Tarot and Psychotherapy

Carl Jung, was a pioneer in psychotherapy, worked with myths and symbols, and the relevance of dreams as being a window into the unconscious mind.

The images on Tarot cards are symbolic, and their meaning can be interpreted in many ways. What is important as a therapist is to explore with the client what the images and archetypes means to them, and how it makes them feel, what it represents. For example, when looking at a tarot card closely, notice what you are drawn to as being the most obvious image- how does it make you feel? What does it bring to mind for you?  Looking more closely at the card, what does each thing represent, either in the past or present? Reading tarot cards is not about predicting the future, but to recognise elements about yourself, your thoughts and feelings around the images, and what they symbolise and mean to you at the moment.

What is an Archetype?

An inherited pattern of thought or symbolic image that is derived from the past collective experience of humanity and is present in the unconscious mind of the individual, such as Gods or Godesses, the image of a hermit, or a fool.

Personal development can get ‘stuck at any stage in our lives. Using tarot cards in therapy can help to tap into the unconscious processes, and to explore the ‘stuckness’, maybe seeing things from a different perspective, can precipitate a change in our fears and self- doubt, to put back what was missing in our psychospiritual development.

 

 

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