The Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious and The Tarot
I mentioned it to a friend that I have a Tarot deck and am using my academic side and hippy side to investigate the cards. She scoffed. She, being a masters graduate in Child Art Psychotherapy. When someone scoffs I investigate more and use their viewpoint to reinterpret the information so that it is more palatable for them. Carl Jung was on her masters curriculum so here ya go, hun.
Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961), was originally a student of Freud, but moved away from Freud's psycho-analytical approach to develop a rich system of symbols entirely his own. This connection between his interest in symbols and Tarot is pretty cool.
In The Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious (CW, Vol. 9:1, para 81), Jung wrote:
“If one wants to form a picture of the symbolic process, the series of pictures found in alchemy are good examples. . . . It also seems as if the set of pictures in the Tarot cards were distantly descended from the archetypes of transformation, a view that has been confirmed for me in a very enlightening lecture by professor [Rudolph] Bernoulli. The symbolic process is an experience in images and of images. Its development usually shows an enantiodromian* structure like the text of the I Ching , and so presents a rhythm of negative and positive, loss and gain, dark and light.” [*a Greek term used by Jung to mean ‘things turning over into their own opposite.’]
I bought The Rider Waite Tarot Deck, designed by Pamela Colman Smith and conceived by A. E. Waite. You can buy The Rider Waite Tarot Deck deck here. There's lots of information and tutorials online, so it's a good place to start.