James Wanless Ph.D.

Life Navigator & Mentor

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!  





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!


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



Just having read a neuroscience study about “superaging, count me in. I can still remember names and write articles. So far, so good. But what do the neuroscientists say are the activities that keep us mentally nimble like a 25 year old?  And is that it?  Is “superaging” only about playing bridge at 85 or just warding off dementia?

I like what the neuroscientists say though.  They espouse the old “work ethos,” but this time it’s working on yourself. It follows the universal eco-principle of “use it or lose it.”

To stay mentally fit, it’s not playing Sudoku (unless you want to be good at Sudoku). It’s about pushing your thinking mind. Neuroscience is on the right path, but from my experience of working at being a “superager,” it’s using your “whole brain.” This includes applying the mental faculties of creative and analytical thinking, picturing the past while imagining the future, and exercising the intuitive and emotional parts of our intelligence.

As part of mental fitness, sustain your “EQ,” which in addition to being mindful of emotions, it’s “emotional fitness.”  For a real energizer workout, express your feelings with gusto the way a bird cries an alarm or chirps a love ballad.  It’s a “sonic tonic.”  Do your “CQ,” which is the intelligence of actively following your curiosity.  And be “intuactive” – spontaneously act on intuitive impulses which are located in the emotional part of your forebrain.  This all means not to get sedated with the same old thinking and way of thinking. Grow your brain, which in fact occurs when your work it out holistically by as much sounding as thinking, and feeling your way along as much as logic would have it.

The super secret of “superaging” is to not be sedated by a sedentary lifestyle.  Neuroscientists have come to the conclusion that to keep the mind alert and attentive, you must move the body.  Even psychologists recognize that “sedentary behavior disorder” is a pathology.  A workout a day keeps the shrink away.  But what kind of workout?  Actually, the “fountain of youth” is right under your nose. It’s conscious breathing in harmony with physical movement.  Study after study has declared that aerobic workouts with intentional heavy and rapid breath make you creative, more intelligent, and a quick learner. Just going for a walk, but walking fast and breathing hard, is the single greatest habit and practice to follow.  Your brain gets younger because it grows new brain cells and it has changed my life.


Don’t be one of those 50% who join a gym but then don’t go. The best to keep working out is to get the endorphin hormones to kick in. Exercising hard gives you the “feel good” sensation gives you a healthy and natural opioid craving for it’s ecstatic high!

The “superager” grows young mentally, emotionally, physically.  It takes “attitude” for sustaining youthfulness by working out your whole self!  It seems like work and it is, but the key to this entire path is motivation!  This to me means “inspiration” – in-spirited and infused with the life force, which is inherent within us to keep growing to fulfill our life purpose and potential to be all that we can be. All of nature, except for us humans, do their very best to be who they are.  We however, get complacent and conflicted. As I say, it’s “death by comfort.” so get going to work on yourself to do your “lifework” and harvest yourself, ike all of nature, to become more resourceful, richer, and sustainable.  Become better with age into a sage. This takes a “breakout” from the concept of retired life into a state of “refirement.”

To get energized and re-energized to live the full life, turn on the power of your mind.  Exercise your imagination to picture your healthy, enlivened self years in your future. Feel it in your heart and throughout your body. Believe and affirm this in your thoughts. Take action. This has been my superager “wholistic” formula – see it, feel it, believe it, do it, expect it.  It’s the magic elixir.

Remember, not only are we our thoughts, our feelings, our actions, we are the people we live and socialize with. To stay young of heart and spirit, body, and mind develop a circle of fellow life-enthusiasts, seekers, explorers, creatives.

JAMES WANLESS, PH.D. is 74 years-young who authors, speaks, and counsels. He is the author of “The Sustain Ability,” an eco-psychologist who has created Sustain Yourself green wisdom cards, corporate trainer with Intuition@Work, and human potential mentor with his best-selling Voyager tarot Life-Master cards.

Balance.  endorphins

Growing young.

There’s alot to agree with in this study and

I am doing what the article says and more. According to the latest studies of our brain, it shows that by certain activities, we actually grow more neurons, which leads to a longer “wellthy” life.

At 74, it’s so far so good.

It’s getting fit for life, work out your brain and body. Use it or lose it.

Because I am more creative, more motivated, more mobile, more purposeful, more profitable, more passionate than ever before.

Conscientious stanford study

which first means loving life!

My brain is more creative, my heart is more motivated, my body is mobile, and I am inspired. I love life.


Work yourself… use it or lose it.

Fit for Life

Physically…. Aerobic walk, no sedentary behavior

Mentally… harvest what you know and keep creating

Emotional Fitness. Express emotions which put us into motion

Spiritual purpose of growth to be you and all of you.

The life force of curiosity, exploration

Make work you.. Harvest you!

Productive and useful to the end.. Nature.

Grow young

WHY CARDS? See the Voyager Signature Reading: The Whole Self Mandala

I made the multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-use VOYAGER TAROT to create a 21st century “map of life,” a true “gps of the soul” for navigating our changing world and for creating our own fortunes.

I use the Cards “face-up” to give me inspiration and counsel for successfully completing my endeavors, and I pick cards “face-down” to break me free of my habitual assumptions and projections. It’s a wondrous whole-brain tool for new insight and innovative thinking.  I call this process “fortune creation,” an evolution far beyond fortune-telling prediction fiction.

Voyager Cards are all nuggets of information that are holistically organized in an archetypal way that nudges the psyche in a deep, positive and grounded way. The surprise, the synchronicity, and the visual symbols collaged into a dreamlike landscape pique our curious intuition, which is the x-factor for evoking brilliance.

The most amazing corporate event I’ve ever had with the Cards was an afternoon with Oracle, Inc. Their accountants went creatively bonkers loving the play of possibilities as a team-building exercise by interacting intuitively and mythically as they chose Cards for the “Hero’s Journey” process I gave them.

The “Whole Self Mandala” in my short video presentation is a way of reading the cards to determine the state of our wholeness, healthiness and synergy of mind, heart, body and spirit; and to reflect upon the condition of our finances, work, home and love life.

This ten-card layout is a perfect mandala for assessing and manifesting our visions and dreams for this coming year, which in 2016 is the “Year of Harvest.”

In the short video, I actually picked a couple of cards facedown from the Mandala layout and they were Nine of Crystals “Narrowness” and the Ten Card “Fortune.  Both of these Cards are “perfect” because my message in this number nine “Year of Harvest” is stay focused and go the whole nine years (Narrowness) and take the entrepreneurial risk of breaking out and taking a chance (Fortune). “Why We do Cards ” is because we learn to trust the mystery of synchronicity and embrace uncertainty and the wisdom of letting go of control.  In this world today of continuous change, those are the right and necessary qualities to have.



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