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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 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 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 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 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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Understanding the Hermit Archetype

Understanding the Hermit Archetype

Written by on August 28, 2012 in On Archetypes with 13 Comments

Summary The Hermit is sometimes depicted as an old man or old woman and is known also as the wise one or sage.  The Hermit typically lives in a mountain cave, sometimes deep in a forest glen in a hut or tree. He/she lives alone and is usually on the outskirts of a town or […]

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Understanding the Martyr Archetype

Understanding the Martyr Archetype

Written by on June 28, 2012 in On Archetypes with 17 Comments

The Martyr Archetype It is important to remember that all archetypes are neutral. They are not good or bad. They are patterns of behavior and when we are unaware of them, they fall into shadow. The shadow is not bad,  it simply hides the behavior from our awareness. When it is hidden in the shadow […]

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Archetypes

Archetypes

Written by on May 28, 2012 in On Archetypes with 8 Comments

One of the best tools for self awareness that I have discovered has been archetypes. Thanks to Carolyn Myss the concept of archetypes taken from the writings of Carl Jung have been made accessible to mainstream society and is not limited to psychoanalysts. Carolyn Myss’ book Sacred Contracts is a wonderful starting point for entering […]

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