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Archetypes in the Tarot: Hero

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Carl Jung described a model for understanding why humans think along certain patterns; the Collective Unconscious, he held, contains a number of patterns according to which humans organize their understanding of the world. The Collective Unconscious is populated with characters who stand in many people's lives and in story as symbols of various aspects of the human experience. These characters are called archetypes.

Among the archetypes proposed by Carl Jung is the Hero. The hero's job is to vanquish the monster, find the [treasure/ring/maiden] and come out victorious. He represents the qualities we admire and revere in ourselves and those around...

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Archetypes in the Tarot

Tags: archetypes, tarot-analysis, anima, animus, child, trickster, spirit, senex, shadow, father, mother, hero, persona, maiden

Carl Jung proposed the concept that much of human experience originates in what he calls the "Collective Unconscious." He described the collective unconscious as functioning much like a part of the human mind. One of the features of the collective unconscious is its tendency to organize people and situations in familiar terms — so much so that it forms well-formed character-like figures that the human mind associates with a set similar qualities. These figures are called "Archetypes," and they appear frequently in art, fiction, film, and dreams. They also appear in the tarot.

The following is a selection of archetypes that...

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