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Survival Archetypes: Guides to Navigating a Pandemic Part 1

Survival Archetypes: Guides to Navigating a Pandemic Part 1

May 25, 2020
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The world seems to be turned upside down, and many of us long for a way to navigate the chaos.  This two part series discusses 4 archetypes universal to everyone that form the core patterns of survival. 
 
Each of these patterns can give us a place to stand amidst the chaos.  If we are open to observing what archetypal patterns are emerging for us we can better navigate our lives and interact positively for ourselves and our community. 
 
First off, what is an archetype? 
 
Archetypes are universal patterns of talents, motivations and behaviors.
They contain a dialogue of how and why we use our energy the way we do.
Archetypal patterns are a way to learn about the truth and possibilities of our lives.
 
Every character archetype has an empowered or light side as well as a disempowered or shadow side. 
 
Archetypes are both universal and personal.  
 
More on archetypes can be found on Julienne's website:  archetypist.com
 
The core survival archetypes are:  The Child, The Victim, The Saboteur and The Prostitute. 
 
Part 1 delves into The Child and The Victim and Part 2 will cover The Saboteur and The Prostitute. 
 
Each are their own distinct template but for the core 4 survival archetypes but it's useful to also bring in their strongest corollary archetype.  
 
The Child  
 
Corollary archetype:  Sovereign (or King/Queen) responsible for self, has wide care and concern for others.  Is willing and able to respond to the needs of others. 
 
Empowered attributes: 
  • Imagination 
  • Sees things afresh 
  • Willingness to try something new
  • The rejuvenating power of play
  • Connects with nature 
  • Curiosity - being curious keeps you open - seeking wisdom vs simple answers even if unsubstatiated - these often concretize - become a protected belief because we are not able to let in opposing or new ideas.   
 
Dismpowered attributes: 
  • Naiveté - believing because we want a simple answer.
  • Blind trust / handing our power over to another for protection
  • Temper tantrums
  • Refusal to follow guidance because it’s uncomfortable “You’re not the boss of me!” 
 
Attendant archetypes:  Seeker, Detective, Guide, Artist, Student
 
Victim / Warrior 
Empowered attributes: 
  • Creates, holds and protects boundaries
  • Uses discernment before engaging in battle
  • Seeks not to hurt others but protect
  • Acknowledges that wounds connect us to each other fostering understanding & compassion 
  • Alerts us to when we are in danger
 
Dismpowered attributes: 
  • Refusal to move toward healing
  • Hands power over due to woundedness / helplessness 
  • Seeks attention through complaining without movement toward resolution
  • Engages in blame but not toward healing 
 
Attendant archetypes: Judge, Hero, Mentor, Liberator 
 
R.A.I.N.  process to working with archetypes adapted from work created by Tara Brach 
Recognize the pattern at work in any situation
Accept situation with Compassion
Investigate how to move forward
Navigate to next right action or connection  OR  Non-attachment - let go

 

 

 

Wide Open: Three Archetypal Processes of Evolution

Wide Open: Three Archetypal Processes of Evolution

April 22, 2020
Amidst this pandemic we are feeling all the feels. It’s exhausting, it’s confounding, it’s scary and undoubtedly it’s changed life as we know it forever.
 
In this episode we dive into the archetypal catalysts of three tarot cards, Death/Rebirth, Judgement and The World. We unpack how these relate to the corona virus pandemic and how they can provide insight into our individual and collective opportunities for a pretty big leap in evolution.
 
We present questions that can help us process what is going on and discover our part in this evolutionary process.  We finish with an idea for an exercise to open ourselves and attune to the inspiration of beauty even in these dark times.
**Note** This recording contains coarse  language as well as humor.  If the idea of death, is overwhelming for you, consider saving this episode for later.  We don’t present anything graphic but we do reference metaphorical death and rebirth as a part of the evolution/growth process. If that's too much right now, we get it - all of our feelings and experiences are heightened as we navigate this crisis and the last thing we want is to make it worse. We send you aloha and compassion. 

We named the episode Wide Open based on the title of a painting created by Cyndera's friend Angela Han.  The painting itself was inspired by a song of the same name written by Cyndera and her husband, Joro.  Both song and painting were created in the last month amidst the covid-19 pandemic. Look for a bonus episode with more info.

