Spirit Guides, Ancient Gods & Archetypes

Spirit Guides, Ancient Gods & Archetypes

I'm not prone to seasonal affective disorder or other, more general forms of emotional malaise. My whole life, I've always found things that I've enjoyed, regardless of my financial situation, work environment or relationship status. Many of these things have been experiences intrinsically tied to the energy of this wonderful city: dining out after a day of tarot readings at the Loyalist, enjoying a burger and a Boulevardier; taking a walk to the Art Institute with no plan but to discover and enjoy any new art in the modern wing; attending a large meditation or yoga workshop, feeling the collective energy of the room and staying warm while the winter wind kicked up outside.

But doing those things has gotten hard, if not impossible. And while I remain optimistic and committed to resilience in the face of unprecedented disruption, I've recently had a bit of a moment.

Have you ever been to a wake? One with an open casket? Yah, they're creepy. But there's also a strange and profound discovery when you look at the figure laying prone in the casket: it is not your loved one. Sure, it's their body- this isn't some kind of body-swap conspiracy or pod people sci-fi movie. But it's also just not them. They, their essence, the life they put into their material body, their unique idiosyncrasies and hand gestures and inflection of voice has long since left the building.

While driving through the city towards the West Loop the other day, I had that experience again...except it was the soul of Chicago that didn't seem to be present anymore. All of the collective, soul-affirming energy that permeated and animated this wonderful convergence point felt like it had dissipated. And it made me sad.

So what did I do when I got home? I reached for what energies and entities I do still have access to, regardless of location, time of day, or any lockdown guidelines. These are the beings that come through for clients in Shamanic Journeys, Channelling Sessions, and even in my own, personal spiritual practice.

And when I realized the tremendous amount of context, insight and comfort connection to these energies provides me, I immediately understood that I had to bring this to others. While TOTEM is very committed to continuing in-person sessions, classes and trainings, I also realized that this is a unique value add that I can actually offer to my clients through an online format. Unlike meditation or divination workshops, learning about and communing with archetypal spirit guides is something that translates well to remote learning.

So, here it is: the immersive, experiential online Spirit Guide deep dive course for the ages.

Spirit Guides, Ancient Gods & Archetypes is an interactive online course designed by TOTEM Readings to acquaint you with the ancient gods and archetypes permeating our world from the dawn of human history. From their influence over corporate brands to famous movie characters and even to the foundational elements of modern Jungian psychology, these ancient archetypes inform and shape the world in which we live.

TOTEM has structured this workshop along the architecture of the Major Arcana cards in Tarot. Numbered 0 to 21, these primordial energies communicate a cosmic story: our human origins, our spiritual history, and our energetic impulses, gifts and obstacles. This course will provide participants with an understanding of these archetypes and their influence over us as individuals and as a collective, a crucial insight to navigating the material and spiritual landscape.

The course curriculum is designed to be immersive and experiential, as well as provide tangible academic insights into these foundational gods and archetypes. To achieve this balance, we have designed cohesive, thematic modules drawing from a central narrative theme each month. The course content will draw from multiple cultural, theological and spiritual traditions, taking a “comparative religions” approach that clearly demonstrates the uncanny consistency between archetypal figures- and their attributes- across time and geography.

Each course module will include substantive up-front content via kick-off online meeting and PDF course outline (which includes text and “vision board” reference images), providing the participant with an overview, summary of spirit guide attributes, related reference material, as well as several easy individual immersive exercises:

1. Spirit Guides, Ancient Gods & Archetypes: In the Beginning

Timing: February 21st- February 28th 2021

Archetypes explored: Coyote, Merlin, Lilith

Summary: In this kick-off module, we will explore the most primordial energies and archetypes, characters that are inextricably linked to our most ancient creation myths and our cosmic origins.

Register for this module on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/132857748101

2. Spirit Guides, Ancient Gods & Archetypes: The Natural Order

Timing: March 21st to March 28th 2021

Archetypes explored: Mab, Erlking, Oracle

Summary: In this second module, we turn to the ancient pagan deities and figures that permeate the darker Fairy Tales of our youth and the wild landscapes of the earth.

Register for this module on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/132862191391

3. Spirit Guides, Ancient Gods & Archetypes: Beauty & the Beast

Timing: April 18th to April 25th 2021

Archetypes explored: Venus, Berserker, Ma’at

Summary: This third module is full of mythic archetypal drama, glamour and ferocity- the tension between the beauty and the beast.

Register for this module on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/132863388973

4. Spirit Guides, Ancient Gods & Archetypes: The Ancient Feminine

Timing: May 23rd to May 30th 2021

Archetypes explored: Persephone, Three Sisters, Hathor

Summary: In this fourth module we will explore transcendent feminine archetypes from ancient Greece, Scotland and Egypt.

Register for this module on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/132864973713

5. Spirit Guides, Ancient Gods & Archetypes: Sacrifice, Surrender & Catharsis

Timing: June 20th to June 27th 2021

Archetypes explored: Odin, Anubis, the Alchemist

Summary: In this module, we explore the energies of the "hero's sacrifice" and learn how to transmute suffering into surrender and transformation.

Register for this module on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/132867172289

6. Spirit Guides, Ancient Gods & Archetypes: Light vs. Dark

Timing: July 18th to July 25th 2021

Archetypes explored: Shadow, Set, Titania

Summary: In this module, we'll explore the struggle between light and dark, good and evil, and the archetypal forces whose cosmic battle impacts us everyday.

Register for this module on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/132866391955

7. Spirit Guides, Ancient Gods & Archetypes: The Sun, the Moon and the Cosmos

Timing: August 22nd to August 29th 2021

Archetypes explored: Inari Okami, Amun Ra, Hecate, and Dambalah

Summary: In this module, we explore the divine energies and entities of the celestial bodies, as well as those that oversee the enforcement of cosmic laws.

Register for this module on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/132868460141

All experience levels are welcome and there are no prerequisites to complete ahead of any Spirit Guides, Ancient Gods & Archetypes course modules.

Participants can opt to take any of the individual course modules for $200 each or register for all course modules for $1,000 (representing a $400 discount). In other words: you can save money by registering for the whole series or simply come and go, module by module, as your schedule and interest levels fluctuate.

To obtain the whole course discount, please reach out to me directly: rachel@totemreadings.com.

Registration for individual modules is done directly on Eventbrite, via links included above.

I'm so excited to bring this in-depth course to you all. I love this work, these guides, and it's a personal passion project to find an efficient way to bring this cast of characters to you all...in spite of our current social paradigm.

If you have any questions, please email me anytime: rachel@totemreadings.com. And keep an eye out for upcoming in-person workshop and class announcements- they're coming!

Thank you,