|Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology. Jung is the author behind the concepts of archetypes, extraversion and introversion; and the collective unconscious. Besides being influential in psychiatry he was also active in the fields of philosophy, religion, archeology, anthropology and literature. He was a prolific writer, many of whose works were not published until after his death.|
Carl Gustav Jung Quotes:
Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
It also seems as if the set of pictures in the Tarot cards were distantly descended from the archetypes of transformation, a view that has been confirmed for me in a very enlightening lecture by professor [Rudolph] Bernoulli. The symbolic process is an experience in images and of images. Its development usually shows an enantiodromian structure like the text of the I Ching, and so presents a rhythm of negative and positive, loss and gain, dark and light.
The original cards of the Tarot consist of the ordinary cards, the king, the queen, the knight, the ace, etc.,—only the figures are somewhat different—and besides, there are twenty-one cards upon which are symbols, or pictures of symbolical situations. For example, the symbol of the sun, or the symbol of the man hung up by the feet, or the tower struck by lightning, or the wheel of fortune, and so on. Those are sort of archetypal ideas, of a differentiated nature, which mingle with the ordinary constituents of the flow of the unconscious, and therefore it is applicable for an intuitive method that has the purpose of understanding the flow of life, possibly even predicting future events, at all events lending itself to the reading of the conditions of the present moment.