Jungian Tarot Work
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The Tarot refers to a pack of 78 cards, slightly bigger in size compared to standard playing cards. The origin of tarot cards can be traced to Renaissance Italy, although the subject matter of the Major Arcana refers to Ancient Egypt and Greece. The Tarot has lived through many incarnations during its 600 years: from a trick-taking game to fortune-telling, from occult uses to divinatory practises, and onwards to being used for self-help, creativity and healing in today's world.

According to the Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist C. G. Jung, the founder of Analytical or Jungian Psychology, "It also seems as if the set of pictures in the Tarot cards were distantly descended from the archetypes of transformation" (The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, par. 81). Throughout his adult life, Jung remained interested in the Tarot, and hoped to have more time to study it properly.


Jungian Tarot Work is based on the relationship between the archetypes and tarot cards, especially in terms of the 22 Major Arcana cards. The Tarot allows us to become consciously aware of these powerful archetypal forces, which normally operate within our unconsious. As long as we remain unaware (unconscious) of these forces, there's very little we can do about them. Once recognised, we can then decide what we want to do about it - do we want to continue living our lives under the influence of a particular archetypal power, or would we rather transform our relationship with this power, and by doing so, transform ourselves.

As a Jungian Tarot Guide, I engineer the reading to best suit the Client's needs. Areas of work include, but are not limited to:

  • Exploring major Life Themes and questions

  • Crisis and coping

  • Uncovering root issues of a situation or problem

  • Unlocking creativity & facilitating decision-making

  • Behaviour modification / reprogramming

  • Healing, transformation, realignment

For more information on Jungian Tarot Work, I warmly suggest reading Tarot and the Archetypal Journey by Sallie Nichols (previous edition: Jung and Tarot). Also, on Andrea Vitali's website Le Tarot is an article exploring Jung's ideas on the Tarot, translated by Michael S. Howard: Carl Gustav Jung and the Tarot - Synchronicity and Divination (on the top right-hand corner, change the language from Italian to English).

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