You've probably heard a lot of Lenormand readers recommend keeping a Lenormand journal. You might even be wondering, “What's the point?”
Or maybe you've started a Lenormand journal only to let it fall to the side in a forgotten pile of books.
A Lenormand journal might seem like a waste of time, but it's not! It's a powerful tool to help you learn card meanings, combinations, and gain valuable personal insights and information that will help you develop your reading skills.
How to Keep a Lenormand Journal
The first thing you need to do is grab a notebook. It can be anything from a simple spiral-bound notebook to a traditional hardcover journal. Just make sure it's something that you enjoy and want to write in.
Next you need something to write with. A simple pen will suffice or you can use a collection of colored pens to help you organize your thoughts.
Lenormand Journal Ideas: What Topics, Categories, and Questions Should You Include?
I suggest you include the following in your journal.
1. Quick Reference List
This is like a Lenormand cheat sheet. You'll make a list of all the Lenormand cards and add very short meanings to them, maybe only 3-4 keywords. This list will only be about 2-3 pages. You'll want to place it at the beginning of your journal so that you can flip to it quicly when you need to jog your memory about a card's meaning.
2. Card Meanings List
This is a section for your notes on the meanings of the Lenormand cards. This is where you're going to go into detail. I recommend you assign one page per card.
At the top of each page, write the card number and card name, such as “1 – Rider”.
Next you'll want to answer some questions about each card. These questions include:
- What are the general card meanings?
- What does the card mean in love readings?
- What does the card mean in work readings?
- How does the card describe people?
- Is the card considered positive, negative or neutral?
- What parts of the body does the card correspond to?
- What timing does the card have?
You might also want to include notes on where you find the different meanings (such as books or websites) in case you want to check them again or refer someone to them. This is also important for if you ever intend to write a book or publish your journal as sources need to be cited.
3. Card Combinations List
This is where you'll list your notes on Lenormand card combinations. Depending on how big your writing is and the size of your journal, you should only need one page per card. If you can't fit 36 lines on a page, you'll need more pages per card.
You might want to consider using a different colored pen for this section to make it easier to identify your list of card meanings from your combinations.
Similarly to the list of meanings, you will to write the card number and card name at the top of each page (e.g., “1 – Rider”).
On each subsequent line, write the card name and number for the remaining 35 cards in the deck. For example, on the page for 1 – Rider, you will write “2 – Bouquet”, “3 – Ship”, and so forth below it.
Next you will add combinations. You can start with traditional combinations and add to your list as you learn more combinations. Thus, on the page for the Heart card, you will want to go down to the line for “25 – Ring” and add the traditional meaning of marriage.
Now you have your Lenormand journal. There is a quick reference list to help you with readings and each card has its own page for meanings and combinations.
This part of your journal will fill roughly 75 pages.
The remainder will be for exercises to help you become a better reader.