The Hero's Journey
One of the core adventure maps that inspires my Wild Soul Wanderings is the classic adventure model of the Hero’s Journey. Seen and expressed in all aspects of storytelling, the Hero’s Journey maps a life adventure; from the call to adventure, through various portal crossings, to slaying dragons and finding elixirs, so one can evolve along the way and bring something of value back to the community. I enjoy exploring the map of the Hero’s Journey's through the lens of Tarot, SoulCollage, Fairy Tales, Ceremony, Expressive Arts and Nature Quests.
The first XX card in a Tarot deck highlights archetypal aspects of the Hero’s Journey, starting with the Fool, the one that heads out into the journey, innocent and unblemished, not knowing what will happen on the way - but they leap anyway.
This leap starts the journey through various tears of teaching, learning, and experience. As the Wheel of Life spins, so too does our Hero's Journey. Working with Tarot as a way to gain access to inner guidance for how to proceed in life is a powerful way of commenting with you inner knowing.
Fairy Tale Adventures
The next power map I discovered was the Medicine Wheel. I had explored The Wheel through various teachings, however, once I read Bill Plotkin’s book “Nature and the Human Soul”, I knew I had found the terrain I wanted to travel for the next phase of my life. Bill’s map of the Medicine Wheel has a strong focus on Developmental Psychology, and offers powerful alchemy experiences for transmuting wounds into fuel for living ones delivery system of soul into the world. As I deepened my studies with Bill and various teachers from Animus Institute, I expanded my personal studies & experiences with eco-therapy and nature ceremonies in the wild. These aspects of soul tending are deeply ingrained in my Wild Soul Wanderings.