Anima, Animus, Animate: Exploring Masculine and Feminine Archetypes Through the Tarot

mag-hp-tarotDate: Friday, September 9th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8
Presented by: Phantasmaphile

Masculine = Male. Feminine = Female. Right? Not necessarily. The masculine and the feminine are archetypal and ancient energies that exist within us as a collective as well as individually, regardless of gender. Long before Jung interjected “anima” and “animus” (inner female and inner male) into our understanding of the self, the Major Arcana, or Major Trumps, of the Tarot incorporated facets of these concepts into its depiction of the journey of the soul. Kathy Biehl, a professional proponent of symbolism as life guidance, will lead a visual and experiential exploration of the masculine and the feminine through images from the Tarot. Using a variety of decks from her private collection, she will discuss the diverse and nuanced ways in which the masculine and the feminine find expression — and each other. After surveying artists’ interpretations of the archetypes, she will introduce participants to their own inner masculine and feminine, through guided meditation.

Bio: Astrologer, Tarot master, attorney and author, Kathy Biehl lives and works on a bridge between intuition and the rational mind. She has been reading the Tarot since her mid-teens, when her mother unexpectedly gave her a deck after an otherwise ordinary day of high school. An undergraduate diet of German literature (heavy on Romanticism and fairy tales) and art history cultivated her innate bent for interpreting and working with symbolism, which informs her writing, classes, guided meditation recordings, and client consultations. Androgyny and gender confusion became an unintended but ongoing research project during her two decades in and around Houston’s alternate arts community, which she chronicled in her long-running zine The Ladies’ Fetish & Taboo Society Compendium of Urban Anthropology. Her website is

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