James Wanless Ph.D.

Life Navigator & Mentor


How Captain Pickacard, James Wanless, has utilized the Archetypes of Fool Child through Fortune to overcome Cancer!


(Excerpt from James Wanless Series “Invasions of the Prostate Snatchers (NOT”)

Awakened by my prostate cancer, I knew there was plenty of good oncologists, but what about me as a patient?.  For every doctor out there, how about the healer in ourselves?  Many assume that a pill or procedure will do the job, but as we know, success at anything is always an “inside job.” That’s why placebos work so well. Never underestimate the power of the mind.

So, what could I do to co-heal with the radiation therapy, the shots, the pills, and cope with all the unholy physical effects?  The answer… take my own medicine!  Activate the primordial power and wisdom of the universal personality archetypes within us all that are found primarily in the Voyager Tarot cards of “FOOL” through “FORTUNE.”  These are the heavyweights of every tarot and constitute what I call the “fortune formula.”  By embodying these deep and primordial inner resources, you can do just about anything and succeed, like defeating cancer.

Everyday, I take this formula.  It starts with being the HERMIT, going inwards knowing that I am my own best physician.  Within our very DNA, we have inherited eons and eons of self-healing experience.  Armed with this confidence, I take ultimate responsibility for curing myself.

Akin to my inner Hermit is the PRIESTESS “wise woman” archetype. She represents our inner knowing, our intuition, for what is best for ourselves. The word, “intuition,” means education from within.  I am a total believer in this power having followed it relentlessly and researched it, as evidenced in two of my books, “Intuition@Work” and “Strategic Intuition for the 21st Century.”  When I was first introduced to the book, “Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers,” co-written by my friend Ralph Blum of the Runes with an oncologist doctor, I knew immediately that this was the physician for me. When i met Dr. Scholz, I intuitively liked him. No BS, no nerd, a fit, physical guy, innovative, widely respected, and funny!

All this is good by going inwards trusting and believing in myself, but it’s easy to get depressed and frightened about it all, which must be countered. So, I call upon the FOOL-CHILD archetype who with an open child-like mind of wonder reminds me that it’s all an “adventure.”  Life is an adventure. Cancer is an adventure. Add to that the FORTUNE-MAKER archetype who declares that everything, and I mean everything, is an “opportunity” to be more of me and to do what I am supposed to be doing with my life. Both of these archetypes give us the correct mind-set about life that “it’s all good,” even cancer.

Vital to successfully living this adventure and opportunity is knowing that we can’t do it alone.  Not only must I have a medical team, but trusted friends!  This means calling in the LOVERS archetype, which is about reaching out to others for help and support.  In fact, a great friend of mine, Julie King, stepped forward and created a fundraising platform to raise money for my medical expenses. As of now, over a hundred of my friends/clients/students have contributed. Just experiencing this has been most comforting to me and is a major contributor my ongoing healing.

And for sure when your life is threatened, it’s time to make some magic by following the Magician’s “fortune formula” for manifestation. Starting with the MAGICIAN archetype, use the magic of imagination.  By visualizing myself coming through cancer and becoming a more golden, radiant, successful, happier, healthier person, I have the inspiration and focus. What you see, you can be.

Then, as the heartfelt EMPRESS, feel the great desire and love you have to live, live well, and live long!  I ask myself everyday, while placing my hands on my heart, why I want to continue living with five different reasons. I call it the “Five Why’s” and it works because it helps me sustain my motivation for surviving and thriving.

But all of this good inner work of accessing and embodying these amazing archetypes that we all have within us is for naught unless we believe!  The HIEROPHANT wisdom teacher is that part of us that keeps us mindful about staying positive and booting out the negative inner judge and doubter. Of course, there are setbacks along the healing path and in fact, there is no success without setback – each setback is actually one step back and two steps forward.  I am mindful that I will not let the “shadow demon” within sabotage my life and my work! Thank you our Hierophant mentor of mindfulness.

Now that I see it, feel it, and believe it, I do it!  As the CHARIOT archetype, I keep exercising and moving my body.  Radiation has done some weird things to my body, let alone to my memory, but unless “you use it, you lose it.”  So, I walk almost everyday, up hills, along the beach and I make it an aerobic walk of walking fast, breathing hard, and sweating, in spite of the hot flashes. And I pump weighted balls for my muscle workout.  In fact, my great doctor wrote into his therapy for me, in addition to the testosterone blockers and radiation treatments, that I’m supposed to go to the gym three times a week.

