C. G. Jung and the Tarot: Workshop with Mary K. Greer, Author of Tarot for Your Self
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Carl Jung, as early as the 1930s, described tarot as an intuitive method for coming to know oneself. He recognized tarot as depicting archetypes of transformation like those he found in myths, dreams and alchemy but with divinatory characteristics similar to the I-Ching and astrology. Believing that such intuitive methods could be used to understand the meaning in a present condition, Jung began an experiment shortly before he died in 1961, applying several divinatory processes for analyzing complexes in an individual’s psyche. By the 1970s tarot was recognized by many as an ideal platform for Jungian-based explorations of the self.
The fantasy of a tarot reading is that we can control our circumstances and know what is really going on. Jungian psychology tells us this is our Ego’s greatest purpose and desire: to alleviate anxiety and feel secure. Jung respected the role of the Ego and saw its development as the major task of the first half of life. But his own interest revolved around what he saw as the task of the second half of life: Individuation or the development of the whole Being that he termed the Self—a journey depicted by the Major Arcana of the tarot.
A Jungian tarot reading works at both levels, unblocking stuck energy and helping us make decisions based on a wider perspective and greater understanding. Furthermore, the archetypal images in the cards bring awareness of the “myth” we are living, giving a sense of meaning and purpose to events. A Jungian reading reveals the unconscious dimensions of an experience and then transforms it into a path to wholeness.
Through this workshop—consisting of a presentation and exercises—you will learn what Jung thought of tarot. Then discover how tarot can help you meet whatever comes in the best possible way by aiding your ego-consciousness in its task of integrating material from the shadowy unconscious with the hopes, dreams and experiences found in everyday life.
Mary K. Greer is an independent scholar, writer, teacher, and professional tarot consultant known for her innovative teaching techniques. With an M.A. in English Literature, she taught tarot in colleges for fifteen years and was in a Jung study group for over 20 years. She travels the world teaching tarot, has lectured at the San Francisco Jung Institute and is a research partner in Le Tarot Associazione Culturale (Italy). Recently she wrote the foreword to a new edition of Sallie Nichol’s classic Jung and Tarot.
Mary is the author of twelve books on tarot and on magic, and was first to write about using tarot for oneself. She pioneered what she calls the RITE method, “Readings that are Interactive, Transformational and Empowering,” based strongly on Jung. Her books include_Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Transformation_,_21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card_,_Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses_, and is a co-author of_Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story_. You can find her at http://marykgreer.com and on Facebook and Instagram.
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