I would like to link to this post about tarot journaling, published at Tarot Elements today.

This blog is the bulk of my personal journaling about divination; it is where I record my ideas and thoughts, if not my readings. It was synchronous to see the linked article as I was just contemplating starting a new journal, although I have things to incorporate beyond my divination readings.

What requirements for a journal for myself? I think I can say three main qualities are necessary: accessibility, portability and aesthetics.

Accessibility: It needs to be something I can easily and readily use. I don’t want impediments to adding journal entries, because they make good excuses not to update it. A computer is ideal for me, because I type almost as fast as I think, whereas my handwriting is slower and the legibility suffers greatly. Not to mention I quickly get cramps from writing with pen or pencil… ah, the information age.

Portability: I need something I can ideally update anywhere. Frankly, I don’t think there is a single solution for this. I have a lovely albeit bulky Alice in Wonderland journal that I’ve used before, and it’s big enough that I wouldn’t want to haul it around daily. Conversely, a smaller notebook I could carry to work might cramp my style, or at least my handwriting. I suppose a stenographer style notebook would work, as I like that size in general; but it sacrifices some aesthetics.

There is also the option of the voice recording app on my iPhone, although that would be best if later transcribed — which I suspect would become a mental block and excuse not to write. Cloud-based software — a blog, Google Docs, my email account or some other online solution — has the advantage of portability: I can create and save entries from any place with internet.

Aesthetics: It has to be pleasing to update. I love pens, and paper, and notebooks with nice covers. Stationary is something I find generally appealing, however rarely I need it in my modern, computer-centric life. Yet those aesthetics come at a cost of my phsyical comfort and penmanship, as mentioned above. Or they can come at a cost of portability, depending on the items. Physical journals have an aesthetic edge even while they present the potential shortcomings mentioned above.

In summary, it’s no surprise that a journal I can use daily and build into a habit has to compromise among all three of the above qualities. I suspect the best solution for me will be two journal creation systems: a physical notebook and a virtual version. That way I can hand-write when I have the opportunity, while my entries can be readily entered at the computer — which means I can get them added quickly.

Want to talk about your journal experiences, or lack thereof? Hit me up in the comments.