About the Mythic Tarot

A psychological approach

Healing first occurs in the imaginal realm.

Liz Greene explains that myths help us travel imaginal roads into experiences of inner life which are inaccessible to a more rational approach.

'Archetype' is a term used to describe essential human experiences, and patterns of behaviour and development. Jung describes the archetypes as the building blocks of the psyche, going to great lengths in his interpretations and explanations about how mythic stories can be a guide for modern psychological healing.

We will explore psychological interpretations of the Mythic stories.

Liz Greene and Juliet Sharman-Burke write that 'the Greek gods are the most precise images to describe the multi-faceted workings of the psyche'. Liz Greene goes on to say that 'myths are the self portrayals by the psyche of its own processes.

In the Mythic Tarot we have the integration of Jungian psychology with the traditional Tarot. The Major Arcana contain the main archetypal themes encountered in the Jungian analytic journey of self discovery. Greek myths are psychological profiles of human characteristics.

It seems that Jung has made Tarot more popular, or that Tarot has made Jung more popular. Either way, they both needed to be made more accessible and comprehensible to a wider audience, rather than being shrouded in mystery (Tarot) on the one hand, or unavailable ( Jungian Psychology) because of intellectual remoteness and exclusivity.

Counselling and Healing

The main aspect of Jung's work is the resolution- and reconciliation of the dualities within. The Fool (ourselves) journeys through both his dark and light side, and the male/female aspects of his nature. The archetypes of the major Arcana contain both positive and negative sides. They represent our own innate forces, our ambivalences our multisided personalities. The archetypes are the essential building blocks of our invisible life; in effect they are the reality behind the reality, and make up the major dynamical components of the unconscious. The Major Arcana deal with the spiritual causes of physical events. The way we can perceive these causes is through the imagination. The cards act as a mirror of the psyche. Learning the therapeutic uses of the cards involves a process of self reflection. Skills for developing self awareness are part of the learning dynamic of the Mythic Tarot Course.

Through the beautiful stories and images of the Mythic Tarot, at our own pace and in our own time we can reflect on our inner life.

The mythic stories have been recognized as part of our inbuilt psychological makeup. To the Greeks their mythic stories made up the core drama of life. An understanding of these stories gives us an intuitive insight into our own life, past and present and our unfolding future.

The Greeks believed that a moment in time is a living thing with its own essences and characteristics, they called it Kairos it contains a past and future, we have arrived at a point in time through a series of influences and choices, it is not a fixed fate, but something we can interact with and change in the present time, by changing qualities and characteristics we make our future.

Myths are regarded as being the First Self Help Psychology.

> The Mythic Tarot card images

> The Mythic Tarot a Psychological Approach to Tarot.

> The Italian Renaissance and the Birth of Tarot


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