The Jungian Tarot Deck Cards – 1 Jan 2001
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Other than that, the traditionally-styled artwork is rich in colour and detail. Generally, people seem realistic and unique, and the scenes contain the usual symbolism, which a few alterations, such as a panther (or similar big cat) on the Fool card, rather than a dog or crocodile. The images contain virtually no nudity - just one card shows a woman's breasts, another shows two bare bottoms - just in case anyone finds naked bodies offensive! The images on the back aren't symmetrical (so you know what way up they are when shuffling), and individual cards aren't titled or numbered. The last two points aren't necessarily negative, depending on how experienced you are, how you plan to use the cards, and what your personal preferences are; but I thought it important to note them.
I haven't had a chance to work with the cards yet, either for meditation or readings (I'll edit the review once I have), but the images seem very powerful for a first glance through. The characters on the major and court cards stare intensely at you from their windows/frames, and I feel working with them will result in some interesting experiences.
I'd have liked to have awarded this deck 5 stars, but the the quality disappointed me that much. Perhaps By the time I edit this review they'll have made such an impression I can warrant changing my rating... I do hope so; it's an awful shame when they ruin someone's hard work by producing it from crappy materials.
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This pack is drawn by a serious student of the occult and of history (I recommend his books to widen your understanding of the roots of this tradition). In conjunction with his own interest in Jungian psychology, Mr. Wang has gone to the trouble of collaborating with Jungian analysts trained at the C. J. Jung Institutes of Zurich and New York. The result is an amazing deck that I am still exploring and will continue to explore for a long time. Mr. Wang has kept the traditional number of cards and figures for the Major Arcana. For the minor arcana he has used the colors of the sephiroth of the Tree of Life in the four worlds in the tradition of the Golden Dawn which makes them a useful reference for students.
There is a principle (which some people may not be aware of) that the minor cards are purposely without image because they represent subjective experiences whereas the major cards represent objective forces (Paul Case also felt this, and would not use pictorial minor cards for his BOTA deck). In Jungian terms one could see it as indicative of a shift from the personal to the collective unconscious.
It is well to keep clear in our minds the difference between archetypal imagery and the archetypes themselves that have no image. An archetypal image is not a role model but am image in the individual's personal unconsious associated with a particular complex surrounding an unknowable archetype. We can only represent an archetype by a personal image and everyone's representation will be different.
Mr. Wang has designed a deck within the historical constraints of the Tarot and he has done this without deviating while at the same time imbuing it with new life in the light of this era's psychological discoveries. Thank you Mr. Wang!
This banquet of self-knowledge is what Robert Wang's Jungian Tarot offers the sincere adherent. Dr. Wang has at his disposal an experience and a mastery of both the Western Mystery Tradition and Jungian psychology, and blends them seamlessly in the Jungian Tarot. Taking Jung's remark that Jung found a correlation between Tarot images and the archetypes of the collective unconscious, Dr. Wang presents this deck and its icons as lenses to focus on these shifting phenomena; and, just as these images arise autonomously from the psyche and are not subject to rational order, the cards of the Major Arcana are not numbered. The individual cards serve primarily as doorways into an aspect of the psyche; that the images are precisely "Qabalistically correct" takes second place to their numinous qualities and to their purpose as entrances into the collective unconscious. [to the Qabalist, the correlations are obvious--for instance, on the Fool card, which tradition places on the 11th Path of the Tree of Life, you see a Crown in the sky to the upper right of the Fool--an allusion to the 11th Path's emanation from Kether, "The Crown", the first Sephirah, diagonally down and "stage right" from Kether. The colors of the cards, as well, follow closely the traditional Golden Dawn assignations. He knows his stuff; he ought to, having spent decades in that Order, and having been a friend and colleague of Dr. Israel Regardie.]
Painting the pictures that became the deck took Dr. Wang years and were obviously a labor of love; each painting was, and is, an exercise in contacting and exploring one of the archetypes of the Unconscious. I believe that his primary purpose in the creation of this deck was not to offer yet another Tarot deck, scores of which are published every year--believe me, I'm the buyer for the largest Mind/Body/Spirit wholesaler in the world and I see `em all--but as an aid to the serious student who wishes to achieve individuation, which was Jung's goal for every patient who entered his psychotherapy. In fact, the latter part of the book Tarot Psychology, one of three Wang offers to be used to complement and facilitate serious working with his deck--is a 34-week study course using the deck "for the development of self-understanding," each step firmly grounded in the regimen of Jungian analysis. At the end of this process the sincere apprentice will find him or herself much further down the road to their own individuation. As far as I know (which, given my profession, is rather a lot) this is a unique offering from author to reader, with no other cost (no layout cloths, no bags, no posters, no secret decoder rings, no other Tarot gee-gaws) except one's own dedication of time and energy.
I recommend this deck unreservedly for its subtlety, its firm foundation in Qabala and Astrology and above all Jungian psychology, and particularly its generosity in helping the student access his or her own unconscious.