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Tarot and the Archetypal Journey
The Jungian Path from Darkness to Light
Sallie Nichols, Foreword by John Michael Greer
ISBN: 9781578636594
Book (Paperback)
Weiser Books
$26.95
6 x 9
416 pages
23 color + 87 b/w illustrations
May 1, 2019


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"Two great traditions are wedded in this work: the irrepressible and magical Tarot and Jung's archetypal psychology. This wedding, long overdue, is achieved not only through the wit and wisdom of Sallie Nichols, but through her obvious love and care for the images of Tarot. The result is a superb and significant volume that will become food for critical minds and a most welcome elixir for souls thirsting for draughts of substance. Anyone with the remotest interest or fascination with the power of the image to move the psyche will find in Sallie Nichols' book, just that: a journey into that realm where the image, the psyche and the soul find their source and their goal." —Russell A. Lockhart, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and Book Commentary Editor of Psychological Perspectives

"Sallie Nichols has returned the Tarot to modern dignity. Being completely scientific in her approach to this old card game, she reveals its depth, its symbolic meaning, and its wisdom. Her comprehensive knowledge of the Tarot and Jung's psychology make this a rewarding and delightful book." —James Kirsch, M.D., Senior Analyst and Founding Member of the C.G. Jung Institute, Los Angeles, author of Shakespeare's Royal Self

This highly innovative work presents a piercing interpretation of the tarot in terms of Jungian psychology. Through analogies to the humanities, mythology, and the graphic arts, the significance of the cards is related to personal growth and what Jung termed “individuation.” The Major Arcana becomes a map of life, and the hero’s journey becomes something that each individual can relate to one’s personal life.

“Sallie Nichols, in her profound investigation of the Tarot has performed an immense service. Her book enriches and helps us to understand the awesome responsibilities laid upon consciousness. She has done this not in an arid fashion but derived from her own experience of the Tarot and its strangely translucent lights. As a result her book not only lives but quickens life in whomever it touches.” —Laurens van der Post

Replaces ISBN 978-0-87728-515-1

Sallie Nichols (1908–1982) was a teacher at the C. G. Jung Institute, Los Angeles, and a frequent lecturer at Jungian organizations throughout California. A longtime student of Jung’s psychology, she had the good fortune to study at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, while Jung was still alive and active.
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One of the most widely respected voices in contemporary occult studies, John Michael Greer is the award-winning author of more than 50 books, including The New Encyclopedia of the Occult, The Druidry Handbook, The Celtic Golden Dawn, and Circles of Power. He has also written four books on peak oil and the future of industrial society, including The Long Descent and The Ecotechnic Future. An initiate in Freemasonry, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, Greer served as the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA) for 12 years. He lives in Cumberland, Maryland, with his wife Sara.
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