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.

9. Reward

After succeeding in the quest, the Hero gains a great reward. It can be a physical treasure, but the most valuable bounty is internal.
The Reward could be profound wisdom, self-confidence, healing the land, or protecting loved ones.

The Reward represents a significant shift in the Hero. He has gained something that will transform the rest of his life. The Hero can now return home with his great boon. The journey isn’t yet completed, but the change has taken root.

When in this stage of the journey, look towards your successes. It’s easy to forget to celebrate your accomplishments and just move to the next challenge. Take a moment to look at your victories. Appreciate the art project you have finished, honor the value of your intimate relationships, and take the time to enjoy what you gained from your hard work.

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  

Teacher

The Teacher radiates a calm and grounded knowledge. He has cultivated a vast body of knowledge and learned how to make it accessible to others. The Teacher’s advice comes from a place of encouragement and good nature. He does not share his knowledge to prove his intelligence. He shares it to improve the lives of others.

A challenge the Teacher may face is becoming too rigid. If they become too obsessed with perfection, or their students’ performance, they can fall into their own Shadow. Another trap of the Teacher Archetype is when he becomes too attached to his authority and always wants to be seen as an expert. He can see every moment as an opportunity to teach. This will alienate people. When working with the Teacher Archetype, always remember that a good teacher points to the mountain of knowledge—he does not force-feed every scoop of dirt.

Oppressor

The Oppressor deliberately pushes down and exploits others.
He dominates out of lust for power and a need for control. He expels his energy, suppressing others’ inherent power, fearing that they might discover his own weaknesses.

The Oppressor’s toxic behavior can harm the environment, animals, or even culture. His fears can make him irrationally lash out at anything that makes him feel powerless, such as cutting down trees just to feel powerful or bullying others to feel superior. He is entitled, arrogant, and narcissistic. The slightest criticism will make him feel angry and reactive.

To free himself from this cycle, he must see the humanity in the people he hurts. He must humble himself to see everyone as an equal and not a subordinate. To break from the Oppressor’s Shadow, look at how you dominate conversations or take away others’ choices. If you are unsure if your actions hurt others, sincerely approach your friends and coworkers about your actions, and be open to criticism.

Know-It-All

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.