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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.

 

Transitions

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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
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
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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Archetypes of the Masculine & Feminine

Archetypes of the Masculine & Feminine

September 15, 2018
It’s tempting to assign gender to the Archetypes of Masculine & Feminine but this is often a folly because no matter what you outwardly identify with the most we all have qualities of the Masculine and Feminine or as Carl Jung puts it the Anima and Animus.  
 
This topic is ginormous but Cyndera and Julienne focus on how these archetypes show up in the major arcana.  Julienne parses out several sets based on themes of how the archetypes manifest in the world and as usual the conversation ranges from the personal to the political and how we can use the mythology of tarot for a better understanding of ourselves and our world.  
 
Be sure to check out Cyndera’s new online readings at storythroughstone.org/readings 
 
Be a part of our Patron Team! Tiny.cc/tarot
Connect with us on Social Media :)
 
Julienne’s sets of the Major Arcana for contemplation of the Masculine & Feminine Archetypes. 
 
Androgynous (Containing both at once organically)
  • Justice
  • World
  • Temperance
  • Judgement
 
Male 
  • Hierophant
  • Chariot
  • Emperor
  • Magician 
 
Female 
  • Empress
  • Priestess
  • Star
  • Strength
 
Dualistic (containing both but with distinction between the two) 
  • Devil 
  • Lovers
  • Tower
 
Open Masculine (Externally masculine but requiring aspects of feminine interiority.)
  • Hanged Man 
  • Hermit 
  • Fool 
 
Open Feminine (Externally feminine but requiring aspects of masculinity)
  • Sun
  • Moon
  • Wheel 
 
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Produced by Both/And Media 
 
Theme music by: The Lunar Group 
Tarot, Music, Mental Health & Meh

Tarot, Music, Mental Health & Meh

June 27, 2018

Our guest for this episode is Ste McCabe otherwise known as The Tarot Cat. Ste is a tarot reader, synth-punk musician and counsellor. He has just published Tarot Makes Music - a limited edition magazine that explores the connections between tarot, music and creativity. Our conversation ranged from tarot (of course) music, belief, superstition, mental health and those tarot readings that just kinda fall flat and have you saying “Meh”.

 
Become a member of the podcast Patron team. Rewards abound. Visit Tiny.cc/tarot
 
More about Ste McCabe aka The Tarot Cat:
 
The Tarot Cat is Ste McCabe, a tarot-reading counsellor, musician and writer living in Scotland. Ste began reading tarot in 2005 shortly after his dad died and found the symbolism to be a powerful tool in getting him through bereavement. He began his counselling training around the same time and uses tarot as a tool to help guide others through difficulties with compassionate, artistic exploration; his speciality is beautifully written email readings. His magazine, Tarot Makes Music, is the quirky and fascinating result of his research into connections between tarot, alternative music and creativity. Get a reading by The Tarot Cat via his website and grab a copy of Tarot Makes Music from his Etsy shop!
 
Twitter @TheTarotCat
 
If you would like to become one of our most favorite people in the world become a Patron! just visit tiny.cc/tarot and you too could be like these awesome humans: Richard, Sara, Talia, Hilary, Peter, Rash, Christine, Cat, Alli, Geneva & Yvonne! Thank you guys! your support makes all this happen & make us smile every day!
 
Produced by Both/And Media
 
Theme music by: The Lunar Group
The Lowdown on the High Priestess

The Lowdown on the High Priestess

May 9, 2018

Our first ever triple header - super extra bonus size podcast - all about the High Priestess! Over 2 hours of wisdom from some of our favorite people, Rashunda Tramble and Melissa Cynova.

What in the world does this mysterious figure  have to do with these crazy times we are living in? How do we hold things as sacred in daily life?    We ask two very wise women their take on this and more.  
 
Part 1 is Cyndera and I starting things off. Pop culture references abound!  Who knew that this stoic character could be seen in The Matrix, Too Wong Foo, Star Wars, The Dark Crystal, Never Ending Story and more...
 
Part 2 of the Low Down on the High Priestess is a conversation with Rashunda Tramble of Stay Woke Tarot.  Rash is an African-American immigrant living in Zurich, Switzerland . If you haven’t already, check out her website and blog at staywoketarot.com, where you can book mp3 audio file and in-person / video readings. Follow her on Instagram @StayWokeTarot.
 
Part 3 is a dialogue with author and card slinger Melissa of Little Fox Tarot.  She been slinging tarot cards and teaching classes since 1989. She can be found in the St. Louis area and online for personal readings, parties and beginner and advanced tarot classes. Her first book, Kitchen Table Tarot was released in 2017. Her next book Tarot Elements: Five Readings to Reset Your Life will be out February 2019. You can find her at LittleFoxTarot.com 
 
Go ahead and schedule a reading – she already knows you want one.
 
We know you could have done something else with the last 2 hours of your life but we are SO glad you spent it with us.  Be sure to check out our guests Rash at StayWorkeTarot.com and Melissa at LittleFox.Tarot.com and  Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. 
 
If you would like to become one of our most favorite people in the world become a Patron!  just visit tiny.cc/tarot and you too could be like these awesome humans:  Richard, Sara, Talia, Hilary, Peter,  Rash, Christine, Cat, Alli, Geneva & Yvonne!  Thank you guys!  you make us smile every day! 
 
Produced by Both/And Media 
 
Theme music by: The Lunar Group 
Saturn in Capricorn

Saturn in Capricorn

March 17, 2018

Part 2 of Julienne's conversation with Archetypal Astrologer Shawn Nygaard.  Their conversation focuses on the archetypal symbolism and history the upcoming Saturn in Capricorn in 2020. 

Find more info on Shawn on his website:  https://www.imagineastrology.com/

Saturn in Capricorn - echoes of the slave trade 

"There is nothing more satisfying, more gratifying than true adulthood." - Toni Morrison 

Subtopics include:

  • Thresholds
  • Capricorn
  • The Handmaids Tale
  • Black Panther
  • Ancient Babylonia