2.39 A Description Of Each Of The 12 Archetypal Energies
“Archetypes, in spite of their conservative nature, are not static but in a continuous dramatic flux. Thus the self as a monad or continuous unit would be dead. But it lives inasmuch as it splits and unites again. There is no energy without opposites!”
The 12 Archetypes
You will find each of the 12 Archetypes described on their own separate pages listed in the accordion style clickable sections of this lesson:
Think of the Explorer archetype as an adventurer who wants to make his mark in the world and discover new lands. However, Explorers don’t embark on new journeys without any thought. Each of their explorations are carefully considered and contribute to their understanding of the world and themselves. Because of that, the Explorer archetype has the uncanny ability to feel at home in even the most unorthodox areas.
Explorers are highly ambitious and dedicated to their goals. Once they’ve set their minds to something, they go all out to achieve it. They have an unquenchable curiosity for knowledge and are always willing to learn about new places, even if it has no relation to their general interests. There is no other archetype that’s more appreciative of foreign culture than the Explorer. If they haven’t seen something, you can trust that the Explorer will make that his or her next adventure.
- The Explorer focuses his or her attention on experiencing and encountering anything new
- The Explorer has no patience for routine and mundanity
- The Explorer is able to turn any foreign place into a familiar home for themselves
- The Explorer sets high sights and for himself or herself and has every intention to achieve them
- The Explorer is extremely curious and wants to see everything that he or she hasn’t seen
- The Explorer enjoys learning about the world and its various cultures
- The Explorer struggles the most with making commitments
- The Explorer needs absolute freedom and cannot be tied down
Since the Explorer archetype is an experiential learner, he or she is highly dependent on opportunities for exploration. However, opportunities are not always present, and in the absence of these opportunities, the Explorer can’t help but feel a sense of inner emptiness. In the case of the Explorer, their biggest weakness is their dependency on external factors to feel joy.
Explorers also struggle with making commitments, and the mere thought of settling down is enough to asphyxiate them. This prevents them from forming deeper connections with people or finding a long-term romantic partner. It might even hinder them when it comes to truly excelling at a certain skill, since they quickly lose interest in it over a short span of time..
The Explorer needs to be challenged with learning how to commit. Commitment might not necessarily apply to romantic relationships. In fact, it’s applicable to pretty much everything. Explorer archetypes have a much greater potential to see and experience more once they learn how to commit themselves to certain things.
Solely relying on new adventures can be incredibly limiting when it comes to experiencing joy. Apart from that, the Explorer archetype also needs to find different ways of expressing itself and appreciating life in general. For that reason, Explorers must learn the art of appreciating even the littlest of things. This has the potential to provide Explorers with the much needed motivation during periods of boredom or monotony.
Explorers tend to invest majority of their finances into creating new travel experiences for themselves, and such a costly hobby prevents them from being financially prepared for the future. They live in the present and have no worries for tomorrow.
The Explorer archetype’s wealth, in fact, lies not in monetary riches, but in experiences. They feel the most joy from learning the story of a stranger or by simply being in foreign lands.
The Explorer is an archetype that has little to worry about when it comes to their physical health. Their active lifestyles and thirst for new adventures typically equates to a healthy body. However, there are times when the Explorer feels trapped in face of the slightest hint of routine. This can cause them to behave irritably and dysfunctionally, which is indicative of an unseated emotional stance.
To achieve a healthy balance in their emotional states, the Explorer archetype needs to express their need for exploration through different mediums. This can come in the form of self-development or different types of art; this includes writing, drawing, making music, and exploring and expressing themselves in a variety of ways.
Unless Explorer archetypes manage to get over their fears of commitment, their love life isn’t going to look particularly spectacular. There is a certain charm about them that makes them attractive to members of the opposite sex, but that fast brewing passion simmers down quickly once the individual learns about the Explorer’s inability to commit.
However, commitment doesn’t necessarily mean that the Explorer will be trapped into a promise. Boundaries can be set appropriately to achieve a balance between what the Explorer wants and what his or her partner expects. Setting these small boundaries and rules can aid the Explorer in making a romantic relationship work in his or her favour.
The Creator archetype refuses to be part of the norm and is always on the look out for opportunities to showcase its own way of doing things. Creators have the tendency of forming strong ideas that are both sustainable and beyond the expectations of ordinary folk.
In order to achieve that, the Creator archetype also often displays traits of perfectionism and obsessiveness. They absolutely detest shoddy work and put their best into everything that they do, regardless of their circumstances. When a Creator finds his or her calling or the skill that they fall in love with, they go all out to develop it further and turn themselves into experts in their fields.
- Creators live to express themselves creatively and in the way they want to
- Creators are not particularly receptive to conflicting opinions
- Creators adore working with their hands and avoid theoretical applications
- Creators are often introverted and find the most peace when they keep to themselves
- Creators feel the most fulfillment when they create things out of nothing
- Creators absolutely despise repetition and will do anything that they can to avoid it, even if it’s taking a different route to work or school
One of the most obvious weaknesses of a typical Creator lies in his or her strengths. A Creator archetype’s perfectionism can lead to spending an excessive amount of time on a single task as they refuse to move on until they get it right. While that might seem like a positive attribute at first glance, it can also be deemed to be inefficient at times.
Creators are also petrified of being mediocre in any way possible. They enjoy standing out in the way that they do things and the way that people perceive them. For that reason, Creator archetypes often dress themselves in loud clothing or have an explosive sense of style. The weakness in this case is that Creators can’t help but feel an immense amount of discouragement if they were to produce something they deem to be mediocre, and beat themselves up about it afterwards.
The Creator archetype needs to overcome the fear of being unoriginal, mediocre, and perfectionist. It’s important for them to understand that every idea thinkable was the product of another idea. In that sense, as much as the Creator refuses to admit it, nothing is ever completely original. It’s all a product of our environment, our influences, and our experiences, much of which would not exist without someone else’s idea.
