Analytical Psychology, Tarot Cards and Carl Jung

Carl Jung is the founding father of analytical psychology. His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also in philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, literature, religious studies, quantum mechanics, and psychobiology as well as neuroscience.

Did you know that Carl Jung was an early supporter of Freud because of their shared interest in the unconscious. And that's how you use the Tarot; it is just a method of tapping into your own subconscious. 

Oh you guys, I am learning more and more about the Tarot cards and I love them. So far I have the most widely used set that based on the original. The Rider Waite  Tarot Deck, cards designed by Pamela Colman Smith and conceived by A. E. Waite. You can buy The Rider Waite Tarot Deck deck here. I would advise you to start out with this deck as there is a LOT of great information online composing of tutorials and articles. 

I will be blogging a lot more about the cards and how I used them in my business. I love being a mix of #GIRLBOSS and Hippy. Life is all about balance, read the Financial Times and then go read your daily Tarot spread. More to come about the art psychotherapy behind the cards. Fascinating stuff.

It is 1 March 1933 and Carl Jung has just spoken about Tarot cards. This happened while he was conducting a seminar on active imagination, demonstrating that he was a little more familiar with these images than many would have thought. This is a transcript of his actual spoken words:

“Another strange field of occult experience in which the hermaphrodite appears is the Tarot. That is a set of playing cards, such as were originally used by the gypsies. There are Spanish specimens, if I remember rightly, as old as the fifteenth century. These cards are really the origin of our pack of cards, in which the red and the black symbolize the opposites, and the division of four—clubs, spades, diamonds, and hearts—also belongs to the individuation symbolism. They are psychological images, symbols with which one plays, as the unconscious seems to play with its contents. They combine in certain ways, and the different combinations correspond to the playful development of events in the history of mankind. The original cards of the Tarot consist of the ordinary cards, the king, the queen, the knight, the ace, etc.,—only the figures are somewhat different—and besides, there are twenty-one cards upon which are symbols, or pictures of symbolical situations. For example, the symbol of the sun, or the symbol of the man hung up by the feet, or the tower struck by lightning, or the wheel of fortune, and so on. Those are sort of archetypal ideas, of a differentiated nature, which mingle with the ordinary constituents of the flow of the unconscious, and therefore it is applicable for an intuitive method that has the purpose of understanding the flow of life, possibly even predicting future events, at all events lending itself to the reading of the conditions of the present moment. It is in that way analogous to the I Ching, the Chinese divination method that allows at least a reading of the present condition. You see, man always felt the need of finding an access through the unconscious to the meaning of an actual condition, because there is a sort of correspondence or a likeness between the prevailing condition andthe condition of the collective unconscious.
“Now in the Tarot there is a hermaphroditic figure called the diable[the Devil card]. That would be in alchemy the gold. In other words, such an attempt as the union of opposites appears to the Christian mentality as devilish, something evil which is not allowed, something belonging to black magic.”