Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Jung and Tarot

MBS Circle Network Book review: Jung and Tarot - An Archetypal Journey by Sallie Nichols, published by Samuel Weiser with an introduction by Laurens van de Post.

"Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside wakes" Carl Jung

The book contains black and white images to illustrate ideas within the text. There is a full colour pul out at the back of the book with each of the card images. The Marseilles Tarot, one of the earliest surviving decks, is used throughout as the most suitable deck for the purposes of understanding the nature of projection and of making the process of the unconscious mind, conscious. 

Carl Jung presented the Major Arcana of the tarot card deck as a means to work through each of the 22 archetypes which demonstrate unrealised or neglected aspects of ourselves. Each card is explained sererately and illustrated and explained in order that we gain an understanding of its unconscious symbolic power and can bring into our consciousness knowledge of its archetypal energy and work with its light to make us more aware. This process Jung calls 'individuation'. The world is a mirror which reflects ourselves, our tendencies, characteristics, potentials and shortcomings which we place outside of ourselves and into all we perceive in the outside world. Our object is to project less so we see ourselves and the world as they truly are. It is similar in depth to many of the initiatory card decks on this market and is well worth while working with for insight into the self and others and progress along to maturity of thought. 

The author, Sallie Nichols studied at the Jung Institute in Zurich and you will find this an excellent book on how to work with the tarot to create greater levels of understanding the self and the tarot. Review: Wendy Stokes 

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