Archives for May 2017

The Justice Family of Archetypes

This month we will continue our exploration of archetypes – the language of the Unconscious mind – by looking at the Justice Family, in particular the Judge, the Advocate or Environmentalist, the Mediator, the Detective, the Liberator and the Avenger.

The Judge archetype loves justice and, in its light aspect, has high standards of ethics, morality and compassion. In its shadow aspect, however, the Judge can become over-critical and merciless and s/he can also have a hidden agenda. Examples of the Judge archetype are Dominic Guard in The Go-Between, Spencer Tracy in Judgement at Nuremburg and for the shadow aspect – John Forsythe in And Justice for All.

The Advocate or Environmentalist loves to champion human rights and/or animal/nature rights and is dedicated to inspiring others to empower themselves. However, the shadow aspect can cause them to back a negative cause or to support one for personal gain. Popular examples of this archetype are the fairy tale Puss in Boots, Julia Roberts in Erin Brokovitch and the shadow aspect from Robert Duvall in The Godfather.

The Mediator, on the other hand, finds peaceful solutions for antagonistic groups, individuals or warring parties. They can see both sides of an argument, are patient and skilled with an ability to read people and situations. In the shadow aspect they can have ulterior motives and hidden agendas and even use both sides for personal gain such as double agents. Examples of the Mediator archetype are The Ambassadors by Henry James and, once again, Dominic Guard in The Go-Between.

The Detective is able to seek out knowledge and information and has great powers of observation along with a highly evolved intuition. The shadow aspect is voyeurism, falsifying information and/or selling out to the highest bidder. Examples of the Detective archetype are plentiful: Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s novels, Richard Burton in The Spy who Came in from the Cold, Kathleen Turner in V.I. Warshawski, James Bond and Charlie Chan.

The Liberator is a rather different archetype. S/he frees others from tyranny, from political control or negative thought patterns and beliefs. In the shadow aspect Liberators free us from one tyrant only to impose their own tyranny afterwards. Examples of the Liberator archetype from history are Joan of Arc, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela. In film there is Anthony Quinn in Zorba the Greek. Tom Selleck in In and Out and Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc. Herman Hesse’s Siddharta (one of my favourite novels) is also a portrayal of the Liberator archetype.

Finally, the Avenger archetype balances the scales of justice. Avengers can be lawyers who work for the disadvantaged, animal rights activists or people who avenge on a more global scale. In the shadow aspect they can resort to violence, terrorism, eco-terrorism and self-destruction. They can also become obsessed by the need for revenge. Once again Joan of Arc is an example. Other examples are the old television show The Avengers, Ingrid Bergman in The Visit, Jane Fonda in Cat Ballou and, in the shadow, Al Pacino in The Godfather.

These are only a small example of possible archetypes within the Justice Family. If you want a deeper understanding that these newsletters can give you, or you can’t wait for the next instalments, then I run workshops on archetypes as well as private sessions in person or on Skype and would be delighted to work with you personally.

Meanwhile, keep observing the behaviour of yourself and those around you. Next month we will be looking at the Creativity Family of archetypes. Perhaps you might like to begin to make a list of archetypes that you particularly resonate with. Remember, we are looking for your personal eight to join the shared archetypes of Child, Victim, Saboteur and Prostitute.

In the meantime, have a lovely June!

Love Laurelle

The Relationship Family of Archetypes – Part Two

This month we will continue our exploration of archetypes – the language of the Unconscious mind – by continuing our exploration of the Relationship Family with the Bully/Coward, the Rebel, the Clown/Fool and the Trickster.

The Bully/Coward is not an easy archetype to own but, as with many of the more negative sounding archetypes, it is very powerful indeed. In its light aspect, it teaches that the spirit is always stronger than the body – “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me.” The Bully/Coward archetype is about confronting the power in oneself and standing up to being bullied by inner fears. The shadow aspect is obvious from its name. Examples of the Bully/Coward archetype are Matt Dillon in My Bodyguard, Mel Gibson in Braveheart and Bert Lahr (the cowardly Lion) in The Wizard of Oz.

The Rebel archetype helps someone to break out of old tribal patterns, systems and conventions which no longer serve the common good. The shadow aspect can be rebelling for the sake of it, out of peer pressure or for the sake of fashion and trend. It can also reject legitimate authority because it is difficult. Examples of the Rebel archetype are James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, Meryl Streep in Silkwood and Kirk Douglas in Spartacus.

The Clown/Fool archetype is fascinating. Not only do Clowns make people laugh, but they also release deep feelings through an acceptable face of tragedy. This is why a clown’s face is painted with both a smile and tears. This archetype enables someone to do or say what other people are thinking and, in addition, allows someone entry into the most powerful of circles. This was perfectly exemplified by Will Somers who was the King Henry V111’s Fool and who was able to speak the truth where no-one else could, saying things which would have been declared High treason in anyone else. The shadow aspect is the wearing of a mask to hide true feelings, cruel mockery or betrayal and the breaking of confidences gained through knowledge from the inner circle. Modern examples of Clowns/Fools are Danny Kaye in The Court Jester, Jim Carrey in The Claw and Charlie Chaplin in The Circus.

The Trickster is a key figure in the human drama who plays dubious jokes or tricks, makes fun or is made fun of, presenting alternatives to the straight and narrow path and conformity. The shadow aspect is duplicity. Donald Trump plays this admirably. Other examples are Puck in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Eve, Peter Cooke in Bedazzled and Michael Caine, Steve Martin and Glenne Headley in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

There are many more archetypes within the Relationship Family. However, if you want a deeper understanding that these newsletters can give you, or you can’t wait for the next instalments, then I run workshops on archetypes as well as private sessions in person or on Skype and would be delighted to work with you personally. Meanwhile, keep observing the behaviour of yourself and those around you. Next month we will be looking at the Justice Family of archetypes.

Until then, enjoy observing and enjoy May!

Love Laurelle