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Understanding the Magician Archetype

Understanding the Magician Archetype

Written by on January 27, 2016 in On Archetypes with 24 Comments

Introduction The Magician is an archetype associated with mystery, alchemy and transformation. In the shadow it can be used to deceive, distract and manipulate by altering perceptions of reality. The Magician has an innate relationship with potentiality and possibility. The Magician is a thinker, a weaver, a creator of sacred space, a visionary and an […]

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Understanding the Slave Archetype

Understanding the Slave Archetype

Written by on October 16, 2013 in On Archetypes with 11 Comments

Introduction Archetypes are about the management of our power and this is readily seen in the Slave Archetype. The Slave has negative connotations and images of the control and subjugation of one person over another come to mind. But the slave is about the relationship with the self. Cultivating a connection to the self is […]

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Understanding the Wounded Child Archetype

Understanding the Wounded Child Archetype

Written by on June 6, 2013 in On Archetypes with 41 Comments

Understanding the Wounded Child Archetype Introduction The Wounded Child archetype is only one aspect of the Child archetype. There are many variations of the Child archetype including, the Invisible Child, the Eternal Child, the Nature Child, the Magical Child, the Divine Child and others. We all have an inner child that lives in us and […]

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Understanding the Hero Archetype

Understanding the Hero Archetype

Written by on May 13, 2013 in On Archetypes with 6 Comments

Introduction The hero is one of the most enduring and prevalent archetypes in our society. It has been around for a long time and seems destined to be around for a long time to come. Some of our earliest images and motifs of the hero comes from Greek and Roman mythology. Characters like Jason and […]

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Understanding the Rebel Archetype

Understanding the Rebel Archetype

Written by on January 15, 2013 in On Archetypes with 9 Comments

Understanding The Rebel Archetype An American Icon The Rebel archetype is a very American archetype and is in some ways a definitive behavior of the American individual and is inexorably linked to freedom. Its the wild, wild west with all it’s renegades and law-breakers. America was founded on rebellions from the Pilgrims and Puritans rebelling […]

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Understanding the Missionary Archetype

Understanding the Missionary Archetype

Written by on November 17, 2012 in On Archetypes with 7 Comments

Understanding the Missionary Archetype Do you feel called to perform some important mission in life? Have you always felt that you needed to do something important for mankind, for your community, or even for your family? Has this feeling permeated your whole life? If so, you may have the Missionary Archetype. Origins of the Missionary […]

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Understanding the Companion Archetype

Understanding the Companion Archetype

Written by on October 15, 2012 in On Archetypes with 3 Comments

Understanding the Companion Archetype What does it mean to be a Companion? The archetype of the Companion explores the ways we relate to each other, for the Companion cannot be a devoted friend unless there is someone that needs them in that role. The No. 2 needs to have a No. 1. This dynamic is […]

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Understanding the Victim Archetype

Understanding the Victim Archetype

Written by on September 29, 2012 in On Archetypes with 28 Comments

Understanding the Victim Archetype There are few archetypes as pervasive and deeply entrenched into our cultural identities than the Victim.  Many books and movies use the Victim as a protagonist to great effect. Everyone can relate to the Victim and we love to root for the underdog, the downtrodden and the disadvantaged. There is nothing […]

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Understanding the Healer Archetype

Understanding the Healer Archetype

Written by on September 18, 2012 in On Archetypes with 19 Comments

The Healer archetype is an old and intriguing archetype. Every culture from earliest tribes of ancient man all through the ages to modern times, has the archetype of the Healer in their culture. It is a part of the human experience to be hurt, wounded or injured in some way whether it be physical, emotional […]

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Understanding the Truthsayer Archetype

Understanding the Truthsayer Archetype

Written by on September 11, 2012 in On Archetypes with 4 Comments

The Truthsayer archetype is primarily about living in alignment with truth. But what truth? If you happen to belong to a religion, then you may align yourself completely with the doctrine and tenets of that religion. If you are raised by hippies, gypsies or other fringe groups you will find a need to articulate your […]

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