SPIRITUAL TERMINOLOGY AND MEANINGS

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Archetype

What is an archetype?

An archetype in spirituality references a specific conceptual type of energy. That energy may be embodied by ideas, qualities, forces of nature, patterns of behavior, symbols, societal structures, mythology, or personality traits which are commonly found among cultures.

Psychologist Carl Jung developed his own set of defined archetypes in his work on psychology, believing that these ancient universal symbols were imprinted into the collective unconscious and gave rise to a universal human experience.

The characters and themes throughout literature, whether fact, fiction, or mythological, all express these archetypes. Divination tools such as the tarot, numerology, astrology, and personology all rely on sets of symbolic archetypal meanings

Examples of archetypal energies:

  • Death, birth, rebirth, destruction, creation
  • Maiden, mother, crone
  • Shaman, sage, high priestess, magician
  • Trickster, the devil
  • Father
  • Divine feminine and divine masculine
  • The hero, the leader
  • Healing, renewal
  • Beginnings, endings
  • Conflict

RELATED TERMS

Divine Feminine
Divine Masculine
Initiation

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