We hope you find inspiration and hope you’ll reach out to us on social media or by email. 

For a photo of the painting and links and references visit the show page here: https://archetypaltarot.podbean.com/e/wide-open-three-archetypal-processes-of-evolution/

Journal / exercise / exploration or card spread prompts:

Death-Rebirth 
Endings, cycles of transformation, change, new beliefs, new awareness , renewal 
(Reversed) not wanting to move on, clinging to the past, fear of change, sentimental, end of hope, forces of destruction
 
Question: What are you letting go of now and how does that inform your dream of the future? 
 
Judgment
self realization and understanding, spiritual awakening, knowing motives, transparency, a reckoning, epiphany 
(Reversed) hiding - shadow material
 
Question: What part of yourself in this crisis needs to be “un-judged” by acceptance in order to feel more whole? 
 
The World 
Completion, wholeness, new levels of consciousness,
(Reversed) short cuts, a need to follow through, unmet dreams, a need  to stay focused to complete a task. 
 
Questions: What does your beautiful future look like?  Are you able to envision a future where our world has evolved SO much for the better? 
 

Beauty Journal

Hat tip to the Metaphysical Milkshake podcast and Dr. Rhett Diessner for this idea.
Every week make note of something beautiful in each of these four categories:
-A beautiful design
-Something beautiful in nature
-Something morally beautiful
-A beautiful idea
 

References, Resources & Links:

Angela Han, artist https://www.angelahanart.com/  IG&FB @angelahanart

Local Futures

✨  The Sunrise Movement

✨  Michael Meade - A Time of Transformation series

✨ New York Times article on St. Rosalia patron saint of plagues

This Jungian Life episode 106 When Everything Changes

Metaphysical Milkshake podcast episode on Beauty

 

Film & Television with Utopian themes
Star Trek 
Black Panther 
Tomorrowland 
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Avatar
Cloud Atlas
The Last Station 
La Belle Verte
The Biggest Little Farm (documentary)
The Seventh Seal

 "Wide Open"  a painting by Angela Han.

Wide Open by Angela Han, 2020

CoronArchetypes: An archetypal discussion about WTF is going on.

CoronArchetypes: An archetypal discussion about WTF is going on.

March 22, 2020

Cyndera & Julienne discuss the the Corona Virus pandemic through the lens of the archetypal stories of the tarot.  Keeping in mind that we drew The Strength card as our focus for 2020, we pull in a few more that we see in evidence during this crisis and discuss how this archetypal view can guide and possibly bring something new to the world during the darkest time.   

Tarot Cards / archetypal stories discussed are:  STRENGTH, HANGED MAN, HERMIT, TOWER, DEATH-REBIRTH

We are careful in our discussion to honor what unfolds with compassion (and especially self compassion) and not castigate people for not approaching the hardships with a purely spiritual view.  All of our capacities are needed at this time even if it means standing in the closet and screaming obscenities to re-set ourselves for the road ahead. 

We also discuss ways to use time away from regular routines to re-connect with friends, spend time in nature, bring life to new projects and observe the process of creativity as fomented by BEING (Yin/Feminine) and then brought to life by DOING (Yang/Masculine).

References:

As usual we recognize our podcast friends, colleagues and sheroes for their thoughtful contributions and ideas. 

✨ Rash of Stay Woke Tarot reminds us of compassion for ourselves and not feeling ashamed of a less than spiritual approach. 

Award winning author, academic and bad@ss goddess, Naomi Klein

✨ Cyndera's first ever certified Story Through Stone Reader, Desiree Ammons of Sukha Self Care.

✨ Ke'oni Hanalei of Pohala Hawaiian Botanicals references the lessons of Hawaiian Fern Medicine, particularly Laukahi - Divine Magnetism.

✨ Author, card-slinger and all around bad@ss of tarot, Melissa Cynova turned us on to The Lightseer's Tarot by Chris-Anne which are the images we focus on. 

 

The Soul Purpose Podcast

The Soul Purpose Podcast

November 3, 2019

It has been a time of darkness, literal darkness, as California in the past weeks have been plunged into power outages, fears of fire, evacuations and unspeakable loss because of those fires - once again. 