Then, the BALANCE archetype counsels me to be patient, take it one step and one day at a time. Time is a great healer.  And so is food, so I am on a good diet where “food is medicine.”  When I talk to my inner Balancer, she says, “keep going and stay chill. You are ok, okay enough!” I love enoughness. Enough is enough. OK!

Onwards and back to the FORTUNE MAKER, I am told to make my healing way a repetitive habit!  Around and around, keep repeating all the great principles of the archetypes.  Repeat these and you will not deplete.  The reward of self-renewal is on its way!

This healing path has surely made me more conscious of all my wise and powerful inner archetypes. I have an excellent relationship with them because they are me and beyond me.  Archetypal connectivity is a surefire way to engage and channel the higher power. Having the life force on your side makes you far more stronger than usual. Finally, the “x-factor” of the Fortune Formula is expectancy. I expect a miracle of complete cancer remission and a more wholesome and complete human with destiny fulfilled. This is how miracles happen!

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My intellectual strength has always been my ability to connect the dots between wildly divergent worlds, such as integrating my political science Ph.D. understanding of governance with my tarot deck of cards called Voyager. With this inter-connective curiosity for seeing underlying patterns, here’s a cross-thinking way of understanding Golden State Warrior basketball dominance.

Here’s the dots that bring together computational biology, basketball, millennials, chaos, random thinking, sports talk radio, teamwork, Uber and sustainable success.

First Dot… A computational research institute in Paris has discovered that a person’s ability for decision-making and “random thinking” peaks at age 25. According to this study, randomness is a mentally difficult task, requiring sustained, focused attention and cognitive skill. As the study states,  “If you can think randomly, you’re at the top of your ‘game.’” What game I ask, basketball?  Meanwhile, other studies have shown that this kind of thinking is associated with brainstorming, solving problem and thus, “creativity.”

Second Dot…  A sports writer, Chris Herring, in five-thirty eight.com, describes the Warrior basketball offense as “organized chaos.”

Third Dot… Warrior assistant coach, Mike Brown, says that the Warrior offense is a high-level form of “unscripted playground basketball.” Brown continues to say, “when you have something that’s not scripted, your opponent breaks down because it’s different every single time.”

Fourth Dot… Colin Cowherd, in his national sports talk show, said this morning that the Warriors are in fact a young team, a “millennial team” (age 21-33). As he correctly says, millennials are team oriented. Indeed, “‘Me’ is a disease and there’s no ‘I’ in team.”  Look around and notice the flourishing of mostly millennial, collaborative co-worker spaces, project economies, startup businesses.

Fifth Dot… Gregg Popovich, Hall of Fame basketball coach, says of the Warriors, “No team is more unselfish, finding the open man…they get credit for that. They’re way, way more than just their talent.”

Sixth Dot… Utah Jazz Coach says of the Warriors, “They’re great shooters, but beyond that ‘they’re great thinkers.’”

Connecting the Dots… When you have a true “team” of “millennials” and “thinkers” who “create chaotic randomness,” plus the age-old requirement of talent, they are the “team of the times!”  And as a young team, if they stay together with “purpose,” they may have the greatest team of all.

Now, it takes an adaptive, renewable coach and management to direct this show and grow “young themselves,” which is my life path and business strategy. Don’t grow old, think neoteny.  Be the future, now. And if you can build a team, like my nascent “Voyager Collabo” company, you will be on “top of your game” for a sustainable while.

Lo and behold, Golden State  is essentially a “Silicon Valley” based franchise. The Warriors are the basketball version of young companies like Facebook, Twitter, Snapshot, Instagram, and like Uber which drives around, stays in motion, and finds the open man.

The moral of the story is organize your chaos into a productive system, where even you are not sure where you’re going next, except score!


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Voyager Counsel-Coaching CASE STUDY

Not fortune telling, Voyager is a life map that by consulting it as a wholistic tool for “fortune creation,” it gives insight and inspiration for inner work and outer action that leads to wholeness (allness and unity), authenticity, purpose, power, plan, path.  

Case Studies by me are condensations of consultations that include  Cards and their Interpretation for a Client’s Situation, Diagnosis, Prescription, and Resolution.

