8 Reasons to Start Keeping a Tarot Bullet Journal

 8 Reasons to Start Keeping a Tarot Bullet Journal

Starting a tarot bullet journal was one of the very best things I ever did for my tarot practice. It has helped me:

  • Become a much more accurate tarot reader

  • Get good at tarot storytelling

  • Feel more connected to the universe through the messages in the cards

All that through keeping a tarot bullet journal? Yes. It’s a simple practice that’s so easy for anyone to do and yet it’s so transformative even at the professional level.

I’m not gonna lie, it took me years before I even bothered with this. I was already intermediate level with tarot at the very least before I started.

But once I did this practice virtually skyrocketed my reading abilities, even at the professional level. I even use it to help me provide good paid readings.

Today we’re going to go over all the reasons why you should start a tarot journal and how the practice of tarot bullet journaling will help you to become a much more effective card reader.

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A Tarot bullet journal is a flexible organisation system focused on tracking your tarot study and practice.

What is a Tarot Bullet Journal

Some of you may be reading this and thinking, hold up, what’s a tarot bullet journal? First let’s answer the question: what is a tarot journal.

Simply put, a tarot journal is a place where you record all of your readings, study notes, daily draws, and any and all interaction with the cards. It’s like your tarot reading companion. One place to record any and all tarot related thoughts and interpretations.

And what’s a bullet journal? Well a bullet journal is a flexible organisation system that helps you track and plan any aspect of your life.

A tarot bullet journal is a mashup of these two concepts. It’s a flexible organisation focused on tracking your tarot study and practice.

It’s like one of those tarot planners you can buy off of Amazon except much more flexible in that YOU decide what to do with it and it can be so much more than just a  daily draws tracker. Although, tracking your daily draws is a great place to start.

What things can you do with a tarot bullet journal? Well you can:

  • Complete a deck study and make notes about the card meanings for each card.

  • Track your daily draws and by analysing what cards you got over a 30 day period, track the forces present in your life.

  • Keep a log of all readings you do (question, cards draw, and interpretation) and then go back and reflect on your reading once enough time has passed to judge if it was accurate.

  • Keep a record of all your favourite spreads.

  • Forecast the upcoming month and week.

  • Keep a list of decks you have used.

  • Track what chapters you have completed studying in your tarot book.

  • And the list goes on. The applications are really endless.

By the way, before we get into more detail about how starting a tarot bullet journal can help you, I just wanna say that I actually cover those applications in my course Tarot BuJo Bootcamp. In the course I take you through the entire process of starting a tarot bullet journal and I show you all the layout options for these applications.

Okay, let’s continue.

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1. It helps you to remember the card meanings

When you passively read tarot books or watch YouTube videos without taking notes, your brain treats the information you’re trying to learn as trivia. It turns into an ‘in one ear, out of the other’ type of situation.

On the other hand, when you write things down on paper, the simple act of doing so shifts the gear in your brain from passive to engaging and processing the content. And that helps you remember things better.

When you start a tarot bullet journal you are engaging with the cards every single day through your daily draws and very regularly with your forecasts, readings, study notes, etc.

You’re not just writing it down once, you’re doing so again and again, which helps cement the card meanings in your brain.

2. It expands your personal library of card meanings

The practice of doing a card of the day and recording it in your journal, as well as making sure to record all readings in there, helps you to relate the card meanings to more situations.

It helps you go beyond, and sometimes way beyond, the traditional card meanings. Why? Because you are not only doing a reading but you’re going back to writing down how those cards actually played out in your life.

That helps you to see how the cards can refer to and apply to all kinds of situations. The practice of keeping a tarot bullet journal has completely stretched the card meanings for me.

For example, you might get the Chariot in your daily draws, and have car trouble the same day. This practice helps you to notice that and relate that event to the card meaning.

 A tarot bullet journal - Mamta from Soul Truth Gateway

3. It helps with tarot storytelling

I would say that in order to become an advanced tarot reader, you need to be able to tell the story in the cards and go beyond individual card meanings.

A part of that is noticing the patterns in your reading. Patterns like:

  • How many majors

  • How many of each suit

  • How many court cards

  • Are there any repeating numbers?

  • Are there any repeating court ranks?

  • Did any cards show up more than once?

These things all have meaning. They all have significance and add an extra layer to your reading. It’s the extra layer that takes you from ‘well, the things she said could apply to anyone’ to ‘wow she’s so accurate!’

