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The Companion Archetype

The Companion Archetype A companion is someone who travels through life with another person sharing his or her ups and downs. The companion spends a lot of time at this person’s side and acts in a supporting role. A companionship is a partnership, a pairing of two people with one supporting the dreams and motivations of the other. The companion archetype is also known by the names friend, sidekick, wingman, and right arm. We all have friends and are friends…

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Our Collective Crisis of Faith

Click below to listen to the full audio of Stacey Couch’s discussion of our collective crisis of faith and how you can help.   Wild Gratitude · Finding Faith in the Midst of a Global Crisis   Finding Faith in the Midst of a Global Crisis During these especially challenging times when our entire planet is facing a pandemic, a serious global health crisis, it is really important that we step back and take a look at how we are…

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The Mystic Archetype

The Mystic Archetype The mystic archetype brings us into another world, the world of the soul. I have little hope to encompass the whole of the mystic archetype. However, I can direct you to the depths and the places to watch. A thick mist surrounds the mystic, shrouding her so you can never quite grasp her. To those around her she is a reservoir of peace. Inside she struggles in turmoil. The keystone of what makes the mystic relatable is…

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The Vampire Archetype

The Vampire Archetype A deep, dark aura steeped in mystery and symbolism surrounds the historically demonized, currently glamorized vampire archetype. Energetically, yes, the vampire archetype represents people who drain your energy. However, it goes well beyond this oversimplification. When you’re ready to go to bed, anyone wanting to keep you up and talk is going to be a drain on your energy. That doesn’t mean that they embody the vampire archetype. It means you’re tired and they’re not. When considering…

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The Rescuer Archetype

The Rescuer Archetype In the self-help field the rescuer archetype has a fairly bad reputation for enabling others and fostering co-dependency. There is a hyper-focus on breaking the habit of rescuing others. We are encouraged to have more time and energy to be creative, and less stress and drama. However, the rescuer archetype has a light side that is a gift to humanity, and, if you balance this pattern well, to you too. This is an archetype that is judged…

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The Shape-Shifter Archetype

Recognizing the Shape-Shifter The shape-shifter archetype is a slippery archetype to define. One signature way to know you are in the realm of the shape-shifter is when you have a hard time figuring out who someone is. Just when you have them pegged, they surprise you and show up as someone completely different. If you have this archetype it is likely that you easily slip into the skin of other archetypes. You probably struggle to define yourself because you feel…

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The Visionary Archetype

The Visionary Archetype The visionary archetype appeals to a lot of people. She is mostly known for her positive qualities of great imagination, forethought, optimism, and creativity. To be a visionary means to be forward thinking and be ahead of everyone else. Some people believe that the visionary archetype indicates exceptional intelligence because of the capacity to envision what’s possible. A person with the visionary archetype is traditionally seen as a natural leader in their field that other people admire.…

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Archetypes List

Archetypes List This selection of over 350 archetypes includes major archetypes (in bold font) and the sub-archetypes that are similar to them. If you have additional archetypes you’d like to be considered for this list please list them in the comments below. If you have questions about archetypes on the list or how they are categorized, also please post your questions below. This archetypes list is a work in progress and there are no hard and fast rules here. The…

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The Liberator Archetype

The Liberator Archetype There are countless stories of the liberator archetype throughout history. Look for the prominent revolutionaries turned world leaders that set an entire population free from oppression. Primary models of the liberator archetype are Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, and Ghandi. Hundreds of years ago in the United States, numerous liberators were at work freeing African Americans from slavery, President Lincoln being one of the most well known among them. More recently, Martin Luther King Jr. marched for freedom from the…

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The Slave Archetype

The Slave Archetype The slave archetype is almost always seen in the shadow. We understand what it means to be utterly under the control of someone else. This control can be so absolute that a person in the clutches of the shadow slave loses her identity altogether. She has no concept of free will. The slave in the shadow can appear soulless, to have lost all sense of value. A commodity to be passed around and used up, this person…

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