The Archetypal Tarot Podcast
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. 

 

2020 Podcast

2020 Podcast

January 5, 2020

Happy New Years to our Archetypal Tarot Podcast listeners! 

As per the Archetypal Tarot tradition, co-hosts Julienne Givot and Cyndera Quackenbush got together over the phone and picked a card for the new year. This time we picked one from the Rider-Waite Major Arcana and one from the Mana Cards, to bring a bit of Mainland and Island Wisdom together for our New Years reading. Themes emerging include Strength, Winds of Change, At-One-Ment and yelling at CNN... 

Poem by Hafiz and Story of Maui from Catherine Kalama Becker & Doya Nardin's Mana Cards (as is the above image)

 

 

 

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.

 

Archetypal Autumn

Archetypal Autumn

October 4, 2019

This Seasonal Archetypal Tarot Podcast features a reading from the Autumn phase of life - the time when careers may come to a close and retirement beckons.  This encompasses both the realities of ending and also the embrace of new creative and collaborative relationships. 

This podcast also offers two different ways to receive your own Story Through Stone Reflection Card Reading!

Gifts of the Oyster: Stories and Synchronicities

Gifts of the Oyster: Stories and Synchronicities

August 31, 2019

How might we liberate our card readings to reveal not only personal insights but also deepen our dialogue with the Earth itself? This question began with a reading for a young woman in Spain, asking if she should leave for London to study acting. The story that resulted, "The Gift of the Oyster" revealed a surprising chain of synchronicities that lead Archetypal Podcast host, Cyndera Quackenbush, to connect more deeply with the surrounding environment and its shelled companions. 

Do you have a grit of sand you would like to explore as a possible pearl in a Story Through Stone Reading? We are still accepting questions and readings to be featured on the Podcast, which you can submit by becoming a Patron and e-mailing tarotpodcast@gmail.com. Make your tiny, or not so tiny pledge at tiny.cc/tarot and warmest thanks to our current patrons!

The Pillar and the Mermaid

The Pillar and the Mermaid

July 31, 2019

Special Summer Travel Edition! Cyndera makes her way to Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece, and reflects on two contrasting yet complimentary archetypes - the Pillar and the Mermaid - and how both are present in the images of the Tarot. Stories emerge from Cyndera's own childhood as the failed Delphi of the Desert, and she also offers a creative retelling of the Contest of Athena and Poseidon inspired by her trip to the Acropolis. Questions, Readings and their stories will resume in the next podcast! You can still receive a reading by becoming a patron at tiny.cc/tarot and e-mailing tarotpodcast@gmail.com with your question. 

Tell Me About My Tarot Practice!

Tell Me About My Tarot Practice!

June 30, 2019

Whew! At the very tail end of June, we've got the new Archetypal Tarot Podcast for you! Cyndera Quackenbush takes the reins and turns to the intimate new format that explores real-life questions, asked directly to the Tarot, and the readings that result. 

The episode begins with a brief history of the Archetypal Tarot Podcast and how this latest period marks a third chapter. The real-life question comes from "Dee" in India, who is wondering about the unfolding of her own tarot practice. 

Will you be the next reading question featured on our show? Become a patron at any level and submit a question at storythroughstone.org/readings!

 

 

Transitions

Transitions

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