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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The Chariot: Hero, Warrior, and the Crossing of the First Threshold

March 23, 2012

The Eighth edition of the Archetypal Tarot Podcast explores the movement and meaning encompassed by the Chariot, card number 7 of the Major Arcana.

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For the first time, we see our hero of the deck breaking beyond the boundary of the Emperor's domain.  In the last stage, the Lovers, he was faced with a choice and is now thrust down a particular path, reminiscent of the "crossing of the first threshold" of Joseph Campbell's stages of the hero's journey.  Will all the wisdom of the figureheads from the previous stages help our hero in the real world?  Julienne Givot connects in the ancient story of Arjuna as he faces the fears of battle under the guidance of Krishna.  Cyndera Quackenbush illustrates the shadowy consequences of the heroic impulse by recounting the myth of Phaeton.  The Chariot card allows us to find our own courage in the face of bold undertakings while keeping an eye on the dangers of hubris. 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.
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The Lovers: Companion, Choice and Balance

February 15, 2012

The Seventh edition of the Archetypal Tarot podcast reveals our heroic Fool at his/her first genuine choice point represented by card number six, The Lovers.   The Lovers brings into focus this important first choice and reminds us that love, balance and companionship are called for.  

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This stage has us examine the archetypes of the Lover as well as the Companion.  A reminder to access both our masculine 'doing-ness' and feminine receptivity. Further exploration of the archetype of the Lover is found in this article on Julienne's site:  Seizing The Power of The Lover Archetype An expanded list of these archetypes in film and television can be found here. Recommended reading:  We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love by Robert A. Johnson The Eden Project: In Search of he Magical Other by James Hollis Cyndera recommends:  The Lovers Path Tarot set by Kris Waldherr

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.
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Special Edition: Interview with Cyndera Quackenbush

February 11, 2012

Welcome to a Special Edition of the Archetypal Tarot Podcast.   We've had many requests from people wanting to know more about who we are and what we do so we've created this 2 part series on just that.  I sat down with my co-host Cyndera Quakenbush for an informal interview to share more about her background and unique approach to the tarot and beyond.  Look for part 2 of the series coming soon! Visit Cyndera's website www.TarotDreamStone.com for more information and fabulous images of the stones discussed in the show. Cheers, Julienne

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The Hierophant: Wise Man, Priest, Guide, Guru

January 12, 2012

The Sixth edition of the Archetypal Tarot Podcast explores the meaning of the Hierophant card of the Tarot as a stage of a journey where one examines the traditions, organizations and structures of one's life as well as how and who to seek higher guidance from.  The Hierophant, also called the Pope card in traditional Tarot decks also symbolizes the archetypes of the Priest, Guide, Guru, Shaman,Wise Man and Messiah.  Truly a symbol of higher wisdom, this card is a symbol of seeking greater or spiritual knowledge. In a comical twist of irony, this is the first podcast of the series to garner an 'explicit' rating due to Cyndera quoting a line from the movie "Magnolia".

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The Archetype of the Emperor: Father and King

December 12, 2011

The Fifth edition of the Archetypal Tarot Podcast explores the meaning behind the Emperor card of the Tarot as a stage of a journey where one is asked to create structure and practical plans for your project or dream so that it can be fortified before going on to the next stage of the journey.  The Emperor also symbolizes the archetypes of the Father as well as the King.

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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.

An expanded list of these two archetypes in popular culture,TV and film can be found at the bottom of this article from Julienne's site.

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The Archetype of the Empress: Mother and Queen

November 17, 2011
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.
 
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The Fourth edition of the Archetypal Tarot Podcast explores the meaning behind the Empress card of the Tarot as a stage of a journey where one is asked to create a protected, creative and nurturing space for their plans or project so it can grow before going on to the next stage of the journey.  The Empress symbolizes the archetype of the Mother as well as the Queen.  Listen in as Julienne and Cyndera discuss these important patterns to our growth and flourishing.
 
Archetypes referenced: Empress, Mother, Queen, Matriarch, Networker, Soccer Mom, Uber Mom and the Goddess Venus/Aphrodite
Film/Media Referenced: All About My Mother, Stepmom, Erin Brockovich, Serial Mom, Mommie Dearest, Elizabeth, Almost Famous
Further reading: Mothers and Bears Oh My! on the Mother archetype and symbol of the Bear
 
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The Archetype of the Priestess

October 5, 2011
The third edition of the Archetypal Tarot Podcast investigates the meaning behind High Priestess card of the Tarot both as a stage of a journey where one is called to seek out intuitive wisdom from within as well as the characteristics of the Priestess archetype in film and in our everyday lives.
 
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Archetypes referenced: Priestess, Virgin, Sage, Teacher, Mentor, Wise Woman
Film/Media Referenced: Frida, The Matrix, The Big Lebowski
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The Archetype of the Magician

September 16, 2011
In this second edition of the Archetypal Tarot Podcast we explore the Magician, card number one of the Tarot. Encompassing the archetypes of the Alchemist, Visionary and the Saboteur, we also discuss the Magician as the second stage of a journey where the knowledge, tools and focus are gathered to move further toward a goal.  
 
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The Archetype of the Fool

August 31, 2011

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In this first edition of the Archetypal Tarot Podcast we delve into the '0' card of the Tarot - the archetype of the Fool.  A backwards Hero, a symbol of freedom and resilience, comic relief and a surprising carrier of wisdom.  Listen in on a conversation with Cyndera Quakenbush, proprietor of Tarot Dream Stone.com and Archetypal Consultant, Julienne Givot as they discuss this intriguing character and it's role in the greater story of our lives.

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