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Self Image, The Archetypes

March 21, 2014 , ,

Learning about archetypes has taught me to look at life more closely, and free myself of some old restrictive self images.  We all play different parts in our own lives.  As we age our desires naturally change and our personalities become more complex.  In our history we can discern times when one role has been the dominant one, giving way to another as time passed.  Some of us never outgrow our rebel, and some are artists whose latent talent is not discovered until a ripe old age.  We all have within our psyches a child, a victim, a saboteur, and a prostitute that are brought to the spotlight by different circumstances.

Plato called this phenomena forms.  Carl Jung coined the phrase and defined basic archetypes.  He taught that these pure images arise in dreams and in reality as a result of the collective consciousness. Carolyn Myss has evolved the work to include many more archetypes, and has created books, cards, and courses to teach the concepts.  It is a powerful practice to draw a timeline of your own life and remember when you encountered strong archetypes in yourself and other people, and how that may have been repeated.  All religions use archetypes to teach lessons because they are memorable.  The archetype in my first house is the hedonist.  When that hedonist is good she is very very good, and when she is bad she is horrid.  Such is the case with all of these eternal and universal roles.   They have both a light and a dark side.  The possibilities are endless.  Do you have a strong dominant role you have played throughout your life?

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I think I shall be passing this post over to my friend the-hedonist 😉

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eclecticgal

March 22, 2014

Love this concept. very interesting. When you mention the hedonist in your first house, is that based on card readings or ?

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

March 22, 2014

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