I am a tactile learner and use handwriting notes to help me learn concepts. I have always had several notebooks and journals going at one time. I even use a physical day planner to write out my schedule and to-do lists and an online tool (I can’t get away from digital calendars entirely since I am currently trying to balance five calendars).
For this challenge, I decided I wanted to discuss the Writual Planner, which is a tarot journal.
By far my favorite, the Writual Planner is a tarot journal that I use daily. I believe that I have mentioned this journal before. In the beginning, there are tons of informational pages that include tarot card meanings cheat sheets, an astrological reference guide (including retrograde dates), tarot spread ideas and a place to add your birth chart with houses, planets, and aspects.
This section is followed by a “2022 Year Ahead” spread.
Each month has a full calendar that includes the sun signs, new & full moon dates, moon phases/planetary aspects/ingresses + directions on each calendar day. The month calendar also has a habit tracker for up to six habits.
Each month has a page for journaling, goals, and action steps, as well as a monthly tarot spread. The journaling page has spots for the following:
- The month’s priorities
- “Feeling Inspired By.”
- “Looking forward to”
- “Need to Let Go of”
- “How I want to feel”
There is also a highlights box that I go back and fill in at the end of the month with things that stood out to me.
The weekly section contains a spot to record an affirmation/mantra/intention for the week and a single card pull for the week’s energy. Each day then has a three-card layout. Note: for 2023, Writual Planner has introduced a one-card layout in addition to the three-card. There is no defined layout you must use, but there are some suggestions at the beginning of the planner. I generally use either of the following:
- (1) What is the energy of the day? (2) What should I focus on today? (3) What should I avoid/release today?
- (1) What do I need to release today? (2) What should I allow to come into my life? (3) What should I embrace today?
I will change it up and use a current state of my mind/body/spirit spread at times. I also note which deck I am using. I am a scientist, so looking for treads is my thing. I track how often a deck calls to me and what cards I pull daily. I log this information into a spreadsheet that I have so that I can see trends that are occurring. For example, I can see that for September, over 60% of my cards were numbered, almost equally split between the suit except for pentacles, and I had slightly more uprights than reversals (59% vs. 41%). Yeah, I know; I’m a nerd, lol.
After you document your cards in the provided space, there is a small section for your interpretation. There is also a section for reflection at the bottom of each day. I hardly use this unless something stood out to me since I have a separate Book of Mirrors that I journal in almost daily.
At the end of the planner is a set of New Moon and Full Moon journal pages for each lunar phase throughout the year. The spread is suggested at the beginning, but you can use any 6-card spread you want.
This planner/tarot journal has helped make tarot readings part of my daily morning routine. I have become more comfortable with tarot and the cards’ meanings by doing an everyday spread. I also have grown the connection between my decks and me. I have already pre-ordered the 2023 journal!