Concerning yourself over producing perfect work every single time can also be an unhealthy obsession. It’s important for Creators to understand that failure is a necessary part of the learning process. Ultimately, it’s only through failure where we learn to succeed.
Because of the high calibre of expertise that often lies within the Creator archetype, accompanied by their unique perspectives and ability to perceive problems differently from others, Creators are easily one of the most sought after talents across various industries.
However, despite their talents, Creators are also often insufficiently rewarded for their efforts. If a Creator archetype truly wanted to achieve monetary wealth, he or she would need to delve into riskier projects such as embracing their entrepreneurial spirits. Financial management is also important for Creators if they want to achieve their financial goals in the long-term.
Creator’s are often physically well, however, they might some times overlook or neglect their emotional beings. Being expressive of oneself doesn’t necessarily equate to being intact with one’s emotions. For that reason, Creators must actively seek opportunities to listen to their feelings.
It helps to talk to a close friend or a loved one about things that are burdening you instead of expressing it through a medium. Some times, confronting the problem directly might yield positive results that you wouldn’t expect.
As eccentric as the Creator archetype might seem, falling in love with a Creator just might be the most rewarding experience ever for most archetypes. However, not everyone is able to handle their constant need for exploration. Creators rarely find difficulty when it comes to finding a partner, and it helps that they do give their best into everything that they do, including their relationships.
One potential issue worth mentioning is that the Creator archetype is not always receptive to the opinions of others, which is why it’s important for Creators to open their ears and truly listen to their partners. Love is all about communication, and you’ll need to play a part in that equation.
The Caregiver archetype, unfortunately, is often prone to persecution for their giving and sympathetic nature. More often than not, they’re taken advantage of by wicked hearts and the selfishness of those around them.
Generally, the caregiver acts as an innate guide when it comes to raising children. When a caregiver enters the age of parenthood, he or she evolves into a new state that’s centered around nurturing and protecting their offspring. Caregiver archetypes are also known to administer aid and lend a helping hand to those in need. Their donations and sacrifices come from the purest depths of their hearts.
Because of their self-sacrificial nature, they’re always ready to seek help for others before seeking help for themselves. One of the drawbacks of this particular trait is that it frequently puts them at risk of being harmed themselves. Another shortcoming is that a significant portion of their purpose in life is to live for others.
This prevents them from going after what they want, chasing their dreams, and achieving the success that they desire. Conversely, majority of caregivers only ever dream of making others happy and leaving the world better than when they first saw it.
- Caregivers are filled with compassion.
- Caregivers are often identified for their selfless actions of taking care of those around them.
- Caregivers feel utter joy from giving love and receiving love.
- Caregivers are almost always the first person that their friends contact if they run into trouble.
- Caregivers prefer to be in natural, warm and sunny environments.
- Caregivers enjoy adventures such as road trips and camping trips.
- Caregivers care less about the activities and more about the company.
- Caregivers live simply and humbly.
Caregivers will never stand for selfishness. This applies to both others and themselves. They’re completely aware of how detrimental a single act of selfishness can be, which is where their fear of what selfishness can turn them into lies.
They have an incessant need to express love, and an often equally incessant need to be loved and accepted. Their desire to be loved forces them to encounter difficulty when it comes to rejecting people. They’ll put all of their negativities aside and do what they do best; provide help. Unfortunately, saying “yes” to everything is an unhealthy habit that needs to be broken.
The Caregiver archetype needs to learn to help only when it’s necessary. Offering a helping hand too often and too freely requires a hefty amount of their resources and energy; energy which can be put into helping people who are in greater need.
Caregivers should also learn how they can allocate more time for themselves and their own personal goals for self-development and self-growth. Caregivers have to spend some time on their own figuring out what truly makes them happy in order to counter their weaknesses.
It’s absolutely vital for caregivers to bear in mind that their giving nature prevents them for pursuing monetary riches. In fact, caregivers in general don’t usually feel satisfaction from attaining material riches. Instead, what truly gives them joy is helping people around them. It’s often through giving that they experience a sense of achievement.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all caregivers will never be financially free. Caregivers can leverage on their giving nature to expand their networks, which is arguably one of the most vital components when it comes to discovering success. There are always endless opportunities for caregivers to showcase their talents in management. Their innate people skills puts them at a strong advantage over their peers.
Caregivers shine the brightest during one-to-one interactions, which can primarily be attributed to their magnetic personalities and their ability to form close interpersonal connections with friends and strangers. It’s highly important for a caregiver archetype to not just form strong networks, but to seize the opportunities that come with them. After all, success comes from acting and not simply thinking.
Caregivers shower those around them with so much love that they often neglect themselves. It’s no wonder that caregivers often fall ill or experience constant fatigue. The pains, pressures and burdens of their loved ones are always being shared with them.
They refuse to show it, but being a guardian angel is certainly a taxing affair. Caregivers need to set time aside to take care of themselves and look after their own needs. Whether its spending time exercising, meditating, or simply taking a nap, caregivers need to regard such activities as higher priorities.
Spreading love to everyone around you is undoubtedly noble, but caregivers need to show some love to themselves as well.
Finding a partner can be a daunting task for the caregiver archetype. The entire premise of a romantic relationship revolves around giving and receiving. While caregivers might find no issue with the former, the true challenge lies in the latter – receiving. A true-blue caregiver needs to learn to take just as much as he or she gives. Giving without receiving can create a hefty imbalance in the relationship.
It’s necessary for a caregiver archetype to choose his or her romantic partner with caution. If caution is not practiced, the caregiver might end up with someone who might take their giving heart for granted. One of the most suitable partners for caregivers are usually close friends who they’ve known for years; someone who exhibits chemistry and comfort. As unlikely as it sounds, taking an existing friendship to the next level might not the worst idea in the world.
