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Review – My Tarot Journal

04 Jul

My Tarot Journal

Author: Katrina de Witt
Create Space
2012
ISBN #978-1447622292

I believe that I have just come across one of the most valuable tools that a Tarot student (or a Tarot reader) could have in Katrina de Witt’s “My Tarot Journal”. At 11 inches by 8.5 inches, and 490 pages, this is a book to be reckoned with! The cover backs its up – a white background, with the image of a Raven with its wings spread over a central image, that of a woman, dressed in black, with a Raven on her left wrist. In the upper right hand corner of the image we see the limbs of a tree, with a full moon behind it.

The front page makes one sit up and take note – under the heading “My Tarot Journal” it has a line for the journal keeper’s name, the date the journal was started on, and the deck that was used. All levels of Tarot student will feel at home using this journal, and the template is set up so that all styles of Tarot decks (Rider-Waite-Smith, Rider-Waite-Smith derivatives, Thoth and Marseille) can be used.

This journal is the journal keeper’s journal – i.e. the individual that keeps the journal will decide how it is to be used. You can study an entire deck, individual cards, record readings, and much more! Your imagination is the limit here! Don’t limit yourself to your deck and its companion book – bring in any resources that you wish – Tarot, Runes, I Ching – your only limitations are the ones that you place on yourself.

The presentation for each card starts with a blank page. De Witt suggests that this page may be used to be creative – to define the image of the card as you see it. The book is a large one, so you could place a scan of the card (or the card itself) on one part of the page, and a collage of the card’s energy, or a personal drawing, elsewhere on the page.

There is a template presented for each card, including the following categories:

Keywords/Reversed Keywords
Personal Description
Significant Details
Color Symbolism
Symbolic Correspondences
Astrological Correspondence
Numerological Correspondence
Rune Correspondence
I Ching Correspondence
Elemental Correspondence
Alchemical Correspondence
Cabalistic Correspondence
General Interpretation
Person and Personality Traits
Work, Career, Education
Finances and Home
Personal Relationships
Psychology
Health and Healing
Spirituality
Path Working
Notes

At the beginning of each suit of cards, the following categories are presented:

Element
Seasons
Zodiac Signs
Elemental Spirit
Human Experience
Psychological Function
Life Stage
Virtues
Vices
Highest Power
Areas of Influence
Description
Occupation
Keywords
Less or Absent (suit)
More or Excessive (suit)
Strengthened By
Neutral
Weakened By
Traits:
(+) Positive
(-) Negative

I love the template for this book! I do plan to work with it – I just need to decide which deck I want to use. The emphasis for me will be on the Cabalistic connections, the Tree of Life, and Path Working. Each individual using this book will define what they want to do with it. Dream big!

© July 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

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3 responses to “Review – My Tarot Journal

  1. moderndayruth

    July 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Thanks for reviewing it Bonnie! The cover is amazing, would you know who is the artist? I think you made the best choice to stick with one tradition in journaling! It bugs me when i see an attempt to cram all occult knowledge together, i mean: “Rune Correspondence
    I Ching Correspondence
    Elemental Correspondence
    Alchemical Correspondence
    Cabalistic Correspondence”
    Yeah… i get it the product should be as wide-appealing as possible, but … yeah. pick two or three as target audience, i don’t think there is a book/journal or anything that can be “everything to everybody” 😛

     
    • Bonnie Cehovet

      July 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Lena –

      The cover image is awesome, IMHO! 😉 It is by the author, Katrina de Witt. It is an asset for this book to contain space for all possible correspondences It is not a “here is the info” book, it is “Here is the space to write down the info you want to integrate into your work.” Someone out there is working with one or more of these correspondences, including Runes and I Ching. Diversity makes the world go ’round! 🙂

      Blessings,
      Bonnie

       

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