Category: Archetypes

The Warrior is the archetypal hero. You are strong, powerful, brave, and determined to make the world a better place. You have faced your suffering head on, and guard your sacred space with firm boundaries.

You have likely suffered in the past, and this has given you great empathy for those in need. You are sensitive to power imbalances, and abhor discrimination. You want to protect the innocent and slay the persecutor, whatever form they may take.

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The Regular Gal is your girl next door, loyal and always there to help a friend in need. She has usually experienced abandonment early in life, and appreciates the importance of friendship. She has moved beyond seeing the world through the eyes of the Innocent. Ans is aware of the trials and tribulations that we must all go through in the ‘real’ world.

All of us have experienced orphaning of some kind.

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The Innocent archetype represents the state of humankind before the ‘fall’. You live in a perfect Utopian world, full of truth and beauty.

You are always optimistic, and enjoy a honoured ‘untouchable’ position in the universe. Your faith means that you rise above the worries and fears of the masses, and prefer to take life at a slower pace. You enjoy the simple things, and find childlike happiness in life’s small pleasures.

But your outlook is not always realistic,

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Aphrodite is the goddess of love, and is unique among the goddess archetypes in that she has both a focused awareness like the ‘virgin’ goddesses and also a diffuse awareness like the ‘vulnerable’ goddesses Although Aphrodite does represent erotic love, she also embodies so much more. She is the alchemist goddesses that has the power to turn base objects into things of beauty. Whatever she turns her attention towards can transform and grow into the highest version of itself,

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Hestia avoided power struggles, and didn’t take part in the wild affairs and wars that occupied the other gods and goddesses. Instead she kept to herself and was represented by the fire in the hearth of every home; the warm centre of the household. For this reason she was not depicted in human form, but more of a symbol of spirituality, wisdom, and inner peace.

Hestia was one of the ‘virgin’ goddesses, meaning that she didn’t need a man to complete her.

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Demeter is the archetypal mother goddess. In Greek mythology she was goddess of the harvest and mother to Persephone. When her daughter was abducted to Hades Demeter went to the ends of the earth to get her back, and during Persephone’s absence she let nothing grow. The situation became so bad that Zeus demanded the return of her daughter, after which Demeter restored fertility to the land.

This story symbolises the dual side of the Demeter goddess,

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Hera means Great Lady, and is the feminine form of the word hero. She represents everything that is stately, powerful and regal about the feminine. Hera is also referred to as ‘all-seeing’, or ‘ever-watchful’, casting her gaze over her kingdom with a penetrating eye.

In mythology Hera was Zeus’ consort and ruled over the heavens and the earth. She is the goddess of marriage, and represents the unity of two people in an unbreakable bond.

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In the Greek myth the young maiden Persephone was abducted by the king of the underworld and held captive in Hades against her will. She was later freed due to her mothers efforts, but had to return for months each year. As she matured she became the unseen of the underworld, which represents the unconscious, and a guide for others who journeyed there. The Persephone woman has deeply spiritual and psychic gifts that connect her to the collective unconscious.

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The Change Maker Archetype is represented by Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom and crafts. A beautiful warrior, who protected her chosen heroes and her city. Like Artemis she does not need a man to complete her and enjoys independence and a focused mind.

Well known for her military strategy, she is often depicted with an owl, representing her wisdom and sharp eye. Athena represents planning, purposeful thinking, strategy, practicality and tangible results.

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