In this issue of All Things Alchemical ...  the archetype of The Athlete, inspired poetry, wisdom from Tortoise, wisdom from the cards, a healthy quinoa recipe, and words of wisdom from Woodrow Wilson.

Kendra Goheen
Kendra S. Goheen, CPCC
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Certified Life Coach

St. Paul, MN

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Woodrow Wilson





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In December we’re looking at the Messiah archetype

Symbolic Living Through the Lens of an Archetype
In case you are new to this newsletter, here is a short description of how archetypes work in our lives ...

If we are to break down the work of viewing your life from a symbolic state, there are a few things to consider.  First, there is an energy body that surrounds you called chakras (for more definition in detail please visit  This energy body contains all the data of your biology and your biography.  If you step away and view the body in this way, you will see that this energy manifests in patterns of archetypes that affect your life.
Archetypes are patterns of intelligence – dynamic living forms of energy that are shared in many people’s thoughts and emotions across cultures and countries.  These patterns, often ancient in origin, populate our minds and lives in ways that affect us deeply.
Each archetypal energy pattern is linked to a characteristic that shows up in crucial behaviors and relationships and often gives you clues to your life’s mission – a running theme, per se, in your life.
The study and teaching of these patterns have become a passion of mine, and I’ve realized that my Teacher archetype plays a significant role in bringing you one archetype a month to explore in your own lives. 


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A Prayer for Grace

“Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.” 

― Teresa of Ávila

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November 2013

Greetings <<First Name>>!

I had the privilege a couple of weeks ago to visit Machu Picchu.  This being the first piece that I am writing upon my return, it is fresh on my mind.  I had planned writing my intro on the long overnight flight there, but I could not bring myself to do anything but sleep!  I now know why.  I was meant to write this after my return.  This trip will be emblazoned in my heart and mind forever. I am sure I will continue to write and reference it a lot over the years to come.

When I immerse into the energy of the Athlete Archetype, the dots that get connected for me in relation to Machu Picchu are this, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

When I came around the corner and saw this magnificent sacred site for the first time, I was awe struck.  It is just like the pictures but a hundred fold.  The only thing I could mutter was, “Wow!  How could they (the Incan people) have possibly done this?”

In Caroline Myss’ written words, “The Athlete represents the ultimate expression of the strength of the human spirit as represented in the power and magnificence of the human body” (269).  Where there is a will, there is a way.

I believe there is a second component to that last sentence – where there is a will, and a belief in a divine source, a power greater than us – there is a way.  Athletes know what it is like to rely on this faith to get them through times of great challenge, to see them through to victory.  Whatever that victory may mean to them.  

After seeing what I did on that mountaintop, it is my belief that Machu Picchu was built by Athletes, Olympians.  Because Olympians are so connected to spiritual as well as physical strength, as well as a code of ethics and morality that is associated with this archetype, the Athlete.   As individual Athletes, they collaborated as a team to believe that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.  

Indeed, it is written in stone!  

Peace to you and yours during the holiday season upon us,


Work Cited


Myss, Caroline.  Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.  New York: Three Rivers Press,

     2002,2003.  369-70.  Print.



Symbolic Living Through the Lens of an Archetype

The Athlete (Olympian)

This archetype represents the ultimate expression of the strength of the human spirit as represented in the power and magnificence of the human body. Because the Olympian is so connected to spiritual as well as physical strength, a code of ethics and morality is associated with the archetype, which is an excellent example of the universal power of the "psyche" of an archetype. A link to the Athlete should not be evaluated by whether your physical skill is on par with that of professionals or whether your body is perfect in form and function. A person dedicated to transcending the limits of a physical handicap qualifies as much for this archetype as the professional or artistic athlete, because the development of personal willpower and strength of spirit is a requirement for the body to manifest its perfection.

The shadow aspect of athletics, however, may manifest as a misuse of one's strength against any sort of person or opponent in the world, even outside the field of professional athletics, such as a professional boxer who starts a bar fight; a false sense of invulnerability, like that of Achilles or Samson; dirty play; or colluding with gamblers (see Bully). The shadow may also appear as a lack of honor that compels you to cheat to win.

Films: Esther Williams in Million Dollar Mermaid; Burt Lancaster in Jim Thorpe, All American; Tom Courtenay in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner; Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot; Hoop Dreams (documentary). 

Fiction: The Natural by Bernard Malamud; Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge. Folklore/Fairy Tales: The Tortoise and the Hare.

Religion/Myth: Atalanta (female athlete in Greek myth); Smertios (Celtic war-god portrayed as a bearded athlete); Nike (in Greek myth, feminine personification of victory who runs and flies at great speed); Samson (Nazarite strongman and biblical Judge); Achilles (Greek warrior known for his exceptional might, and the hero of The Iliad).

For those of you interested in spending some time on the concept of The Athlete, and it's many expressions, here is a video on a unique case in sports history:

The Marinovich Project

Work Cited


Myss, Caroline.  Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.  New York: Three Rivers Press,

     2002,2003.  369-70.  Print.



Testimonial for The Athlete
by Danielle Johnson

In my nineteen years of life I have participated in many different sports including water polo, swimming, soccer, baseball, softball, gymnastics, basketball, and skiing. I have the competitive personality and the right amount of energy to help me excel in almost all the sports I participate in. At the age of twelve I decided to dedicate my life to water sports because, honestly, I am not very coordinated on land. (I was voted Senior Class Biggest Klutz.) In 2011, I committed to Loyola Marymount University and now am playing Division I water polo. 

Athletics has changed my life. Without it I would have no way to burn off my endless amounts of energy. (Even after practicing three hours a day, I still have a hard time burning it all off.) I would have different friends and a lot more time on my hands. But being on a team and playing in various tournaments has provided me with some of my best memories and some of my best friends. Athletics is not all just fun and games though; it requires a great deal of dedication and responsibility. It is not always easy waking up at 6:30 in the morning and going to weights and then practice and then school, but my love for the sport and my dedication to my team keeps me going. Water polo, and sports in general, has taught me to be competitive on the court and competitive in life. Athletics has given me a great work ethic, a sense of teamwork, and has kept me grounded and out of trouble.

Being an athlete also requires sacrifice. Many people watch athletes on T.V. and read about them in the newspaper, but not everybody necessarily knows how hard they have to work to reach their goals. Famous athletes like Michael Phelps, Payton Manning, and Serena Williams did not just achieve greatness by showing up to their events. They put in hours of practice every single day, suffered through injuries, lost many times, and worked for years before they achieved their Olympic medals, Super Bowl rings, and U.S Open trophies. Being an athlete requires a certain level of physicality and skill, but it is more important to be dedicated, competitive, and resilient. I am incredibly grateful to have the life of an athlete, and it truly has shaped my life thus far. 



 By Yola Dunne 

My sweet dear friend Yola Dunn is a beautiful writer/poet/artist/healer,  and when she came to me this month with this heart felt poem that came through her, I wanted to share it with you.  She asked if I would post this, in this month's newsletter .  

I am honored, deeply.  

Thank you.  


Hello dear Kendra,

I was moved to try something new today. 

Lately, I have been in touch with a force which I call the Mother of Creation.  I wanted to be in the space to see you from her eyes and heart and being. 

This is what came of it: 

For Kendra,

Smile on, my Beauty.
I see the light in your heart
beyond your awkward shyness.
Embrace the experiences
of the red road of Earth.
Each step is an opportunity
to birth the Sacred
and renew your dreams.

Dream on, my Beauty.
You have seen the stars
like no one has.
In your divine eye lies the Truth
only you can see.
Bring it into your heart -
Embrace the precious gifts,
Spirit has prepared just for you.

Live on, my Beauty.
Life herself is coming to your aid.
She comes with a blazing heart
ready to warm your soul.
In the sweetness of life,
find yourself wholly loved.
Nothing can ever take away
who you truly are.

Come on, my Beauty.
Lose yourself in my loving arms.
Bring to me your sorrows, 
your pains and fears.
Nothing can shake my devotion to you
my precious child.
Take solace in my embrace
and birth the Woman in you.

Push on, my Beauty.
You are never alone.
The red road can be long,
I know, I know.
One step after the other 
is enough. It is enough.
Believe now -
you are exactly who you know you are.




Astrology, the Planets and You!
by Anne Barton


Thus far, I’ve shared 2 of the 3 influences that contribute to the wisdom presented by ‘the cards’ in a Life Cycles reading.  This month, I’ll share how astrology completes the puzzle, the final piece revealed!

Every day of the year is associated with one of the cards in a standard deck of playing cards.  Since we have 365 days in a year and only 52 cards, many birthdays share the same card.  However, there is never more than one birthday in a month associated with the same card.  So what adds to the unique interpretation of the cards associated with different birthdays is the astrology of the month of that birthday.  How the planets were aligned when you were born provides powerful information about you, your life, your strengths and potential, as anyone who has had their astrological chart done knows.  Of course, astrology is a subject that can be studied for a lifetime and perhaps is not yet mastered.

There are very specific aspects of astrology that relate to this system.

Each of our years – from birthday to birthday – is broken down into 52- day periods, and each period is ruled by a different planet.  Also, our full lifetime is broken down into 12-13 year periods, each ruled by a different planet.  So, as you might imagine, understanding a little about the energy and influence of each planet would be useful.  So that’s what I’m going to share this month …


What value is who we are and what we do if we cannot express it?  Mercury gives us this ability: to express through speech and writing.  It is the ruler of all forms of communication as well as education, intelligence, knowledge, and understanding.  It is the rational and concrete mind.  Mercury also provides our sense of humor and fondness for fun and play.  

An afflicted Mercury is the fool or idiot, showing lack of intelligence, ill temper, dishonesty, and can even misapply mental powers for criminal means or exploit others.  A strong Mercury is psychologically balanced and mentally adaptable.  Mercury’s nature is to take on the qualities of the planets around it.  It also represents trade (including money) and establishes values: material, artistic, spiritual.

Mercury rules occupations in the area of communications and diplomacy and careers that require intelligence and the ability to do things quickly and multi-task.  

Areas of Influence:  communication, expression (writing, speech), concrete/rational mind (education, intelligence, knowledge, understanding), sense of humor, love of fun and play, quickness, short-lived, multi-tasking, 

General Effect: nervousness, humor, too much in head

Exalted:  good education, intelligence/wisdom, good at expression

Debilitated: avoids effort/work, nervous, head over emotion



Venus is the planet of harmony.  It is loving in nature and makes others happy.  It rules our aesthetic sense, beautiful things, devotion to the fine arts, and peacemakers.  Venus energy opens our psychic power, but it can decline to Black Magic.  An afflicted Venus may bring downfalls or disgrace, jealousy, or violent action.


Venus rules work that requires collaboration, cooperation, and joining together for a common cause.  It also rules partners, both business and marriage, telling about one’s wife and the nature of a husband.  Venus is the planet of comforts of home, luxurious things, and sexual affairs.  While Venus sees common interests, Mars sees points of difference.


Areas of Influence: Harmony, love (peacemakers, cooperation, join for common cause), sensuality (aesthetic sense, luxury, beautiful things, comforts of home), partners (business and personal), fine arts (artistic endeavors and appreciation), female energy

General Effect: harmony, cooperation, beauty

Exalted: psychic power, luxury, artistic talent

Debilitated: jealousy, black magic, downfalls


Mars represents the energy of the living being: our push, endurance, physical activity, and goal-oriented action.  It rules what we do with our energy.  Mars gives direction, determination, leadership, and self-discipline as well as brutality, cruelty, lack of refinement, and excess in words, feelings, and action.  Mars energy is disruptive and sudden and shows wittiness and perseverance.

A strong or weak Mars placement can tell us about our love for work, our competitive spirit and sense of adventure, our prosperity and success with finances, affairs relating to brothers, sexual strength and passion, and even our death.  Conflicts, criminality, enemies, and military affairs are all ruled by Mars.  Mars types like a challenging and daring path in life.


Areas of Influence: Energy, goal-oriented action, outward action, excess in words/actions/feelings, initiating/starting things, secret work, perseverance (drive, focus, love for work), competition (bravery, conflicts, legal actions, enemies, criminality, military), physical (lower chakra organs, accidents and wounds). Male energy

General Effect:  interruptions, bursts of energy, bluntness

Exalted:  strong reserves of energy, great ability to initiate and get things done

Debilitated: conflict, falling prey to secrets, legal issues, criminal behavior



Jupiter is the planet of expansion, fame, luck, reward, and spirit.  It is the most benefic planet, bestowing gifts from God, abundance, charity, hope, and success.  It represents our good in life and what goodness comes to us.


A strong Jupiter is satisfied and happy, living in worship of God, but he must have some sense of moderation to utilize Jupiter’s gifts properly.  Too much Jupiter creates someone who is overly materialistic and caught in the status quo.  A weak Jupiter creates vulnerability to deception, poverty, over-extending oneself, gambling, and carelessness.  


Jupiter reigns over banks and companies, science, religious activity, contact with foreigners, and long journeys.  It affects our creativity in work and in progeny. 


Areas of Influence:  Expansion (bestows gifts from God, our good in life, abundance, business), luck and reward (need a sense of moderation to use gifts properly), spiritual devotion, creativity in work and business, philosophy, the Great Benefic

General Effect: benefit, reward, abundance, spiritual gifts, business expansion

Exalted:  expansion, reward

Debilitated: materialistic, careless, overextending



Saturn is the planet of fate that sets boundaries on our efforts.  He is a constant reminder of the limitations of this realm.  Through his role as taskmaster, he teaches us and opens the gateway to the eternal, taking us beyond this material and mortal life.  His lessons may bring adversities, compulsion, crime, paranoia, sufferings or sorrow, but the ultimate result of Saturn’s difficulties will be inward growth if we learn to take responsibility for our life.  


Saturn also governs time (old age, karma), humble service, and is slow and thorough in nature.  Occupations under this energy include affairs of aging and death, geology, and service-oriented work.  The gifts of Saturn will be the ability to discipline oneself, durability, focus, longevity, and prosperity that comes from real worth.


Areas of Influence:  Taskmaster (but you will keep what you learn), teacher (difficulties lead to inner growth and responsibility), adversity (suffering until lesson learned), time (slow and thorough in nature, karma, old age/wisdom), discipline, focus, humility, prosperity from real worth

General Effect: takes time, humility, adversity, wisdom through hard work

Exalted:  inner growth, longevity, real prosperity

Debilitated:  delays, chronic disease, suffering, no wisdom



This New Age planet has charge of the trend of evolution.  If tradition interferes with progress, it must go; the way must be cleared for the New, even at the cost of dire destruction.  Uranus is the messenger of the "magical" will that is determined to go forward; in that sense it is an emissary of fate.  It is the guardian of new ideas, scientific discoveries, original methods of application and the hitherto untried and unknown universal brotherhood.


In relation to the Cards, Uranus is concerned with labor and labor relations; with groups and fraternal organizations; with land and its values - hence real estate; with the occult and hitherto unknown; and with extra-sensory perception, intuition, and communication with other planes.


Areas of Influence:  real estate, labor, metaphysics, unusual and unexpected things, technology

General Effect:  focus on people we hang out with socially and at work, expect the unexpected

Exalted:  favorable real estate deals, relationship success at work and personally, technical facility  

Debilitated: great effort to deal with work and other relationships, unexpected disruptions wreak havoc



Neptune is called the Planet of the Soul.  It rules inspiration, idealism, and utopian objectives.  It drops a veil over reality and deflects the mind from practical, down-to-earth considerations.  It therefore represents illusion and delusion.  Negatively, our response is lying, deceiving, trickery, and the evil side of subtlety.  It is ruler of liquids and gases, medicines and drugs, commerce and shipping, and all things at a distance.


In relation to the Cards, Neptune represents impractical (either idealistic or foolish) ideas and relationships; spirituality, psychism, mediumship and trance conditions; psychological disturbance; the latter years of life; travel, distant interest, and longings for distant places; "there" not "here."  It is a blessing and a warning.  It can be exalted spiritual awareness.


Areas of Influence: our hopes and fears, secret desires, fantasies and illusions, foreign travel (over water)

General Effect: can affect travel, especially to foreign places, things aren’t always what they seem, good time to wish and dream

Exalted:  will make your dreams come true, clarity of vision and purpose

Debilitated: difficulty distinguishing fantasy from reality, making fears come true rather than dreams


I hope you have taken the opportunity to look up your card!  If not, here is where you will find a chart to help you do that.  Just look up your birthday and you’ll find your Birth Card. (And do it for your friends and family too!)




by Anne Barton

Originally, when I started thinking about an animal that might be compatible with this month’s archetype, the Athlete, a cat came to mind. Then that picture became more specific: a Cheetah. What could personify more the concept of an athlete than a sleek, fast runner? Then I read the description for the Athlete and saw that one of the stories associated with this archetype is The Tortoise and the Hare. That was intriguing. As always, the depth of archetype information, as with the wisdom of animals or any other alchemical discipline, is powerful.

Focus, persistence, longevity, strength of character and resolve – any amongst us might hold these qualities, regardless of outward physical strength or appearance. And so, I share with you Tortoise… (not to be confused with Turtle, which has a whole different set of wisdom!)

TORTOISE/Ancient Wisdom, Remaining True to Oneself

Key points when Tortoise is present:    

  • When changes are made for the sake of change itself, resist. 
  • Remain true to yourself. 
  • Tortoise may guide you in your dreams. 
  • Look to wisdom of the ages for answers to today’s problems.
  • Construct a mental ‘shell’ to protect yourself and remain true to your own being. 
  • Remember, you were born flawless.

I found that Susie Green’s description of the wisdom of Tortoise was so poetic that I decided to share it verbatim.

Tortoise evolved two hundred and twenty million years ago, her beautiful shell artistically fashioned from her strong ribs and dermal bone uniquely protecting the soft, vulnerable flesh within.  When the planet was young, before flowers bloomed, mammals suckled their young, birds flew through cavernous skies, or snakes slithered, Tortoise walked majestically on rock, sand and earth.  Dinosaurs burgeoned, ruled and perished.  Tortoise marched unhurriedly on through time and still plods slowly – through space – a perfect living masterpiece – the embodiment of ancient wisdom.

From the beginnings of recorded history the Chinese recognized the innate power and sagaciousness of Tortoise, appointing her guardian of the heaven’s northern quadrant and using her shell to presage the future.  If Tortoise has stepped into your dreams on determined hoary feet, look to the timeless wisdom of ages, which she will guide you toward.  Within its lore are the answers to problems that beset you today.  Tortoise also counsels that change for the sake of novelty is now to be resisted and advises that you remain true to your way of living, your partner, your creative dream, lest you destroy something which is more wonderful than you yet know.

Tortoise’s ultraslow metabolism conserves life energy – she lives for two hundred years, sometimes more.  The great height of her carapace ensures her invulnerability from the ravening jaws of predators, while the ability to withdraw her head within her shell makes her physical being virtually impregnable.  Living in a fast, ruthless world in which the demands of fashion cause people to reshape their bodies through surgery and status symbols are used to assess their worth, rather than the quality of their characters and souls, is wearing and hard.  These superficial values are ephemeral but the veiled barbs and open criticisms of those who wish you to subscribe to them can still wound.  Like Tortoise, construct a mental carapace to protect yourself and remain true to your own being.  Never forget that just as Tortoise’s hatchlings emerge from their shells, perfect, you too were born flawless. (129)


Works Cited & Resources

Green, Susie.  Animal Wisdom:  Harness the Power of Animals to Liberate Your Spirit. 
     London: Cico Books Ltd., 2005.  Print.

To learn more about my Animal Guide readings, as well as other readings I provide, visit     


This month's recipe from Alexandra Topp

Creamy Quinoa and Broccoli


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 can reduced fat cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli


  • Prepare quinoa per package directions.
  • Once cooked, place in large glass mixing bowl or casserole dish.
  • Add in 2 cups of frozen chopped broccoli, 4 ounces of reduced fat cream cheese and 10.5 ounces (1 can) of reduced fat (Campbell's has a "Healthy Request") cream of chicken.
  • Mix everything together. 
  • Place dish in oven at 350 degrees and bake until it is heated through.

Tip:  Leaving the broccoli frozen keeps it firmer, so if you like softer broccoli you could steam prior to mixing with quinoa.



Kendra Goheen is an Intuitive Guide, Spiritual Director and Certified Life Coach in the Twin Cities. To learn more visit
Yola Dunne, Yola Dunne is a Poet, Intuitive Healer and Archetype Consultant with a private wellness practice in Chelsea, Québec, Canada. For more information visit and
Anne Barton, a California native currently living outside of San Francisco, has dedicated more than 30 years to her journey of personal growth and spiritual development. Visit for more info.
Alexandra Topp, a Registered Nurse who lives in the Twin Cities, has a special interest in nutrition and healthy eating.

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