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The Knight Archetype

Knight . Rescuer . Warrior

Light Attributes

Loyalty, romance, and chivalry.

A love of honour

Shadow Attributes

Allegiance to a destructive ruler or principle.

Romantic delusions.

 The Knight archetype is primarily associated with chivalry, courtly romance, protection of the Princess, and going to battle only for honorable causes.

The Knight serves his King or Lord and so this archetype has spiritual overtones as well of service and devotion. Loyalty and self-sacrifice are the Knight’s great virtues, along with a natural ability to get things done.

A true Knight, like the Mystic, walks the fine line between self-sacrifice and self-neglect.

The Shadow Aspect

The Black Knight donning dark armor and riding a black horse represents the shadow characteristics of this archetype, especially the absence of honor and chivalry.

Somewhat like the Warrior, the shadow Knight manifests as loyalty to a questionable ruler or principle. In its negative aspect, the Knight can also, like the Rescuer, fall into a pattern of saving others but ignoring his own needs.

Evaluation

Look for a pattern of service to others that straddles the line between self-sacrifice and self-neglect.

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Movies portraying the ‘Knight Archetype’

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The Rebel Archetype

Rebel . Anarchist . Revolutionary . Political Protester .  Nonconformist . Pirate

Light:

Challenges authority to effect social change.

Rejects spiritual systems that do not serve inner needs.

Shadow:

Rejects legitimate authority out of anger.

Rebels out of peer pressure or fashion.

Our images of the Rebel may be too closely aligned with cliches of youth culture to let us see the deeper significance of this valuable archetype.

Whether politically inclined like Martin Luther King, Jr., Betty Friedan, or Lech Walensa, or an artistic innovator such as Van Gogh, Joyce, or Coltrane, the Rebel is a key component of all human growth and development.

The Rebel in a support group can be a powerful aid in helping the group break out of old tribal patterns. It can also help you see past tired preconceptions in your field of professional or creative endeavor.

The Rebel can also lead you to reject spiritual systems that do not serve your inner need for direction and to seek out more appropriate paths.

The Shadow Rebel

The shadow Rebel, conversely, may compel you to rebel out of peer pressure or for the sake of fashion, and so become mired in another manifestation of conformity.

The shadow Rebel may also reject legitimate authority simply because it is asking you to do something you find difficult or unpleasant.

Evaluation

Be especially careful in evaluating your rebellious impulses; look for a lifelong pattern of rebelling against the establishment. But even if the Rebel is not part of your intimate circle of archetypes, you probably have it to some extent and should pay attention to its urgings.

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Movies Portraying ‘Rebels’

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The Saboteur Archetype

(Everyone has this Archetype)

Light:

Highlights your fear of self-empowerment and the changes it would bring to your life.

Shadow:

Induces self-destructive behaviour or the desire to undermine others.

The Saboteur archetype is made up of the fears and issues related to low self-esteem that cause you to make choices in life that block your own empowerment and success.

As with the Victim and Prostitute, you need to face this powerful archetype that we all possess and make it an ally.

When you do, you will find that it calls your attention to situations in which you are in danger of being sabotaged, or of sabotaging yourself. Once you are comfortable with the Saboteur, you learn to hear and heed these warnings, saving yourself untold grief from making the same mistakes over and over.

Ignore it, and the shadow Saboteur will manifest in the form of self-destructive behavior or the desire to undermine others.

This may be the most difficult of all the archetypes to understand, because its name is associated with betrayal. Yet the purpose of this archetype is not to sabotage you, but to help you learn the many ways in which you undermine yourself.

How often do you set new plans in motion, only to end up standing in your own way because of the fears that undermine those optimistic plans. Or you begin a new relationship and then destroy it because you begin to imagine a painful outcome. You begin a working relationship with another person and find yourself once again in a power struggle that could be settled peacefully — but you fall into the same destructive pattern because you fear the other person.

To learn how to become aware of the action of the Saboteur within, ask yourself these questions:

  • What fears have the most authority over me? List three.
  • What happens when a fear overtakes me? Does it make me silent?
  • Do I allow people to speak for me?
  • Do I agree to some things out of fear that I otherwise would not agree to?
  • Have I let creative opportunities pass me by?
  • How conscious am I in the moment that I am sabotaging myself?
  • Am I able to recognize the Saboteur in others?
  • Would I be able to offer others advice about how to challenge one’s Saboteur? If so, what would it be?

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Movies Portraying ‘Saboteurs’

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Nature Child Archetype

Animal Communicator . Animal Rights Activist . Veterinarian . Animal/ Nature Lover

Light:

Affinity for friendships with animals. Bond with natural forces.

Shadow:

Tendency to abuse animals, people and the environment.

 

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This archetype inspires deep, intimate bonding with natural forces, and has a particular affinity for friendships with animals.

