A Self Development Journal Prompt To Understand Our Transformations In Life

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The death tarot card is one people often think of as a scary card. It doesn’t literally represent death, but can be a transformation. A time of life where something changes dramatically. In this self development journal prompt, I want you to think about a time that you changed. Try to pinpoint a certain moment in time where an aspect of you died, and you came out with a different frame of mind.

Was this a positive experience? A negative experience? How did you change? Do you like the person you’ve become? Or want to keep some of that person, and change again?

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This self development journal prompt is part of the major arcana journal prompt series, and is related to the death tarot card. If you aren’t a tarot person, you can still do this journal prompt! This just goes with the thoughts of loss and transformation that is present with the tarot card.

Scroll all the way to the bottom for an example of the journal prompt too!

Before you Begin

*Please remember this post is meant to act as a guide, not as the only tool you can use. It is not a substitute for professional help. Don’t hesitate to seek further assistance from a professional to work through trauma.

Ensure you are in the right mindset and physical space for this. Try to find a place that where you won’t be interrupted. As this self development journal prompt is part of the major arcana series, maybe find the card in your deck for inspiration.

If you’d like, set music or light a candles. Get out your journal. Prepare the space to work on this journal prompt.

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Connecting the Death Tarot Card to Shadow Work

The death tarot card is often one people are afraid of. People who don’t understand the workings of tarot think it can literally symbolize death occurring. But more often it’s a card of great change. Of self development. Where you may lose an aspect of yourself, but it’s time to release it.

Death is all about self development and transforming yourself from one person to becoming something new. With death, there is rebirth, the phoenix rising from the ashes.

Death invites shadow work. It forces us to look at what’s happening around us, instead of letting it happen in the background. We must take note on how we’ve changed. What parts of ourselves have we shed, and why?

The Death Self Development Journal Prompt

"what transformed you? Who were you before? Who are you now? What caused the change?"

With this self development journal prompt, I want you to think about a time that you’ve changed. When have you transformed? What caused this transformation to occur?

Is there a specific moment in time when you felt like a part of you died (or no longer existed)? What was the cause of this? Why did this occur?

Part 1

Write about the ideas above – pinpoint one moment in time where you feel you’ve transformed. This could be for the better or for the worse. Why does this moment stick in your head? What was the transformation that occurred? Write about who you were before, and who you were after.

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Do you like yourself better now? Or mourn for the person you were? (You can do both).

This could be a moment in time where you learned something, when you met a specific person, or just a time when you decided to change yourself because something in life wasn’t working.

Part 2

Once you’ve thought about a memory, you can also look forwards (this is optional). Take a few minutes to also think about the future.

This is a self development journal prompt, thinking if there’s something you’d like to willingly change about yourself. Imagine what this person could be in the future, and why you’d like to become this person.

To work further on this idea, you can write goals for it or create an affirmation that helps you propel yourself forward to this new beginning. To making yourself, and having the choice to let some aspect of yourself go, rather than eventually being forced to reconcile with it when the time isn’t right for you.

My Example

This is a personal example of the journal prompt, in case you are stuck. I’ve only added the writing about some of them below, rather than writing out everything.

self development examples (stories from my past)

I hope this was a helpful journal prompt for you on your journey to accepting your shadow self!

Are you looking for more journal prompts? This is one of a series of major arcana tarot card prompts that you can find here! If you’re just starting out and want an idea of how to create a spiritual journal, I have an entire article dedicated to it that you can read about!

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