When you're new to the mysteries of Tarot cards, it can be overwhelming to anticipate learning the meanings of the 78 cards in the deck. As with anything else, learning the meanings of the cards takes time and effort. Keeping a Tarot notebook is a tried and true method that many newbies find particularly effective when it comes to mastering the Tarot.
While you'll probably consult one or more books that explain the meanings of the Tarot cards early in your practice of reading, the time will come when you'll want to turn to your own intuition. By creating your own meanings and associations for each card, you'll be able to read more intuitively and increase your skill and accuracy.
Choose a notebook with a minimum of 100 pages in it. You can use a spiral-bound notebook, a three-ring binder, a composition book or a bound journal. As long as there is sufficient room for you to record your impressions of each card and some general information about the suits and symbolism of the Tarot, you're in business.
On the first four pages, record the name of one of each of the four suits -- wands, pentacles, swords and cups. Label the next ten pages with the numbers one through ten. Last, but not least, write the name of one card at the top of each page, allowing yourself plenty of space to record your impressions of the meaning of that card.
It's best to record the card names in chronological order from the ace or one up through the king, grouping each suit together. That way you'll be able to easily find the card when you want to record a meaning or reread something you wrote previously.
Once you have your Tarot notebook set up, it's time to begin working with your cards. Choose a card from your deck at random and study it carefully. See what impressions leap to mind when you view the images on the card. It doesn't matter whether they are meanings that you've memorized or something altogether different. Write your impressions on the page you've dedicated to that card.
As time allows, work your way through the entire deck, recording the meanings and images that pop into your mind as you view each card. When you compile your own Tarot dictionary of card meanings, you'll begin to associate those definitions with each card, making your readings flow easily.
Take time to record what you know about the suits of the Tarot as well. Each element connects to certain areas of life. Pentacles relate to the physical realm and finances. Cups usually turn up with regard to matters of the emotions. Swords deal with ideas and mental energy. Wands relate to energy and ambition.
Finally, research and record numerology and the meanings of each number. In numerology, each number contains certain properties, energies and vibrations. Knowing the traits associated with each number will help you better understand the numbered value that each Tarot card possesses.
While creating and maintaining a Tarot notebook is not an overnight project, the work you put into it will pay off. By taking your time and creating your own resource for the meanings of the Tarot cards you'll find that your knowledge, accuracy and abilities will increase exponentially, and you'll become a better reader for your efforts.