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Jungian archetypes and the Tarot

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The potential of tarot cards is huge because the tarot card system is a very multi-layered system. Because of this, Tarot cards have many uses, and there are many ways to learn about this system. One of the ways to get to know Tarot cards and yourself better is archetypes.

Each of us has our own personal information field. It is part of the general energy-informational field of the universe (collective subconscious), which stores information about everything. According to Jung, in this way our subconscious already has access to all information. Our information field interacts with the total information field of the universe. This interaction process is similar to connecting a personal computer to a shared network.

The only problem is that we are not directly aware of what is in our subconscious. Various methods can be used to access the depths of our subconscious mind and one of them is Tarot cards.

Carl Gustav Jung talked about archetypes in his works. Archetypes, according to the writings of Carl Gustav Jung, are a kind of image library located in the collective unconscious. Its content is passed down from generation to generation.
Each major arcana of the Tarot corresponds to certain archetypes. The archetypes are many and varied, the Tarot cards show only a small part of them. Tarot cards depict real situations from human life that are not related to each other and take place in different geographical locations. The symbolic language of the tarot cards is based on stories from the collective subconscious – a reflection of the social and cultural experience of all mankind

Archetypes are most vividly depicted in the classic Tarot decks – Tarot of Marseilles (major arcana) and Rider Waite (major arcana and minor arcana) cards. Their illustrations depict collective symbolism, plots and characters.

By understanding which archetypes are represented by each of the arcana, it is possible to determine at what stage of life we ourselves are, what are the patterns of behavior that we repeat, which do not allow us to develop and move to the next stage. As well as understanding what we need to do to get out of the current situation or improve it. Archetypes also allow us to understand what the development vector of the situation is. The Major Arcana have a specific order from 0 to 21. This order represents the human life line and the various stages of a person’s life, from birth to death.
Below in the article you will find each of the senior arcana of the Tarot and their corresponding archetypes (characters of the Rider Waite Tarot deck are described).

Each major arcana of the Tarot corresponds to certain archetypes. The archetypes are many and varied, the Tarot cards show only a small part of them. Tarot cards depict real situations from human life that are not related to each other and take place in different geographical locations. The symbolic language of the tarot cards is based on stories from the collective subconscious – a reflection of the social and cultural experience of all mankindBelow in the article you will find each of the senior arcana of the Tarot and their corresponding archetypes (characters of the Rider Waite Tarot deck are described).

0. Tarot Arcana The Fool ARCHETYPE: Dionysus, Uranus, fool, father's third son, prankster, court jester, fortune seeker, joker. The beginning of the journey. Zero point. A soul is born, but it has neither intuition nor consciousness yet. The card represents a Young, energetic and somewhat naive young man who is ready to start his own journey. New opportunities open up before him. Looking up at the sky, he stands on the edge of the abyss, not noticing that the abyss opened right under his feet. His trusty friend, the dog, barks to warn him of danger, but he doesn't notice. He is ready for adventure and open to everything. According to Jung, the fool is associated with the archetype of the Divine Child (the myth of the divine sending a child to enlighten humanity). Such a stage is in the life of every person, firstly, it is the moment of birth, secondly, it is the moment of emergence of new ideas. A Mage card in Rider Waite deck

0. Tarot Arcana The Fool

ARCHETYPE: Dionysus, Uranus, fool, father’s third son, prankster, court jester, fortune seeker, joker.

The beginning of the journey. Zero point. A soul is born, but it has neither intuition nor consciousness yet. The card represents a Young, energetic and somewhat naive young man who is ready to start his own journey. New opportunities open up before him. Looking up at the sky, he stands on the edge of the abyss, not noticing that the abyss opened right under his feet. His trusty friend, the dog, barks to warn him of danger, but he doesn’t notice. He is ready for adventure and open to everything. According to Jung, the fool is associated with the archetype of the Divine Child (the myth of the divine sending a child to enlighten humanity).
Such a stage is in the life of every person, firstly, it is the moment of birth, secondly, it is the moment of emergence of new ideas.

