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The Exorcist Archetype

Exorcist  .  Shaman

 Light Attributes:

Freeing yourself and others of destructive impulses

Shadow Attributes:

Fear of facing your own demons

The ability to confront evil in the form of possession by destructive or antisocial impulses in oneself and others is as valuable today as it was in the time of Jesus, who was considered a master exorcist.

Just as modern biblical scholars suggest that the demons that Jesus cast out may have been forms of psychological illness, so we can see our own inner demons as arising from forces that we feel are beyond our control.

Shamans, for example, conduct rituals for the release of negative spirits from a person’s soul.

Evaluation

To include this among your family of archetypes, however, you would have to find a life-long pattern or exorcising the negative spirits of others or of social groups or society.

Shadow Side

The shadow Exorcist attacks the evil in others without having the courage to face his own demons.

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Movies Portraying the ‘Exorcist Archetype’

Watching movies related to one of your core archetypes, especially when going through the process of healing your shadow aspect or understanding the positive attributes is a powerful tool to help you understand yourself (your motivations, your passions, your fears, your experiences – why you behave the way you do)

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