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Two of my all time favorite authors are Jean Shinoda-Bolen,M. D., who wrote "The Goddess in Every Woman", and Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D, who wrote "Women Who Run With Wolves". Both are Jungian analysts. After reading them, I had to read the master -Jung. He found the Tarot's Major Arcana to be a set of archetypes.
archetype –noun 1.the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype. 2.(in Jungian psychology) a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches.
So I went searching for a set of archetypal figures that fit the cards, and I found the Titans. The first set of matches is most likely, and very tidy, But some titan's have little mythos left to read, unless you can reliable give them their summerian names, and so I made a second list with names that may seem more memorable or harmonious. And after all, an archetype by any name, is likely still the same.
22 Major Arcana -
0 - Fool - Any man or woman
1 - Magus - Epimetheus, he and his brother created beasts and man. 2 - High Prstss - Pandora, her box is both funerary and womb - speaking about rebirth
3 - Empress - Rhea, her name means ease, and flow 4 - Emperor - Zeus
5 - Heirophant - Oceanus(he is pictured as a man-fish or man-serpent and is wise like Ea 6 - Lovers - Tethys, she draws the waters up from the earth or down from the sky
7 - Chariot - Crius/aries, his name means Ram 8 - Strength - Eurybia means wide strength or force
9 - Hermit - Coeus/Polus ("the inquirer"and north Pillar) 10 - Wheel of F - Phoebe as queen of the turning heavens
13 - Death - Cronus/Khronos 14 - Temperance - Uranus
15 - Devil - Iapetos ("the piercer" and west pillar) 16 - tower - Klymene("fame")
17 - Star - Aphrodite, seaborn of Uranos
18 - Moon - Theia Euryphaessa as Moon goddess 19 - Sun - Helios Hyperion ("watcher from above" or "he who goes above" east Pillar)
20 - Day of J - Mnemosyne - "memory" - keeps the waters of Memory as opposed to Lethe 21 - World - Gaia
The above are mostly in pairs, husband and wife, or mother and child.
More Memorable -
0 - Fool - Epimetheus - "after thought" He was called a fool in Olympian times, for several reasons 1 - Magus - Hermes - as psycho pomp 2 - High Prstss - Hecate or Persephone, as she who allows the dead rebirth 3 - Empress - Rhea - Mother 4 - Emperor - Zeus - Father 5 - Heirophant - Oceanus/Ea - Teacher 6 - Lovers - Pandora, Helen and Paris - Choice 7 - Chariot - Crius or Athene - Force or Power 8 - Strength - Eurybia/Leo - Tame the animal nature 9 - Hermit - Coeus ("the inquirer"and north Pillar) - The Observer 10 - Wheel of F - Fortuna - Fate, Genetics 11 - Justice - Themis - Law, Natural law 12 - Hanged Man - Prometheus or Dionysus - Midlife crisis, spiritual rebirth 13 - Death - Cronus - to heal from the past and do away with it. 14 - Temperance - Atlas or Apollo - the wisdom gained by resolving the past creates virtue/temperance 15 - Devil - Pan(panic, fear) - That fear which keeps us within the sphere of what is known, rather than evolving. 16 - tower - Menoetius or Nemesis - Death, if you can't defeat the challenge of the devil card 17 - Star - Aphrodite(Venus = morning star = sirius/Sothis) - light at the end of the tunnel 18 - Moon - Selene as Moon goddess - Heaven #2, the earth bound realm 19 - Sun - Hyperion - Heaven #3 visible light 20 - Day of J - Mnemosyne - "memory"- the light or life review. On the day that the soul is healed of its shame and guilt and anger, it is pure and may pass to higher heavens. This only happens if the person "drinks not of the waters of Lethe" 21 - World - Gaia - the four higher heavens
Thus we see that the Major Arcana, as well as describing the archetypes also tell the tale of a person from before rebirth to after death, or to the transcendence of death which happens if the person is able to defeat the challenge the Devil represents. To this second person the Tower is the alchemical reduction of all that person's remaining dogmas, judgments, prejudices... essentially all that remains of the human animal. The Star then is the birth of Christ consciousness. All of the heavens are open to them, and when the soul is reviewed it is found spotless.
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