1. Tarot Arcana Magician

1. Tarot Arcana The Magician

ARCHETYPE: Master, Creator, Hermes, Mercury, Buddha, Son of the Moon (ruler of the underworld), Queen of Paradise, Puss in Boots, Magician, Magician, Juggler.At this stage we become aware of ourselves.

During this stage of life, the Fool learns to focus his creative energy and use available tools to realize his desires. According to Jung, the Magician represents the alchemical figure Mercury (the creative spirit of the world) and the archetype of the Trickster (the Trickster, the trickster).
At this stage we become aware of ourselves.

2. Tarot Arcana High Priestess

2. Tarot Arcana The High Priestess

ARCHETYPE: Sorceress, Queen of Paradise, Queen of Heaven, Queen of Snow, Goddess Isis, Goddess of the Moon, Witch, Maiden, Priestess, Oracle, Sibyl.

The High Priestess prepares the Fool to learn about the secret, spiritual, subconscious and intuitive aspects of the universe. The Mage and the High Priestess complement each other like the Sun and the Moon. In astrology, the High Priestess is associated with the Moon.

3. Tarot Arcana The Empress

3. Tarot Arcana The Empress

ARCHETYPE: Mother Earth, Summer, Goddess Venus, Sumerian Goddess Innan, Divine Mother Nature, Aphrodite (Urania), Mother, Wife, Muse.

Faced with objective and subjective reality, the Fool is ready to meet the parental archetypes: Imperatori (mother image, feminine) and Emperor (father image, masculine). The Empress symbolizes fertility and abundance. She feels, heals, nourishes, gives birth, accepts and gives love. According to Jung, the Empress belongs to the Anima (feminine part of the soul) archetype.

4. Tarot Arcana Emperor

4. Tarot Arcana The Emperor

ARCHETYPE: Ruler of Heaven, Zeus, Jupiter, ind. Indra, ruler of the winds, cosmic fire, father, protector, king.

Imperator is an arcana that complements Imperatori. These two cards form a pair: mother – father, wife – husband. The emperor symbolizes strength, order, intelligence, power, control. According to Jung, the emperor belongs to the Animus archetype (the male part of the soul).
priest Rider Waite

5. Tarot Arcana Priest​ Rider–Waite Tarot cards

5. Tarot Arcana The Hierophant

ARCHETYPE: Ruler, Saint, Sensei, Priest, Pope, Spiritual Master. The deity who gives form to the universe.

In this Arcana, the Fool will learn traditional values and moral standards. The priest in the tarot symbolizes conservatism, prudence, adherence to tradition, piety and orthodoxy. The priest preserves and transmits ancient wisdom and religious teachings. According to Jung, hierophant or priest refers to the mask or role we play in society.

6. Tarot Arcana Lovers / In love

6. Tarot Arcana The Lovers

ARCHETYPE: Lovers, Eros, Cupid, Adam and Eve, Garden of Eden, ind. Rama, the Greek Perseus, Snow White, Archangel Raphael, the biblical story of the apple from the Tree of Knowledge.

Now the Fool is ready to learn duality, Yang and Yin, to know temptations and make decisions. The time has come to make the first important choices. in life. A fool establishes a friendship, a union with a person very important to him, sexual and romantic relationships.

7. Tarot Arcana Chariot of Triumph​

7. Tarot Arcana The Chariot

ARCHETYPE: Conqueror, Hero, Prince, Knight with Shield, God Abrakas, Chariot, Warrior, Soldier.

Learning the concept of the dualism of Yang and Yin, getting to know light and darkness, the Fool must also learn to balance opposing forces so that nothing can divert him from his chosen path. In this Arcana, the Fool realizes that life is both conflicts and compromises, that there is no light without darkness, that man cannot be separated from his shadow.

8. Tarot Arcana Justice

8. Tarot Arcana Justice

ARCHETYPE: Achilles, ind. Rudra, Ra, Justice, balance, karma, justice, merit, truth, harmonious interplay of worlds, spiritual balance, balancing of opposites, laws of cause and effect.

There is more to the universe than just randomness, the universe is based on a principle of justice that reflects our need for balance and harmony. The Justice card allows us to understand the teachings of karma: our actions create certain consequences for which we are responsible. Society has a justice system that guarantees justice to every member.

