Pop Culture Archetypes

Archetypes are ever present on film, TV, art, theater and music.  These articles highlight some that you might find interesting.

Wonder Woman

Cyndera and Julienne bring their provocative archetypal and tarotic insights into the new film Wonder Woman.  The archetypes in The Priestess, The Sun and the Chariot are at play in the film.   They also discuss how listeners can become a part of the Archetypal Tarot...

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Archetypal America

I'm happy to announce that a new audio lecture is available from my friend, mentor and fellow Archetypal Counselor, Jim Curtan.   This set of recordings from his workshop for the Minnesota Jung Association last fall is an examination of American Mythology and...

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Embracing the Grace of Change

“Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver I am so very excited to present this new Archetypes & a Movie course to you! The third edition of Archetypes & a Movie examines what happens when our old story has reached...

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The Way: A Journey of Healing & Self Acceptance

I am super happy to announce that another edition of the Archetypes & A Movie course is now available.  As the Producer of this series it's an especially joyous occasion, not just a 'job done' elation but gratitude for how much I have learned throughout the process of...

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Archetypes and a Movie

Movies are one of the best ways to see how archetypes shape our motivations, drive us forward or pull us back.  We learn and experience so much when watching a film with the added bonus of being entertained.  I had the privilege to learn about archetypes through film...

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The Hermit – Integration and Introspection

Listen Now! or Subscribe in iTunes The Tenth edition of the Archetypal Podcast takes us to meet The Hermit, a figure waiting off the beaten track with the wisdom that only remote regions can give. Card number 9 allows our hero traveling through the Major Arcana to...

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Justice, The Judge and Mediator

Listen Now! or Subscribe in iTunes The Ninth edition of the Archetypal Tarot Podcast attempts to do justice to the Justice card, which is number 8 of the Major Arcana. After setting out on a newly realized journey on the Chariot, our hero quickly faces some form of...

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The Hero and The Warrior

Listen Now! or Subscribe in iTunes The Chariot: Hero, Warrior, and the Crossing of the First Threshold The Eighth edition of the Archetypal Tarot Podcast explores the movement and meaning encompassed by the Chariot, card number 7 of the Major Arcana. For the first...

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The Lovers – Balance and Companionship

Listen Now! or Subscribe in iTunes 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...

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The Heirophant – Seeking Higher Guidance

Listen Now! or Subscribe in iTunes 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...

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The Archetype of the Father and King

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...

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Romantic Chemistry: The Knight and the Damsel

The Knight and the Damsel are a matched set of patterns with naturally occurring complimentary attributes and dysfunctions. This can be true of any couple with these archetypes no matter their gender, same, different or otherwise. While we think of the Knight as a man and the Damsel a woman, that’s not always the case. I’m going to go the traditional route here but keep an open mind that the archetypes are not necessarily gender specific.

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Seizing the power of Lover Archetype

"So much is happening in the world, earthquakes, revolutions and wars and you're writing about the archetype of the Lover?"   My reply: "Heck yeah, with all this chaos how do we approach what needs to be done without the passion of a Lover!?"   She gave me a look of...

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Hedonist Revolutionary

I haven't found a more potent and exciting combination of the Hedonist and the Revolutionary archetypes than in Jamie Oliver (formerly know as the Naked Chef).   One of the the UK's brightest culinary exports is  taking America by storm and I for one love him all the...

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Part of us is grouchy and lives in Florida

Understanding archetypes goes much deeper than a chat about a movie and beyond the confines of a psychology textbook.  An archetype is not just a pattern "out there" in theory but it is a recurring set of experiences that unfold through the course of a human life....

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Archetypal Casting – the results are in!

I often use movie and television references in my consultations.  They are one of the best ways to really see archetypal patterns in action.  We all have an instinctual sense of archetypes and can usually spot them pretty quickly - especially when they are on screen....

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OFGM: Original Fairy Godmother

Once upon a time I was in a grocery store check-out line and struck up a conversation with the woman in front of me.  We were talking about good deeds and she mentioned how her friend liked to put quarters in parking meters for total strangers.  She called her friend...

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Facing the Bully: A New Karate Kid

Poke fun all you want, but I am totally cool with their being a new Karate Kid movie (coming in June).   I've no doubt that Jackie Chan can pull off the Mentor role first played by Pat Morita (Mr. Miyagi).  He's made an entire career playing Fools and Warriors with a...

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Survival Archetypes and “The Wizard of Oz”

The film "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" provides a prime example of the hero's journey of each of the four core (or survival) archetypes: the Child, the Victim, the Prostitute, and the Saboteur.   This film is an archetypal treasure trove, but for brevity's sake I will...

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