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The link of tarot with psychology we owe it to Carl Gustav Jung. This Swiss psychiatrist, creator of analytical psychology, found in the tarot a powerful tool due to its rich symbolism.
According to Jung, the major arcana of the tarot allow us to connect with the archetypes.
What are archetypes according to Carl Gustav Jung?
Carl Gustav Jung defined archetypes as the fundamental guiding principles of the human psyche. After analyzing his own life, that of other people and manifestations of art, myths and religions, Jung came to the conclusion that archetypes are innate symbolic forms.
These psychological dispositions unconsciously structure human behavior, both on a personal and social level.
Archetypes are not mere philosophical concepts. Are fragments of life itself, images that are connected to the individual through emotions. In addition, they allow us to make sense of the human experience according to certain universal and timeless patterns.
Some of them are Birth and Death, Light and Dark, Rebirth, the Great Mother, the Hero, the Son, the Trickster, Eros and Logos, the Good and the Bad, the Shadow, the Feminine and the Masculine.
Each major arcana protects one or more universal and unconscious archetypes. For this reason, learning to read tarot is to resort to self-analysis.
According to Jung, interpreting what each print has to tell us is a way of knowing ourselves more in depth.
In this journey of introspection, and thanks to the major arcana, the anguish, complexes or repressions that torment us can be identified.
Tarot and psychology in the major arcana
Represents the desire to embark on adventure. Archetype: the young man.
Represents the cunning required to face a certain situation or relationship. Archetype: the trickster.
It represents the call to trust intuition. Archetype: the feminine.
It represents abundance and fertility. Archetype: the mother.
Represents perseverance to achieve goals. Archetype: the father.
It represents the wise connection between the material and the spiritual. Archetype: the wise old man.
Represents the need to choose between two or more situations or people. Archetype: the soul.
Represents the achievement of a goal. Archetype: the warrior.
It represents the necessary reflection when making decisions. Archetype: justice.
Represents the introspection that allows you to achieve wisdom. Archetype: the wise old man.
Wheel of fortune
Represents unexpected events. Archetype: destiny.
It represents the will to face difficult moments. Archetype: resistance.
The Hanged Man
Represent the moments of uncertainty. Archetype: sacrifice.
Death (nameless arcane)
Represent the transformations. Archetype: rebirth.
Represents empathy towards others. Archetype: the union of opposites.
Represents the basic instincts. Archetype: sexual energy.
Represents sudden changes. Archetype: chaos.
It represents hope and openness to life. Archetype: the guiding star.
Represents the fear of the unknown. Archetype: dreams.
It represents happiness, joy and exposure. Archetype: the sun.
Represents carrying out balances on our life. Archetype: evaluation.
It represents the absolute fullness. Archetype: satisfaction.
About the author
Maria Cruz is the tarot reader behind 7Tarot. His vision is to share the beauty of the tarot and make it understandable for everyone as a reflection tool to understand our life.