(This session was conducted on the phone for an hour-long session using my “Question and Answer Conversation with the Cards” technique. All Cards chosen facedown in response to my questions)

SITUATION: Client is Hollywood movie production guy.  Worked very successfully with “Avatar” blockbuster film, which was a full-time, pressure cooker, over-the-top situation.  Has a new stable job with another successful production company.  Has just had his second son.  Has dreams about working with Avatar team again as they gear up for producing Avatar 2.  Wonders about this.



What about working again with Avatar?  – Negativity (5 Crystals)

Has negative thoughts about going to work again with that Avatar team. Not a healthy situation for him. Has bouts of depression.  

But why the dreams he gets about working with Avatar again?  – Devil’s Play  XIV

High times, amazing times, professional breakthrough creating an awesome, revolutionary film.

But has family, new child, stable marriage, good work. Was single when he worked on Avatar. Knows that present situation is great, really.



How to let go of Avatar ambitions and dreams? – Time-Space XX

Time heals.

Same Question: How to let go of Avatar ambitions and dreams and fully embrace his life as is?  – Player (Child of Worlds)

Have fun with his kids (he goes to Disneyland, etc. with them).

– Have his own fun and play his own Dionysian (Devil’s Play) way!!!! He needs time-out from stable life to live out his wild side.

– He recommends to himself that he go out to the desert for some “soulitude” and with some mind enhancements.


What about that? – Harmony (Eight of Wands)

YES, YES, YES!  The sound of silence, the rocks of ages, the song of space, transportation to a different world.  (This client is known to dive into past lives and sermonize about the meaning of it all).



Don’t leave present work; Live with the inner ambiguity about Avatar desires and memories and the reality of his great life.


Card for this Resolution Action: LOVERS

By embracing both and all sides of himself (the responsible rational Apollonian and wild Dionysian subpersonality archetypes) he is fulfilled, complete, whole, healed!  




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I have written a mythic story about a rooster who evolved and became “exceptional.” This myth is accompanied by online Rooster Cards.  Each of the 44 Cards graphically symbolize a part or chapter of the story.  

Several months ago I wrote this part below of the “THE EXCEPTIONAL ROOSTER.”  It’s about “Roosta the Rooster” becoming the “ruler of the roost” and his acceptance speech.  In my talk to the chicken coop, I got political and very resistant to the ways human were treating us chickens.

Read this below and then I will fill you in with the rest of this amazing turn of events!

“Hens and Roosters, It’s a new day! Cock-a-doodle-DO – WE DO TOGETHER!

We are not going to be just a “chicken in every pot,” like some human’s use as their political campaign slogan. Like a famous car maker Henry Ford once said, “Our business is healthy, when like a chicken, we scratch around.” Yes, we are healthy. Our roost is busy and active. We work together to create our nest egg. We are not putting all our eggs in one basket, we are diversifying. We are not going to count our chickens before they hatch. With our rooster industry, we are going to have more to live on than just our lousy and toxic chicken feed. We have pride in ourselves but not like a “hen who struts like a rooster and so is invited for dinner.” We don’t want to be strutting around like a banty rooster. We need to stick our necks out to support each other. Resourceful and resilient, we will use everything but the crow. We are not going to waste time trying to hatch rooster eggs. And one other thing, no chickenhawks! Those who talk brave and want to fight like some rooster politicians and not participate are not welcome here. If you want to put up a squawk, let’s talk about it.

Our first act as a unified coop is that we are going to boycott all artificial chicken feed full of chemicals. Who do they think we are? They ain’t gettin’ no eggs from us until they feed us properly. We ain’t making no more babies until they feed us right. We can do this and we must do this. We are going to die anyway, but not because of the poison we are fed. We are committed to dying on our own terms

Please don’t get the impression that we are pushy chickens. In fact, we are humble and very giving and generous. We can even live and give you eggs in your backyard. We are no trouble, except when I wake everyone up at dawn’s early light. We are are making a stand for our rights so that everyone else will have better chicken and eggs to eat. We all win!

Cock-a-doodle-US-FOREVER AND EVER!”

Lo and behold, on May 1, Tyson Foods, the largest poultry producer announces that it will go antibiotic-free!

Amazing!  What can we learn from this? When something is in the air, it’s in the air for all to breathe. If you are feeling something, it’s guaranteed that others are feeling it too. Remember the #wanlesswildwisdoms “rule of life” that “everything is connected to everything.” Hence, synchronicity.  So, if you are feeling passionately about anything, share it!  Putting it out there is getting it out there for others to pick up.

