Review by Bonnie Cehovet
I am one of those that like to do daily spreads – some days only a few cards appear, some days lots of people want to come out to play. I have been known to use anything from loose paper, to steno pads, to formal journals. Each has its place. I have worked with Ari Stone’s previous work (Tarot Journal), which is a journal dedicated to larger Tarot or Oracle spreads, and found it easy to use, and great fun. I enjoyed using this book so much that I dedicated it to readings done for a specific issue in my life, and a specific period of my life. It lightened the mood during the readings, helped me to focus during the readings, and allows me to go back and review that time period at will. What a gift!
Ari’s company, Ari Stone Art Productions, is dedicated to bringing peace, joy, love and harmony to those around her through her glow in the dark art, and through products that are focused on everyday use – such as this journal. The journal is spiral bound, approximately 6” by 9”. The covers have a black background, overlaid with glowing green symbols. On the front cover is an artist’s representation of a galaxy called the Elliptical Galaxy, along with the title for the journal. I love the color scheme, and the fact that the journal opens the long way (also, that it is small enough to be taken anywhere without a problem).
The first page is a copyright page, followed by a page detailing how to fill in the card stickers. (At the back of the book are a boatload of pages with peel off stickers on them, to be used in recording daily readings. At the top of the sticker is a space for the name of the card. Below this is a larger space where the position within the spread, the position description, and the name of the deck can be filled in. At the bottom of the sticker is an open circle, to be filled in if the card has been drawn in the reversed position.
The third page in the journal makes this journal special to the user: There is a space for the user’s name (under which is written “This Daily Spread Journal Belongs To), and under that spaces for Start Date and End Date. How much more organized can you get!
Two pages are devoted for each reading: the first page (entitled Daily Spread Sticker Space) has open space for the stickers representing the card positions within the spread to be placed, while at the bottom of the page the deck used and the date the reading was done can be noted. The second page has spaces for Initial Thoughts and Later Reflections. On her site, Ari notes that 1-5 card spreads can be recorded with this journal. IMHO, the space provided would allow up to an eight card spread to be done with little difficulty.
I like the “special” feel to this journal, as well as the fact that I can record my spreads in chronological order, and refer back to them with ease. The thought that has gone into this journal to make it special, as well as easy to use, reflects the lovely person that I have found Ari (Alyssa) to be. I am very happy that this gifted artist is a “crossover” into our Tarot world! For more information, and how to use this journal, please visit Ari’s site.
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.