How Tarot Bullet Journaling Helps You Learn Tarot Meanings

How Tarot Bullet Journaling Helps You Learn Tarot Meanings

Are you having difficulty learning the tarot meanings? Maybe you have tried and failed to memorise the card meanings. Maybe your mind goes totally blank when you do readings. Or perhaps you just can’t grasp the card meanings.

Sound familiar?

There is one thing you can do that will really help you understand the tarot card meanings on a deep level and that thing is starting a tarot bullet journal.

Starting a tarot bullet journal was one of the best things I ever did for my tarot practice. It deepened my connection to the cards and the universe at large in so many ways.

But not only that, having a tarot bullet journaling system still teaches me new things about the tarot and shows me new facets of the card meanings every day, even years after working with tarot!

What even is a tarot bullet journal and how exactly will it help you learn the tarot meanings? That’s exactly what I’ll tell you in this article.

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A tarot journal is a place for you to record your readings and interpretations of the cards.

What is a Tarot Bullet Journal?

Let’s start off with definitions. What is a bullet journal? A bullet journal is a flexible and creative organisation system that people normally use to keep track of things like goals, their agenda, to dos, etc. It’s a journal without a set layout and is highly customisable to your needs.

What’s a tarot journal? A tarot journal is a place for you to record your readings and interpretations of the cards. There are other things you can do it with it, but this is more or less it.

A tarot bullet journal is a combination of these things. Like a normal tarot journal on steroids. There are so many reasons why a bullet journaling system for tarot is awesome, which you can read about here, but today we will focus on how it helps you learn the card meanings.

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It Motivates You to Practice Tarot Regularly

Have you heard the phrase “use it or lose it”? When I was in high school I learned French. I was great at it too. I tended to always get an A+ in French. But, it’s been a long time since I attended high school and I haven’t spoken a word of French since then. Right now, I’m as good as a beginner.

What’s my point? The point is that it works the same with tarot. You try to learn the card meanings but it’s more or less worthless without you using your cards regularly.

Even after I read tarot books and watched videos on YouTube about the tarot meanings, I still did not have a perfect memory of all the card meanings. When I did readings, which at that time was infrequent, there was always at least one card I had to strain to remember or look up.

When I began to handle my cards regularly and do lots of readings things changed. Regular interaction with my tarot deck helped to reinforce what I was learning, academically, and I found myself able to remember all 78 meanings.

Where does the tarot bullet journal comes in? At the end of the day, talk is cheap, and the thing that really helps you stay disciplined and actually practice tarot is having a system to follow.

My tarot bullet journaling system involves doing and recording daily draws, which you can read about here, as well as monthly forecast readings, recording any reading I do, and many more other things. It forms the backbone of a daily tarot practice (by the way, I actually have a course that teaches the whole process and you can learn more about it here).


You try to learn the card meanings but it’s more or less worthless without you using your cards regularly. At the end of the day, talk is cheap, and the thing that really helps you stay disciplined and actually practice tarot is having a system to follow.

Writing It Down Helps You Remember the Tarot Meanings

Keeping a tarot bullet journal not only motivates you to use your cards but helps you memorise the card meanings as well.

How?

It’s simple. When you write stuff down or engage with content creatively, on paper, you are engaging with it more deeply than by simply reading. Your brain actively processes what you are learning as opposed to when you are consuming learning material passively.

So when you take notes or create art about the cards in your deck within your bullet journal, or you do readings and record your interpretation of the card meanings, the act of writing it down ensures your brain processes that information deeply and therefore it enters into your long-term memory.

Contrast this with passively reading about tarot meanings or doing a reading and then forgetting about it. It’s sort of in one ear, out the other. Passive learning makes it much harder for the card meanings to enter your long-term memory.

When you have a tarot bullet journal that you write in regularly, it helps you learn card meanings faster than without one.

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It Helps You See the Tarot Meanings in Action

Finally, having a tarot bullet journal helps you learn tarot meanings by expanding your internal database of card meanings.

How does it do that?

Simple! By seeing it in action. I believe that books and keywords are a great starting point but the true magic lies in forming a personal and intuitive understanding of the cards as they apply to you personally.

For example, the keywords for The Tower are normally things like sudden change, upheaval, and falling apart. However, for me personally, I now associate the Tower with spiritual awakening and mental shifts.

That’s because I have a lot of experience now recording my daily draws and doing readings in my tarot bullet journal. As part of my system (learn about that here), I always leave a space to compare my prediction with how events actually unfolded. Through this process, I have been able to observe that usually I get The Tower when experiencing profound spiritual growth or mindset shifts.

In this way, you get to observe how the card meanings express themselves in real life and in a variety of situations. By keeping a record in your journal, you can then expand your own personal list of keywords associated with any given card.

This will help you a lot in terms of deepening your understanding of the tarot and being able to relate the card meanings to all kinds of situations in future readings.

That’s why I consider keeping a tarot bullet journal to be an indispensable system for any tarot learner. I mean why waste years and years going about it the long way when one simple practice can help you learn much faster?

Try it out and see for yourself!