Divination, Synchronicity, and the Unconscious

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Synchronicity is one of my favorite topics and I think it plays an important role when using a tool like tarot cards or the I Ching for divination. Understanding synchronicity can help you become more aware of some of the unseen factors that play a role in your tarot readings, and in your life.

Synchronicity is a concept, first explained by psychoanalyst Carl Jung, which holds that events are “meaningful coincidences” if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related.

I’ve written about synchronicity in the past in my post How to Bring More Synchronicity into Your Life.

When we ask a question and then randomly shuffle a pack of tarot cards to “project” the answer to our question, what we’re doing in essence is creating a synchronistic event. We let go of control and allow a response to emerge from a process of random chance, and we find personal meaning in that response.

By synchronicity Jung “specifically meant coincidences which mirror deep psychological processes.” (Synchronicity: Through the Eyes of Science, Myth, and the Trickster by Allan Combs and Mark Holland).

And: “He regarded many if not all methods of divination as efforts to tap, in a controlled way, the same process exhibited in everyday instances of synchronicity.”

A tarot reading, then, is a valuable tool that can help us comb through our inner, unseen world (the unconscious) for information about how to move forward in our lives, in a way that is both empowered and true to our Higher Self, or soul.

If you are searching for an answer from outside of yourself, or, if you’re so wrapped up in frenetic over-thinking that you can’t manage to make heads or tails of what to do next, the cards can provide you a visual and concrete mirror of the inner processes currently at work and give you valuable guidance for what to do (or not do) next.

Once you see the images on the cards—your own inner unconscious processes—projected and interpreted for you by a skilled and empathetic reader (or once you learn how to do this for yourself), you have a way to be deeply in touch with your inner world, as well as a way to detach from the anxiety that arises when we feel helpless or powerless in the face of external circumstances.

Using the cards like this is a way to take your pressing questions like “Should I leave this relationship?”, “What if I take this job?”, “Should I move?”, “How can I move on from this breakup?” and the countless others that life throws at us, and receive personalized, actionable answers that apply to your unique situation—not based on any sort of fatalistic predictions or generic new-age mumbo jumbo.

I’m privileged and honored to use the cards this way, providing my clients with insights about their own paths, choices, and deepest inner processes, so they can make empowered choices in their lives and move forward with more self-awareness and inner peace.

If you’re interested in learning more about the tarot and how it can help you become more self-empowered and self-aware, read more about my method here.

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