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Tips for Digital Tarot Journaling


As the Fantôme app How to Keep a Digital Tarot Journal?, best tarot card app is being developed, I asked some of you what you would expect or like to see in the app’s journaling section. I am definitely talking about digital tarot journaling!

With the Kickstarted tarot deck campaign being heavily focused on the AR aspect, the topic of digital tarot journaling didn’t even cross my mind much. But, does it make sense to keep a digtal tarot journal?

In fact, journaling is the best way to research and generate ideas on something is to teach it. So, I decided to put together tips on digital tarot journaling for the tech-savvy tarot practitioners and beginner tarot readers!

How to Keep a Digital Tarot Journal?

Optimizing your notes searching system with digital tarot journal

Before we talk about taking notes with digital tarot journal, let’s talk about the whole reason we record in the first place: revision…

Digital tarot journaling makes it quick and easy to record your tarot session, yet surprisingly easy to lose them, especially if you use the same app for all of your notes!

That one specific tarot reading you’re looking for in a sea of files could be sandwiched anywhere between a grocery list and a work-related draft.

Naming system with digital tarot journaling

For digital tarot journaling, “consistency” is key.


What kinds of things will you be recording and later searching for in the long run with digital tarot journaling? Create a naming formula for reference! For example, if you’re recording a tarot spread template with explanations on how to use it, perhaps the note titles could start with a keyword like ‘spread-temp’?

Say you’re saving a daily draw. You might want to use short dates in your title with a tarot abbreviation, such as ‘Wed 28/7/21 #daily 2W’.

It might not look flattering, but what you’re doing is making it easily discoverable. If you want to search your #daily spreads only, they’ll pop up chronologically.

If you vaguely only remember the card but not which day it was, searching 2W (Two of Wands) in addition to #daily will solve that.

Cataloguing system with digital tarot journaling

If you prefer to do things via desktop for digital tarot journaling,  then having everything in neat little folders makes separating these sorts of things intuitive.

On a phone though, notes typically come as a single stream. Be it anything from EverNote, Keep or your default phone’s note app, most have features like categories, tags or hashtags in your notes – weaponize them!

Create rules for how you separate personal readings from those done for others, with tags like ‘for me’, ‘for close’, ‘for strangers’.

Whenever naming or tagging, bear in mind what other results will pop up if you’re trying to look for this particular note. ‘Family’ is too simple a term, as it could be a word within an interpretation or tarot card meaning rather than identify as a category in your online tarot journal.

digital tarot journaling
Cataloguing system with digital tarot journaling

For example, you have a note that’s all about the Two of Wands. You could have classical keywords and notes about how your different tarot decks visualize that card and how that influences the meaning.

In this case, searching ‘Two of Wands’ or 2W will likely give us all the notes containing that card. So instead you might use a #2W or #2ofW to differentiate that one study note from reading notes in digital tarot journal.

Recording for online tarot journal

Since divination is also called ‘channeling’, you act as the bridge or messenger for the information. So it’s incredibly common for tarot readers to hardly remember any of their tarot readings!

Having talked about how to get the most out of a tarot reading along with creating your own tarot spreads before, so here I’ll focus on how to capture that enlightenment for your future self.

Here’s a list of tarot journaling prompts for almost any tarot spread:

Initial issue statement.

In one clear sentence, what has the Seeker come for guidance? What is the concern, question or topic for digital tarot journaling?

Tarot spread, questions and clarifiers.

Tarot spread, questions and clarifiers.

A picture is not enough. You can easily forget what our intentions for each card was.

Things can already get clutter-y fast when getting into detail, so it’s a good idea to use links to pre-existing tarot spreads and question.

Then record anything you might have added. If you improvised a tarot spread, you can create a separate note only for this spread’s design, then link that into your reading note! Initial reaction.

What stood out the most at first glance? What was your first gut feeling?

The detailed interpretation.

Everyone has their own style of interpreting.

  • Some go card-by-card and so look only the overall connections between tarot cards.
  • Some tell themselves a story.

When you get into interpretations don’t forget the most important thing!:

Your own unique observations.

Every tarot reading is unique. Therefore, each digital tarot journal will also be different.

What stood out about this one? May be a particular tarot deck’s design has a more positive visualization of the four of cups. Did you feel like the hermit looks particularly sad today for some reason? Write it down.

Voices and associations in digital tarot journal

Some of us hear or think of extremely specific words, phrases, maybe even songs.

These associations often push us towards a specific interpretation of a card of combination of cards, or guide us to ask very specific clarifiers.



Things you learned and actions to take!

Tarot readings are all about creating clarity, getting answer or at least feeling unblocked, informed, enlightened. You shouldn’t leave a reading feeling lost, so make sure you have some kind of conclusion or further guidance.

If you’re in a rush or just need a refresher, a short one or two sentence blurb of the tarot spread can help a lot. Better yet, add this to the top of your note after you’re done doing digital tarot journal.

Another good thing to have at the top of the note is a post-scriptum days or weeks after the fact. What happened? Did you realize the cards were saying something else in retrospect? this is a window forr your future self to learn from reflection.


Final thoughts on the digital tarot journal

All this scrutinizing continues to give me so many ideas. Weaponized with these tips I’ll be challenging myself to keep a digital tarot journaling habit and… see how that goes!

I would love the app to make you happy to  journal rather than a chose or something you forget. Now, in addition to your comments, Tweets and mails, I can also have my own pool of experience on how to make digital tarot journaling work — and then how to improve it with my tarot app!

Will you be joining me for this experiment?

Further Read;

Why To Choose Fantome: Multidimensional Tarot Deck and Guidebook

Fantôme Tarot Deck

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