C. G. Jung wrote: “If one wants to form a picture of the symbolic process…it seems as if the set of pictures in the Tarot cards were distantly descended from the archetypes of transformation.” (CW, Vol. 9:1, para 81). These archetypes include several of the primary archetypes that are encountered during Jung’s individuation process, a process of psychological maturation similar in nature to the aging of the physical body (Jacobi, 1942/1973). The Tarot contains symbols representing important archetypes of the transformative processes such as the hero, the sacrifice, rebirth, the mother, and the Self. In Jung’s analytical psychology, these archetypes comprise the major dynamic components of the unconscious which affect the human psyche in many different ways
The November Program was presented by John Romig Johnson, PhD, a founding member of the Charleston Jung Society, Board member and Jungian Analyst.
In our discussion we will examine the Major Arcana of the “Ancien Tarot de Marseille” as providing a path through the images of the cards of the process of individuation. We, like Jung can see in and through the images of the tarot a reflection of the collective unconscious.
The Tarot can be used for meditation, psychic stimulation, or divination. It also can be used as a psychological tool to look inside the unconscious. Some have said that the Tarot is medieval man’s equivalent of today’s Rorschach and Thematic Apperception tests. It is surely a projective test at the minimum, perhaps even something more. JRJ
More information on Dr. Johnson can be found on our Analysts page.