As the smoke thickens and we face a “new normal,” we seem to be seeing even less clearly around us and are uncertain in these darkening times. True Light, when it comes, is unexpected and often fleeting. More and more we ask, what is our path as a human race? What is our place here on this earth? What can I in my one life do to contribute? 

This podcast explores the quest for purpose through a recent reading. The querent asks how she can find her path again and what's important to her amidst a chaotic daily family life. This question is a meaningful personal plea that has collective significance. 

Here is how you can get an online reading from anywhere in the world:

First Visit storythroughstone.org/readings  

Purchase the reading using the PayPal button. Readings are usually $75 but with your $30 discount they will only be $45 by Typing in Promo Code STONESEASON. This offer will stand just until the end of 2019, so take advantage and purchase the gift of a reading for a friend as well!

You may also support this podcast by making a pledge at tiny.cc/tarot. Warmest thanks to our current patrons Cat, Richard, Allie and Geneva.

 

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May 22, 2019
Aloha listeners!  We have some BIG news for you.  Things are changing up around the Archetypal Tarot Podcast! We’ll explain.  It’ll be cool.  Stay till the end of the show to find out how you can participate. 
 
Thanks for listening! 
 
You’ve just heard about our transition to a reading based podcast with Cyndera I bet you are excited to get a reading!  If you are already a Patron - just send Cyndera your question by email to  tarotpodcast@gmail.com  If you aren’t a Patron yet - well what are you waiting for!?  Just go to tiny.cc/tarot to sign up.  Or Google Archetypal Tarot Podcast and land yourself on our podcast site. It’s super easy to sign up and receive so many cool Patron bonuses for less than the price of a cappuccino! 
 
 As always, you can Find us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @TarotPodcast 
 
Big thanks to our Patrons: Sara, Geneva, Richard, Peter,  Rash,  Alli, Yvonne and K.  Your support makes all this happen  & you make us smile every day! 
 
Produced by Both/And Media 
Theme music by: The Lunar Group
Emotional Intelligence: A Conversation with Ke’oni Hanalei

Emotional Intelligence: A Conversation with Ke’oni Hanalei

April 28, 2019

Ke’oni Hanalei is an alchemist, Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner and founder of Pohala Botanicals https://www.pohala.net/ in Kula, Maui, Hawaii. Ke’oni comes from a long line of medicine holders (called Kahuna here in Hawaii), his lineage extends far, far, far back in time. He inherited sacred fern medicine wisdom his Grandmother, Kau’ikeonalani. We hope you enjoy this conversation with Ke’oni as we discuss masculine & feminine energies, emotional intelligence and what we are all called to be and do to fulfill our destinies and the destiny of the planet. Definitely follow Ke’oni on Instagram at pohala_hawaiian_botanicals - his website is pohala.net.

Aloha means love.

SPECIAL GIFT from Ke’oni - us the code FERN15 to receive 15% off your order through his website.

Topics include:

masculine & feminine energies, compassion, purpose & meaning, Emotional intelligence - feeling the feels, true expression of the Self

Hawaiian Language:

There is more than a little bit of Hawaiian language used in the podcast so here is a handy cheat sheet in case you need it. The Hawaiian language is contextual and relational as well as poetic. It frequently does not translate directly 'one to one' and words have multiple meanings but here is my best attempt to share the meanings of some of the words used in the podcast.

Aloha: There are many meanings of aloha but my sense is that they culminate in what we call Love with a capital L. It’s worth noting that 'alo' means ‘presence’ and ‘ha' is the breath of life - so in a way it’s the recognition of sacred presence which is Love. It’s used as both hello and goodbye as well.

Kapili (kah-pee-lee) : to bond, synthesis, put together, unite

Kapu (kah-poo): forbidden, sacred, protected (because it’s sacred)

Kūkala: proclaim

Pōhala: to recover consciousness; to wake from stupor. PōHALA, to ascend.

Huna: secret, hidden

Kahuna: expert, priests/priestess, keeper of sacred knowledge, medicine holder

'Ike (ee-kay): wisdom

Mana’o (man-na-oh): thought

Kiakahi (key-ah-kah-hee): purpose & meaning

Ke'oni and Julienne

Can a reading fix your life?

