Exploring the Tarot as a Tool for Individuation

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2019-2020 Public Program Series
Intersection: Spirit of the Times with the Spirit of the Depths

Today the “Spirit of the Times” pushes us toward economic growth, self-absorption, and resulting conflict both national and international. Is it possible to call upon the “Spirit of the Depths” to energize and inform us for a more equitable, sustainable and integrated global society that embraces the Soul of the World, the Anima Mundi?

Carl Jung’s text and paintings from the The Red Book (2009) reveal that Jung recognized that he had been led astray by what he described as the Spirit of the Times. He called out to his soul and encountered the Spirit of the Depths. It was and is a difficult and painful time of intersecting, conflicting energies: the more conscious, everyday and linear journey of the Times submitting its will to relate to an unknown and timeless, not-yet-conscious creative presence of the Deep. This is a crucial choice that requires sacrifice, by Jung, by ourselves, that may promise transformation.

As we collectively feel the strain of the Times towards multiple tipping points, whether it be our ecology or political instability or social unrest, we too might seek to welcome new time and space for better understanding and appreciating the journey required of us by the Spirit of the Depths.

Man and His Symbols (Jung, 1964) offers a framework and roadmap for the subjects and titles of the individual Five Part Series Public Programs.

Exploring the Tarot as a Tool for Individuation

Ken James, PhD

Friday, January 3, 2020 | 1:00-4:00pm

In this course, participants will explore the divination system known as The Tarot from the perspective of the individuation process, particularly as described by Marie-Louise von Franz in part three of Man and His Symbols, “The Process of Individuation." The relationship of major and minor arcana, the two subsets of the Tarot deck, will be discussed with reference to the personal and collective unconscious, and an investigation into the archetypal ground of the cards will be engaged.

Participants will learn at least two basic ways to use the cards for personal growth, and an introduction into giving a personal reading will be included.

Recording: This class will be recorded and available for purchase at a later date.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this course, participants will be able to:

1) To describe the process of individuation as the foundation and goal of Analytical Psychology.

2) To relate cards from the Major and Minor Arcana of the Tarot to various aspects of the process of individuation.

3) To practice several different ways to use the Tarot as a support for the personal work of individuation.

4) To discuss the results of Tarot readings obtained in class and relate them to the participants’ personal journeys. 

Required Materials

Participants are asked to bring their own Tarot deck to the class. The recommended deck is the Rider-Waite-Smith deck (aka the Rider-Waite deck). It is available in many local esoteric or occult bookstores, such as Alchemy-arts.comOccultbookstore.com, as well as on Amazon.

Suggested Reading/Listening

Riley, Jana. Tarot Dictionary and Compendium

James's 2018 course Jung and Tarot

C G Jung Institute of Chicago
53 W Jackson Blvd, Suite 438
Chicago, IL 60604

$45 | Members $36 | Students $30 | 3 CEs $15


Ken James, PhD 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.