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


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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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.


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.


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.