Archetypes came into prominence through Carl Jung but can be traced back to Plato’s days. Archetypes are forces of the collective unconscious, universal images of great emotional power, patterns of behaviour and role models and have evolved as we have evolved. Plato suggests that an individual’s soul was imprinted before birth with pure mental forms. These formed part of the collective unconscious which embodied the fundamental characteristics of a thing rather than its specific peculiarities.
We all share the same four main archetypes, but we then chose a further eight archetypes from a comprehensive selection and these are then transferred to an astrological chart. The four main archetypes are Child, Victim, Prostitute, and Saboteur.
Four Main Archetypes
This archetype arises the moment that we are born. It can play out in many ways and we currently have a situation in the western culture that amplifies the wounded child.
This archetype arises the moment that the child does not get its needs met.
This archetype evolves almost simultaneously with the victim. This is what we sell ourselves for.
Poor self-esteem provides the impetus for self-sabotage.
Levels of Maturation
Each of the 12 archetypes is then measured as they placed into an astrological house. This measurement shows the level of maturation achieved within each of the archetypes. There are three maturation levels.
When an archetype sits at a Tribal level of consciousness, it is usually subject to dogma, credos, different rules and regulations and these control the unconscious. At this level, misuse of this energy can lead to psychosis or paranoia. At the tribal level, the archetype controls us, as we are coming from a place of fear a place of lack.
The process of Individuation is one of an evolution of individual consciousness in which the unconscious archetype is integrated with consciousness. The goal of individuation is to weaken or see the illusion of the control mechanics and oppression of ideals and passions. At an individuation level, we often feel as though we take two steps forward and one back.
At the Symbolic level, wise use of the archetypes can lead to creative drive and fulfillment of goals and passions, coupled with an understanding that there is a higher reality operating and allowing the intuitive faculties to guide you. At the symbolic level, we have mastered the archetype, we control it, we own it and honour it.
All archetypes have a negative and positive connotation, and this is seen according to whether the archetype sits in the Tribal or Symbolic level of maturation. An archetype can be at either end of the spectrum or be in transition in the middle. It can play out at one end in a certain, given situation, but change to the other end when a new situation arises.
You will receive a copy of your natal archetype astrological chart along with a booklet of the meanings and characteristics of your archetypes that is yours to keep.