The Archetypal Tarot Podcast
Blackout

Blackout

June 3, 2020

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -James Baldwin

This week, we are participating in #PodcastBlackout to amplify the seriousness of the need for action to address racism and police violence. 
We, along with many, many others feel grief and outrage over the death of George Floyd, yet another black life taken at the hands of a police officer. The image of a uniformed white man with his knee on the neck of George Floyd pinned the ground is a chilling symbol of white supremacy in our country and the way that many of our brothers and sisters feel every day of their lives in big ways and small.
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others have lost their lives in the pandemic that has been going on since long before Coronavirus.  The pandemic of racism, racial inequality, racial violence and white supremacy. 
Placing our attention on so much pain and rage is f*ing hard yet required because so far as we can tell,  the vaccine for this pandemic can be found in connection, compassion, prayer and consistent action taken to heal the chasms of willful ignorance, hatred, fear and brokenness of our world. 

Here are some ideas that we have gathered if you are wondering how you can participate in healing the long standing injustices facing our world:

❤️ Connect with community. Listen.

❤️ Connect to nature. Listen.

❤️ Make sure you are registered to vote and VOTE. Local elections are important!

❤️ Connect with, listen, support, follow and donate to organizations working for justice.  Here are some:

For white folks specifically:

It's incumbent upon white people to humbly listen to and bear witness to the experiences of communities of color. What affects one, affects us all. It's not enough to not be racist ourselves but to actively practice anti-racism. If a social media post or a donation could fix this, it would be done already. As with all evolutionary process, it will take inner and outer work. And it will get uncomfortable. Failing and missing the mark is part of the process so don't let that stop you.  In the words of Samuel Beckett "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

❤️ LISTEN and learn from the organizations above and people of color sharing their stories. Be open to what is uncomfortable. There are plenty of stories to learn from and many different perspectives.  Below are some podcasts worth checking out - there are many more:

United States of Anxiety - from WNYC

Hear to Slay with Roxanne Gay & Tressie McMillam Cottom - from Luminary Media

White Lies - NPR

What Matters - Black Lives Matter

❤️ Do the heart work of examining your own shadows and complicity in a white culture's dominance. Shadow in this context means you are not aware or conscious of something - this is not a cudgel to beat yourself up, but an exploration with compassion as to where you can heal so as to help stop the cycle. Seek guidance of a qualified counselor if needed.  

❤️ Explore some of the anti-rascism resources available.  Here are a couple:

How to be an Antiracist by Ibrahim X. Kendi  (Start a book club perhaps?)

bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES

❤️ All of the above will guide you to your next right actions. 


 

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

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

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!

 

 

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