Caregivers might find themselves more attracted to people who actually like being taken care of and want to be taken care of. However, caregivers need to be aware that the patterns of such individuals often paint a much more complex picture. It’s likely that such people might not harbor the faithfulness and loyalty that’s needed to build a long-lasting relationship. Instead, they tend to prefer being taken care of by more than just one single individual, which can lead to infidetlity.
However, these performances should not be mistaken as acts of vanity. Instead, Heroes often have selfless goals that are directed towards improving the world and society.
In order to achieve that, the Hero archetype invests a majority of its time into mastering skills and filling itself with relevant knowledge that will put it in a favorable position to make a difference. Because of this, the Hero archetype is often innovative when it comes to solving problems. Hero archetypes thoroughly enjoy exchanging ideas, opinions, and fiddling with the latest inventions.
- Heroes approach problems from a macroscopic perspective and look at things from a broader point of view
- Heroes never back down in the face of risk and danger
- Heroes wear courage on their sleeves and are immune to how others perceive them
- Heroes are constantly coming up with new ideas on solving significant issues
- Heroes commit themselves in a laser-focused fashion
- Heroes refuse to play a part in following trends; they set them
- Heroes have big dreams and do everything they can to achieve those dreams
Even though the hero archetype is meant to be perceived as one of the braver archetypes, every individual has his or her own set of fears. As impossible as it may sound, even Heroes are afraid of something.
Although the Hero archetype tends to ignore what others think of it, the one thing that hero archetypes truly fear is being perceived as a coward. They’re fully aware of who they are and their bravery is unquestionable, and they feel the need to prove that to both themselves and others.
Another weakness of the Hero is his or her arrogance. If a Hero isn’t careful of what he or she becomes in the future, it’s likely that a typical Hero might succumb to pride and be consumed by it. And as all of us already know, pride will be the downfall of man. Therefore, it’s important for a Hero to remind himself or herself to remain humble.
Heroes are always seeking new challenges. In the eyes of a Hero, a new challenge represents opportunity for self-development, self-improvement, and holistic growth. They approach new challenges with an open mind and every bit of gusto that’s been inculcated within them.
However, the constant quest for new challenges can prove to be a challenge in itself. In the absence of new challenges, a Hero runs the risk of feeling complacent, unmotivated, and drained. Heroes need to seek different ways to counter this as challenges are not always going to present themselves every single time.
Due to their innovative nature and high appetite for risk, Heroes tend to be more successful than other archetypes. Their personalities have been constructed around entrepreneurial activities, which can lead to immense financial wealth.
They’re also often perceived as reliable role models and leaders since they’re always the first to step up when it comes to difficult tasks or choices that are hard to make. A Hero archetype’s career often revolves around coming up with new and creative solutions to tackle problems, which makes them brilliant engineers and well-rounded designers.
A Hero archetype’s obsession with bravery can be unhealthy, especially if it puts them in immediate physical danger. They also tend to overwork themselves in the pursuit of their goals, giving little to no regard for their own health and well-being. Instead, they concern themselves with the health of their loved ones.
Heroes should take a step back to remind themselves that they too are human and require the same amount of nutrition and physical needs as everyone else. Failing to do so could have detrimental effects on their health in the long run. It’s also important for them to participate in spiritual activities such as meditation in order to retain their collected composure.
Heroes generally encounter little difficulty when it comes to impressing potential partners of the opposite sex. Their bold tendencies instantly makes them stand out in a crowded room. The issue in this case is whether a Hero’s partner is able to handle their habits and deal with their peculiar idiosyncrasies.
As a Hero archetype, it’s necessary for you to understand that your archetype is not the easiest to comprehend, and making the effort to help your partner understand your thought processes will go a long way in preserving a long-lasting relationship.
Innocent archetypes are able to interpret any situation in a perspective that’s uniquely optimistic. Individuals of the Innocent archetype tend to see the silver lining in every cloud and are constantly reminding themselves that there’s goodness in everything. Conversely, when things don’t turn out the way they expect, they’re just as easily disappointed.
The Innocent archetype finds joy in the simplest things. Their intentions are pure and childlike, and what they seek in life is to find happiness. When an Innocent says that he or she’s happy for someone else, they truly mean it from the bottom of their hearts. One of the key strengths of the Innocent is that they’re able to power through any challenge that’s posed to them simply by drawing strength from their unbreakable faith. For that reason, there is no other archetype that has the same amount of endurance.
- The Innocent is highly optimistic and sees the best in everything and everyone
- The Innocent tends to turn a blind eye to the evils and malices of the world
- The Innocent is generally naive when it comes to general knowledge
- The Innocent concerns himself or herself with finding happiness more than anything else
- The Innocent is easily impressed but just as easily disappointed
- The Innocent has a childlike innocence that’s often adored
- The Innocent wants to do things that are right by their own morals
- The Innocent can some times be perceived to be boring and mundane
Innocents are usually individuals who seem to be living in their own little world, but not necessarily in a bad way. To a certain extent, ignorance can be bliss. However, this does introduce several weaknesses in the Innocent archetype. For instance, being perceived as naive can also lead to other archetypes labeling the Innocent as somewhat boring. This puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to social situations, especially since they’re usually sitting by the side lines and not being the centre of attention.
Apart from that, Innocents are also deathly afraid of punishments, which is no wonder why they’re extremely cautious when it comes to making decisions. They absolutely detest being punished. Because of this, Innocents avoid failure like the plague. There is nothing they hate experiencing more than the pain of failure. This prevents them from exploring new horizons and trying new things, which is also the reason why they’d rather stick to familiarity.
The Innocent needs to take up the challenge of stepping out of his or her comfort zone. Being surrounded with unfamiliarity will allow room for the Innocent to develop himself or herself. The Innocent also needs to learn to take calculated risks, whether its in social interactions or at work.
