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The Jungian Tarot Deck Cards – January, 2001
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The Jungian Tarot Deck, first published in 1988, is intended to be a visual introduction to Jungian philosophy. The key is the archetypal image encountered through creative visualization or, as Jung called it, "active imagination."
It is a process which may, theoretically, lead to discovery of a true Inner Self. Such creative visualization is at the heart of all mystical and religious systems, from those of the ancient world, to the spiritual exercises of Ignatius Loyola, to Hermeticism and Rosicrucianism, to Alchemy, and to the remarkably creative occult exercises of the nineteenth century.
One of the main purposes of this work is to demonstrate parallels between Jungian philosophy and Hermetic Kabbalah, a system which has been essential to Western mysticism since the Italian Renaissance which Wang explored in depth in Qabbalistic Tarot.
Wang considers Jung's ideas about regressions from the personal into the collective to be commensurate with the Kabbalistic method of working backwards from the lowest level of the Tree of Life (the material condition), through the upper levels which symbolize not only the enlightened Self, but a condition of nonbeing which transcends all consciousness, personal or collective.
From the Author
As an art historian my amateur incursion into comparative religion is very tentative and my sources are general. I should also admit that as a historian I have a specific bias. History is, to me, something secure against which religious, mythological, and psychological ideologies must be measured, and it bothers me to find so many discussions of the history of tarot predicated upon irresponsible speculation when the historical tracks of the cards are so clear.
I have no doubt that the tarot originated in fourteenth-century Italy. Of course interpretation of the tarot in serious psychological terms would have seemed laughable, if not absolutely bizarre to its originators, who developed the cards as a game.
It was not until the late nineteenth century that tarot was systematically related to Astrology, to Kabbalah, and to Alchemy. And it was the twentieth century which added an overlay of modern psychological theory
Top Customer Reviews
This pack is drawn by a serious student of the occult and of history (I recommend his books to widen your understanding of the roots of this tradition). In conjunction with his own interest in Jungian psychology, Mr. Wang has gone to the trouble of collaborating with Jungian analysts trained at the C. J. Jung Institutes of Zurich and New York. The result is an amazing deck that I am still exploring and will continue to explore for a long time. Mr. Wang has kept the traditional number of cards and figures for the Major Arcana. For the minor arcana he has used the colors of the sephiroth of the Tree of Life in the four worlds in the tradition of the Golden Dawn which makes them a useful reference for students.
There is a principle (which some people may not be aware of) that the minor cards are purposely without image because they represent subjective experiences whereas the major cards represent objective forces (Paul Case also felt this, and would not use pictorial minor cards for his BOTA deck). In Jungian terms one could see it as indicative of a shift from the personal to the collective unconscious.
It is well to keep clear in our minds the difference between archetypal imagery and the archetypes themselves that have no image. An archetypal image is not a role model but am image in the individual's personal unconsious associated with a particular complex surrounding an unknowable archetype.Read more ›
This banquet of self-knowledge is what Robert Wang's Jungian Tarot offers the sincere adherent. Dr. Wang has at his disposal an experience and a mastery of both the Western Mystery Tradition and Jungian psychology, and blends them seamlessly in the Jungian Tarot. Taking Jung's remark that Jung found a correlation between Tarot images and the archetypes of the collective unconscious, Dr. Wang presents this deck and its icons as lenses to focus on these shifting phenomena; and, just as these images arise autonomously from the psyche and are not subject to rational order, the cards of the Major Arcana are not numbered. The individual cards serve primarily as doorways into an aspect of the psyche; that the images are precisely "Qabalistically correct" takes second place to their numinous qualities and to their purpose as entrances into the collective unconscious. [to the Qabalist, the correlations are obvious--for instance, on the Fool card, which tradition places on the 11th Path of the Tree of Life, you see a Crown in the sky to the upper right of the Fool--an allusion to the 11th Path's emanation from Kether, "The Crown", the first Sephirah, diagonally down and "stage right" from Kether. The colors of the cards, as well, follow closely the traditional Golden Dawn assignations.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing special about this tarot deck. The pictures are the part of tarot that people generally use and gain intuition from. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ProfessorV
I did readings and it goes pretty accurate. Not as bad as I expected.Published 5 months ago by Lisa
these are not for me, everyone is different . I didn't connect with these cardsPublished 5 months ago by Marie Nazon
The Jungian Tarot Deck is one of my favorite Tarot decks. I am interested in learning more about it.Published 8 months ago by Jeffrey H.