Universal Archetypes: The Connection Between Tarot, Numerology, Dream Interpretation, Palmistry and Astrology
Many times when you learn about these things independently, you may miss the ways they all intersect. People who don’t know much about them often mistakenly believe that they don’t have anything to do with one another and are actually competing ideologies (which they are not).
Numerology was invented by Pythagoras (yeah, that math guy). He believed that the universe was inherently mathematical and that all things that existed within it were also connected in a mathematical way and as such, you could use math to calculate and determine specific inherent truths present in the universe based on a specific set of numerical archetypes.
Archetype: A recurrent symbol or motif
You’ll see archetypes like this used in other methods of divination as well. Tarot, for example, uses 22 universal archetypal images that represent aspects of the archetypes. Jung noted relatively the same universal variations of archetypes and images in his work in psychology, which is interesting when you think about the fact that the Tarot is considerably older than Jung. He narrowed that down to 12 primary personality archetypes that all the others may be derived from.
Mythologist Joseph Campbell’s work describes the same archetypes found in Jung’s work as they apply to world mythology. Campbell called it, “The Hero’s Journey.” Jung’s archetypal figures are represented in the characters the hero interacts with throughout his journey, the archetypal events and motifs making up the challenges the hero faces. These figures, events and motifs are present in the texts of all world religions. Interestingly enough, the major arcana of the Tarot is representative of the Fool’s journey, which also tells a story as the Fool himself matures as he experiences the various archetypes present within the major arcana on his journey of enlightenment.
In Numerology, there are also 12 numerical archetypes – one through nine, and then the master numbers 11, 22, and 33. Also of note – there are 12 signs in the western astrological zodiac. Not coincidentally, these archetypes are also in alignment, not only with each other, but also with the Tarot as each of the cards in the major arcana are assigned a numerical value and relate to a specific astrological sign and/or planet and those aspects correspond with the archetypal symbolism present in the images on the cards.
That being said, you will never find conflicting information between a numerological chart or an astrological chart. They will always support one another. Hand analysis (a more in-depth version of palm reading) also relies on the Jungian universal archetypes and funny enough, will also always coincide with an astrological chart and a numerological chart. Jungian dream interpretation pulls from the same archetypes.
The general descriptions of the zodiac sun signs in astrology are similar to the life path number in Numerology. They are the most influential aspects of the chart, but they are not the whole story, by any means. There’s a lot of other stuff going on behind the scenes and having a full chart done, especially with astrology, can be so accurate it’s scary. If you really want the whole picture, you do them ALL.
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