They don’t have to be massive risks, but there should be some form of progression. Additionally, the Innocent needs to learn to accept failure as part and parcel of life instead of constantly avoiding it. Learning to accept failure will allow the Innocent to try new things in life and assist them in their search for true happiness.
Individuals of the Innocent archetype typically have no concern nor care for the monetary riches of the world. Instead, they’d very much rather spend their time frolicking in the sun or leading simple lives. Their lack of passion for financial gains should not be interpreted as a lack of wealth, as that’s all made up by the joy that they’re capable of feeling. They have no qualms about living penniless, and would very much centre their lives around simply being happy and comfortable.
If an Innocent truly wants to seek financial wealth, he or she should tap into his or her strength. They’re capable of being highly focused and diligent, given their sheer talent for endurance. You can be guaranteed that the Innocent will be one of the last ones to give up on any challenging task. This theory can be applied to work or picking up a new skill.
Holistically, the Innocent archetype is one of the healthiest archetypes all-around. Their pursuit for happiness often spurs them to lead active lifestyles, granting them physical health and a well-balanced lifestyle. Their emotional states are always balanced as well, since they’re able to truly feel and express their joy.
Truth be told, there is no other archetype that possesses this unique ability. Innocents lead the most fulfilling lives and can almost always be seen smiling.
An Innocent’s love life is best described as simple. They prefer partners who complement their innocence and childishness, and are able to exercise patience with their naivety. All an Innocent asks for in their romantic partner is someone who accepts and cherishes them for who they are.
It’s important for the Innocent archetype to be in a relationship that’s trusting, and to find a partner that they can objectively trust whole heartedly. Given their naive nature, Innocents can often fall prey to deceptions, which can possibly lead to devastation. In order to avoid that from happening, an Innocent should pick their partners carefully and ensure that he or she can be trusted without question
“Fun” is the middle name of the Jester archetype, and they have an insatiable desire for as much of it as possible. Their light-spirited nature prevents them from dwelling on problems and issues for long, allowing them to get over anything and everything at an accelerated rate. Virtually nothing can break them down or put their lives on hold. Jesters breeze their way through life with their bright thoughts and hilarious interpretations.
However, the Jester can often times be incredibly difficult to deal with. They almost never take anything seriously, and having a serious conversation or discussion always leads to the Jester turning it all into one big joke. As a matter of fact, such behavior is usually interpreted as inappropriate or even offensive. But the Jester simply can’t help himself, they take pride in knowing that they’re hilarious, and seize every opportunity they can to display their sense of humour.
- The Jester is often the most entertaining individual in a group of friends
- The Jester has a unique intellectual ability and sees situations from unorthodox perspectives
- The Jester can some times be crude and inappropriate
- The Jester centers his or her life around the present, and they live for the moment
- The Jester is able to get over devastation quite easily and can pick themselves up in a heart beat
- The Jester finds it difficult to open up their true feelings to others
- The Jester tries to take life as lightly as possible; some times too lightly
- The Jester finds joy in anything and everything
As invincible as the Jester archetype may seem at first glance, there are several Achilles’ heels that exist in their archetype. They have an intense fear for not being able to make people laugh. That statement is as true as it is laughable. Nothing scares them more than being boring or mundane, and they exert every effort that they have to be otherwise.
Additionally, Jesters are also weak when it comes to managing their time. Because of their light-spirited nature, they have little regard for the way that they spend their time, which often leads to them wasting it. They’re usually late for appointments and spend far too much time on unproductive things.
The Jester needs to challenge himself or herself with incorporating productive tasks into their day. The only thing that we have on this earth is our time, and wasting it would be a complete shame. Jesters need to invest themselves into organizing their lives if they intend to achieve more out of it. It’s one of the fundamental principles of self-development and expanding an individual’s horizons. Who knows, it might even be beneficial to the Jester’s sense of humor.
Apart from that, the Jester archetype also needs to learn how to open up to the people close to them. While dropping one-liners and turning serious situations into gags are the Jester archetype’s specialty, taking things a little more seriously once in a while will show people that there’s a different side to you; a side that they’ll appreciate since it isn’t displayed often. Doing so would also allow the Jester to achieve a much deeper understanding of who they are and what they want.
Naturally, Jester’s aren’t typically the most wealthy individuals in terms of financial success, unless they’ve mastered the ability to manage their time. Although, it isn’t unheard of for Jesters to find immense wealth by tapping into their charisma and enthusiasm. Their performance-based personalities make them memorable individuals, which can lead to opportunities that might not necessarily be presented to archetypes. However, in order to seize these opportunities, the Jester must first learn to manage his or her time.
Conversely, there’s no need to fret if financial riches aren’t occupying the mind of a Jester. This archetype is able to experience joy like no other. In that sense, money might not make them happy. Instead, they find the most joy in bringing smiles and laughters to those around them; and that’s where their wealth truly lies.
Jester archetypes are usually all-around healthy individuals, but there is one thing that they often struggle with. Jester’s are not usually in touch with their inner selves. Their ability to mask their deepest emotions can often times convince themselves that these emotions don’t even exist. However, they do surface every once in a while, and when they do, the Jester archetype has no idea how to manage it. Their only solution is to mask it again, or bury them further than they did before.
This isn’t the healthiest way to handle it, since all of these emotions are being constantly bottled up. It’s important for a Jester to learn how to express their inner emotions and experience them firsthand. This will go a long way in helping Jesters when it comes to understanding themselves, or if they ever encounter a situation or occurrence that’s devastating enough to cripple them; which is bound to happen some day.
The love life of a Jester archetype can either be highly simple, or extremely complicated. There is simply no in-between for them. Their charismatic performances might put them at an advantage when it comes to attracting attention, but it rarely helps them in forming deeper bonds with potential partners.
