Robert Wang's Jungian tarot deck is great introduction to the intricacies of Jungian philosophy.
Wang has used in this work his background as an art historian and has collaborated with Jungian analysts trained at the C. J. Jung Institutes of Zurich and New York.
The main purpose of this deck is to offer an instrument for the development of self-understanding or to achieve individuation, Jung's goal for the patients in his care.
The author of this tarot deck mainly sees the tarot as a tool for meditation and thanks to his knowledge of kabbalah and the Jungian psychology, he is able to blend them smoothly in the Jungian Tarot.
Mr. Wang has achieved to design a deck within the Tarot tradition but enriched with Jung's psychological discoveries.
For Jung tarot symbols represent perfectly the instinctual forces that work without our conscious control in our psyche. He called these symbols archetypes.
According to Jung, the images that represent the archetypes may vary from individual to individual and in different cultures but their essential characteristics are universal.
When we are not aware of these archetypal forces we tend to act in a predetermined way, our actions unconsciously tied by these impulses.
Becoming aware of the archetypes and confronting them can make us free in our choices and able to respond to the challenges of life in an individual way, thus expressing ourselves fully.
In this tarot deck, each Major Arcana shows a chakra. Chakrs are non figurative designs that are used for meditation and were also employed by Jung.
As the jungian archetypes do not follow a rational order, the cards of the Major Arcana are not numbered.
Wang achieved a very creative combination of Jungian and kabbalistic concepts, especially evident in the pip cards with their careful choice of colors.
The colors and symbolism of the Minor Arcana are simple and uniform but at the same time subtle: with a good knowledge of kabbalah and tarot, this deck can work very well for meditation, reading and studying.
The Jungian tarot doesn't come, as most tarot cards do, with a booklet explaining the artist's philosophy.
To utilize this deck of cards it is advisable to have the Wang's
workbook, generous with information that help understand the Jungian
The Jungian tarot deck may not be the right choice for those who are looking for a practical deck for readings and divination and who are not interested in learning kabbalistic symbolism.
This tarot deck is notable for its subtlety, its solid references to kabbalah and Jungian psychology.
It is a precious help for the serious student to access the unconscious but in order to be successful in understanding the Jungian Tarot, the user must be patient and dedicated.
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