Invoking a Daily Journal Practice with Tarot Cards

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Since childhood I’ve had a fascination with journaling, and at the same time a fear of not having enough to write. That  all recently changed when I took a Brene Brown ecourse through Oprah. For those of you who may not be familiar with Brene Brown, she is one of the preeminent investigators on whole hearted living and vulnerability.  She has many pillars of wisdom, which I will not cover on this post; however, I highly encourage everyone to seek her knowledge.

Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 6.39.04 PMAfter taking the course I realized that it’s not my fear of having enough to say, but my constant need to compare myself to others that caused my paralyses of journaling.  Until we become vulnerable and embrace our uniqueness; be it on the yoga mat, while we draw, or even our day to day interactions, we are truly impeding our creativity and ultimately our happiness.

I’m slowly walking down the path of vulnerability, and with that has come the birth of my mantra journal. It’s a time daily where I can reflect on the cards that my friends (@lucasofprussia or @cactuscrawl) choose for me. They utilize the energy of the moment, close their eyes, and focus on which card aligns to the person most needing that daily message. You’ll typically find us at Starbucks, journaling the card for the day, each in our own unique practice.  We are currently using the Wild Unknown cards, which feature animals that relay your current state. I’ve always had a deep connection with animals, so these cards seem to match my personality; however, you may choose what speaks deepest to you. In some cases you might find other ways to receive the messages for the day beyond a tarot deck.

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The project started out as a simple art project, where I utilized my drawings to capture the card supplied. It quickly evolved in to my desire to start adding a daily mantra, capturing what the card is telling me and making it more meaningful. Having done this for a few months, I now know the universe is communicating daily. My mantras are a birth of that, because they personalize and enhance the meaning. The following are just a few examples of some of my mantras, but you can find more on my Twitter feed @ryanlvnv.

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You might be wondering, why do I feel that this is important to share? 


I know that many of us who practice yoga are aware of the subtle energies of the universe or are on a journey of exploring that knowledge. I believe there are many ways that the universe speaks to us, and I have found a profound wealth expressing those messages. The messages can come via cards, that deep moment after savasana, or even during your meditation practice. By dedicating just twenty minutes of your day, it can have an effect on your daily interactions.

How to Get Started

You’ll need the following:

  1. A practice that causes you to reflect on the subtle energies around: yoga, meditation, tarot cards, etc.
  2. 20 minutes to creatively capture that message.
  3. A  journal to draw, write or doodle.
  4. Lastly, an open mind, and the vulnerability to share your daily message.This can occur on social media or in person, whatever works best for you!

Here are my key take-aways:

We are creative beings, it’s easy to get lost in the day to day and forget about it. Take the time to nourish your creativity and your life will be enhanced.

A practice is simply that – a practice! There are days that you will not want to do it, but as we say in yoga,”the hardest part is just showing up on your mat.” Let your dedication to your practice illustrate your true resilience and show your inner strength.

Even dark cards can have a positive message, I often have anxiety around what kind of card I will get for the day; however, I have learned to accept all the truth that is being spoken to me.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I would love to connect with each and every one of you! I welcome your suggestions, and can’t wait to hear your stories.

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  1. Very inspirational share. Thank you. We connect through our vulnerability. Thank you for being such a fun artist to connect with. Artist (n.) – Someone who chooses to express their creative spirit, revealing the call of their soul, through artistic passions and authentic approaches to living life. Someone who is not afraid to share his or her true self with others. Namaste ~ @Stephanieyogini

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