Archive | December, 2012

What are your archeypes? (Part 3 of Elizabeth’s Estate)

23 Dec

Aunt Sophia (Soul Mother) longed for a quiet place of her own; so she renovated the Caretaker’s Cottage into her own private sanctuary. She cleaned out the massive fireplace and built a warm hearth. She planted a year around garden in the green house, including her healing herbs. She developed a well-stocked pharmacy. Her sister, Sabrina (Dark Mother, like the Black Madonna), who is a healer and midwife uses the herbs in attending to the other members of the estate when they are ill. Sophia now has her own small library full of her favorite books. She now receives some of her private clients, for whom she provides holistic counseling, incorporating physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects in her work. She has her own small kitchen where she can prepare healthy, holistic food.

Elizabeth has an older brother nicknamed Einstein (Idealist) because of his creative genius. He is constantly experimenting with his newest theory in his lab. He has some great ideas on how to improve humanity’s existence on the planet. The only problem is that the lab was adjacent to his sleeping room and his experiments were constantly blowing up. This became costly in repairing the room. Einstein gladly agreed to move to the hangar on the property, where he has his two aircraft. He was a WWII pilot. He likes vintage planes. One of the rooms in the hangar easily converted to a sleeping room and another to a laboratory. He found he had much more freedom in his own abode.

The Professor (Teacher/Traveler) decided to move to the groom’s quarters where he could have better access to his mare Sophia, who was due to foal in a couple of months. He converted one room to his private library where he kept his great collection of books and artifacts collected from his travels around the world. He retired from the local university where he taught Anthropology and Philosophy for 20 years. The Professor has published many of his own books.

Elizabeth’s second daughter Misty (The Mystic), born in the cold month of February, drinks like a fish. She had converted the room next to her sleeping quarters into a bar. She inherited this trait of imbibing too much from her father, although her father had a bit more control over his consumption than his unfortunate daughter. Misty also has difficulty setting boundaries with others. She seems to feel the pain of the world, which led to crying spells and of course, more drinking. Try as she might, Elizabeth couldn’t get her daughter to quit drinking. She had come to a point of resignation over this, relinquishing control to her daughter. One day though, she realized her mother wasn’t going to live forever and promised her mother that she would quit drinking. She converted the bar to an altar of her choosing, got involved with AA, found her higher power, and sober friends.

Romeo (Lover) and Mercurious Communicator remained in the main building. The two of them developed a public relations business and converted two rooms on the ground floor to their offices. They discovered they could work in tandem, Merc servicing the accounts of clients and Romeo managing the public relations.
These two men, along with Arthur in the south wing, are the more social members of the estate. Once the dreadful guns, exercise equipment, saddles, exploding laboratory were out of the manor, they could entertain lavishly and as often as they liked. Romeo had a knack for bringing the great ballroom and formal gardens to life again after almost a decade of idleness and neglect. Romeo found a great ally in Mama in providing refreshments for the guests.

Mama (Nourishing Mother) has been the cook for Elizabeth’s family for as long as Elizabeth can remember. Mama loves feeding people, the more the merrier. Mama is a great bosomy woman, who seems to sense others’ presence and emotions through some mysterious body sense. Many people find comfort in her arms and from her nourishing food.

So the 12 archetypes found they had more peace if they allowed each member to express in his or her own way. Although 6 of the archetypes are female leaning and 6 are male leaning, we can a little of each in us, if we dare to!
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Elizabeth’s Estate (part 2 or What are your archetypes?)

23 Dec

Elizabeth (the Elder Leader) is a matronly woman of seventy years, born at Christmas time. She inherited a large 12 -bedroom Mansion from her mother, as she was the oldest daughter. She married her husband, Arthur (Golden Child). He was a dashing young actor in theatre. That’s what attracted her to him. She soon grew to dislike that debonair air about him. For what attracted her to him, also attracted many other women. Even though they were both leaders in their own way, they decided they could no longer coexist in the same wing of the house so Arthur moved into his own kingly suites in the South wing.

Lancelot (Warrior) is Elizabeth and Arthur’s son, born April 1. Lance positively annoyed everyone, especially his Aunt Sophia (Soul Mother), with his deer trophies, gun collection, rolling toolbox and a full set of exercise equipment in the den, especially when all household members wanted to share that room. Romeo (Lover) and Mercurious (Communicator) wanted to do more formal entertaining. Somehow the toolbox didn’t lend to the ambience. Lance gladly moved his equipment and accoutrements to the renovated chauffeur’s quarters in the old carriage house.

The oldest daughter of Elizabeth and Arthur is Inanna (Artist/Priestess), who was born at the end of April. She is quite the artist in every sense with her painting, dancing and singing. Inanna could produce the most exquisite pieces of art, but it left half of the house very messy with fifty different paint jars all over the kitchen and formal dining room. Inanna discovered an old artist studio on the property. With a little renovating and cleaning up she now has a beautiful studio with a loft and a view of the countryside to inspire her artwork. She also has a small kitchen where she keeps a stash of her favorite sweets and desserts. She could indulge her sweet tooth without Aunt Sofia’s lecture on health or Lance’s offer to take her jogging. She also discovers that she is a little more creative in her own quiet space.
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What are your Archetypes?

23 Dec

The 12 archetypes (based on Jung/Bebeau) are personality styles that are ingrained in each of us. The archetypes are ancient. They were present in Humanity from the beginning of time and still present in us today. We all have the 12 archetypes in us, but approximately 4-6 will be more dominant. Each of us will put together our own unique combination of those particular archetypes in our individual manner. It makes us all unique and why “one size doesn’t fit all”; why someone has a special talent that others may not. We each have choices in how we bring those particular archetypes into the world through us. Are we going to maximize our talents or suppress them? Each archetype has its strength as well as its shadow. The shadow is a part of the archetype that is repressed, not brought into the light. For example, the Warrior protects boundaries, pioneers change. But the shadow side of the Warrior uses that misguided aggressive anger to kill innocent people.

I visualize the 12 archetypes like an ancient English Mansion where all the services were available on one estate. But if we put all of the people in one house, could they live together peacefully? If we tried to make someone play the piano or participate in wrestling who doesn’t like it or have the talent for it, are we working against those natural talents or desires trying to form someone to our image?

The 12 archetypes in an English Estate setting to follow in the next blog.

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