The Fool’s Journey as 3 x 7 Theory
I think that everyone understands that the journey through the archetypes of the Major Arcana is a journey of individuation, of personal growth and enlightenment. There are several different ways in which the journey can be broken down. In the companion book to the “Universal Marseille” deck, author/Tarotist Lee Bursten discusses the 3 X 7 theory, which is based on Plato’s theory of the soul being divided into three parts:
- The Soul of Desire
- The Soul of Will
- The Soul of Reason.
According to this theory:
- Trumps I-VII represent the Soul of Desire
- Trumps VIII-XIV represent the Soul of Will
- Trumps XV-XXI represent the Soul of Reason.