The Star - Finding True North

March 31, 2013

Archetypal Tarot celebrates its 20th podcast! With some much needed respite after the tumult of the falling tower, Julienne Givot and Cyndera Quackenbush cozy up in some Dutch slippers and delve into the nourishing waters of the 17th card of the Major Arcana- The Star. Full show notes with references can be found here.

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The Tower: Lightning Liberation

March 4, 2013

The Rider-Waite Tower card Is it the Tower of Destruction or the House of God? In card number sixteen of the Major Arcana, we are met with yet another image that often inspires fear and superstition.

This is the first podcast in which Julienne Givot and Cyndera Quackenbush are divorced from their own tower (the recording studio) and explore this card's symbolism from the telephone. With the sudden shock experienced in this stage of the fool's journey, will those tethered to their addictions be struck from their habits? Does hitting rock bottom ultimately free us?
 
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Cyndera explores how a client once completely dissembled her own psychic castle and Julienne reveals the qualities of the Liberator archetype. A closer look at current events and films such as the Hunger Games, Castaway and Groundhog Day also helps us all to "think outside the tower." Also, don't miss this podcast's first homework assignment to watch Beasts of the Southern Wild through the lens of the Archetypal Tarot Journey. We'll be discussing it in the next edition along with the 17th card of the major arcana: The Star.

Questions or suggestions? Email us ATPodcast@archetypist.com Full show notes and references

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Dancing with the Devil and the Addict

January 25, 2013

As we enter the last row of our Tarot Journey (and a new year for the Archetypal Tarot Podcast), we are met with the formidable character of The Devil, the fifteenth card of the Major Arcana. Our hero, well on the path to rebirth, must first meet his own shadow and face addictions and attachments.

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Julienne and Cyndera also discuss the Pan-like characteristics of the Devil, who invites human beings to recognize their animal natures that  rebel when they are suppressed. As always, this podcast adds to your growing movie list with some subtle and interesting studies of the Devil archetype in film.

Full show notes with references

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Temperance, The Angel of Our Better Nature

December 17, 2012

 

“What we strive for in perfection is not what turns us into the lit angel we desire.” ~David Whyte

With a little rest after the Death card the Archetypal Tarot Podcast explores the beginning of the rebirth cycle with Temperance - the fourteenth card of the Major Arcana. Julienne Givot and Cyndera Quackenbush discuss the Angel archetype and the healing and recovery that can take place internally and even below conscious awareness. At the end of our second row, the Realm of Equilibrium, we have a resolution to the ongoing theme of opposites. Here, two elements are blended to create "the third thing" that mediates and transforms opposing realities. Listen to the podcast for more on this next step of the journey. Click for complete show notes with all the references from the podcast.

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References

Cyndera mentions A Blue Fire by James Hillman specifically chapter 3. Julienne mentions this related article: Original Fairy Godmother

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Death: Dwelling in the Darkness Before Rebirth

November 19, 2012

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” ~Joseph Campbell

Who knew that Death could be so funny? But here it is, card number 13 in the Major Arcana. Join Julienne and Cyndera as they look at the archetype of Death from a symbolic and psychological point of view with a dash of added humor. Learn why this inevitable stage for the Hero isn't the end but an important element to the rest of the journey.

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The Death card liberates all that has reached its end, and cuts away stagnation so that life can continue. Beyond the literal interpretation of this card, there is a rich array of deaths that visit in our daily lives: the end of jobs, relationships and also the visitations of depressions and other forms of "falling apart." What advantages are there to dismemberment and disintegration? How do Zombies and Batman play a role at exploring this the ultimate mystery of life - it's end. Or is it the end? You'll just have to get the podcast and find out.

PS: Listen to all the way to the end and you'll find the first ever archetypal tarot gag reel.

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Hang Time and the Martyr

October 21, 2012

What happened!?! Our hero is hanging upside down! In the thirteenth edition of the Archetypal Tarot Podcast Julienne Givot and Cyndera Quackenbush help to dispel the superstition that often surrounds cards such as The Hanged Man, card number twelve in the Major Arcana.

