Tarot techniques applied in counseling and guidance practice (a workshop experience)

This study attempted to bridge the gulf between the "linear" and "solar" modes of consciousness with the occult or "esoteric psychology". It was hoped that a synthesis of these seemingly opposite modes of awareness would provide new insights into human understanding and consciousness. The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a meaningful way to utilize Tarot techniques in counseling and guidance practice. The psychological basis for employing the Tarot fitted into the framework of Jungian psychology with its emphasis on archetypes, collective unconscious and synchronicity. The Tarot is a deck of seventy-eight cards which is divided into two groups: the Greater Arcana and the Lesser Arcana. Each of the Greater Arcana cards bears a descriptive title and a symbolic picture which may evoke or awaken in the viewer's mind an association or related story. There has been much speculation about the exact origins of the Tarot. Tarot scholars believe that there is some lesson or purpose inherent in the pictures and symbolism of the cards. In this study it was hypothesized that: (a) workshop participants would experience and report any growth in individuation through the amplification of Tarot archetypes and the practice of Tarot meditation, and (b) that workshop participants would experience and report any changes in their depths of awareness at a given moment of time through the use of Tarot card spread procedures. (See more in text.)