Jokes are great in social situations, but during one-to-one interactions and romance, the Jester usually fails to make a positive impression. In order to resolve this, Jester’s need to learn to speak from their hearts and not rely on their big bag of jokes to cover up their feelings.
It’ll help the other party to understand the Jester archetype at a much more profound level, and will in turn help to form the much-needed emotional connection for a serious relationship.
The Lover archetype revolves vastly around emotions, feelings, and sensuality. They have no qualms when it comes to opening up to others. In fact, they’re even happy to do so. Unlike other archetypes, the Lover is capable of experiencing life in a much richer and concentrated fashion. They appreciate the littlest of things and are able to understand the underlying meanings of actions.
The Lover archetype feels the most extreme ends of emotions. Their happiness comprises of elation beyond description, while their pain can be described to be excruciating and crippling. Because of this, Lovers understand emotions at a level that exceeds other archetypes, making them the perfect candidates in all types of social situations. They form the deepest friendships and bonds with everyone, and are able to see and understand things from various perspectives.
- The Lover is enthusiastic about the smallest things
- The Lover is able to put themselves in anyone else’s shoes and experience their emotions
- The Lover understands people from all sorts of backgrounds
- The Lover thrives on expressing and receiving love
- The Lover has the uncanny ability to read social cues and see through people
- The Lover centers his or her life around experiencing emotions at heightened levels
- The Lover is committed and passionate when it comes to relationships in general
- The Lover goes all out to please those around him or her
The Lover, with all of their sweetness and likability, has one significant weakness; they often times try too hard to please others. Their fear of being alone or being rejected drives them to perform acts that can be far beyond their means. This can potentially lead to the Lover being manipulated and controlled by someone else.
It’s also important to note that their fragility makes them highly sensitive to remarks about them. They value the way people view them, which always has an impact on how they view themselves.
The Lover archetype struggles the most with their self esteem. Basing their worth on someone else’s perspective puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to building self-confidence. Because of that, breaking a Lover can be just as easy as snapping a twig.
One of the biggest challenges that Lover’s face is seeing and loving themselves without the help of another. It’s important for a Lover to examine themselves objectively, without listening to anyone else, and understand their personalities. They need to understand that rejection is a process in life that simply can’t be avoided. Unfortunately for the Lover, they’ll need to find some way to numb themselves to rejection and failure. Failing to do so would put them in a world of constant pain and discomfort.
This is an archetype that has absolutely no qualms with giving everything that they have, including money. They find a deep sense of joy in giving to improve the way people see them. However, this can lead to them struggling monetarily since they tend to give way more than they receive.
Fortunately for the Lover, their likability puts them at an advantage over other archetypes as they’re well-perceived in the office. This can lead to better opportunities as they’re able to form strong bonds with co-workers and their bosses. If a Lover wants to find true financial success, they’ll have to leverage on their strengths and use them to get what they want. It’s important to be cautious as the line between manipulation and love can thin fairly quickly.
Similar to the Caregiver archetype, the Lover puts others beyond themselves, even if its for different intentions. This can take a toll on their overall physical and emotional health. The Lover archetype needs to exercise control over the way they express their love for others and place more value on their own needs. Lovers have the unhealthy habit of allowing other’s opinions to effect the way they see themselves, which can throw them into an array of emotions.
Finding a balance between how they perceive themselves and how others perceive them is paramount when it comes to maintaining a strong physical and emotional state of mind.
If there’s one thing that the Lover does best, it’s loving. Lovers often make the best romantic partners. Their level of commitment and passion supersedes every other archetype on the table.
They make their partners feel incredibly secure, and are often one of the few who can provide the closest thing to unconditional love. However, the feelings might not always be reciprocated as other archetypes experience, perceive, and display affection differently. This is primarily the reason why Lovers can’t help but feel neglected and unappreciated some times.
A Lover’s fear of being can also cause them to jump into unhealthy relationships at times. It’s important for a Lover to view a potential partner objectively and make the call as to whether the individual in question will be a good fit. This can prevent a whole lot of heartache for the Lover archetype.
Majority of their interests lies in having faith and spirituality, but not always from a religious standpoint. Magicians tend to have a strong belief in their dreams, their abilities, and themselves in general. This unique attribute makes them one of the most fearless archetypes when it comes to implementing their ideas and voicing out their opinions.
For that reason, the Magician archetype certainly earned its title. They’re capable of performing miraculous feats in terms of things that they believe in. Their discipline puts them at an advantage when it comes to achieving their goals. There’s no stopping them once they’ve set their sights on an achievement. However, the Magician archetype’s deep-seated knowledge places them in a position where they can some times be manipulative. They usually seek the best outcomes for all parties and usually know when to stop.
- The Magician tends to be highly intellectual
- The Magician has a strong sense of intuiton
- The Magician can often be described as a visionary
- The Magician has a unique sense of charisma and is well-received by others
- The Magician is constantly seeking knowledge and learning new skills
- The Magician possesses the uncanny ability to wear many hats and tap into different abilities
- The Magician is often looked to for guidance, support, and advice
Despite all of the strengths of the Magician archetype, it also comes with its fair share of weaknesses. One of those weaknesses being far too critical on others and themselves.
Magicians set high expectations for themselves and expect to meet them every single time. They also set the same bar for others. However, failure is inevitable and even Magicians encounter failure at times. This specific weakness can lead to the Magician having a poor impression of those around him or her, causing the Magician archetype to shut people out intentionally.
The Magician archetype might also have a negative perception of himself or herself at times, which often puts them in depressive states.
The Magician archetype is constantly posed with the challenge of conquering themselves. Their greatest weaknesses can be divided into two portions: one being their expectations, and the other being their how critical they are of people. It’s important for the Magician to exercise humility and realize the fact that not everyone is capable of adopting their level of concentration or their calibre of learning. Apart from that, they also need to lower their expectations at times in order to better manage their emotions.
