Living Symbols of the Tarot: A Journey Through Archetypal Patterns of Soul

Maria Ellen Chiaia

A journey through the Tarot cards is primarily a journey into our depths providing a bridge to the mysteries and ancestral wisdom of our innermost selves. These powerful images stimulate the imagination, tell a symbolic story of meaning, and connect us to our creative souls.

The Tarot is evocative and like our dreams brings symbolism alive. According to C.G. Jung, symbols and archetypes are the means by which the psyche/soul speaks. The tarot has 78 cards with correspondences to astrological glyphs, Hebrew mysticism, numerology and mythological and alchemical imagery. Each card stimulates our imagination in complex and multilayered ways. The cards provide a non-verbal language through which we can find universal as well as personal, social, cultural and collective meaning.

During the Friday night lecture the Tarot cards connected to the current conjunction of Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn and the tremendous challenges, upheavals and disruptions in our world we are currently facing will be explored. By engaging with images and symbols from the Tarot, we will explore this dark, black, nigredo we are living through and use it as a source of guidance and inner wisdom as we struggle to find a new authority in these uncertain times. The Tarot will be used to understand Jungian psychology and depth spirituality.

Decks to be used: Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Deck and the Rider/Waite Deck   More details.

A journey through the Tarot cards is primarily a journey into our depths providing a bridge to the mysteries and ancestral wisdom of our innermost selves. These powerful mages stimulate the imagination, tell a symbolic story of meaning, and connect us to our creative souls.

The Tarot is evocative and like our dreams brings symbolism alive. According to C.G. Jung, symbols and archetypes are the means by which the psyche/soul speaks. The tarot has 78 cards with correspondences to astrological glyphs, Hebrew mysticism, numerology and mythological and alchemical imagery. Each card stimulates our imagination in complex and multilayered ways. The cards provide a non-verbal language through which we can find universal as well as personal, social, cultural and collective meaning.

On Saturday through didactic, experiential and meditative encounters with the cards, different aspects of the Self and primordial archetypes will be revealed.  Archetypal patterns from the collective unconscious will be studied regarding how they connect us to new understandings found in older esoteric knowledge. The Tarot will be used to understand Jungian psychology and depth spirituality.

Decks to be used: Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Deck and the Rider/Waite Deck More details.

Maria Ellen Chiaia, Ph.D., M.F.T., is a child and adult Jungian psychoanalyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.  She teaches/consults internationally and has authored many articles and book chapters. The focus of her work revolves around the relational field, the experience of nonverbal states, the imagination, and finding meaning and spirit in our journey as humans.