What is a Tarot Diary?
Most Tarot books and teachers encourage students to use the Tarot for introspection, by keeping a diary or notebook of their Tarot readings. This is different than going to someone else for a reading. You are doing a reading for YOU, to understand yourself and your situations better. No psychic knows you better than you. A Tarot diary can help you explore options for dealing with a situation, or find ways to heal after loss, or recognize obstacles.
Much like a dream diary, a Tarot diary is a trusty companion on your journey, recording all your thoughts and impressions of a Tarot reading. And like a dream diary, the more you write in a Tarot diary, the more you will connect with your deepest thoughts, and the closer you will come to your intuitive Self.
Why keep a Tarot Diary?
Unlike a standard diary, Tarot cards give you a focus. When writing in a standard diary, most people record their stream of consciousness, letting their thoughts float randomly, perhaps getting stuck in loops. Doing a Tarot reading is a conscious, deliberate act of trying to understand something. The best questions ask for clarity about your feelings, about a situation, or perhaps another person. When you ask a question and spread Tarot cards out in a reading, the cards give you direct information to meditate on. And your inner wisdom will help you see the answers you seek. Trust yourself. Listen. Put your diary away and read it again later. You may see patterns or connections that you may not have seen without a Tarot diary.
Types of Tarot Diaries
There are probably as many kinds of Tarot Diaries and as many ways to use a diary as there are Tarot readers. Many people start "old school" with a spiral-bound notebook or a bound book with blank or lined pages. And that's great until you want to start putting types of readings together, or look for patterns or keywords. So then they usually migrate to using word-processing programs or blogs. But still, it is not easy to find patterns or group readings together. People have tried 3-ring binders, or index cards, or spreadsheets. These are all still very inefficient. Ever tried to figure out which cards come up more often? Probably the hard way!
Bring in the iPad!
With TarotDiary on the iPad, you have something extremely revolutionary! You can do readings anywhere you are. You can zoom into the art of a card using the iPad's "pinch" gesture, to meditate on each card. And best of all, you have a database of your readings! Inside TarotDiary on the Diary page, it shows a list of your readings, and it shows the top 3 Major Arcana cards, the top 3 court cards, the most prevalent suit and denomination in that set of readings. Trying figuring that out from a notebook or a blog! And that page gives you filters. For example, you can have it filter to show you the readings you did about your career in the last 3 months that contain the word "Boss" in the question. And along with those readings, the top 3 Major Arcana, court cards, and prevalent suit and denomination for those readings. This is only possible with the miracle of a database! Enjoy!