Magicians are often closed off and highly selective of the people that they surround themselves with. While that can be seen as a positive attribute, there are circumstances when it can cause loneliness. Magicians need to make the effort to open up to others and form deeper connections with those around them..
Given the Magician archetype’s unique ability to learn and master different sets of skills in a short span of time, monetizing their abilities should come with little resistance.
With that being said, Magicians are generally not expected to struggle with finances. Even if they did, they would definitely be able to figure a way out. However, this is an archetype that plays into both ends of the spectrum. A Magician who fails to apply himself or herself , and maximize their unique abilities, can end up being left lurking behind the food chain.
Magicians achieve anything and everything they set their minds to. However, if a Magician archetype doesn’t concern himself or herself with health, various physical issues could arise in the long term. It’s important for a Magician to prioritize fitness in order to curb this risk. Magicians are also known to be aloof from social interactions.
In order to maintain a level-headed emotional state and tend to their inner selves, Magicians must find a way to express their frustrations and their sadness. This should preferably come in the form of confiding in a close friend or simply being more open about themselves and their lives.
A Magician archetype’s love life can be fairly complicated. Their level of faithfulness can be said to be unparalleled, and when they love, they love with everything that they’ve got. This often puts them in the position of experiencing the worst heart breaks. A Magician faces no foreseeable challenges when it comes to finding a partner, especially with their charismatic appearances.
However, maintaining a relationship can take its toll on a Magician archetype. With all things considered, this archetype is known to struggle the most with opening up to their partners. It’s important for Magicians to remind themselves to talk about themselves more with their partner instead of constantly listening. This will go a long way in maintaining a healthy love life.
But not all is smooth-sailing and perfect for the Outlaw archetype; their thoughts are almost always anarchistic and chaotic. It’s no help that Outlaws absolutely despise systems and everything that comes with it, which is why they’re constantly rebelling against authority. They’ll do anything and everything they can to promote their own ways, which becomes clearly evident in their destructive nature.
Outlaw archetypes are natural skeptics of the world around them and are constantly questioning the intentions behind organizations and individuals. During brief moments of peace, they’re merely waiting for the storm. Outlaw archetypes are easily ticked off by social issues, inequality, injustice, or practically anything that screams unfairness. They have no qualms about standing against governments and defending those who reside in states of weakness.
- Outlaws are born to rebel against anyone who tries to impose authority or control over them
- Outlaws are difficult or if not impossible to control
- Outlaws live by the mantra that everyone is born equal
- Outlaws are always tirelessly going against the current
- Outlaws feel the most comfortable in environments of chaos
- Outlaws are highly sensitive to worldly and societal issues
- Outlaws will do anything and everything they can to protect their beliefs in what’s right
- Outlaws find it difficult to trust people in general and their cynicism never fails to surface
Although Outlaws are constantly looking at the bigger picture and doing everything they can to fight against a specific cause, they tend to overlook the details. Their eyes are often set too far onto the objectives that they neglect the beauty of the process. With that being said, Outlaws find it difficult to trust people and delegate the tasks; they’d rather do it right themselves than let someone else potentially do it wrong. An Outlaw archetype might make an excellent speaker, but might not be the best leader.
Outlaws can also find it hard to connect with others on a personal level. They’d very much rather discuss ideas and invest their time in taking action that making small talk. It’s also no help that they’re always questioning other people’s intentions. Their cynicism and skepticism can eventually lead to loneliness if they fail to find a group of friends or an individual that makes them feel truly comfortable and secure.
Outlaws need to challenge themselves with trusting people. However, being vulnerable can be an incredibly scary thought for the Outlaw archetype. It’s important to take small steps towards the direction, and make a few minor mistakes along the way. This can be applied to both personal and work relationships.
Outlaws also need to combat their cynicism by being less objective and more emotionally connected. It never hurts to open up once in a while to a loved one, such as family or close friends. The world can be a vicious place if you’re standing alone; even if that thought doesn’t scare you, it should definitely be something worth pondering about.
The truth is that Outlaws typically despise the idea of money, and it’s no help that most necessities require money. Financial struggles might be the least of their worries, but that’s not because they have plenty of it; it’s simply because they have no care for it. Outlaws would very much rather grow their own crops and be completely self-sufficient than depend on societal expectations and systems for survival.
However, if an Outlaw archetype were to tap into their most prospective shadow of “The Criminal”, they just might be able to make a dangerous amount of money. It’s important to note that taking such significant risks can put the Outlaw in unnecessary danger..
An Outlaw archetype’s health in general isn’t a priority to them either. Their self-sacrificial nature prevents them from taking care of themselves. If given the chance to donate an organ to save someone else, you can be sure to bet that the Outlaw archetype will be the first in line, especially if its for a cause greater than themselves. However, Outlaws need to be aware that there’s a very fine line separating self-sacrificing and outright self-destruction. Making that distinction is of highest priority if the Outlaw wants to prevent themselves from destroying their beings.
The emotional well-being of the Outlaw is typically not the healthiest either. If the right buttons are pushed, an Outlaw can be easily thrown into a fit of rage. Expression is healthy at times, but too much of a good thing always turns into a bad thing. Taking some time out of your day to meditate will aid you in developing mastery and control over your thoughts and emotions, which also doubles as an excellent process for self-development.
You can be almost guaranteed that the Outlaw isn’t looking to get into a relationship of any sort. Commitment is the least of their concerns, and definitely not what they need. Their romantic stints are often short-lived, but passionate for the duration that it lasts. With that being said, marriage is definitely out of the question for the Outlaw. There’s practically no way imaginable that they’d want to succumb to society’s expectations of a typical, traditional marriage. In fact, it might even disgust them.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that an Outlaw is unable to find love or express their emotions. There is a slight chance that an Outlaw archetype might eventually want to settle down, as unlikely as it sounds.
