Review by Bonnie Cehovet
Author/artist Leisa ReFalo (Tarot of Color, “Kaleidoscope Tarot”, The Tarot Connection) is offering the Tarot world a wonderful way to (a) use journaling to get to know the Tarot in general, (b) to work specifically with the imagery and symbolism of the “Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot”, and (c) to work with the more esoteric qualities of the cards.
In the “Tarot of Color Journal”, Leisa has placed black and white images from the “Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot” into a journal that offers the student the opportunity to color the images themselves, as well as providing sufficient space for making notes. The journal that I am working with is spiral bound, 5.5” by 8.5”, on 70lb white paper. (The journal is also offered in binder format.) The journals are available in a variety of colors, including black, burgundy, gold, and red.
In her introduction, Leisa notes that her personal journal work has deepened her relationship with the Tarot. She gives suggestions for doing journal work, such as coloring in the cards as you work with them, and comparing your personal description of the cards with those of the author. She talks about picking out images from each card, and working with them. (As well as going through the deck and noting where images repeat themselves.) She also suggests doing some research on the images with an eye to both general and cultural uses of the image.
She suggests that in addition to the journal, you will need a nice pen, colored pencils (or watercolor pencils and a paint brush), blank paper for recording readings, a hole punch (for creating Tarot pages), and a symbol dictionary. She also references her site, for further exercises and resources.
The journal is presented with a blank page on the left hand side, and a black and white scan from the “Rider-Waite-Smith” Tarot on the upper half of the right hand side. To the right of the scan are the esoteric attributions from Leisa’s “Tarot of Color” deck: for the Major Arcana, the attributions are: Number, Name, Esoteric Title(s), Astrological Attribution, Elemental Attribution, Date Range (Astrological), Hebrew Letter, English Translation of Letter, Numeric Value of Letter, Color Attribution, Intelligence, Path on Tree of Life, and English Translation.
For the Court Cards, the attributions are: Card Name, Rank, Suit, Esoteric Title, Astrological Attribution, Corresponding Major Arcana, Full Astrological Attribution, Date Range for Full Astro, Elemental Counter Change, Description of Counter Change, Qabalistic Correspondence, Sepheria, World, and English Translation.
For the Minor Arcana, the attributions are: Card Name, Number, Suit, Element, Esoteric Title, Number (Keywords), Number (Planetary Attribution), Number (Color), Number (Dimension on Cube of Space), Number (Depth), Intelligence, Elemental Attribution of Suit, Keywords For Suit, Suit: Direction, Suit: Season, Suit: Time of Day, Suit: Moon Phase, Astrological Attribution, Qabalistic Correspondence, Sephera, World, and English Translation.
I see this journal as offering much more for the Tarot student than the standard blank style journal, while at the same time leaving room for personal expression.
Copyright © March 2008
Bonnie Cehovet is Certified Tarot Grand Master, a professional Tarot reader with over ten years experience, a Reiki Master/Teacher and a writer. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association, is co-founder of the World Tarot Network, and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. She has had articles appear in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader.