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Once Upon A Time: Tales of Tricksters & Transformation

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An 8-Week SoulCollage® Journey Into the World of 4 Fairy Tales

Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been a means to conquer the terrors of mankind through metaphor.” - Jack Zipes

September 9 - November 3, 2018

We have ventured Into the Woods with the first course of 6 fairy tales, and now with the next 4, we discover the power of transformation and what it takes to deal with tricksters. 

Fairy tales are peopled with all sorts of mystical beings--tricksters and shapeshifters--who test a hero or heroine through their clever ruses and secret knowledge. They are change-masters who challenge the hero/heroine to a match of wits and don’t always play fair (such is life).

The fun in exploring these fairy tales is to imagine ourselves on the Heroine’s Journey. Once we answer the Call to Adventure and make the first step along the Road of Trials, we find ourselves being initiated into a new world--a dream landscape--where we meet tricksters and guides who will help us with the challenges and tests we will encounter along the way.  We will be tried and must pass the tests, which may indeed involve a death and rebirth experience, to learn to perceive ourselves and our own world differently, and to receive the boon of self-knowledge and wisdom.

The fairy tale journey may look like an outward trek across plains and mountains, through castles and forests, but the actual movement is inward, into the lands of the soul.
— Terri Windling, "White as Snow: Fairy Tales and Fantasy"


When we come upon the trickster, usually a Threshold Guardian, as Joseph Campbell termed it, we must use our tools of love and logic, persistence and cunning, innocence and experience--to overcome the obstacles presented to us. 

Most fairy tales are stories of transformation--the growth that occurs as part of the initiation into a new way of seeing and being. It could be an initiation into adulthood, agency, a new passion or way of life, and through it we learn to individuate. Carl Jung coined the term, individuation, to mean the lifelong process by which the unconscious is made conscious and our inner parts are integrated on our way to wholeness. 

Together we will journey through these four tales and meet in a secret Facebook group (optional) to share our images and wisdom. Every two weeks you will be provided with the fairy tale to read as well as an illustrated 5-page pdf of the course so we can get to know the history, themes, characters/archetypes, and symbols of each story, using a Jungian approach to interpreting the deeper meaning of these wonder tales and how they apply to us. We can create art journal pages or SoulCollage® cards for each fairy tale as we feel moved. We can add to our SoulCollage® deck as we explore archetypes (Council suit) and inner parts (Committee suit), as well as animal allies we may encounter (Companions Suit) and Community members (people we know who may be represented in these stories and themes). To learn more about SoulCollage®, click here: What is SoulCollage®?

So please join us for this new adventure of self-exploration and self-discovery as we navigate the following themes of tricksters and transformation:

The Ugly Duckling

Lessons in Self-Love

September 9 - 22

Sleeping Beauty

Lessons in Awakening the Soul

September 23 - October 6

East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Lessons in Integrating Duality

October 7 -20



Lessons in Claiming One’s Own Path & Purpose

October 21 - November 3

Another fabulous online course from Stephanie! Turns out fairytales aren’t just for children. Once Upon a Time took us deep into the psychological meanings and archetypal energies of fairytales, illuminating how echoes of all that resonate in the lives of adult women today. Stephanie’s training as a therapist allowed her to gently and confidently guide us through the dark woods and back home safely. A resourceful group of women shared their own stories, supported each other, brought other unique resources to our attention, and produced an awesome array of cards. Stephanie’s lessons and creative assignments encouraged us to dig deep and find the beauty within our still-unfolding individual journeys. I appreciated how attentively and appropriately she responded to all the postings in the private group. I loved the whole experience and can’t wait for her next fairytale course!
— Karen R.

Starting on the New Moon in Virgo (the archetype of the Priestess), September 9, and continuing for 8 weeks ending November 3, 2018, we will explore a new fairy tale every two weeks. 

Register now and you will receive a 7-page illustrated pdf Introduction to the course to get you started...

Learn about SoulCollage® and how to make your first card with Seena Frost, Founder of SoulCollage®, and Mariabruna Sirabella, Senior Trainer and Translations Coordinator. Seena and Mariabruna talk especially to those who have never heard of SoulCollage®. They show you how easy and fun it is to make a card and talk about discovering your inner wisdom.

Where to buy materials for your SoulCollage® journeys:

You'll need cards (5" x 8" mat boards) and protective clear bags, which you can buy here, along with glue and scissors: SoulCollage website shop

Or you can go here to buy 5" x 8" mat boards in various colors, as well as protective clear bags: Kaleidosoul website shop

You may want to start collecting images now so that you have plenty to choose from, or get together with friends or other SoulCollagers and share the bounty. Look for images in magazines (National Geographic, Smithsonian, spiritual and women's magazines are great sources), calendars, cards, and old illustrated children's books (I look for these at thrift shops and yard sales).

If you haven't taken an introductory SoulCollage class and want to learn the basics, you can take any of these online prerecorded courses:

Fundamentals of SoulCollage with Mariabruna Sirabella

Fundamentals of SoulCollage with Kat Kirby

Complete SoulCollage Workshop Audio Package with Anne Marie Bennett

Or look for a SoulCollage® workshop in your area here: SoulCollage® Workshops