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After an exploration of the Hanged Man's symbolic imagery and the martyr archetype, this podcast illuminates an invitation to test the inner strength gained in the previous card and make valuable sacrifices during this period of "hang time" (yes, a sports reference made its way into the podcast). Also join the discussion of movies featuring the martyr archetype - you may just find a new perspective, or your world turned upside down! Episode notes can be found here on Julienne's site  Archetypist.com

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Strength: More Than Muscle

September 18, 2012

The Archetypal Podcast returns from its Summer Sabbatical with its Twelfth Edition starring the eleventh Tarot card, Strength. After a turn on the Wheel of Fortune our Hero/Fool is taken in a new direction and learns from the Lion and Maiden depicted in this card. 

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Inner strength is called for with the knowledge that it's made up of patience, self-control, and the awareness of one's instincts and drives. Archetypal Consultant Julienne Givot gives us the breakdown of the empowered and disempowered archetype of the Damsel and reflections on Beauty and the Beast story as it relates to this stage of the journey. Tarot Consultant Cyndera Quackenbush regales us with a retelling of an ancient Korean myth about a woman's lesson in true courage. See Julienne's blog post for more information and the text to the Korean folktale from the recording.

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The Wheel of Fortune: You Can’t Plan This Stuff!

June 17, 2012

You can't plan this stuff! In card number 10 the Archetypal Podcast is met with the Wheel of Fortune - a fortuitous card that marks a new stage of awareness in the Fool's journey. After evaluating new moral issues presented by Justice, and time to reflect with the Hermit, the Fool/Hero is ready to chance life more consciously with The Wheel of Fortune. Though she thinks she may have control, the Wheel (often a favorable card when appearing in Tarot readings) quickly shows her that much of life is an inexorable force operating out of our control.

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Taking their own risks with this card, Julienne and Cyndera discuss an archetype addressing the fortune seekers of the world - The Gambler. Also the voice of the Victim emerged in the podcast, whispering woes from the bottom of the Wheel and warning against buying furniture in "Suckland".  From lessons learned in both life's wins as well as losses, the message of this card is to let go and spin where the wheel takes you. As always, there is a lively discussion of film, psychological inquiry and insight.

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The Hermit: Integration and Reflection

May 21, 2012
The Tenth edition of the Archetypal Podcast takes us to meet The Hermit, a figure waiting off the beaten track with the wisdom that only remote regions can give. Card number 9 allows our hero traveling through the Major Arcana to either meet or become this humbled figure full of in-sight, as represented by his seeking lantern. A re-evaluation of his journey is required after a run-in with the objectivity of Justice, before he can once again chance the Wheel of Fortune (Card number 10).
 
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Consideration of this card allows us all a moment to reflect without being sucked into eternal isolation - the shadow side of the Hermit. Fresh from a (hot) visit from her hometown of Joshua Tree, California, Cyndera shares fresh inspiration after encountering an old friend who embodies the Hermit archetype.  Julienne takes us on a tour of the hermitic nature of the American literary Renaissance along with some insights on the Hermit from film and popular culture.
For expanded references on the Hermit archetype check out Julienne's latest blog post.
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Justice: Judge, Mediator, and Finding Balance

April 29, 2012
The Ninth edition of the Archetypal Tarot Podcast attempts to do justice to the Justice card,  which is number 8 of the Major Arcana.
 
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After setting out on a newly realized journey on the Chariot, our hero quickly faces some form of judgement. Justice, pictured as a stern-looking woman is reminiscent of the Goddess of Wisdom, Athena, who assists our hero to view his challenges with a rational, dispassionate perspective. Holding both sword and scales, Justice cuts through to truth and weighs the balance of our ways.
 
Listen in as Julienne recounts the myth of Solomon and also explores the shadow side of Justice. The archetype of the Avenger is briefly explored as Cyndera poses a question to our podcast audience:  Do the ends justify the means if the oppressed triumph over their oppressors by using methods that mirror their oppressors' ways?
 
This stage of the journey urges us to first observe if there are unbalances and to make adjustments, do whatever is necessary to bring things back into balance: physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually.

We are asked to leave the subjectivity of the Hero for the wisdom and objectivity of the Judge and Mediator archetypes.

To read more about these archetypes in film plus recommended reading visit Julienne's blog post.

Listen in on a conversation with Tarot Dream Stone consultant Cyndera Quakenbush and Archetypal Consultant, Julienne Givot, as they discuss the symbolic and real world qualities of these archetypal characters.
 
And, of course, don't miss this edition's look at this archetype's presence in movies old and new.
 
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