My brain is the key that sets my mind free!
The Magician energy is the observer principle and concerns itself with problem-solving, meditative insight, initiating teachers & connecting to unseen forces for healing and transformation.
The Sadist (strong) and the Masochist (weak) are not personality types in this system and should not be used for categorization but for the recognition of energies or patterns of behavior that can be seen in all people to varying degrees. We have already discussed the qualities of the mature warrior in his fullness, now we will examine how the mature warrior can fall under the influence of his fully developed shadow archetypes.
The Warrior can give us the ability to detach from emotional ties and human relationships temporarily for the sake of the mission at hand. It can also provide a greater degree of clarity, focus, and courage in the face of overwhelming odds but when drawn upon too heavily this energy can begin to derange and disintegrate the emotional networks of the body-mind complex in terrifying ways. When a man becomes too detached from his emotional center his heart becomes blocked, he loses the ability to empathize. Instead, he begins to derive his emotional pleasure vicariously through his ability to make others feel the way he feels inside: shamed, terrified, helpless, and panicked. He is disgusted by the weakness and vulnerability that has taken him over and seeks out those he sees as weaker to punish them. One of the goals of New Warrior training is to learn how to identify and face our shadows-through accountability, integrity, and integrating the other archetypes.
Introduction to Male Archetypes
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act ii, Scene vii
Male Archetypes are one of the primary tools of self-development that I am constantly applying to my own life through my work with other men. An archetype is a societal meme-or non-genetic method of collective imprinting-transcending conscious thought and expresses universally recognizable identities onto individuals. Great thinkers like Plato, William Shakespeare, Carl Jung, and others have served as guides to a general understanding of archetypes while Robert Moore’s work particularly inspires us by identifying and providing the essential framework to discuss these four archetypes in detail. Our current society lacks clearly defined roles for men that are effective and evolutionary. Fortunately, we have an ancient and natural-symbolic programming language that we can use to conceptualize the roles that we have as men in the world. By familiarizing yourself with these archetypes and internalizing the qualities they represent, you can more fully embody the balanced expression of the best archetype for each situation you may encounter.
See the 4 main Archetypes:
Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price.
The Warrior energy is the action principle and concerns itself with decision-making, establishing and guarding boundaries, inspiring loyalty through selfless service, courage, and integrity.
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
The Lover energy is the sensual/sexual principle that humanizes all three energies and concerns itself with artistic creation, the appreciation of beauty, feelings of passion and compassion.
What more sacred, what more strongly guarded by every holy feeling, than a man’s own home?
The King energy balances the other three energies and concerns itself with establishing order, maintaining harmony, providing stability, and bestowing the blessing of ancestral wisdom.