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JUNG AND THE TAROT Julia Turk, Tarot Master

JUNG AND THE TAROT Julia Turk, Tarot Master

Friday, December 10, 2010 from 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (ET)
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida JUNG AND THE TAROT Julia Turk

As a picture is worth a thousand words, the 78 Tarot cards contain hidden information about the psyche including myriad archetypes encountered in modern analysis. In 1930, Jung wrote, “Yes, I know of the Tarot. It is, as far as I know, the pack of cards originally used by the Spanish gypsies, the oldest cards historically known. They are still used for divinatory purposes.” These forerunners of our modern cards “are psychological images, symbols with which one plays, as the unconscious plays with its contents...there is a sort of correspondence or a likeness between the prevailing condition and the condition of the collective unconscious.” In this presentation, attendees will learn more about the correspondences in the Tarot cards and their connection to methods of analysis that Jung, if he could have found time in his busy life, would surely have explored in much greater detail.

Julia A. Turk, Certified Tarot Master, is a yacht skipper who holds the British Yacht Masters offshore certificate sail and power to 200 tons. She spent 30 years in the charter yachting industry. She created The Navigator’s Tarot of the Mystic SEA deck and companion book in 1996. She is an artist and past member of the American Tarot Association and the Association of Humanistic Psychology. She has lectured and written Tarot-related articles, and she is a student of alchemy and its connection to the Hermetic Cabala. She is currently finishing a trilogy, The Navigator’s Dream, based on her Tarot deck.

The Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida is sponsoring a lecture “Jung and the Tarot” with Julia Turk, Certified Tarot Master on Friday, Dec 10th (7:30- 9:30pm-Sign-in: 7pm) at All Saints Episcopal Church, Ft. Lauderdale. Please join us.

Before each of our events, the Center, requests an interview with the presenter to get the word out about the upcoming opportunity to learn more about Jung’s Analytical Psychology and how it applies to ourselves and our world.

An Interview with Julia Turk, Certified Tarot Master


“Archetypal dream images and the images of the great myths and religions still have about them a little of the ‘cloudy’ nature of absolute knowledge in that they always seem to contain more than we can assimilate consciously, even by means of elaborate interpretations. They always retain an ineffable and mysterious quality that seems to reveal to us more than we can really know.” Marie-Louise von Franz

CJSSF: You are an artist who spent 30 years as a yacht skipper. Would you tell us how you first became interested in the Tarot cards?

JT: I first saw the Tarot deck when a friend gave me a deck in 1972. I began to use it in readings for my friends. I have always been intrigued by what we call the Occult side.

CJSSF: How was the process of creating your own Tarot deck? How long did it take you to finish it?

JT: I began my Tarot deck in 1989 after a serious car wreck. The car was totaled after skidding over a steep embankment on a logging road in Maine yet I emerged without a scratch. From that time I dedicated my life to the direction of the universe, and after a year I was told to create a Tarot deck by a message through a medium. It took seven

years to paint the 79 oil paintings that comprise the deck and to write the companion book and it was completed in 1996.

CJSSF: The Tarot deck that you created, The Navigator’s Tarot of the Mystic Sea is based on the traditional Golden Dawn foundation of the Hermetic Cabala. How is it different from the other decks, and what is the Golden Dawn foundation?

JT: The Golden Dawn was a society formed in the 1890's for investigation into the Occult. It lasted for some twenty years but was fraught with problems from the conflicting egos of its members. Several other societies branched off it and it still survives today. All the decks based on its teachings refer to the Hermetic Cabala.

There are many other Tarot decks with different interpretations, such as the Goddess deck and the Cat deck.

CJSSF: The Tarot deck contains archetypal symbols that can be related to the analytical psychology of Carl Jung, especially the Major Arcana. Would you tell us a little bit about your interest in psychology and in Jung’s concepts?

JT: I became interested in Jung in my mid-teens. I am an only child and lost my parents early. I read Richard Wilhelm’s translation of The Secret of the Golden Flower and felt drawn to it, away from my daily life of difficulties with my adoptive family. I was also intrigued by dream interpretation and I have been writing down my dreams for many years.

CJSSF: How do you think the experience with the Tarot cards differs from the experience with dreams?

JT: Actually, the interaction with the numinous is very similar. Dreams come when one’s conscious mind is stilled by sleep. The Tarot cards speak when the conscious mind is bypassed, because the Tarot reader has no information about the "querent", if it is a cold reading. In a cold reading, the reader does not ask questions of the querent, who is a complete stranger. Therefore, no material about the querent is present in the conscious mind of the reader and that allows "thoughts" to come freely to the reader.

CJSSF: Do you have a “favorite” Tarot card? And why is it your favorite?

JT: It is hard to pick a favorite card. I am keeping a few of my original paintings. My favorites include the Three of Pentacles, which represents the work I did for the deck, and the Chariot. This card is about letting go of ego in the service of one’s higher self.

I am still working on that!

Interview by Lucia Leao, Board Member

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JuliaAbout Julia Turk

Julia Turk, born in England, was educated at several notable art schools. The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University; St. Martins School of Art, Soho, London; portrait painting at the Leighton Studio in San Francisco under Margery Lester; and other schools. In 1989 Julia began the artwork for the Navigator’s Tarot of the Mystic SEA, deck and book, which was published in 1997 by U.S. Games Systems. Julia spent thirty years as a yacht skipper in the Mediterranean and Caribbean and USA. She is a Certified Tarot Master with the American Tarot Association, a past member of the Association of Humanistic Psychology and a current member of the Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida. She has given many presentations over the years, using her artwork to explain the Tarot and its roots in the Hermetic Cabala.

“JUNG AND THE TAROT” Julia Turk, Tarot Master

FRIDAY, December 10 7:30 – 9:30pm, Sign-in 7pm All Saints Episcopal Church, Ft. Lauderdale: NEW VENUE! Lecture: $20; Student with ID: $15

You my register online with a credit card by clicking below or mail your check made to CJSSF to Patrick Parham, P.O. Box 669, Hallandale, FL 33008 or you may pay at the door.

Directions to All Saint’s Church-333 Tarpon Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, 33001: Take I-95 to Broward Blvd. (Exit 27) East to Right on Andrews Ave., to Left on Las Olas Blvd. (go past the Riverside Hotel for 4 blocks) and turn Right on Tarpon Drive. This event will be in the Chapel on the far Eastern end of the property. There is plenty of FREE parking in front and back.

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