Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Tarot Dictionary Entry - The Fool

Rider-Waite

In an earlier post, using a tarot journal as your own personal dictionary was mentioned. This is more helpful than you can imagine. By doing this, you refer back to your own thoughts rather than someone else's opinion. And eventually, you will only look back occasionally. Also, you can add to your dictionary as you learn more about an individual card.

An entry may look something like this:

Air

Keywords - leap of faith, innocence

The Fool suggests taking a blind leap of faith, having courage and taking risks.

In the reversed position, The Fool can mean a failure to follow your instincts, but it can also warn against taking unnecessary risks.

Yes, you could add many more fields to your entry, like numerical values, symbolism, and such. Feel free to do so, if you feel you need it to better understand the card. The point is to get everything in one spot to make referring back easier and more convenient. Remember to allow room for expansion on your thoughts for each card.

What fields do you have in your tarot dictionary journal? What fields do you think are actually needed?

4 comments:

Ame said...

Love this. I have a notebook with a couple pages dedicated to each card, and visit it when I think of something else to say. Unfortunately, I must have lost my notebook! Several years of treasure - gone. I am currently writing a book on Tarot and was going to use this for the meanings of my cards. But now I have to start all over again.

Normally I put in random thoughts, anything about numbers, and if the card came up in a dream. Or sometimes even a conversation. If it came up in a reading and had a different meaning, I also make a note of that, too. I don't worry about astrological or magickal correspondences (symbols or runes). Those never held much meaning for me.

Cher Green said...

Ame,

Sorry to hear about your loss, maybe it will turn up. Let me know when your book comes out. Could do a review for you hear on Tarot Guidance.

Best wishes,
Cher

The Whispering Path said...

This is a great idea. I will try to get better with my journal. I can see how it will be beneficial in the long run. Thanks. :)

Cher Green said...

Whispering Path, the plan is to post a new card each month. There's more to come on The Fool for this month. Hope you enjoy the installments. At the moment, they are scheduled for each Sunday.