Nevertheless, even the briefest encounter with an Outlaw archetype, be it a single night of passion, a short conversation, or even a week of simply being around them, can be both refreshing, energizing, and inspiring. Their spirits are infectious and full of life, and Outlaws are certainly the best at conveying their opinions and ideas with conviction; sometimes even unintentionally.
It’s no wonder that Ruler archetypes are often the most fair and just out of their various groups of friends. They’re able to manage the expectations of others and grant direction towards maintaining order.
Rulers yearn for power. It’s the attribute that they sought after the most, and also the one that they find most fulfilling. Everything that Rulers do is always somehow related to either gaining, maintaining, or even exercising control. They’ll leverage on their leadership qualities to attain higher personal goals, be it for their family, friends, or their community. In a group of friends, the Ruler archetype is often the one calling the shots and organizing outings and gatherings. They live to be the boss and despise being overpowered.
While the people that surround Rulers fall prey to their brave frontiers, and assume them to be completely and entirely fearless, it’s important to bear in mind that no one in this world is perfect.
- Rulers are born leaders
- Rulers are decisive and empathetic towards the ones effected by the decisions they make
- Rulers are incredibly cautious of their words and actions
- Rulers are charismatic, which is often seen whenever they assume the role of a leader
- Rulers aim for the stars and refuse to take landing amongst the clouds as consolation
- Rulers have multiple skill sets and are often described as “the jack of all trades”
- Rulers crave power and control more than anything else in the world
- Rulers have a strong sense of responsibility and reliability
Despite all of the Ruler archetype’s strengths, not everything is as perfect as it sounds about the Ruler archetype. Even the greatest kings that ruled the world had flaws. This archetype has the tendency of behaving far too authoritarian, which is a trait that needs to be controlled and approached cautiously. While some might be receptive to a leader with authority, others m ight perceive him or her to be arrogant and refuse to follow his or her directions. This would ultimately split the group into two and cause chaos.
Rulers also struggle to delegate. They have the habit of overestimating their abilities, resulting in them biting off more than they can chew. Not to mention that their need for control might prevent them from seeking help from others. There are times where taking such risks make their efforts worthwhile, but over the long term, failing to delegate has the potential to break Rulers.
One of the greatest challenges that a Ruler archetype has to face is the risk of losing control or power. The sheer thought of not being able to play the role of a decision-maker stirs is able to create complete and utter chaos in their mental state. Rulers need to learn to accept the fact that not everyone can be won over, and that enemies and false friends will always exist no matter how hard they try to please those under their control.
In addition to this, Rulers are known to overburden themselves with everyone else’s issues. They’ll do anything and everything that’s within their power to complete tasks without seeking the help of others. While a part of this can be attributed to their arrogance, it’s also possible that some Rulers simply find it difficult to reduce their level of control for their own sake. With that being said, the greater challenge that rulers face is ultimately their own selves.
From a financial standpoint, Rulers are known to be one of the few archetypes who struggle the least. Their leadership qualities are widely sought after across various industries and their charisma helps them to breeze through interviews.
Majority of Ruler archetypes are also able and even encouraged to become brilliant managers, businessmen, politicians, or any other occupation that involves a high level of decision making.
Rulers struggle the greatest in this department. Their dedication to leading can cause a massive toll on their physical health. Leading can be highly time consuming, which is why leaders have the tendency to consume convenience goods. They’d rather invest their time in exercising their role than on their own luxuries. However, such behavior can lead to poor and declining health in the long-run. In order for Rulers to prevent themselves from becoming exhausted, they need to take some time out of their week to exercise and make a conscious effort to maintain a balanced diet.
A Ruler’s mental health is also worth highlighting. The amount of pressure that Rulers face on a daily basis can prove to be far too heavy to bear on their own. In fear of appearing weak in front of their followers, Rulers make an effort to ensure that they either bury their emotions, or expose them to no one but themselves. Either way, it’s unlikely that you’ll hear a Ruler archetype complain or break down. This prevents them from creating quality social connections and building close relationships with others. It’s important for Rulers to make an effort to forge friendships and express themselves emotionally in order to maintain their composure.
Rulers tend to come off as authoritative and dominating, which can prove to be a challenge when it comes to relationships. There’s often an imbalance in opinions when a Ruler archetype embraces romance with another partner. It takes someone with a lot of patience to understand and submit to a romantic partner of the Ruler archetype.
Rulers should bear in mind that relationships are always a two-way street, and the values and opinions of their significant other’s needs to be listened to. There are also times when a Ruler archetype is required to sacrifice his or her pride for the greater good of the relationship. Listening to your partner can in fact, be a lot more empowering than trying to impose your authority over him or her.
Another point worth noting is that Ruler’s tend to be more memorable and charismatic than others, and are often put in the spotlight. Rulers don’t usually have trouble when it comes to finding suitors; they almost always have the pick of the litter, but only if they play their cards right.
The Sage archetype is often a very factual and intelligent individual. However, they’re also just as intuitive and self-reflective. Another one of their traits is their curiosity when it comes to learning.
Unlike other archetypes, the Sage archetype’s education doesn’t cease after graduation. They’re constantly applying themselves and enriching themselves throughout their entire lives.
What drives the Sage archetype is their goal of knowing the truth behind everything. For that reason, majority of the conversations that they have revolve around their questions. This can be disadvantageous for them as they’ll take any form of misinformation as a form of deception. With that being said, they take lies very personally and feel emotionally affected when they discover that what they learned or believed in turns out to be wrong.
- The Sage is deeply intelligent and possesses a large pool of knowledge
- The Sage believes in learning being a lifelong journey
- The Sage is immensely curious when it comes to learning new things and skills
- The Sage learns about facts but listens to his or her intuition
- The Sage has a desire to feed on more and more information, even if it has no relevance to his or her interests
- The Sage absolutely loves reading of any sort
- The Sage struggles with taking action despite their great ability to learn
- The Sage can some times appear to be arrogant and prideful
With all of the Sage’s intelligence, there are certain weaknesses of this specific archetype that can seem slightly foolish. Often times, Sage’s can project themselves in a light of arrogance and might sub-consciously look down upon others for their lack of knowledge.
