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The Poet Archetype

Poet . Lyricist . Poet/ Musician . Troubadour . Singer/ Songwriter

Light: 

Expresses soul insights in symbolic language.

Shadow:

Turns a lyric gift to negative or destructive effect.

Closely related to both the Author and the Artist, the Poet combines lyricism with sharp insight, finding the essence of beauty and truth not only in the great epic affairs of humanity, but also in everyday acts and objects.

Great poetry extolls momentous events and great deeds, and also expresses wonder at the hidden joys and sorrows that most of us might overlook.

 The Shadow Aspect

The shadow Poet turns his gift for lyricism to negative or destructive effect, as in songs or poems written in support of military aggression or genocide.

Evaluation

You don’t have to be a published poet to have this as one of your twelve archetypes.

Look for a lifetime need and ability to discover beauty in the people and things around you, and express it in a way that helps others see it, too.

Religion/Myth

King David (ruler of Israel credited with writing many of the Psalms);

Orpheus (great musician and poet of Greek myth, capable of charming wild beasts);

Bragi (in Norse myth, the god of eloquence and patron of poets);

Finn Mac Cumhail (legendary Irish hero and leader who was also greatly skilled as a poet).

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 Movies with Poet Archetypes

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

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The Slave Archetype

Slave . Puppet

Light:

Surrendering your power of choice to the Divine with complete trust.

Shadow:

Giving your willpower to an external authority out of fear of making your own choices

The Slave archetype represents a complete absence of the power of choice and self-authority. Yet it is precisely the absence of will power that gives the Slave its potential for personal transformation.

This act of releasing your will to a higher authority is also witnessed within organizational hierarchies, such as in the military and corporations. One becomes a Slave to the system.

For tens of millions of African Americans, the Slave archetype carries a historical freight that is impossible to overlook.

If Slavery is part of your genetic history, you need to take a close look at the possible presence of the Slave archetype in your intimate family.

Others who may dismiss this archetype as having no role in their life may discover that it is more prevalent than most people imagine, because of its many different expressions.

We don’t think of a soldier armed with weapons as a Slave, yet following orders unconditionally is an aspect of the Slave–especially when these orders personally violate your integrity.

The Puppet, for instance, may be manipulated by others.

The Shadow Aspect

The shadow Slave lacks the power of choice and self-authority, and follows orders that violate one’s integrity.

Evaluation

Do you have a history of becoming a slave to the system, or is slavery part of your genetic history?

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Movies with Slave Archetypes

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

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The Damsel Archetype

Damsel . Princess

Light:

Understanding the nature of healthy romance.

Ability to protect, provide and rely on yourself

Shadow:

Waiting for a Knight to provide for you.

Seduction by romantic illusion.

 The Damsel

The Damsel in Distress may be the oldest female archetype in all of popular literature and the movies.

She is always beautiful, vulnerable, and in need of rescue, specifically by a Knight and, once rescued, she is taken care of in lavish style.

The castles that Damsels are taken to have prisons, cold stone walls, drawbridges, and moats.

When disappointed, a Damsel must go through a process of empowerment and learn to take care of herself in the world.

The Shadow Aspect

The shadow side of this archetype mistakenly teaches old patriarchal views that women are weak and teaches them to be helpless and in need of protection.

It leads a woman to expect to have someone else who will fight her battles for her while she remains devoted and physically attractive and concealed in the castle/ prison.

The Damsel’s fear of going it alone is holds the Damsel/Knight relationship together. It also often shatters the relationship when the Prince or Knight grows older and expects to have a perennially young, attractive Princess at his beck and call.

The Damsel/Princess must ultimately learn to fight her own battles and evolve into a Queen.

The Princess

The Princess is more often associated with romance rather than distress.

She awaits a Knight who is worthy of her beauty and rank and will take her not to his castle but to a palace.

Many women still expect to marry a man who will give them a castle and take of them. And some men are raised to expect to do this (see Prince and Knight).

The Princess inevitably grows older even if she remains helpless. Or she becomes more interested in the outside world, develops skills and competencies and is unable to maintain the same old dynamic of dependency.

Palaces are fantastically beautiful and charmed and are associated with ballrooms and elegance. The common (archetypal) expression, “Daddy’s little Princess” implies an adoring father who brings up his daughter surrounded by beauty and abundance. There is no “Daddy’s little Damsel in Distress.”

The Shadow Aspect

The Princess and the Damsel, however, both are taught to be helpless and do share a yearning for a Knight as a partner in life, the implication being that without a Knight, they are powerless in this world.

Either way, most Damsel/Prince relationships ultimately find that they change or fail.

The challenge inherent in these archetypal patterns, therefore, is to do for yourself what you expect the Knight to do for you–provide and protect yourself

Evaluation

Examine your young-girl fantasies and expectations for a mate. Were you waiting for the arrival of your Knight in Shining “Amour,” hoping to be rescued… and disappointed that your expectations weren’t met?

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Movies with ‘Damsels’

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

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The Angel Archetype

Angel . Fairy Godmother/ Godfather

Light Attribute

Helping those in need with no expectation of return.

Shadow Attributes

Acting innocent or angelic to mislead others.

Falsely claiming to be in touch with angelic guidance.

Angels exist in a category unto themselves because they are thought to be living beings of Light and messengers of the Divine.

Almost every cultural and religious tradition on earth features angels of some description, including belief in a personal Guardian Angel in the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions.

Angels are typically represented as winged beings who intervene in times of great need or for the purpose of delivering a message of guidance or instruction from God to humans.

Even though you probably aren’t an actual Angel, you can acknowledge a strong connection to the angelic realm, as noted in people who have a dedication to representing the presence of angels.