To have impact in the world and make a difference, tell your story. The “x-factor” that gives your words power is to make it mythic.  Myths are archetypal, eternal and universal which gives it enhanced impact.

Don’t “be a chicken,” live your MYTH – acronym for “Make Yourself The Hero.”  

For even more power, portray yourself and your myth with symbolic imagery. As the great psychologist C.G. Jung once said, “The mechanism that moves energy is the picture-symbol.” Having actual photos of “Roosta the Leader” and having embodied Roosta myself has given me and my voice and story and myth a greater and deeper transmission and thus contributing to Tyson’s listening and following Roosta’s call for justice!

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I am so much more sensitive and emotional than ever before. I wonder what’s going on.  Am I becoming a woman who feels and follows feelings?  But I’m a guy, I’m a Taurus. Maybe it’s because I’m having some dreaded prostate issues. I was heartened, however, by a passage in a book titled “The Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers,” by my now deceased great friend, Ralph Blum of  Runes fame, in which he writes:  “If you’re  over 70 and don’t have some prostate cancer, you’re probably a woman.” Right on Ralph! Yes, I am man, a real man!

Nevertheless, my doctor prescribed some tiny little pills that are testosterone blockers. Testosterone is a driving force for prostate problems. Since taking these, I have cried, I have screamed, I have gotten supremely pissed of, deeply loving, very anxious (and not just because of Trump’s gross ignorance and delusional, duplicitous ego).  Every feeling has become magnified.

As an optimist and opportunist because I follow the wisdom of the “Fortune Maker” archetype in Voyager, I am finding this a wondrous journey into the emotions associated with the feminine.  I see now why women are the feelers and empaths, the tarot readers and therapists.  Maybe women’s intuition is a physical product of the female brain mixed with estrogen?  Read “The Female Brain” by Louann Brizendine for more understanding about this.

On the other hand, perhaps my growing emotionality has nothing to do with hormones and is just a result of my calamitous situation of being wanless, car-less, and almost moneyless and homeless.  Remember one of the greatest “rules of life” – “Everything is connected to everything.”  Is it any wonder that as I lose my man-force, I am losing just about everything else?

Parenthetically, in my “U.S. Presidential campaign of 1992″ running on the platform of Tarot for All, Archetypes as Advisors, and April Fools Day as National Holiday, I stated “Wan(t) Less, Get More!” So now I’m feeling that pledge.  And btw, instead of “Tarot,” we got candidate “Perot.”  It was close, too close.

But let’s not forget this “rule of life” – “Everything, every moment, every event, every person no matter how smarmy, every every” is all energy!” – thus, supremely useful as a resource for the most imperative skill of the 21st century – to be “renew-able.”  As I say about doing the Cards, “less is more.”  Everything we own, owns us. So, “losing it all is actually gaining more” – more lightness, freedom, autonomy, purpose, and more mobility for renewal and regeneration.

Life is a learning process and so my new adventure is all about personal growth and evolution. I once remember taking some psilocybin (a mushroom psychedelic compound) back in the day and had 24 hours of total paranoia, and can now absolutely understand the trauma and insanity of those having such mental issues. It was terrifying and terrific!  As they say, “if it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger” and certainly more aware.

My own spiritual path of “ever-renewing aliveness” is being tested now. Taking my own mind-medicine, I turn my worry into presence and preparation and my anger into passion and purpose.  I do the “Magician’s magic manifestation” ritual: I see myself in gold light being completely healthy and more expansively integrated and whole. I recall my motivation for wanting to live and really live, fully alive!. I believe in myself and affirm that I can and am revitalizing and resurrecting myself. I am “doing the do,” like going out to get a small, light affordable car. Doing so,  I expect all good things to happen.  As a result, I am already feeling more alive now with even more gusto  – the aliveness of a turned on mind, pumping heart, robust body, and inspired spirit. And of course, I am becoming more integrated by uniting my yin and yang.  Maybe it’s a “sign” that for the first time ever I saw a sign on a bathroom door recently that said “gender neutral.”  How about being “gender whole” – healed, healthy, and happy.  

I love you prostate. You have awakened me.  I am grateful and not dead!  For some of you who might get this…Where’s Jerry?  There’s “fire on the mountain!” Cockadoodledo!  Get my “Exceptional Rooster Cards and Story” and get fired up!  www.james-wanless.com


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