Maslow and Celarien Tarot

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The Tarot is a set of 72 archetypes. There are archetypes that describe roles (e.g. High Priestess, Heirophant), situations (e.g. The tower, most of the Minor Arcana), and achievements: (e.g. the star, the sun) – (the Tarot does not address the change of situations as the I Ching does)

The Tarot is often associated with fortune telling or predicting the future. Rather, it simply describes situations or relationships that will always be in your life. Drawing them in a reading will often help a client find new ways to view a personal situation.

A recent book addressing men’s psychological issues “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover” suggests that a man is measured by how competent he is in all of these areas. The similarity of warrior to “king of swords” and lover to “king of hearts” seemed obvious, and created a way to relate the Tarot to these same men’s issues: becoming a person that is competent as a protector, lover, magician, and provider. These correspond to the kings of the four suits: Swords for dominion and protection, Cups for human relationships, Wands for creating change and adapting to change, Pentacles for prosperity.

The King of Swords" > knows how to detect, decide, attack, retreat and recoup, knows domination or loss, protection and flight, the necessary use of subterfuge, take hostages, knows the loneliness of leadership and the power of fear, victory and defeat.

The King of Wands: knows how to adapt and create events, detect, decide, promote, harness, debate, prevail, multitask, maintain, and succomb.

The King of Hearts: knows self, relationships, transient pleasures, ennui, regret, memories, fantasies, discernment, lasting pleasures, family harmony.

The King of Pentacles: knows opportunity, partnerships, life as worker, money management, poverty, investment, ability to nurture for future harvest, craft, personal economic security, family economic security.

The tarot implies that the “Emperor” is competent in all the four suits: the Emperor is a king of all suits. That’s the essence of the tarot’s message for men: you must achieve in all four domains to be the emperor of your domain.

Another view of the major and minor arcana fits well with Maslow’s heirarchy of needs, and separates into details the aspects of his needs.

Maslow’s needs (from Wikipedia)

Tarot of Celarien based needs

Celarien Tarot
Self-actualization - Major Arcana (the emperor pursues the Star, through Temperance to The Sun and beyond)Morality, creativity, spontaneity, compassion, forgiveness
Esteem - Major Arcana, Cups, Pentacles, Swords, wands (self becomes the Emperor, hermit, hanged man, the moon)Confidence, respect, achievement, self forgiveness, acceptance
Relationships - Cups, – Major ArcanaFriends, family, sexual intimacy, relationships, patriotism, allegiences
Prosperity – Pentacles – heirophant – the towerProsperity: employment, harvest, obligations, entrepreneurial and market rewards
Adaptability – Wands – “Strength” – magicianAdaptability: resources, goal or value directed behavior, opportunity finding, ability to create and handle events that alter the playing field
Safety – Swords – The chariot – warriorSecurity: set and maintain boundaries:basis for authority, sex, domination or subjugation – security of body, privacy, health, shelter, property, sphere of influence – domain of swords
Physiological - CupsLife Force: Breath, food, water, sleep, homeostasis, excretion, warmth – Domain of Cups – whole self equals Ace of Cups – Mana
Maslow’s Heirarchy
Self-actualizationMorality, creativity, spontaneity, problem solving,lack of prejudice, acceptance of facts
EsteemSelf-esteem, confidence, achievement, respect of others, respect by others
Relationshipsfriendship, family, sexual intimacy
SafetySecurity of: body, employment, resources, morality, the family, health, property
PhysiologicalBreathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, excretion

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