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Archetypes For Chaffey

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John Nath

on 13 September 2017

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Archetype—an universally understood symbol, term,
statement or pattern of behavior, a prototype upon which others are copied, patterned or emulated.

The use of archetypes to illuminate personality and literature was advanced by Carl Jung early in the 20th century, who suggested the existence of universal forms that channel experiences and emotions, resulting in recognizable and typical patterns of behavior with certain probable outcomes.
Carl Jung coined the word “archetype’ and theorized
that humans have a collective unconscious, meaning that all people have the same ideas or experiences. This shared memory of experiences has resulted in a resonance of the concepts of hero and heroine that transcends time, place and culture. Jung called these recurring personalities archetypes.

Can suggest mystery of Creation.
Birth to death to resurrection; purification and redemption; fertility and growth.
The mother of all life; spiritual mystery and infinity; death and rebirth; timelessness and eternity; the unconscious.

The Sea
Sensation, Hope
and Fertility.
Highly positive
Associated with Truth and Security
Religious Feeling/Spiritual Purity
The color of the Great Mother or
the Holy Mother
Violent passion
The Fool

The Trickster often plays this role,
for the Trickster and the Fool or the
Clown usually embody the same
The Fool is a character distressed by some
unconscious lack of power or an inordinate desire for fame, who projects his or her inadequacies against scapegoats or heroes.
The Devil figure is a form of the shadow, evil incarnate, a figure who frequently offers the hero otherworldly goods, fame or knowledge for possession of his soul

The Devil Figure
Death and the unconscious in its terrifying aspects.
The Terrible Mother
The Soul Mate

The Great Mother
The mysteries of life, death, transformation
are found in two main narratives:
The Archetypal Women
The Good Mother
The Sophia figure,
the Holy Mother
The princess or beautiful lady—incarnation of inspiration and spiritual fulfillment

Associated with the life principle, birth, warmth, nourishment, protection, fertility, growth, abundance
Ex. Demeter

The sacrificial scapegoat: the hero, with whom the welfare of the tribe or nation is identified, must die to atone for the people's sins and restore the land to fruitfulness.

Initiation: the hero undergoes a series of excruciating ordeals in passing from ignorance and immaturity to social and spiritual adulthood; the initiation most commonly consists of three distinct phases: (1) separation, (2) transformation, and (3) return. Like the quest, this is a variation of the death-and-rebirth archetype.

The quest: the hero (savior, deliverer) undertakes some long journey during which he or she must perform impossible tasks, battle with monsters, solve unanswerable riddles, and overcome insurmountable obstacles in order to save the kingdom.

The Archetypal Man

Since, for internal and external reasons, the
hero cannot accomplish this himself, the knowledge needed to overcome the
deficiency comes in the form of a
personified thought, i.e., in the shape of this sagacious and helpful old man.

Apart from his cleverness,
wisdom and insight;
The old man is also notable for his
moral qualities; what is more, he even tests the moral qualities of others and makes gifts dependent on this test.

Chaos, mystery, the unknown
Primal wisdom
The unconscious

(a geometric figure based upon the squaring of a circle around a unifying center)

Circle (Sphere)
The ancient symbol of the snake biting its own tail, signifying the eternal cycle of life
The unity of opposing forces.

Ascending the mountain suggests a
spiritual journey to enlightenment.

The center of the universe from which
everything could be seen.
The place the gods reveal truths.

Place of mystery and power

Spiritual aridity

Unspoiled beauty


Associated with good luck,
fortune and wisdom,
or bad luck,
elemental evil and heresy.

Archetypal Motifs or Patterns

Escape From Time

Mystical Submersion
into Cyclical Time

"return to paradise," the state
of perfect, timeless bliss enjoyed
by man and woman before their
tragic Fall into corruption and mortality.
Highly multivalent signifying in its
positive aspects light, purity, innocence
and timelessness.

Wise Old Man
Truth tellers
Eyes and messengers of the gods
Move between the seen and the unseen
Offer prophetic vision and insight


Symbol of energy and pure force
Evil, corruption
Sensuality, destruction, mystery and unconscious, wisdom

Serpent/Snake/ Worm
Virtually every mythology is built upon some account of how the cosmos, nature and humankind were brought into existence by some supernatural Being or beings

The old man always appears when the hero is in a hopeless and desperate situation from which only profound reflection or a lucky idea can extricate him.
A Journey Through
Savior, redeemer, guru;
personification of the
spiritual principle, representing
knowledge, reflection, insight,
wisdom, cleverness and intuition on
the one hand, and on the other, moral qualities such as goodwill readiness to help, which makes his ‘spiritual’ character sufficiently plain

Forces of generation
The mystery of life.
Chinese image representing the union of the opposite forces of the Yang (masculine principle, light activity, conscious mind) and the Yin (feminine principle, darkness, passivity, unconscious)

Archetypes are likewise supposed to have been present in folklore and literature for thousands of years, including prehistoric artwork.
Archetypes are cited as important to both ancient mythology and modern narratives.
The negative aspects
The witch, the sorceress, the siren, whore,
femme fatale
Associated with sensuality, fear, danger, darkness, dismemberment, emasculation
Sun (fire and sky are closely related)
creative energy
law in nature
consciousness (thinking,
wisdom, spiritual vision)
Father principle (Moon and
Earth are associated with the
female and mother principle)
Setting Sun
Birth, Creation,
Rising Sun
Passage of time
and life.
In a negative context,
may be associated
with death and decay.
In its negative aspects it represents death, terror,
the supernatural, and the blinding truth of an
inscrutable cosmic mystery.

Egg (oval)
Wholeness and unity
Spiritual awareness
Ex. Holy Trinity

Associated with the circle of life
Female principle
Earth, nature
Four elements (earth, air, fire and water)

The most potent of all symbolic numbers signifying the union of 3 and 4
The completion of a cycle
Perfect order

The Fool
The positive aspects
Wants to be heroic but
lacks the makings.
Feels misunderstood.
Not necessarily Evil.

The theme of endless death and regeneration--human beings achieve a kind of immortality by submitting to the vast, mysterious rhythm of Nature's eternal cycle, particularly the cycle of the seasons.
Its consistence, growth, proliferation, generative and regenerative processes stands for inexhaustible life, and is therefore equivalent to a symbol of immortality
The Clown is a relatively benevolent
form of the Fool, more aware of his
or her Trickster aspect.
The Clown is cruel
or suffers cruelty for us.
John Nath
Zachary Sanfilippo
Paul Basenberg
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