I cannot stress enough the importance of writing down all your readings- especially when reading for yourself and when you are just beginning. There are two reasons.
Firstly, most readings don’t make sense till after the fact. It’s just the nature of predicting the future. It really is next to impossible to see what’s around the bend. You might wonder what the point is then of reading cards to predict the future if it can’t be done. Well it can be done it’s just that we can’t see the forest for the trees. We all have biases and hopes and fears that interfere with our ability to be objective. We also all have a tendency to see what we want to see, especially in regards to something that is very close to our hearts and we generally don’t do readings unless is it is about something we care about.
Here’s where journaling comes in. You do your reading and you write down everything you think is going to happen and then you forget about it. Get on with your day to day life. Come back and read it in a week, add some more thoughts. Forget about it and go on with everything again. Come back in a month and everything looks different again. Depending on the type of reading you did for yourself you just keep on adding thoughts or events that happen to the journal and then it all makes sense. Hindsight is 20/20. You think a card might mean this event or the other and you get to the event and find out it actually means something slightly different.
Which brings us to the second reason journaling is so important. It’s how you learn what the cards really mean. Generally, if we ask for an answer from someone or something outside ourselves, be it god or a higher power or the universe or whatever you call it, we get an answer. But we are terrible at understanding those answers. Journaling is a great way to learn the language that your guide (or whoever/ whatever) is speaking. No book or website is ever going to be able to tell exactly what a card means to you for the exactly question or circumstance you are asking about. Connotation is everything. I might say the word “ball” and there are so many different meanings for the word depending on which meaning exactly, how I say it and in what context. That’s what reading cards is like. It’s never as simple as “oh this card always means this”.
Journaling means that you learn the subtleties of the cards. You learn by trial and error to see what’s there instead of what you want to see. You learn just how many different ways messages can be sent and how to hear them. Don’t worry if you start off missing the mark on your readings. Over time you’ll see patterns and how those patterns relate specifically to your life. For example you might often get the Queen of Cups and only later realise that it wasn’t you as you might have originally thought, it might have been referring to your mum or best friend. The only way to learn those sorts of quirks is by doing.
So get yourself a nice blank journal. Write your readings and leave space between them to come back and add some notes. A year or two of that will soon see you reading like a professional.