9. The Hermit Tarot Arcana

9. The Hermit Tarot Arcana

ARCHETYPE: Varuna, Sumerian, Uranus, Hermit, Sensei, Philosopher, Monk, Buddha, Teacher.

Loneliness, withdrawal, voluntary isolation from society. The surrounding world as an illusion of consciousness.
Now the moment of inner maturity has come in the Fool’s life, when he devotes himself to searches, meditations, reflections on life. He learns to trust to inner voice. A loner is characterized by the saying “Know thyself!”

10. Tarot Arcana Wheel of Fortune

10. Tarot Arcana Wheel of Fortune

ARCHETYPE: Wheel of Fortune, Jupiter, Fortune, Sphinx, Fortune, Destiny, Luck, Cyclicality, Reincarnation, Rebirth.

Mandala. Acquisition or loss of material wealth. The integrity of the universe in eternal motion, the unity of opposites. A complete cycle of cosmic processes. Constant changes. Inability to control external events.
In this Arcana, the Fool learns that coincidences happen in life and not everything is predictable. He understands that life is full of ups and downs, it is impossible to take each day for granted: any of them could be the last. A fool comes to the conclusion that there is fate, forces beyond control, learns the concept of karma and learns to draw conclusions from what he sees.

11. Tarot Arcana Power

11. Tarot Arcana Strenght

ARCHETYPE: Virtues and vices, battle of the soul; strength as one of the four cardinal virtues (strength, justice, prudence, and temperance). An ecological approach to nature and human relations. Inner strength and endurance. The victory of good is met with evil. True strength lies in virtue.

In this Arcana, the Fool learns to believe in himself, develops confidence and inner strength.

12. Tarot Arcana The Hanged Man

12. Tarot Arcana The Hanged Man

ARCHETYPE: Waning and waxing moon, Dionysus, Adonis, Osiris, Neptune, gallows, pendulum, cocoon: the process of transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly suspended between worlds, an ordeal. Diving into the depths of the subconscious.

In this Arcana, the Fool learns to trust fate, avoid excessive attachment to the material world, and realizes the need to consider problems from different points of view. The card depicts a man suspended by one leg, head down, calmly contemplating the universe. He may have left the material world in search of the higher spiritual. He has hung himself there willingly, as evidenced by his calm expression.

13. Tarot Arcana Death

13. Tarot Arcana Death

ARCHETYPE: Witch, Baba Yaga, Saturn.

Death, change, transition, transformation, regeneration, rebirth. An irreversible transition from one state to another. Transition to a new level, getting rid of the old one. A gateway to a new world. Drastic changes are inevitable.
It is possible that the hanged man in the previous arcana also thought about issues related to death, about the transition from one state to another, about the transition to a new quality.
Now is the moment of transformation in his life, when he gets rid of everything old, unnecessary and self-exhausting, in order to purify himself and move to the yuan level. It is the moment when we throw off our shoulders the unnecessary burden of the past, which we carry with us like a suitcase without a handle, to open up to something new.

14. Tarot Arcana Temperance

14. Tarot Arcana Temperance

ARCHETYPE: Eos, Aurora, ind. Ushas, Angel, Archangel Michael, Jinn.
Union of opposites.

Choosing the middle ground. Alchemy. Turning ideas into matter. Balance. Elixir of life, healing.
If in the previous arcana the Fool learns about honesty, balanced perspective and moderation when facing death. Then now he will finally learn how not to fall into excesses, not to fall into one ditch or the other, but to choose the golden mean.

15. Tarot Arcane Devil

15. Tarot Arcane The Devil

ARCHETYPE: Fallen Angel, Baphomet, Typhon, Goat, Lord of the Gates of Matter, Prince of Peace, Devil, Ruler of all things material.

Pronounced materialism, vices, soul stealing, karmic ties, slavery, subjugation, temptations, debauchery, addictions, false perception of reality, magic, commerce, force majeure, fate.
Although the fool has reached maturity in the previous arcana, where he learned temperance, he is still unarmed in the battle against his personal temptations and must learn to control his inclinations. The devil points out things that hinder our development. These can be ignorance, addictions, manias, obsessions, materialism, fanaticism, impulsiveness, intemperance, negative thinking, aggressiveness, false ideals, doubts, lack of self-confidence.

