One Card Reading
Use this simple One Card Reading to help you gain a deeper understanding of your emotional and psychological state. Click the card to turn it over. Cards from the Masculine Archetype Deck.
The Entitled Prince hides from responsibility and pushes others to do the actual work. He feels so inflated by his own self-worth he spends most of his time bickering and complaining. He sees himself as a victim of external circumstances, making him feel impotent and passionless.
The Entitled Prince assumes the world is conspiring against him. The only time he feels safe is if he is wholly coddled by someone else.
To break free of the Shadow, the Entitled Prince must take up his responsibility and regain his empowerment. He must face his anxieties and begin the long journey of finding inner-confidence. Otherwise, he will hurt the people around him and see his kingdom in ruin.
When exploring the Shadow Aspect of the Entitled Prince, look to how you fulfill your obligations. Consider if you feel you must be treated differently than other people? Are certain things guaranteed to you because of your position? How do you show gratitude toward people that help you?
Working on your confidence and self-reliance will help bring this Shadow Aspect back into balance and unlock your true potential as a leader.
This Three-Card Spread can add more dimensions to your card reading. One card points you in the general direction, while three gives you a more detailed map.
Try one of the following options for the spread:
- Past / Present / Future
- Current situation / Obstacle / Advice
- Situation / Action / Outcome
The Mentor artfully guides others to knowledge. He takes interest and pleasure in helping others realize their potential. Mentors don’t just throw information at a student but create a safe, stimulating place for them to explore.
A sincere Mentor can profoundly affect a child, co-worker, or loved one. He can become a source of wisdom, teaching, and support. The Mentor provides a guiding light as a role model. Giving the student an example of the type of person they can become.
The Mentor must not lecture to prove his expertise or try to use the student to fulfill a goal they could never reach. If in alignment with their highest purpose, the Mentor can gift the world with knowledge that will pass down the ages.
When the Mentor card appears, look at how you are supporting others in their growth. Are you passing your skills on to others? Do you strive to empower the development of your children, community, or friends?
5. Crossing the threshold
The call to adventure has come, the characters are set, and now
it’s the first step into the unknown. When the Hero crosses the threshold,
he has committed to the adventure, and the process of transformation begins. Trust is crucial in this phase.
The threshold can look external, such as losing a job, or internal, like stopping an addictive pattern. Crossing the Threshold is the moment you jumped off the cliff and started running towards it.
After Crossing the Threshold, you can try and turn back, but the forces of change are already in motion. Your old life will never seem the same. This is when you have agreed to face the consequences and deal with the challenges ahead.
When this card appears, look at the moments that have defined a radical change in your life. Or ask yourself: What commitments have you just entered? What commitment to change can you make that will change your life?
The Judge holds the essence of authority and order. The Judge Archetype can be found in referees, teachers, parents, or wherever a decision must be made. He is looked up to for his transpersonal wisdom and rationale. He is in a place of authority to create order out of conflict.
The Judge must balance the needs of the individual against the needs of society. The Judge uses reason and analysis to separate truths from lies. Therefore, he studies law, philosophy, and history to make well-informed decisions. He must discard his personal biases and objectively evaluate the broader issues and higher truths at play.
The Judge must be careful of using his position of authority to manipulate others. If his decisions have hidden agendas or he loses compassion, he will fall into a corrupt Judge’s Shadow. He will look for reasons to justify his preconceived notions. He mustn’t decide based on his emotional biases. The Judge finds his moral compass becoming eroded, leading to pandering and misconduct, or any abuse of his authority.
Working with the Judge Archetype can be difficult. It asks you to be both sincerely compassionate while simultaneously rigidly protecting order. When this card appears, look at how you create order and equality in your decisions. How do you ensure rational decisions and unravel your unconscious biases?