They can also be stubborn when it comes to their opinions, especially when someone else expresses a conflicting opinion. Despite the Sage’s rich amount of knowledge and intelligence, they struggle immensely when it comes to taking action.
They rely far too much on being in the comfort zones of their own minds; neglecting their will to take action. This introduces plenty of missed opportunities for the Sage, and prevents them from taking their learning to an experiential level of application instead of theoretical ideas.
Similar to other archetypes, the Sage archetype needs to confront their fear and hatred for ignorance. It’s important for this archetype to realize that not everyone is able to learn at the pace and with the passion that they possess. In fact, they shouldn’t be regarding themselves as superior over others in the first place. For that reason, the Sage archetype needs to exercise humility and alter their perceptions of people in general.
The Sage archetype is also known to struggle with taking action, and should take up the challenge of stepping out of their comfort zones and exploring the things that they aren’t confident in. This will create opportunities for the Sage to learn more about their strengths and weaknesses, and provide them with deeper insight into their individual selves.
Sages are often sensible when it comes to managing their finances, which means that they’re rarely placed in positions where they have to worry about money. Their knowledge and quest for information allows them to master a wide array of skills. However, the nature of this archetype has the tendency to simply learn without taking action.
This means that their skills are often merely theoretical and haven’t been put into practice. If a Sage truly wants to achieve financial success, it’s important for him or her to explore the idea of taking their knowledge to actual training grounds and perfecting it.
There’s only so much that can be learned from books, and there’s a completely different spectrum of it that’s yet to be explored.
Sages tend to be slightly lacking in terms of physical health. The Sage is an archetype that’s highly dependent on learning and intellect, leaving little room for physical growth. Sage archetypes should invest some of their time into leading a balanced lifestyle by incorporating exercise into their daily routine.
The emotional state of a Sage is also reliant on their knowledge and wisdom. Sage’s should explore meditation in order to tap into their spiritual selves and understand their personalities at a deeper level.
A Sage archetype needs predictability in their love life. Predictability is indicative of stability, which is where a Sage truly thrives. Commitment is another attribute that Sages should look out for in a potential partner. This will grant the archetype a strong sense of comfort in their romantic partner.
Thoughtfulness is also appreciated immensely from Sages. However, a Sage archetype must bear in mind that while their knowledge and intellect must seem appealing to some, others tend to be impressed more by social awareness. It’s important for a Sage to play to their strengths when it comes to finding a potential romantic partner.
4 STAGES OF LIFE
Life, as we know it, is a process with no definite destination. It is essentially a journey of growth and development, and each of us will embark on different paths that lead to different outcomes. There are similarities that our individual journeys share with another; bound by the unconscious. However, according to Individuation (and when you use archetypes to describe your unconscious energies), each of us go through 4 different stages of life during our lifetime. These stages are…
The Athlete stage, the Warrior stage, the Statement stage, and the Stage of the Spirit.
The Athlete Stage
During the Athlete stage, we are mostly preoccupied with our looks, with the way our body looks. Think of this stage as archetypal infancy – without direction, without knowledge, and without conception. We are dependent on others for survival, similar to how infants are dependent on their parents. But beyond that, it is also a stage of superficiality, and we see nothing beyond the surface of what life has to offer.
During this stage, we might stay for hours looking and admiring our reflection in the mirror. Our bodies, our external appearances are the most important things to us, nothing else. This doesn’t necessarily have to be taken literally. It can also mean that we’re still being taught our functions in society, and that is why we’re constantly looking for the approval and guidance of others. Towards the end of this stage, we begin to learn that the expectations of others should not define our actions and decisions. Instead, we start to look inwards to create a path for ourselves.
The Warrior Stage
During the Warrior stage, our main concern is to go out there and conquer the world, to do our best, be the best and get the very best, to do what warriors do, and act like warriors act. This is a stage when we continually think of ways to get more than everybody else, a stage of comparison, of defeating those around so we can feel better because we have achieved more because we are the warriors, the brave ones.
Towards the end of the Warrior stage, we return to the main question – the problem that we’ve been aching to answer for the longest time; who are we? And in turn, we begin to embark on a long, arduous journey of experimentation to discover our true identities.
The Statement Stage
During the Statement stage, you realize what you have achieved so far is not enough for you to feel fulfilled, to be happy… You are now looking for ways to make a difference in the world, for ways to serve those around you. You are now preoccupied with ways to start giving. Your mission in life becomes abundantly clear, and you have the clearest sense of direction.
You’ve never been more ready to unleash your potential to make a real, actual difference in this world instead of indulging yourself in materialistic pleasures. The Statement stage is all about the statement that you’re going to make with your life; the legacy that you’re going to leave. Your thoughts and actions mimic your beliefs about leaving the world better than when you first found it.
The Stage of the Spirit
And during the Stage of the Spirit, we realize we are more than our body, we are more than our possessions, more than our friends, our country and so on. We come to the realization that we are divine beings, spiritual beings having a human experience, and not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We now know this is not our home, and we are not what we thought we are. We are in this world but not of it. We are now able to observe ourselves from a different perspective. We are now capable of stepping out of our own mind, out of our own body and understand who we really are, to see things the way they are.
We become the observer of our lives. We realize that we are not that which we notice but, the observer of what we notice.
Not everyone will be able to reach the Stage of the Spirit… Some are not even fortunate enough to have reached the Statement stage.
Regardless of whatever stage you’re at right now, individuation and the use of jungian archetypes aims to guide you towards the Stage of the Spirit – a pinnacle of life that will provide you with true enlightenment, true wisdom, and true fulfillment.