CONSCIOUSNESS: Ideas and Research for the Twenty-First Century


Approaching from Jung’s perspective this paper aims to understand how the unconscious communicates through symbolism that may be the basis for synchronicity arising from mantic procedures. A particular ritual of divination called tasseography will be studied whereby the seer interprets patterns in coffee grounds intuitively and by following a standard system of symbolism to foretell the seeker’s future life events or provide answers to seeker’s pressing life questions. The paper will examine various processes involved in the experience of tasseography and its ritual that enable the reader to predict the seeker’s future or bring light to the present or past situation with powerful insight. Ultimately, this paper aims to understand the symbolic connection in mantic procedures between the seer’s precognition of events—grounded in the seer’s interpretation of the images arising during the divination ritual—and the seeker’s actual life events.