Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg, by the side of which more will be laid.
~ Henry David Thoreau
After all the Super Moon hoopla and celebrations of Spring’s many holidays, today we resume our journey through the Third House of the astrological chart.
The Third House is involved with the aspects of our lives that include our early childhood, relationships with our siblings (if any), and mental activities like schooling, learning and our intelligence aptitude. Ruled by Gemini, it also includes communications, and how we organize and share our unique experiences.
Which brings me to today’s topic: journaling.
Show of hands – how many of you keep a diary or journal of some sort? Maybe, like me, you keep several. Right now, I have an ongoing Book of Shadows, a Tarot diary, my morning pages journal, and a gratitude journal. Oh yeah, and this blog, too, I guess! I don’t write in all of them every day, but as you can see, I am a bit of a journaling nut!
Believe it or not, though, in my younger years, I would have never done this, mainly because my parents thought nothing of prying into my personal papers and private letters, even when I was much too young to be up to anything naughty.
So I learned early that the idea of writing down something truly intimate or revealing was a big no-no. I found that it was very unsafe and I needed to hide my inner thoughts, fears and dreams, for they were vulnerable to bitter misunderstanding and strife.
Even as an adult, thanks to years of unconsciously choosing dysfunctional lovers and friends who simply replicated all the problems in my family of origin, such private musings on paper could have been embarrassing and even, in the case of my first marriage, dangerous.
Happily, years of therapy and healing later, I found that writing down my thoughts was, not a liability, but a revelation. Maybe it’s all the Air in my chart, but I process my experiences better by writing them out.
I enjoy going back and re-reading my journals. It helps me discover how far I have come (or if I am still whining about the same old junk).
With my first cup of coffee in the morning, I love to have a quiet chat with my inner self. For me, this helps to set the tone for a more focused, intentional, and calm day. It is a simple ritual of self-nurturing and I highly recommend it.
If you were here in 2009 when we worked our way through Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, you know I agree with Julia that morning pages are crucial to our creativity and even spiritual well-being. In all my Tarot classes, I encourage my students to start keeping a card-of-the-day journal. Similarly, in my Develop Your Intuition workshops, noting your psychic hits throughout the day is key to improving and trusting your own unique ways of tuning in.
Like a ship’s log, journals keep us on course towards our destination by tracking with great accuracy where we have been. They help us organize our experiences and make sense of our lives.
So do you keep a journal of some sort? What kind(s)? How long have you done so? Do you have a favorite way you prefer to do it? A personal ritual?
And if you feel journaling is not for you, is there some reason?
Please share with us!