and planner. Manifest your goals with the help of tarot, the moon and the zodiac.
Last but not least, in the spirit of the season, here is another gift for you, which may come in handy to organise your tarot journal or Book of Shadows – a winter themed journal divider / front cover: