Tarot Magick: Carl Jung, Synchronicity and Divination

Sting and The Police were so fascinated by it that they named their final studio album after it, and Carl Jung, the prominent Swiss psychologist, dedicated his career to it. What do the musicians and the psychologist have in common? Synchronicity, or as Jung called it, "the acausal connecting principle." Interestingly, when you read the works of Jung, synchronicity begins to sound more like a law of nature than a psychological principle. And in fact, to those who have experienced it, synchronicity is just as real as gravity, magnetism, or the passage of the four seasons.

Simply put, synchronicity is "meaningful coincidence." According to Jung, synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence, is evidence of the invisible web of meaning and connectedness that permeates everything in nature and in the universe. Carl Jung created an entire school of psychology dedicated to the belief that an individual could actually become aware of this web of meaning and experience his or her place in it – a process that Jung called "individuation." Jung believed that the more a person individuates, the more synchronicity is bound to occur, and vice versa. Carl Jung wrote many volumes on the power of divination, dreams, symbols, and oracles, all in an attempt to codify this process of individuation, which, in in essence, is the path that the soul takes in order to evolve. The imagery of any tarot deck also illustrates this process, thereby providing a sort of "map" of the road to spiritual evolution. And coincidentally, tarot also works through the magic of synchronicity.

ask tarot questions Though Jung was more influenced by the Chinese divinatory system of the I Ching than the Tarot, he did make enormous contributions toward an understanding of how tarot works. Tarot cards are fascinating, beautiful, and mysterious, and if you have ever had a reading with an expert, you have probably witnessed how an experienced intuitive can magically bring the symbols of the tarot to life. Yet for the beginning practitioner, the cards can be somewhat bewildering. There are many great books on tarot available to help, but even more important than learning the meanings of the cards is to first learn how and why they can magically reflect our innermost dreams, desires, and intentions. To understand the magical mechanism through which tarot functions, little more is needed than an understanding of Carl Jung’s theory of synchronicity.

Synchronicity is a fascinating phenomenon. Perhaps you were just thinking of your friend and a song on the radio suddenly plays, containing that person’s name as part of the lyrics. Or perhaps you read this article and later in the day, a friend mentions Jung’s theory of synchronicity. These types of meaningful coincidences can be shocking, amusing, and even mystifying, and Jung believed they function as an open invitation to a deeper understanding of the nature of reality. To accept the invitation, all that you need to do is to become more aware of synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence, in your life. It is literally that simple. And by becoming familiar with how and why synchronicity functions, the power of your interactions with the tarot deck can be amplified exponentially.

When an individual works with a tarot deck, the seeker, or querent, is actively calling forth a synchronicity in order to understand his or her current stage of spiritual growth. By being aware of both the meaning of the tarot card as well as the spiritual law through which it reveals its message, the querent engages with ever increasing levels of awareness and creativity, ultimately leading to an understanding of the power of the human will.

Jung believed that through synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence, the symbols and illustrations of the tarot could awaken internal "psychic" or spiritual energies in the querent, thereby providing a tool for spiritual transformation. The "Major Arcana" of any tarot deck provides ideal images for experimenting with synchronicity, and you don’t need to know the meanings of the cards to test for it – only a simple method of divination is necessary. One such method is to pose a meaningful question and select a card at random from the Major Arcana. If it is true that your consciousness is linked to the external reality, as Jung believed, then the card that is chosen must somehow represent a synchronistic link between your psyche and the image of the card.

If you believe that the inner reality and external worlds are not linked through consciousness, then tarot simply cannot work because there would be no "connecting principle" between yourself and the card. Deep contemplation of this concept can be life changing and transformative. Perhaps the connection between yourself and the tarot is not easy to see at first, but some time spent reflecting on the images and esthetics of the cards will almost always yield some kind of result, whereby you can become aware of how the cards reflect something of your inner world. You can practice this process until you become adept at finding meaning more quickly and instinctively, and until finally cards are not even needed. At that point, it will seem that synchronicity appears everywhere and anywhere, and then you can cultivate the skill to directly interpret the signs of nature through intuition alone.

The truth is that a skilled practitioner of tarot can use just about any object or "external" image as an oracle. Carl Jung was an expert at using life as an oracle, predicating his wisdom on the synchronistic relationship between himself and the universe. Another way of thinking about this relationship is to say that consciousness is not confined to the head or the body – it is literally everywhere and everything, and that consciousness is not human, animal, plant, or rock; consciousness is intelligence beyond form. The separation that an individual feels between himself and a flower, for example, is an illusion. The flower is both inside and outside of the observer’s consciousness, and the flower contains the observer in its consciousness as well.

Likewise, your thoughts, feelings, desires, and dreams are both inside and outside of your body, being reflected back through the manifestations that appear in your life. It may be strange to think of reality in this way, but this what allows synchronicity to work. And the more you look for synchronicity, the more you will we feel your connection to the natural and supernatural worlds and the more you will see how you are living your own dream.

Life can become a living tarot when you learn to see the world through the lens of synchronicity. Walking at night under a full moon, perhaps a frog crosses your path. What is the meaning of this? It is as if this image had been lifted directly from a beautifully illustrated tarot deck, yet it is concrete and absolutely real. You could take into account the symbols of the full moon, the frog, the path, your feelings associated with these things, and even your direction of travel. Viewed as an oracular experience, you could then develop meaning from the event.

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Or, perhaps you are about to cross the threshold of your home and a Cardinal flies through the door. Birds are powerful omens and appear in many decks of Tarot as well. You could interpret the meaning of the red Cardinal, the threshold to home, and even the time of day in association with your feeling about the Cardinal. There is no limit to the power of the imagination to receive and interpret the messages of nature. In reality, there is no separation between the form of divination, such as tarot, and the natural world. The tarot is simply a microcosm of nature. By studying both tarot and nature in unison, one can quickly become skilled at divination.

Alice Bailey once said, "The entire universe is a great theater of mirrors, a set of hieroglyphs to decipher; everything is a sign, everything harbors and manifests mystery." Whether you use the tarot as your divinatory tool or practice interpreting the messages and signs of nature, opportunities for spiritual growth abound. If you happen to gain the skill of reading the book of life as you live it, then you have found an extraordinary gift. The study of tarot and synchronicity are certainly paths leading towards that doorway, and the door is always unlocked and waiting to be opened.

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