Poetry of the Mind
They are psychological images, symbols with which one plays, as the unconscious seems to play with its content. -- Carl G. Jung
Humans have always looked to myth, dream, theater, story to find a sense of meaning and guidance. Carmen Sorrenti.
Many today see the Tarot cards as a spiritual practice, paying close attention to synchronicity ("What tends to happen together in time?" Marie-Loiuse Von Franz). This is especially true of our younger generation. It is in some cases considered essential to assisting with emotional and mental balance, as is, say, the deeply held perspective of believing in past lives to acquire understanding around problems. Many cultures and a percentage of our own population use some type of tool such as prayer, sacred literature, symbol, crystal, or mysticism for spiritual guidance.
Tarot Reflection is the use of symbols from the 78-Tarot cards for emotional and spiritual exploration. The language of symbols has long been the choice of communication. Psychologist Carl G. Jung and professor of mythology Joseph Campbell knew this well. Tarot Reflection explores the archetypal rhythms, thinking and emotional patterns, and masculine and feminine components of the human mind.
Tarot Reflection is not fortune-telling or divination. Tarot captures current psyche movements or perceptions about the present or future that can be altered by common or therapeutic responses. More and more counselors, psychologists, and clergy are discovering the benefits of using attained Tarot skills as an intuitive art like sandplay, the empty-chair technique, guided imagery, prayer, and drama play for excavating present realities or patterns in their patients. Read more on my Tarot Philosophy.
Finding Our Patterns in the Cards
What are our patterns in life? Can art suggest something to us? The Tarot is about patterns, art, and story-making. This two-hour workshop slowly engages with various Tarot decks to explore not only our interactions with and reactions to them but also, and like any artist seeks, their dialogue with us.
Ethics: Protecting the Parameters
What is the history of the Tarot? And what do they mean today? These two questions are pivotal to ethical questions that should surround the Tarot. This two-hour workshop is geared to understanding the Tarot and learning how to use it in a way that both honors the ethical parameters that is constructive to our already evolving community. A must, if you use the Tarot.
Tarot Reflection falls under my personal spiritual practice, professional training (MDiv; chaplaincy), and ordination.
What is yet "unthought" is equally capable of producing practical effects at the level of human experiences.
Anatomy of the Psyche by Edward F. Edinger
An Introduction to Transformative Tarot Counseling by Katrina Wynne
Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey by Sallie Nichols
Notes on the Seminar Given in 1930-1934 by Carl G. Jung & Claire Douglas
Re-Symbolization of the Self by Inna Semetsky
Tarot and Psychology by Arthur Rosengarten
Tarot Shadow Work by Christine Jetti
The Hero of a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Tarot: History, Mystery and Lore by Cynthia Giles
Trionfi.com (Tarot and Its History)