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Archetypes in the Tarot: Persona

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Carl Jung proposed the theory that human beings share a set of mental models he called the Collective Unconscious. One quality of the Collective Unconscious as he proposed it was that it was populated by characters called archetypes; figures such as the Hero or the Wise Old Man who frequently occur in fiction, myth, and dreams as common character patterns that we can instantly relate to.

One such archetype was the Persona. The persona represents our identity as it is presented to others. The persona bears all the masks we wear when we interact with others. It is on this figure...

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Archetypes in the Tarot

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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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