Although the Nature Child has tender, emotional qualities, it can also have an inner toughness and ability to survive–the resilience of Nature herself. Nature Children can develop advanced skills of communicating with animals, and in stories reflecting this archetype an animal often comes to the rescue of its child companion.

Many veterinarians and animal right activists resonate with this archetype because they have felt a conscious rapport with animals since childhood. Other adults describe being in communication with nature spirits and learning to work in harmony with them in maintaining the order of nature.

The Shadow Aspect

The shadow aspect of the Nature Child manifests in a tendency to abuse animals and people and the environment.

Evaluation

A love of animals is not sufficient to qualify for this archetype, look for a lifelong pattern of relating to animals in an intimate and caring way, to the extent that your psyche and spirit need these bonds as a crucial part of your own well-being, is your best clue in this direction.

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Movies Portraying the ‘Nature Child’

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The Victim Archetype

(Everyone has this Archetype).

Light:

Prevents you from

letting yourself be victimized, or victimizing others.

Shadow:

Playing the Victim for positive feedback in the form of pity.

Inability to maintain personal boundaries.

The negative traits of the Victim are self-evident. But when properly recognized, it can be a tremendous aid in letting us know when we are in danger of letting ourselves be victimized, often through passivity but also through rash or inappropriate actions.

We need to develop this clarity of insight, however, and that means learning the nature and intensity of the Victim within.

It can also help us to see our own tendency to victimize others for personal gain.

In its shadow manifestation, the Victim tells you that you are always taken advantage of and it’s never your fault.

We may like to play the Victim at times because of the positive feedback we get in the form of sympathy or pity. Our goal is always to learn how to recognize these inappropriate attitudes in ourselves or others, and to act accordingly.

We are not meant to be victimized in life, but to learn how to handle challenges and outrun our fears.

In establishing contact with your own inner Victim, ask yourself:

  • Do I blame others for the circumstances of my life?
  • Do I spend time in the pit of self-pity?
  • Do I envy others who always seem to get what they want out of life?
  • Do I feel victimized by others when situations don’t work out the way I wanted them to?
  • Do I tend to feel more powerless than powerful?

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Movies Portraying the ‘Victim’

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The Spiritual Teacher Archetype

Guide . Sage . Spiritual Master . Preacher . Evangelist . Wise Woman . Crone

Light:

Represents the nature of the Divine in life and in yourself.

Shadow:

Places financial gain and control over imparting spiritual insight.

The Guide takes the role of Teacher to a spiritual level, teaching not only the beliefs and practices that make up established religions, but also the overarching principle of seeing love in every aspect of life.

Clearly you do not have to be a professional Preacher or Guru to have this archetype, as we can all learn to lead others spiritually through developing our own intuitive spiritual awareness and passing on whatever we have learned with genuine humility.

The Shadow Aspect

The shadow aspect of the Guide is visible in many modern televangelists and gurus of various traditions who are more interested in financial gain and controlling their followers than in imparting genuine spiritual insight.

Evaluation

To count this archetype as part of your support group, however, you will need to discern in your life a continuing pattern of devoting yourself to teaching others from your own spiritual insights. This presupposes that you have gained wisdom through some combination of self-disciplined practice and study and perhaps spontaneous spiritual experiences.

Wisdom also comes with age, and so the Crone or Wise Woman represents the ripening of natural insight and the acceptance of what is, allowing one to pass that wisdom on to others.

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Movies Portraying the ‘Guide’ (Spiritual Teacher)

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The Wounded Healer Archetype

Wounded Healer . Caregiver . Nurse . Therapist

Light:

Passion to serve others by repairing the body, mind, and spirit.

Ability to help transform pain into healing

Shadow:

Taking advantage of those who need help.

Failing to care for oneself,

The Wounded Healer is initiated into the art of healing through some form of personal hardship–anything from an actual physical injury or illness to the loss of all one’s earthly possessions.

Regardless of the shape of the wound, the challenge inherent in this initiation process is that one is unable to turn to others for help beyond a certain degree of support. Only the initiate can ultimately heal the wound; if it is an illness or accident, it will frequently be one for which there is no conventional cure.

The Wounded Healer archetype emerges in your psyche with the demand that you push yourself to a level of inner effort that becomes more a process of transformation than an attempt to heal an illness. If you have successfully completed the initiation, you inevitably experience an exceptional healing, and a path of service seems to be divinely provided shortly after the initiation is complete.

Manifests as a passion to serve others by repairing body, mind, and spirit.

Inherent strength and ability to assist people in transforming their pain into a healing process, and to channel to energy needed to generate physical and emotional changes.

The Shadow Aspect

The shadow of both the Healer and Wounded Healer manifests through a desire to take advantage of those who need help, including claims that you can heal any and every illness a person has.

Evaluation

Look beyond the obvious definition of what you do professionally, to a continual pattern of trying to heal others.

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Movies Portraying ‘Wounded Healers’

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