hermit archetype

The Hermit Archetype

The Hermit Archetype First and foremost, you must know that not every introvert has the hermit archetype.  According to Susan Cain in her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, one-third to one-half of all people are introverts. If being an introvert meant having the hermit archetype, then one out of every two or three people you know would classify as a hermit. There are different percentages of introversion depending on which personality test you…

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sage archetype

The Sage, Crone and Guide Archetypes

Archetypes of Wisdom The sage archetype, crone archetype and guide archetype are variations on the theme of the wisdom. They are the wisdom archetype embodied in human form. Wisdom is defined as “the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.” People carrying a wisdom archetype are sensible, shrewd, and down-to-earth. Within the wisdom archetypes there is a balance between the left-brain rational capacity and the right-brain intuitive talent. In other words, these…

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wounded healer archetype

The Healer and Wounded Healer Archetypes

The Healer Archetype The healer archetype and the wounded healer archetype are extremely popular these days. It is really astounding how many people feel called to and covet these patterns of power. The upside is that there are more helpers out there healing humans, animals and the planet – maybe more than ever before. On the other hand, the popularity highlights the gifts, talents and light of the healer archetype while denying the possible destructive nature. The light aspect of the healer…

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winter solstice celebrations

How to: Winter Solstice Celebrations

Winter Solstice Celebrations The Winter Solstice celebrations happen every year on the 21st or 22nd of December for those of us in the northern hemisphere. If you are in the southern hemisphere, this same date is your Summer Solstice. (Read about creating a summer solstice ceremony.) The Winter Solstice is the day with the least daylight of all other days of the year. The sun is at its lowest point in the southern sky. The rays of the sun are the faintest and…

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goddess archetype

The Goddess Archetype

The Many Faces of the Goddess Archetype A galaxy of archetypes onto herself, the goddess archetype is one of the most profound and overwhelming archetypes to know. She is primary among female archetypes, embodying the divine feminine. She is the powerful, pure essence of what it means to be a woman. In her gifts, the goddess archetype radiates power and grace. People are drawn to her magnetic presence. She illuminates like the sun and perplexes like the night. She is enigmatic and timeless. There is…

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horse symbolism


Horse Symbolism Horse symbolism, like a band of wild horses, could be explained in 1,000,000 words yet never be described. We try to capture horse spirit animal in our imaginations, yet fail. Our kinship with horses runs deep in the veins of our ancestry. Shrouded in mystery, subjugation, and liberation no quantification of the power of horses suffices. We always come up wanting for more. Rather than finding frustration when looking at what does a horse symbolize, turn this cart around and go back to where you…

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mentor archetype

The Mentor, Teacher, and Student Archetypes

Think about what archetypes relate to learning. Typically the mentor, teacher and student come to mind first right? Over and over again, people lump these three together. However, these archetypes differ beyond the oversimplified distinction between who is in charge. The work of deciphering which archetypes belong to you is so important because it challenges you to get specific about who you are. If you are interested in knowledge and passing it on, could you choose just one of these three archetypes to identify yourself? How well do you know your…

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world animal day

How to: Celebrate World Animal Day

Why Celebrate World Animal Day? By this point our global community has named every day as a national day for someone or international day to celebrate something. There are entire websites dedicated keeping us up with what or who we should be celebrating on any given day. There is caregiver’s day, marine mammal awareness day, international tiger day, and, yes, cotton candy day (It’s December 7th by the way.) How do we choose any, if any, to commemorate? Well, it all depends…

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peacock symbolism


Peacock Symbolism The myths and legends of countless deities are soaked in peacock symbolism and adorned in the peacock’s iridescent tail feathers. Let me start with the short list of gods and goddesses that are associated with peacock meaning: Jesus, the Greek goddess Hera, the Hindu gods Shiva and Indra, the Greek god Argus, and the Hindu Lord Krishna. Not only are all of the friends of peacocks often deities, most of them are also the royalty of the heavens, the supreme of…

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lover archetype

The Lover Archetype

The Lover Archetype True to her tendency for fluidity, the lover archetype often merges into other archetypes such as the hedonist, the goddesses (especially Aphrodite), the mother, the artist, the caregiver, the fool, and the Don Juan. This makes it difficult to determine if you are under her influence or if you should look elsewhere for insight. The biggest difference between the lover archetype and all other archetypes is her lack of agenda in loving. She seeks love for the sake of…

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