The Mythic Tarot: a Psychological Approach to Tarot

As well as the rich symbolism expressed through stories of Greek myths, which contain a pure psychological mine field, the myths have been given a modern in-depth psychological interpretation.

Most of the Major Arcana have been assigned to one of the Greek gods. The Court Cards depict the Demigods and heroes.

The Minor Arcana illustrates a myth that best describes an experience in each of the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. For example, the journey through the Water element (Cups) is portrayed through the Myth of Eros and Psyche. We can explore the psychological interpretations of the Mythic stories and see how they can give us another level of insight into our inner world and the energy patterns that fate us. Through this exploration we will see where we have the free will to make choices to change the patterns that are recurring in our lives as uninvited fate.

Many Tarot decks are looking towards outer events, what is happening now in your life and what is going to happen in the future. A Prediction which has somehow nothing to do with you?

The Mythic Tarot looks at the inner states that are causing the outer events to happen, and how to make inner changes that will influence future events.

Liz Greene:

’If we focus only on the physical manifestation of the complex we might become well versed in prediction but we have also ensured we are fated, as there is no consciousness of the energy pattern at work inside and therefore no chance to make a relationship with it.'

Some Tarot approaches simply offer a ‘checklist’ of keyword characteristics for the 16 Court cards without making any reference to their corresponding mythological / archetypal figures. This rather narrows the playing field.

With the Mythic Tarot, each card has an identifiable character, whose characteristics are expressed through a specific myth (indeed books and plays have been written about these characters). We can therefore understand why a particular Court Card character acts in a certain way (we know their story) and we can imagine how they would feel or react in particular situations - we know their hidden sides. They mirror and describe the inbuilt archetypal (typical) patterns that are at work within us. We can identify.

The most common Tarot decks used in readings are not to everyone's liking, some of the obscure symbolism is difficult to grasp. Some writers say the hard to describe symbolism gives the cards a sense of mystery. It could be said that the only mystery is the processes involved in the development of self. Do we need to be baffled by another mystery that is supposed to be helping us to understand our own problematic evasive mysteriousness? When we are lost in the process of maturation we need coherence, any system that needs to mystify is covering up an inadequacy about what they have to offer. We want a system that offers transparency. Does the psyche know on some level that those particular Tarot decks offer a limited modality for any in-depth exploration of the psyche?

Liz Greene and Juliet Sharman-Burke write:

'The Tarot cards had been relegated to the shadow worlds of the occultists of the 18th and 19th centuries. No longer accessible to the public and no longer relevant to any philosophical or spiritual world view acceptable in society. The cards were progressively doctored and changed in accordance with the particular group or order which had got hold of them. Liz Greene and Juliet Sharman Burke have restored the cards to their original universality.'

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