To anyone with the slightest interest in mythology, the archetypes in the Tarot are clear to see. For example, a goddess or god represents a guiding principle for humanity: the universal concept behind the figure is what makes it an archetype. An archetype is a symbol that conveys a universal concept, usually in the form of an image, that is instantly understood no matter its geographic origin; archetypes transcend cultural boundaries and temporal beliefs.
Christ, for instance, represents a universal archetype of the principle of Love. The Christ Child, in his innocence (lack of beliefs) and purity, sends a powerful message about how to achieve enlightenment by returning to the original state of innocence and purity of purpose that we had in the Garden of Eden. His message is to become “like a child”— in becoming like him, you are able to “ascend” in frequency through the power of unconditional love. It doesn’t matter whether you believe that Christ is God, or whether you think he was an ascended master, a prophet, or simply a good man. His example communicates an archetype that embodies the principles of wholeness, unconditional love, and unity that speak to all of us.
~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul
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