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The Jungian Tarot Deck

The Jungian Tarot Deck is a visual companion to Robert Wang’s book, The Jungian Tarot and Its Archetypal Imagery, an authoritative introduction to Jungian Psychology.

The Jungian Tarot Deck was developed in consultation with international Jungian scholars and analysts, and may be used for meditation or for divination following any traditional system. Each of the twenty-two trumps represents one of the “archetypes of the collective unconscious” described by Jung and includes a unique mandala, a circular form which the psychologist found to be profoundly useful in the process he called “individuation” and which the Western mystery tradition has termed “enlightenment.”

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3 comments on “The Jungian Tarot Deck

  1. A serious deck I have been interested in and studied what has been called by Dion Fortune the ‘Western Esoteric Tradition’ and have been fascinated by the tarot. I am currently training as a Jungian analyst and I was looking for a pack that combines the two. For a long time I could not find one and then I was given one as a gift. I was very happy to receive it and see that one exist.This pack is drawn by a serious student of the occult and of history (I recommend his books to widen your understanding of the roots of this tradition). In conjunction with his own interest in Jungian psychology, Mr. Wang has gone to the trouble of collaborating with Jungian analysts trained at the C. J. Jung Institutes of Zurich and New York. The result is an amazing deck that I am still exploring and will continue to explore for a long time. Mr. Wang has kept the traditional number of cards and figures for the Major Arcana. For the minor arcana he has used the colors of the sephiroth of the Tree of Life in the four worlds in the tradition of the Golden Dawn which makes them a useful reference for students.There is a principle (which some people may not be aware of) that the minor cards are purposely without image because they represent subjective experiences whereas the major cards represent objective forces (Paul Case also felt this, and would not use pictorial minor cards for his BOTA deck). In Jungian terms one could see it as indicative of a shift from the personal to the collective unconscious.It is well to keep clear in our minds the difference between archetypal imagery and the archetypes themselves that have no image. An archetypal image is not a role model but am image in the individual’s personal unconsious associated with a particular complex surrounding an unknowable archetype. We can only represent an archetype by a personal image and everyone’s representation will be different.Mr. Wang has designed a deck within the historical constraints of the Tarot and he has done this without deviating while at the same time imbuing it with new life in the light of this era’s psychological discoveries. Thank you Mr. Wang!

  2. An excellent qabalistic deck with an eastern twist! I really enjoy the symbolism of this deck. Robert Wang provides a unique interpretation of the entire deck. Each Major Arcana has a unique chakra incorporated in it. Chakras are visual tools for meditation, most popular in Eastern philosophy, that were used by Jung. The cards are simple compared to the symbolism of other decks (ex- Thoth). I have to disagree with Deb28 when she says the Minor Arcana are “so unimaginatively rendered.” There are very simple, uniform symbols for each suit but there is also a sphere on each card representing the sepirah in the corresponding color scale that the card represents. The colors and symbolism is subtle, but with a good knowledge of qabalah and/or tarot, this deck can be very powerful. It works well for readings, study, or meditation. This is a great deck but I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners.

  3. A REMARKABLE DECK FOR CREATIVE VISUALIZATION THE BEST DECK I HAVE EVER USED. This remarkable deck and its companion book, The Jungian Tarot and Its Archetypal Imagery has changed the way I view tarot. Until I began to work with this deck as a stimulus to “creative visualization,” I had always considered the tarot to be a set of simple pictures used for telling fortunes. But working with these beautifully painted cards as a “doorway” into my own mind has been an amazing experience. What surprised me is how previously murky ideas of Jungian psychology were clarified, and how I began to really appreciate the simplicity and practicality of Jung’s principles as I “encountered” the different archetypal images of male and female (such as daughter, mother and grandmother). Moreover, the book has brought the cards to life for me with its extremely understandable explanations of Jungian concepts. I would recommend study of these cards to anyone who wants to appreciate the real psychological depth of the tarot images.

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