7 The Warrior Archetype

Episode Seven: What Is an Archetype?

We’re getting deep today, exploring the great psychologist Carl Jung’s concept of the Collective Unconscious and the archaic “super-personalities” that dwell there — the Archetypes.

The Divine Child, the Virgin, the Wanderer, the Lover, the Mother, the Warrior … on up to the King, the Queen, the Sage, and the Mystic.

Yes, you and I are governed by these (and empowered by them), even though they reside in a precinct of the psyche that we can only access through dreams and visions, intuition and insight.

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7 Comments

  1. Antonia Nelson on September 7, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Thank you Steven for these wonderful stories! Every one takes me on an adventure and imagining what it would be like to have more Sparta in this day!

  2. Joe Jansen on September 7, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Good to recognize how most characters reflect archetypes. We don’t have to make up everything from scratch.

    These were a couple lines I copied out of Steve’s book “Killing Rommel”:

    “Stein has a theory about inner evolution. A man matures, he believes, from archetype to archetype. From son to wanderer to warrior. And from there, if he’s lucky, to lover, husband, father, king, sage, and mystic.

    “‘It could be, Stein says, considering the evolution of my dream, ‘that your journey no longer requires the knight’s armor since you’re living it out in the flesh.’

    “He gestures around to our tanks and armored vehicles. ‘You’re IN armor now, aren’t you?’”

  3. Colleen on September 7, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Greetings. I love this topic and for a lot of reasons. It is new information as I really didn’t know what archetype meant. One particular reason I enjoy this subject is on the personal side. From a very young age I used to tell people that I was born wise. I was aware that deep inside me I had knowledge that was there from another time, that I was born with it, wisdom. So, to hear you speak of the archetype I can’t help but rejoice; it feels like a confirmation.

    Thank you so much for this series Steven. It’s fantastic.

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  5. Andrew lubin on September 8, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Interesting stuff, Steve; thank you, again, for making me think. Maybe that’s why being a Marine, or a teacher, or whatever, runs in a family? While many refer to such a call as ‘tradition’, how impressive to think it’s actually part of family DNA!

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