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2016 Tarot Journal - A Minor Arcana Journey

The Minor Arcana of the Tarot is the least explored cards in the deck (including the Court Cards). Even in scholarly works such as Robert Place's The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, the Minor Arcana (Ace through Ten) and Court Cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) are lucky to get a few sentences dedicated to them.

For instance, take this brief entry on the Nine of Pentacles:

A woman of wealth and leisure stands in her garden with her gaming hawk. The garden is abundant with grapes and pentacles, symbols of sensuality and wealth. This card represents prosperity, comfort, and the time and ability to enjoy it. The hawk suggests that she has resources for further gain.

That's it. The entire entry on the Nine of Pentacles card. 

I'm baffled that most Tarot authors spill precious little ink on behalf of the Minor Arcana, the bulk of the deck (56 cards, in fact). A notable exception is Isabel Radow-Kliegman's Tarot and the Tree of Life: Finding Everyday Wisdom in the Minor Arcana.

You may remember from my past posts Fun with the Elements and Symbols in the Magician Tarot Card that the Minor Arcana covers the entire range of our daily lives. It's where we live out the archetypes of the Major Arcana--the wide open stage of relationships, finances, beliefs, dreams, passions, careers, fears, celebrations, communities, conflicts, health, family and more. 

Well, a few weeks before Christmas/Yule, I had an idea: Why not create a daily journal/calendar that includes prompts every day of the year--all dedicated to the Minor Arcana of Tarot?

I got right to work on it and just finished it this morning. Whew! The first day of the 2016 Tarot Journal begins today, January 3rd. It's full-color, downloadable and printable--and features 416 journaling prompts (365 daily prompts and 12 bonus prompts) reflecting the energy of a particular Tarot card. 

In this way, not only do journalers get the benefit of self-excavation and illumination--but also a greater knowledge of how each card of the Minor Arcana may play out in our personal lives. 

Best yet? You don't need to own a Tarot deck to use my 2016 Tarot Journal, nor do you need any knowledge of the cards (I provide keywords for each card, to which a whole week is dedicated). 

To see four sample pages and learn more, please visit the Journal page on my website at this link

I'm really excited to share this groundbreaking work with you, not only because it's never been done before--but because it provides an opportunity for major self-examination (as a Scorpio, I'm all about that!) through the intricate lenses of the Minor Arcana cards of Tarot. 

-- Janet

Cover Art of the 2016 Tarot Journal by Ron Boyer (8 Material card from the Snowland Deck).

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Janet Boyer is the author of Back in Time Tarot (Hampton Roads), Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer Publishing) and Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice (Dodona Books). She's the co-creator (with her husband, artist Ron Boyer) of the Snowland Deck and Coffee Tarot, and authored both companion books to those decks. A Renaissance Soul, she is also an award-winning cook, mixed media artist, jewelry artisan and journal maker. Next to creating, her favorite thing to do is spend time with her beloved husband, son and 5 cats at her rural home in Pennsylvania. Visit her at


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