An archetype is instantly recognisable. Intuitively. Instinctively.
It is understood in the mind of each of us. Individually, collectively, from one society to the next.
An archetype is a globally recognised and accepted “form.”
An idea. A model. A stereotype.
A classic. Cliché. Convention.
A pattern. Paradigm. Prototype.
When You Encounter An Archetype, You Just “Know”
They are the over-arching and repeating patterns that appear in infinite forms and combinations.
They bind us all. Every single human being.
Consciously. Or unconsciously.
There is something ingrained in each and every one of us that allows us to easily recognise these ancient, consistent, and primitive images and patterns.
And give universal and collective meaning to each of them.
Without speaking, in just an instant, an archetype is seen, connected, understood and accepted.
An archetype is what it is… undisputed, intangible and eternal.
Embedded in the human psyche and passed down from one to the next.
Archetypes Are Every Where
They find their way into ancient religions, myths, legends and fairy tales.
We discover them in our personal dreams and our collective myths. The stories we read. The films we watch, the music we hear.
In the arts. The media. Advertising. Pop culture.
Instantly Recognised In the Following Forms
- SITUATIONS – Good and Evil. Birth and Death and the circle of life. The Journey. The Task. The Quest.
- SETTINGS – The garden. The Sea. The Forest. The River. The Mountain. The Island. The Tower. The City. The Town.
- SYMBOLS – Light. Dark. Water. Air. Fire. Earth. Colour. Numbers. Letters. Shapes. Animals. The Stars.
- CHARACTERS – The Caregiver. The Creator. The Everyman. The Explorer. The Hero. The Innocent. The Jester. The Lover. The Magician. The Outlaw. The Ruler. The Sage.
Wherever you are… Whoever you are…
Archetypes Are Important. Why?
Archetypes affect every part of your life.
And the lives of every one around you in a similar way.
The way you look. Feel. Think. And live.
Archetypes are the core motivation behind every thing.
They live in our individual and collective unconscious.
They are abstract representations of what we see and feel around us.
A tangible representation of the intangible.
Archetypes Define The Human Race
From ancient Greece to modern day.
From the philosophy of Plato to the psychology of Jung…
Archetypes are an ancient idea that binds us.
Whether you know it or not. Or like it or not.
You are a collection of archetypes. Living in a human form. Connected in the mind to every other human that has ever lived.
If your life is a painting, your archetypes are the paints of your soul.
They are a set of tools, skills, qualities, characteristics, opportunities and potential for your life.
You have only just begun.
PS… If you haven’t yet taken your Major Archetype Quiz, you can start there.
“The collective unconscious consists of the sum of the instincts and their correlates, the archetypes. Just as every body possesses instincts, so he also possesses a stock of archetypal images.” ~~ Carl Jung”
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