According to Jung, the Devil represents the archetype of the Shadow, which is the dark side of our personality.

16. Tarot Arcana Tower

16. Tarot Arcana The tower

ARCHETYPE: Tower of Babel, Invisible Hand of God, Avenger.

Apocalypse, chaos, upheaval and destruction, lightning strike, disaster. An important life lesson. Devastation. Failure of hopes and plans. Fall from the pedestal and loss of authority, betrayal.
Lightning strikes the tower: the structure collapses, a fire breaks out, and the tower’s inhabitants fall. In this arcana, the Fool must again face the fact that sudden and drastic changes can occur at some stage of life. The card of the tower advises the fool to free himself from the shackles of the Devil and turn his gaze to a brighter future, to move forward in his development.

17. Tarot Arcana Star Rider–Waite Tarot cards

17. Tarot Arcana The Star

ARCHETYPE: Guiding Star, Living and Dead Water.

Source. Hope, inspiration. Rebuilding life on new foundations. The interrelation of matter and spirit. Harmony with nature. Idealization. Immortality. Healing. Eternal youth. Following your dreams.

After the collapse of the Tower, the Fool appears as a ray of hope in the arcana of this star. If the fool has learned the lessons of the Devil and the tower and freed himself from everything that drags him down, then he is ready to continue on his way and develop his talents.

18. Tarot Arcana Moon Rider–Waite Tarot cards

18. Tarot Arcana The Moon

ARCHETYPE: Moon, Hekate, Lilith.

Lunar rhythms, full moons, dreams, instincts, the Force that shows the Way. Reflected light. Symbolism. Deception and manipulation. Religious fanaticism. Illusions.

It is quite difficult to clearly see and distinguish objects in the moonlight. Illusion, delusion, the unknown, ambiguity, secret forces, despair, cyclicality, intuition, melancholy, anxiety await fools in this arcana. There is a mysterious meeting between the Fool and the subconscious, which he does not pay attention to in the light of day. In astrology, the Moon is associated with the sign of Pisces, its creative imagination, paranormal abilities, impressionability, gullibility and mystery. According to Jung, the Moon belongs to the archetype of the powerful mother.

19. Tarot Arcana Sun Rider–Waite Tarot cards

19. Tarot Arcana The Sun

ARCHETYPE: Sun, Prince of Heaven, Firebird.
The spinning wheel that unravels the threads of fate. Success, joy and happiness. Returning to the light. Fulfillment of wishes. Yang energy. Radiance, richness, perfection, warmth. Youth. Innocence. Prosperity. Fame. Respect and authority. Vitality.

After wandering in the moonlight, the Fool re-emerges into the sunshine and is warmed by the dazzling rays of the sun. He feels full of energy, purposeful, enthusiastic and optimistic. He embraced his inner childish self and gained the courage to show his true self. Conscious planning and effort will lead to success.

20. Tarot Arcana Court

20. Tarot Arcana Judgment

ARCHETYPE: Final Judgment, Last Judgment, Archangel Gabriel, Rebirth, Last Judgment.
Revival, resurrection, ascension. Matters of life and death. Eternal life. Change of status, reunion, karmic connection. New possibilities.

Now that the fool has been through so much, sunlit, he hears the sound of the Angel’s trumpet, symbolizing the call to spiritual rebirth and the healing of the spirit in the resurrection. He is ready to stand before his last judgment and answer for everything he has done in life.

21. Tarot Arcana World Rider–Waite Tarot cards

21. Tarot Arcana The World

ARCHETYPE: Universe, Home, Earth, Saturn.
Integrity. Blessing. Reward for work. Power from Egregor. Happy ending. Getting what you need. Cyclicality, endings and new beginnings.

With the arcana of the world, the Fool completes his cycle. The crown symbolizes the end of the journey and the completion of the mission. The fool has accomplished his mission and is passing away.