Each year represents new beginnings whether in one’s inner or outer life. As this alchemical image suggests, a hand reaches down from a cloud into the Tree of Life, its two sides depicting both plenitude and scarcity, life and death, into roots of both light and shadow, with the vision of multiple stars and all seeing eyes.
Each new season offers a potential reflective return to the fertile ground of one’s roots and rootedness: a chance to humbly acknowledge, and potentially awaken to consciousness the mysterious, prescient and creative energy that dwells in our personal and collective roots.
This year’s 5-part series, Root Awakenings, honors Jung’s deep affinity for exploring the psychological depths of our interrelated and interdependent lives. We will seek to Integrate the literal and symbolic roots of individuals, family, community, and society at large to strengthen our collective resilience for all beginnings as ongoing initiation.
Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet, I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains.
- C G Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1962)
The Tarot, a deck of seventy-two cards, occupies a niche in Western mysticism and divination akin to that of the I Ching in the East. Long considered simply a superstitious system of “fortune telling,” the Tarot is largely ignored in academic circles and is often met with disdain in clinical circles. This is unfortunate, since the structure of the Tarot and its use in divination mirrors the structure and dynamics of the psyche as understood in Jungian psychology.
Among Jungians, the study of divination systems, such as the I Ching, Astrology, and the Tarot, is considered just another aspect of the study of the mind. Analytical Psychology’s consideration of these systems is predicated on Jung’s understanding of synchronicity. Events that occur in rapid succession or simultaneously in space/time can be understood not only through possible causal relationships, but also by investigating the meaning that arises in the psyche of the percipient when confronting these events. Divination systems, including the Tarot, may be thought of as means of invoking synchronicity, rather than waiting for synchronistic events to occur.
In this class, participants will examine the divination system of Tarot cards from the perspective of synchronicity and will explore the use of the Tarot to investigate questions of interest. Several simple ways of reading the cards will be presented, and students will have an opportunity to receive guidance in reading the Tarot from a Jungian perspective through coaching and peer practice. All participants are expected to bring their own deck of Tarot cards, preferably the Rider-Waite deck, available at many stores and through internet retailers such as Amazon.
Learning ObjectivesAs a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:
1) Explain the major and minor arcana and their relationship to the personal and collective unconscious.2) Use the Tarot as a means of active imagination, to better understand their own process of individuation.3) Describe the relationship of the Tarot to synchronicity, and the value of divination for enhancing an appreciation of life experience.
LOCATIONC G Jung Institute of Chicago53 W Jackson Blvd, Suite 438, Chicago, IL 60604 - MAP
FEE$45 | Members $36 | Students $30 | 3 CEs ($15 fee)
BioDr. James maintains a private practice in Chicago, Illinois. His areas of expertise include dream work and psychoanalysis, archetypal dimensions of analytic practice, divination and synchronicity, and ways to sustain the vital relationship between body, mind and spirit. He has done post-doctoral work in music therapy, the Kabbalah, spirituality and theology, and uses these disciplines to inform his work as a Jungian analyst.
Photo is a card from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck published in the US in 1909, and no longer under copyright in the US. This is NOT the modified and recoloured US Games version published in 1971 (which is still under copyright). Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RWS_Tarot_01_Magician.jpg
Certification of the C.G. Jung Institute to train analysts is granted by The International Association of Analytical Psychology. The Institute is accredited as a psychoanalytic training institute by the The American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis, Inc. The C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists. The C.G. Jung Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Institute is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation for social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors.