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Intermediate Tarot This will be a short (8-10 weeks) course combining some Introductory information, but focusing primarily on early Intermediate work, working with the cards in short readings, exercises and meditations to open the flow between knowledge and intuition. Emphasis is on combining intellectual familiarity with the symbolism, and personal insight and interpretation. Not for total beginners.

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Old 11-07-11   #21
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This is how I see synchronicity personally (I'm not really that familiar with Jung's ideas but I will have a look for a quote in a little bit):

I'm pretty sure I read a while ago that it had been noted in some cities (might have been New York, for example) that murder rates increase in the summer. Ice cream sales will also increase in the summer. Assuming killing somebody doesn't give you cravings for ice cream or assuming there isn't something in ice cream that causes you to go on a murderous rampage, these two things are correlated but don't affect each other causally. As I'm sure you can work out, it's the heat which causes both.

Similarly with tarot card readings, there might be a current or force which might influence someone to have a ten of cups day and will also cause things like 10 of cups cards from tarot decks to be drawn. Or alternatively, somehow these two events are just linked in some other way?

Another thing I remember from doing the I Ching briefly was the following idea -- it was something along the lines of imagine you're in the sea and you're eg a fish. Waves and currents will come along and push you around. Doing the I Ching will help tap into these currents (as they influence I ching readings as well as people) and therefore give you guidance on how you're being influenced which gives you an opportunity to navigate these currents to your advantage.

I think the idea is that there is meaning in both the person and tarot cards/I Ching markers which are correlatively linked presumably by a force beyond our comprehension.

Sorry it's not that clear, it's a tricky subject which I need to think about some more
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The idea of synchronicity is that the conceptual relationship of minds, defined as the relationship between ideas, is intricately structured in its own logical way and gives rise to relationships that are not causal in nature. These relationships can manifest themselves as simultaneous occurrences that are meaningfully related.

Synchronistic events reveal an underlying pattern, a conceptual framework that encompasses, but is larger than, any of the systems that display the synchronicity. The suggestion of a larger framework is essential to satisfy the definition of synchronicity as originally developed by Carl Gustav Jung.[2]

Jung coined the word to describe what he called "temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events." Jung variously described synchronicity as an "acausal connecting principle", "meaningful coincidence" and "acausal parallelism". Jung introduced the concept as early as the 1920s but only gave a full statement of it in 1951 in an Eranos lecture[3] and in 1952, published a paper, Synchronizität als ein Prinzip akausaler Zusammenhänge (Synchronicity — An Acausal Connecting Principle)[4], in a volume with a related study by the physicist (and Nobel laureate) Wolfgang Pauli.[5]

It was a principle that Jung felt gave conclusive evidence for his concepts of archetypes and the collective unconscious,[6] in that it was descriptive of a governing dynamic that underlies the whole of human experience and history—social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. Concurrent events that first appear to be coincidental but later turn out to be causally related are termed incoincident.

Jung believed that many experiences that are coincidences due to chance in terms of causality suggested the manifestation of parallel events or circumstances in terms of meaning, reflecting this governing dynamic.[7]

Even at Jung's presentation of his work on synchronicity in 1951 at an Eranos lecture his ideas on synchronicity were still evolving. Following discussions with both Albert Einstein and Wolfgang Pauli Jung believed that there were parallels between synchronicity and aspects of relativity theory and quantum mechanics. Jung was transfixed by the idea that life was not a series of random events but rather an expression of a deeper order, which he and Pauli referred to as Unus mundus. This deeper order led to the insights that a person was both embedded in an orderly framework and was the focus of that orderly framework and that the realisation of this was more than just an intellectual exercise but also having elements of a spiritual awakening. From the religious perspective synchronicity shares similar characteristics of an "intervention of grace". Jung also believed that synchronicity served a similar role in a person's life to dreams with the purpose of shifting a person's egocentric conscious thinking to greater wholeness.

A close associate of Jung, Marie-Louise von Franz, stated towards the end of her life that the concept of synchronicity must now be worked on by a new generation of researchers.[8] For example in the years since the publication of Jung’s work on synchronicity, some writers largely sympathetic to Jung's approach have taken issue with certain aspects of his theory, including the question of how frequently synchronicity occurs. For example, in The Waking Dream: Unlocking the Symbolic Language of Our Lives, Ray Grasse suggests that instead of being a "rare" phenomenon, as Jung suggested, synchronicity is more likely all-pervasive, and that the occasional dramatic coincidence is only the tip of a larger iceberg of meaning that underlies our lives. Grasse places the discussion of synchronicity in the context of what he calls the "symbolist" world view, a traditional way of perceiving the universe that regards all phenomena as interwoven by linked analogies or "correspondences." Though omnipresent, these correspondences tend to become obvious to us only in the case of the most startling coincidences. The study of astrology, he argues, offers a practical method of not only becoming more conscious of these subtle connections but of testing and even predicting their occurrence throughout our lives.[9]
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This is how I see synchronicity personally (I'm not really that familiar with Jung's ideas but I will have a look for a quote in a little bit):

I'm pretty sure I read a while ago that it had been noted in some cities (might have been New York, for example) that murder rates increase in the summer. Ice cream sales will also increase in the summer. Assuming killing somebody doesn't give you cravings for ice cream or assuming there isn't something in ice cream that causes you to go on a murderous rampage, these two things are correlated but don't affect each other causally. As I'm sure you can work out, it's the heat which causes both.

Similarly with tarot card readings, there might be a current or force which might influence someone to have a ten of cups day and will also cause things like 10 of cups cards from tarot decks to be drawn. Or alternatively, somehow these two events are just linked in some other way?

Another thing I remember from doing the I Ching briefly was the following idea -- it was something along the lines of imagine you're in the sea and you're eg a fish. Waves and currents will come along and push you around. Doing the I Ching will help tap into these currents (as they influence I ching readings as well as people) and therefore give you guidance on how you're being influenced which gives you an opportunity to navigate these currents to your advantage.

I think the idea is that there is meaning in both the person and tarot cards/I Ching markers which are correlatively linked presumably by a force beyond our comprehension.

Sorry it's not that clear, it's a tricky subject which I need to think about some more
Oooh... that makes much more sense to me now. So it's two or more things happening that are caused by another factor, which may be unknown or not fully understand. Thanks GA
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I think that's one possibility. I'm not the best person to comment on synchronicity. I think I'm going to start a thread to the general population elsewhere
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