Man and His Symbols
Why this book?
As a visual artist, I adore symbols, it’s unbelievable how a symbol can evoke emotions through its associations and meanings. Each Tarot card has its own character and many symbols. These reveal more than their immediate meaning and they visualise human experiences, behavioural patterns and developmental patterns. These archetypal images, as Jung calls them, are stored in our collective unconscious and can be found all over the world in our fantasy, dreams, mythology, religion, literature, fairy tales and other forms of art.
In Tarot and other oracle systems, the concept of synchronicity would explain how they "work" as a kind of mirror of the psyche. The symbols and illustrations are thus the language with which the tarot can make the unconscious in our psyche conscious. They mirror what happens from the inside to the outside. So the cards would reflect your inner state at that time.
In this book, CG Jung explains with great clarity his basic ideas about the collective unconscious, myths, symbols, archetypes and dreams. His closest collaborators describe the practical elaborations and applications of these core ideas. For me it was a very cool experience to discover very large similarities with the cards of the Major Arcana while reading the descriptions of different symbols, motives and archetypes.