Tarot and the Archetypal Journey: The Jungian Path from Darkness to Light (Paperback)
This highly innovative work presents a piercing interpretation of the tarot in terms of Jungian psychology. Through analogies to the humanities, mythology, and the graphic arts, the significance of the cards is related to personal growth and what Jung termed "individuation." The Major Arcana becomes a map of life, and the hero's journey becomes something that each individual can relate to one's personal life.
"Sallie Nichols, in her profound investigation of the Tarot has performed an immense service. Her book enriches and helps us to understand the awesome responsibilities laid upon consciousness. She has done this not in an arid fashion but derived from her own experience of the Tarot and its strangely translucent lights. As a result her book not only lives but quickens life in whomever it touches." --Laurens van der Post
Replaces ISBN 978-0-87728-515-1
About the Author
Sallie Nichols taught Symbolism of the Tarot for trainees at the C.G . Jung Institute, Los Angeles, and lectured frequently on this subject under Jungian auspices in San Francisco, San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles. In a series of seminars entitled A Tarot Trip into Jung's Psychology presented at the Theosophical Center in Hollywood and elsewhere, she successfully introduced both the Tarot and Jung's concept of the archetypes to audiences relatively unfamiliar with either subject. A longtime student of Jung's psychology, Sallie Nichols had the good fortune to study at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, while Jung was still alive and active.
Mary K. Greer is an independent scholar, writer, teacher, and professional tarot consultant. She has an MA in English literature from the University of Central Florida where she also first taught tarot in 1974. For eleven years, she was a teacher and administrator at New College of California in San Francisco. In 2007, Mary received the International Tarot Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Tarot Studies. She also received the 2006 Mercury Award from the Mary Redman Foundation for excellence in communication in the metaphysical field, and the 2006 Coalition of Visionary Resources award for best divination book. Mary is an ordained priestess in the Fellowship and Church of Isis. Visit her at marykgreer.com.
"Knowledge of your archetypes is as vital to your well-being as knowledge of your health. We are governed by our symbols and myths. They speak to us in our dreams as well as in every part of our daily lives. The insightful text on the tarot is an ideal tool to help you relate to the voice of your archetypes as subtle patterns of power, well beyond old associations with fortune telling." —Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Sacred Contracts
— Caroline Myss
“Sallie Nichols’ superb classic retitled Tarot and the Archetypal Journey, with a new and fascinating introduction by Mary Greer, is an absolute must for all enthusiasts of tarot and Jung. It is full of rich, imaginative descriptions of Jungian archetypes and reveals their unique relationship to the tarot images. This book is a true journey of wisdom and wonder and I am delighted a new generation of readers will be able to enjoy and learn from it.” —Juliet Sharman-Burke, author of The Beginner’s Guide to the Tarot and The Mythic Tarot
— Juliet Sharman-Burke
"Sallie Nichols has returned the Tarot to modern dignity. Being completely scientific in her approach to this old card game, she reveals its depth, its symbolic meaning, and its wisdom. Her comprehensive knowledge of the Tarot and Jung's psychology make this a rewarding and delightful book." --James Kirsch, M.D., Senior Analyst and Founding Member of the C.G. Jung Institute, Los Angeles, author of Shakespeare's Royal Self
— James Kirsch, M.D.
"Two great traditions are wedded in this work: the irrepressible and magical Tarot and Jung's archetypal psychology. This wedding, long overdue, is achieved not only through the wit and wisdom of Sallie Nichols, but through her obvious love and care for the images of Tarot. The result is a superb and significant volume that will become food for critical minds and a most welcome elixir for souls thirsting for draughts of substance. Anyone with the remotest interest or fascination with the power of the image to move the psyche will find in Sallie Nichols' book, just that: a journey into that realm where the image, the psyche and the soul find their source and their goal." --Russell A. Lockhart, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and Book Commentary Editor of Psychological Perspectives
— Russell A. Lockhart, Ph.D.