Deepen your understanding of the Tarot and learn how to read it from a Jungian perspective
In this beautiful course Jungian Analyst and teacher Ken James will take you on a tour through the world of the Tarot. You will be able to read the tarot and work with it from a Jungian lens gaining insights about the Tarot and about your own inner process.
What you will receive
5 Video & 5 Audio recordings
Access to your own Jung Platform account where all the content you've purchased will be stored.
This course examines the Tarot not only as a tool of divination, meditation, and active imagination but also as a way to explore the structure and dynamics of the psyche as understood in Jungian psychology. The set of 78 cards which comprise the Tarot will be examined using significant concepts from Jungian Psychology, including the Self, archetypes and complexes, the structure of the dream, and the synthesis of personal and collective energies in life. Participants will move between the Tarot and Jung’s Model of the Psyche as they increase their understanding of both.
The course will also explore both the enactive and receptive uses of the Tarot for personal growth and to facilitate the process of individuation. Correspondences between the various “sub-decks” of the Tarot and arenas of personal experience will be described, and the major aspects of personality as understood by Jungian psychology will be explored through the major and minor arcana.
The suits of the minor arcana (cups, wands, swords, and pentacles) will be compared to Jung’s typological categories and the quaternity of medieval elements, and an exploration of the underlying implications of the “challenge” and the “gift” cards will be discussed.
In each class, participants will be given various activities to perform with the cards in between sessions to deepen their understanding and insights both into the Tarot and into their inner process.
Beginning with a Tarot journal, activities will include discerning one’s court card, constructing a life narrative, and generating a synchronistic autobiography. Various Tarot spreads (arrangement of cards) will be explored, and ways to read the cards for oneself and others will be considered.
Participants were requested to bring their own Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck to each class. This will be the deck that will be used for instructional purposes.
This course is ideal if
- Use a synchronistic tool of divination as a means of understanding Jung’s Model of the Psyche.
- Recognize how the phenomena of luck, fate, and hazard are important contributors to a clearer understanding of Jung’s Model of the Psyche and our own individuation process.
- Feel more comfortable accessing non-rational means of understanding our lives and each other.
- You are new or already experienced with the tarot, and want to learn to work with it, using a Jungian perspective.
Class 1. The Tarot and Jungian Psychology: Connections
In the first class, we will cover the structure of the Tarot deck and compare it with the structure of the psyche. The layers of psyche (ego, personal unconscious, collective unconscious) will be compared to the Major Arcana, Minor Arcana, and other subdivisions of the Tarot deck.
Exercises include starting a daily Tarot journal and working with the card sequences to generate a short narrative.
Class 2. Using the Tarot to work on oneself
In the second class, various ways of employing the Tarot to do inner work will be explored. Enactive and Receptive modalities of Tarot work and an introduction to pathworking will be considered. The relationship of the Tarot to Jung’s concept of synchronicity will also be examined.
Exercises include continuing the Tarot journal and using the Tarot to begin an exploration of one’s autobiography.
Class 3. Using the Tarot to enhance discernment of personality, typology, and life situations
In the third class, a deeper exploration of the Court cards as well as the numbered (“pip”) cards will be conducted. We will also consider how the Court cards depict different aspects of the personality and typology. The Pips will be explored as a means of understanding both the challenges and gifts that are inseparable parts of everyone’s life.
Exercises include conducting review using the Pips and the Court cards.
Class 4. Reading the Tarot: Part One
In the fourth class, we will begin to use the cards to do basic readings. The importance of formulating a question or intention for readings will be explained, as well as instructions on how to query the cards appropriately. Arrangements of the cards, called “spreads” will be explored, including the “Yes/No” spread, and the “Past-Present-Future” spread.
Exercises include doing three spreads throughout the week, and recording what cards appeared in each spread, the question/intent of the reading and providing a summary of the response.
Class 5 Reading the Tarot: Part Two
In the fifth class, further instruction on readings will be provided. We will learn how to do two additional readings: the “Overview-Challenge-Action” spread, and a glimpse into the “Celtic Cross” spread. We will also learn how to construct “narratives of insight” based on the cards that appear in the spreads in conjunction with the question/intent brought to the reading.
Exercises include different ways of continuing the Tarot-centered autobiography.
By the end of this course you will
- Be able to use the Tarot as a tool to deepen your inner work and your own individuation process.
- Deepen your understanding of the structure and dynamics of the psyche as understood by Jung’s Analytical Psychology paradigm.
- Establish and maintain a relationship to your inner and outer growth through journaling with and reading the Tarot with intent and openness.
- Better understand the role and significance of synchronicity and how to use synchronistic experiences as a means of living with greater consciousness in the present moment.
We here at Jung Platform want to make these programs available to anyone. If you would love to participate yet can’t pay for the full course, then please send us an email at [email protected] and describe why you feel you qualify for a scholarship, how much you can pay, and what you will do to help the Jung Platform promote this and other programs.
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