What is an Archetype?
An archetype can refer to any image or pattern than is universal such as the idea of “home” or “war” for example. The Greek origin of the word “archetype” comes from the roots archē meaning “beginning or original” and typos meaning “pattern, model or type”. What is an archetype then? Simply put, an archetype is the original or first pattern from which all others are made of. In this case when asking “What is an archetype?” we are talking about human archetypes. These human archetypes contain within them patterns or codes of behavior.
Author, Stacey L. L. Couch teaches for best-selling author Caroline Myss’ Education Institute (CMED), is a Certified Archetypal Consultant, and mentors students in the Sacred Contracts Online school. Stacey’s in-depth classes on the archetypes that she’s developed for Caroline Myss’s school can be found by clicking here. Stacey also offers study groups on Sacred Contracts and archetypes.
New archetype descriptions are added regularly to this archetypes list. Click on any photo below to learn more about each archetype.
Four Survival Archetypes
List of Archetypes
The reason you learn archetypes is to see yourself clearly. By knowing your archetypes you can understand yourself better and know why you make the choices you do. You have the chance to find out what actually motivates you as well as discover your gifts and downfalls. An archetype helps you know what attracts you to someone or something. Archetypes determine what power plays you lock into and can’t stop yourself.
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Stacey Couch offers archetypal consulting to help you discover your archetypes, including the twelve that comprise your Sacred Contract. Your Sacred Contract is similar to an astrological chart in that it gives you insight into why you are here on the planet and what you have come to do. It is different than an astrological chart in that it is not something you are told, but something you discover via deep self-reflection.
Using archetypes and the building blocks of your Sacred Contract, Stacey provides ongoing support in the form of help with decisions that you need to make right now. Many clients come to Stacey when they are at a crossroads. Many continue working with Stacey to further develop their gifts of intuition and symbolic sight.