Artists who paint their images, for example, authors who write about their interaction with humans, and those whose lives in some way provide a channel through which their presence is physically manifested exhibit a rapport with the angelic realm.

Some people are also referred to as “angels” because of the loving and nurturing qualities of character that they embody. One may also play the role of a Fairy Godmother or Godfather by helping someone in need either anonymously or with no expectation of any return.

The Shadow Aspect

The shadow side of this archetype manifests through people who make claims to be in touch with angelic guidance for the sake of control or ego enhancement, or who act innocent or angelic to mislead others about their true nature.

From a biblical perspective, the shadow Angel is frequently associated with Satan or Lucifer, but the Devil or Demon should also be considered as a unique archetype.

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Movies with Angel Archetypes

Watching movies related to your core archetype especially when going through the process of healing your shadow aspect is a powerful tool to help you understand yourself (your motivations, your passions, your fears – why you behave the way you do).

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The Prostitute Archetype

(Everyone has this archetype)

Light Attribute

Accentuates the challenge of surviving without negotiating the power of your spirit.

Shadow Attribute

Places material considerations and security above self-empowerment.

None of us thinks kindly of the term ‘prostitute,’ and yet from this archetype we learn the great gift of never again having to compromise our body, mind, or spirit.

You may have already reached the point in which the Prostitute has become a mature part of yourself that circles you with a strong vibrational field that says, “Not for sale.”

The Prostitute archetype engages lessons in the sale or negotiation of one’s integrity or spirit due to fears of physical survival or for financial gain. It activates the aspects of the unconscious that are related to seduction and control, whereby you are as capable of buying a controlling interest in another person as you are of selling your own power.

Prostitution should be understood as the selling or selling out of your talents, ideas, and any other expression of the self. The core learning of the Prostitute relates to the need to birth and refine self-esteem and self-respect.

We prostitute ourselves when we sell our bodies or minds for money or when we compromise our morals and ethics for financial gain. That may include remaining in a marriage or job that endangers our well being for reasons of financial security.

In identifying this archetype, ask yourself:

  • Have I ever sold out to people or organizations that I did not truly believe in?
  • Have I ever remained in a situation that offered me financial protection because of a desire for financial security?
  • Have I ever put another person in the position of compromising him- or herself in order to gain power over that individual?
  • Have I ever ‘bought’ another person’s loyalty, support, or even silence, in order to have my way?

From another perspective:

  • Have I ever offered to help another who was weakened by his or her Prostitute archetype?
  • Do I judge others because they find themselves continually compromising themselves?
  • Do I think of them as weak and myself as a better person?

And from yet another perspective:

Have I ever felt myself being pulled into a circumstance that would require me to sell out my ethics, but then found myself strong enough to say “no”.

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Prostitute Archetype in Movies

Watching movies related to one of your core archetypes, especially when going through the process of healing your shadow aspect can help you understand your motivations, your passions, your fears – why you behave the way you do.

Healing the Negative Aspect or Shadow Side of the Prostitute

Counselling, guidance or talk therapy. Finding someone you trust, someone who genuinely cares, someone who’s been in a similar situation and has found the strength to change their life and now wants to help others change theirs.

Time, patience, commitment and baby steps in overcoming childhood self esteem issues, regain dignity, integrity and self respect.

Overcoming survival fears, having faith and the belief that you are capable of surviving in a healthy way.

Developing faith in yourself and in a higher power.

Prayer, the cleansing of your spirit

Remembering your inner child, the beautiful child that deserves love, respect and dignity.

Allowing yourself the time to heal.

Finding and developing your true passion and your purpose.

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The Vampire Archetype

Light Attribute

Makes you aware that something or someone is draining your life force.

Ability to hold your own energy.

Shadow Attribute

Depleting others for your psychic survival.

Chronic complaining and co-dependency.

The Vampire is a mythic creature associated with both blood-sucking and eroticism. Vampires require blood, which they get by biting the neck of their victims during a nocturnal visit.

The female victim has been portrayed in the paradoxical circumstances of wanting to repel the Vampire while at the same time welcoming the erotic nature of the connection. The Vampire returns every evening to his source of life until there is no more to be had.

The parallels between human lust and vampiric blood-lust are rich: as the Vampire satisfies his thirst for blood, his host grows increasingly helpless and submissive, eventually being drained of any capacity for self-protection.

Symbolically, this relationship speaks of the power dynamics that frequently drive male-female relationships, in which the male drains the power of the female for his own psychic survival, and, once bitten, the female submits even though this will eventually take all of her power. (In some relationships, of course, the roles can easily become reversed.)

Beyond the sexual level, we sometimes form psychic attachments to others because we desire their energy, a desire that manifests through a need for approval, a need to have the “other” take care of our survival, and a fear of being abandoned.

What has been defined as a co-dependent relationship could easily fall under the Vampire template.

You may find it hard to identify yourself as a Vampire, yet it is essential to review this archetype personally.

The Shadow Aspect

Patterns of behavior such as chronic complaining, over-dependency, holding on to a relationship emotionally or psychically long after it has ended, and chronic power struggles are all indicators of Vampire patterns. Holding onto someone on the psychic level is as real as holding on to them on the physical.

Interest in the Vampire archetype has re-emerged through the literary and entertainment fields. It may well be that the archetypal opening of humanity’s psyche during these past five decades has resurrected the Vampire, empowering it with a force on the psychic plane of consciousness that was not engaged prior to this time.

Evaluation

Look for a lifelong pattern of behaviour such as chronic complaining, over-dependency and holding onto relationships psychically long after they’ve ended.

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