Can a reading fix your life?

March 21, 2019
 
 If you are a regular listener you will know our guest for this episode. Melissa Cynova is first and foremost a bad ass of Tarot.  She been slinging tarot cards for 30 years -  her first book from Llewelyn press Kitchen Table Tarot is a must read for noobs and experts alike.  This is her 3rd time on the podcast because we love her so much (did I mention she is a bad ass?) and we are celebrating the publication of her new book, Tarot Elements: Five Readings to Reset Your Life.  Just get it. You can connect with her on the Instagrams or her website: melissacynova.com
 
And here is my conversation with Melissa. 

 
***WARNING*** We swear a lot in this episode.
 
Some stuff we talk about:
Melissa’s new book, Tarot Elements: Five Readings to Reset Your Life.
Ghost Dog the Way of the Warrior
Cheryl Strayed, Brene Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert 
Gen X whininess 
 
We know you could have done something else with the last 40ish minutes  of your life but we are SO glad you spent it with us.  
 
We highly encourage you to connect with Melissa on Instagram and yes, get her book!  Available at fine stores everywhere -but the vandalized copy available from her website is the best.  MelissaCynova.com  
 
If you are listening to this in March of 2019 look for a post on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to win a copy. 
 
Big mahalos to our Patrons: Sara, Geneva, Richard, Peter,  Rash,  Alli,  & Yvonne!  Thank you!  your support makes all this happen  & you make us smile every day! 
 
Produced by Both/And Media 
Theme music by: The Lunar Group
Body Image & Archetypes

Body Image & Archetypes

February 10, 2019
Body Image & Archetypes a conversation with Richard Cox & Nicole Schnackenberg
 
This episode is a conversation about archetype and body image with Nicole Schnackenburg & Richard Cox.  We discuss their philosophy and exploration of the underlying meanings beneath body image struggles. 
 
Subjects discussed include: The archetype of the Witch, the fairytale The Snow Queen , super hero films, Star Wars, Game of Thrones and more. 
Nicole Schnackenberg is a psychotherapist, a 200-hour yoga teacher, a Director of the Yoga in Healthcare Alliance (YiHA), and a trainee child psychologist at the Tavistock in London. She currently divides her time between her doctoral studies, her position as a trustee of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation, and her work with YiHA. She has authored a book on body image struggles: False Bodies, True Selves: Moving Beyond Appearance-Focused Identity Struggles and Returning to the True Self and co-edited a book on Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Reflections on Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Stories of Courage, Determination and Hope.
Richard Cox a student on non-dualism and runs groups and one to one sessions exploring consciousness. He hosts a podcast principally looking at the intersection of spirituality and therapy (with occasional digressions). He developed a program called Unbreaking the Mirror to explore a Consciousness based approach to engaging with body image distress.
 

Connect with Cyndera and Julienne on social media to share your thoughts and ideas about this show:
 
 
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2019 Connectivity, Imagination & Relationship

2019 Connectivity, Imagination & Relationship

January 11, 2019
As a part of their annual New Year tradition, Cyndera and Julienne drew a tarot card as a focus for us for the coming year.  The result was a hilarious surprise because it was:  The High Priestess!  A card and archetype that was much discussed in 2018 and seems to be sticking around for the next year as well.  They further unravel this mysterious feminine archetype in a conversation that ranges from Dr. Who, patriotism & patriarchy, process & productivity to The Blessed Mother and rites of passage.  And probably a bit of foul language too.  
 
What is the High Priestess as a Verb? 
Connectivity, Imagination & Relationship
 
Connect with Cyndera and Julienne on social media to share your thoughts and ideas about the meaning of the High Priestess. 
 
 
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The Tears of Father Christmas: A Holiday Fable

The Tears of Father Christmas: A Holiday Fable

December 16, 2018

To wrap up 2018 we present to you an original holiday fable written and read by our very own Cyndera Quakenbush. We hope you enjoy this short story and send you wishes for holidays filled with connection, peace, happiness, laughter and tasty treats! Gud Yule! Merry Christmas! Happy Solstice! Feliz Navidad! Mele Kalikimaka!

 

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