The Tarot is an intriguing collection of symbolic images brought together on seventy-eight cards as a system for developing consciousness.
transformative powerDiscover the transformative power of archetypes. For centuries now, the extraordinary images of the Tarot have formed an endless source of inspiration for thinkers, seekers, artists and philosophers in learning to look beyond the familiar and penetrate down to the deeper layers of existence. But also in our modern world, they form a practical and effective system for gaining greater insight into humans in general and ourselves in particular.
Archetypes, myths and symbols are deeply anchored in the roots of our collective history. (Mythical) stories and images are used to pass on knowledge and experience from time immemorial. These are condensed pieces of information that, if we give them our attention, can be rich sources of insight. Connecting with archetypes often feels deeply familiar, and opens up new ways of looking at the reality of everyday life.
The first descriptions of the Tarot in the form of a card game date back to the early 14th century. Recent anthropological research, however, shows that many of the themes, symbols and archetypes depicted on the cards are older than language itself and were passed on by oral traditions from prehistoric times. This gives us access to the condensed knowledge of centuries of human thinking and experiencing.
Philosopher of science Ervin László puts it like this: "We as individuals are not immortal, but our experience is. The traces of everything we have ever experienced persist, and they can be forever recalled."
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Carl Gustav Jung (1875 - 1961) was a pioneer in the area of research into the unconscious and the founder of analytical psychology. He examined the dynamics of the human spirit in all its facets and, alongside a scientific approach, also employed philosophy, mythology, art, religion, and self-examination. Image: portrait of C.G. Jung by Barabeke.
Jung held that, in addition to an individual’s own personal consciousness, he or she is also shaped for a large part by what he called 'the collective unconscious', an area where unconscious universal patterns of ideas are stored. Jung called these patterns 'archetypes'. Archetypes are possibilities or tendencies we have for developing in a certain way. They express themselves in images and symbols that can be found in our dreams, fairy tales, and myths, and are often described in world religions.
According to Jung, by studying archetypes we can get to know ourselves better because we recognize in them our own hopes, aspirations, and fears. He considered an archetype to be a 'bridge' between the unconscious (and the collective unconscious) and the conscious mind. An aid in bringing the knowledge stored in our subconscious to the surface and integrating it into our consciousness.
neurological researchNeurological research has shown that our subconscious speaks the language of symbols and images - such as those in dreams - and does not read or recognize words.
Because our conscious mind recognizes both, a powerful symbiosis is formed between word (explanation) and image (archetype). In this way, the images of the Tarot can provide greater insight into the human experience at the material, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual levels, and form a navigation system for the road map of life. It is remarkable to see how, in this way, people are able to get in touch with what they already know deep inside.