How is this related to keeping a tarot bullet journal? See one thing that bullet journals excel is keeping track of stuff. I decided to keep track of these very same patterns not only in each reading I do but in my daily draws.

At the end of the month I count up all of the things I mentioned, so how many of each within my 1 month of daily draws, and interpret it. And I take this practice, all the way to the max.

If you do that month after month it becomes second nature to look for those things in a reading.

4. You feel more attuned to the larger forces at play in your life

If you track the patterns in the cards, the numbers that repeat themselves, the repeating cards, dominances, etc, then you’ll notice that they always have meaning and speak to something you are facing in your life right now.

I feel, and have noticed, that the universe tries to send me signs and messages in all kinds of ways. This is one of them.

By noticing themes in your daily draws and readings you are better able to decode the messages your spirit guides are trying to send you through the cards. This only happens if you start a tarot bullet journal.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE TAROT BUJO STARTER KIT!

Ready to start your own tarot bullet journal but no clue where to begin? No worries, I got you covered! Download the tarot bujo starter kit to help you get started. The kit includes list of tools you need, ideas on how to organise your journal, and a printable tarot journal symbol chart.

5. It helps you to better judge the accuracy of your readings

Without a tarot journal you will most likely to a reading, form a conclusion, and later only remember the conclusion and maybe 1 or 2 significant cards. You will not remember all cards drawn.

So when you try to judge your accuracy you’re only judging based off of the conclusion. But what if you misinterpreted it? What if certain cards did not make sense so you forgot about them?

When you have a journal and have recorded your readings you can go back and see what cards you drew as well as your exact line of thinking.

You do a reading and then a month later flip back to the entry and read everything you wrote for each of the card positions.

For some you might think, ‘wow that was accurate and I sound really wise as if I really know what I’m talking about’.

And for others you might notice that you misjudged. That card was not referring to this thing but that thing instead.

Then you can really evaluate how you did with the benefit of hindsight. You can’t exactly do that if you haven’t written it down can you?

6. It’s a completely flexible system

Perhaps you still can’t see why you need a bullet journal for this versus any other notebook or tarot planner that you can by off Amazon. I have one word for you: flexibility.

The whole point of a bullet journal is that you decide on the layout. You decide what you want to do with it. When you buy a tarot planner you are restricted to what the tarot planner tells you to do and to do it only within the space given.

And normal lined notebooks are too structured while blank ones have none at all. The dot grid paper of a bullet journal helps you to draw any layout you like and draw boxes of any shape and size.

You will never run out of space because you designate the space in which to write your thoughts, draw tarot symbols or shorthand, etc.

Don’t like this month’s layout? Fine! Change it next month!

Wanna try something a little different? No problem! Just draw it out.

It’s so flexible and completely adapts to your needs.


When you buy a tarot planner you are restricted to what the tarot planner tells you to do and to do it only within the space given. The whole point of a bullet journal is that you decide decide what you want to do with it and how. It’s completely flexible and adapts to your needs.

7. You can be creative

Bullet journals encourage drawing and creativity. That helps you because it engages the creative, right side, of your brain.

Engaging with tarot creatively helps you to remember the card meanings because of what I said about your brain actually processing the information as opposed to remaining passive.

Not only that but it’s also kind of therapeutic and meditative precisely because it’s so creative. That helps you to connect with the cards and just feel more calm and connected to the universe at large.

And you know what, you can be as creative as you like! You can be artistic and draw out whole page tarot based art or just use coloured pens and fancy letting stencils for your titles.

By the way, colour coding also helps you to sort things in your brain, so it’s like a double whammy here.

8. It’s highly motivating and keeps you on track

Finally, the practice of keeping a tarot bullet journal is very motivating. Why? Because:

  • It’s enjoyable so you don’t feel like it’s a chore, you look forward to it.

  • When you track stuff you don’t wanna see blank entries. You wanna fill in those spaces!

  • When you start evaluating your readings you’re gonna wanna see yourself improve in the next one. It’s only natural.

And it’s not only that, it’s also the fact that handling tarot cards very regularly has become a habit by way of your journal.

You will, therefore, never have a situation where you feel as if you have nothing to ask and no opportunity to practice.

The process of journaling keeps you on track in your tarot study because plenty of practice opportunities are built into the system.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE TAROT BUJO STARTER KIT!

Ready to start your own tarot bullet journal but no clue where to begin? No worries, I got you covered! Download the tarot bujo starter kit to help you get started. The kit includes list of tools you need, ideas on how to organise your journal, and a printable tarot journal symbol chart.