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The Four Suits as Aspects of Jungian Function & Psycho-Spiritual Development

The Four Suits as Aspects of Jungian Function & Psycho-Spiritual Development

Carl Jung described these functions as two pairs of opposites qualities. The first two functions are rational functions; THINKING (Swords) and FEELING (Cups). The second set of functions are ‘Irrational’, SENSATION (Coins, material world) and INTUITION (Wands).
Jung suggested that these functions should be in balance and that suggested that if a person exhibited a strong pull in either direction (called a Principle function) will result in an underdeveloped or suppressed opposite function (Auxiliary function). For example, if someone was highly developed in the THINKING and SENSATION function, they may have an underdeveloped emotional component.
 

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Element Jungian Function

Focus

Wands Fire Intuition Subjective, internal reality
Cups Water Feeling Emotion, empathy
Swords Air Thinking Intellect, detachment
Coins Earth Sensation Objective, external reality

 
“These four functional types correspond to the obvious means by which consciousness obtains its orientation to experience. Sensation (i.e. sense perception) tells us that something exists; thinking tells you what it is; feeling tells you whether it is agreeable or not; and intuition tells you whence it comes and where it is going.”¬†Man and His Symbols, Carl¬†Jung

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