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.

3. Refusal to Change

The call to change can be daunting, and you might want to refuse the call. Many adventures end right here. They are the quests never taken, the change never realized, the books unwritten.

This refusal can lead to a dark reality—one of boredom, loss, and bleakness. The Hero can become trapped in decay instead of rising to the
challenge. Refusing the call can lead to depression and loss of purpose.

However, many times the call eventually becomes irresistible. This can push even a reluctant Hero forward. As hard as you try against it, you can find yourself pulled into an adventure. The unanswered Call to Change can split your life apart, and then there is never a way back to the Status Quo.

When you get this card, look towards what journeys you have refused. Ask yourself, how have you resisted change?

Three-Card Spread

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  

8. Supreme Ordeal

The Supreme Ordeal is the moment of truth. It’s the final battle in a field that is physical or psychological—or both.

This stage asks the Hero to use the skills and training he’s gained along the way. The Hero must source from within all his willpower. This is the point at which the Hero earns the bonafide title of “Hero.”

Your life might not feel like it has epic battles or dragons to be slain, but you can face many different types of challenges. The Supreme Ordeal can look like your first time speaking to a crowd, breaking out of an abusive relationship, or going on your first solo campout. We face the
Supreme Ordeal whenever we undertake a challenge that pushes what we thought was possible—doing what we couldn’t have imagined—and with success. Realizing the subtle but heroic feats in our life can help us cultivate a solid belief in the core of your being.


The Romantic gains pleasure by making others feel special. He desires to share intimacy and connection. This inspires him to share acts of kindness and tokens of affection. He uses his imagination to bring excitement to the world.

The Romantic invests his creative energy into making others feel desired. He uses the sensual tools of poetry, gifts, wine, and touch.

The Romantic must be careful not to use his charm for manipulation.
A gift given with expectations is no longer a gift. There is also a big difference between romance and coercion. When working with the Romantic Archetype, make sure there is an undercurrent of respect and mutual empowerment in your actions.

Romantic energy doesn’t just have to be towards a Lover. Writing love letters to your siblings, having a solo cup of tea, or sharing dinner with friends are all ways you can cultivate Romance in your life.
When working with the Romantic Archetype, look to how you can cultivate relationships with integrity.


The Know-It-All has attached his self-worth to being seen as intelligent. He will dismiss other opinions to protect his self-image, and he never backs down from an argument. He loses his objective nature and will only look for the information that supports his claims.

The Know-It-All must face his co-dependency to what other people think of him. He must discover where his insecurities come from and why he’s so afraid of looking foolish. If he doesn’t let down his intellectual armor, he will ultimately never connect emotionally with other humans. The Know-It-All will perpetually distance himself in fear that people will see through his insecurities and posturing.

The dangers of the Know-It-All rests in the little things. It’s the white lies that can escalate. To break from this Shadow, look at when you share ideas without research. Look at how you might use intelligence as a social tool instead of pursuing knowledge. It’s in the little conversations that this Shadow takes hold.

Whenever you catch yourself distorting information, break the spell, find the humility to apologize and strive to keep a listening mind.