Archetypes Galore! What are They & Where Do I Get Them?

Welcome to Day 4 of 21 Days to Solstice. Our journey has taken us to Samoa, Japan, and New England as we’ve explored the faces of the feminine and connected to our own inner light here in the dark time of the year.

We’ve met Moana’s crazy grandmother, the wisdom keeper; Te Fiti, the earth mother; Moana, the daughter, chief and voyager; Amaterasu, the provider; masculine embodiments of the feminine; and today, we meet the daughter and maiden in Pollyanna. (Watch video.)

Day 4

Why are these stories significant? They are stories that express innate expressions of the feminine, or archetypes. All these faces are available within each of us. We tend to focus on just two or three of these expressions during our lives. But they’re all within us and available to draw upon. When you’re really stuck in life – it’s probably time to call on a new archetype. It’s helpful if we explore them, so that when needed, they’re easier to access.

Recent history has limited us culturally to the mother, lover and daughter. But in the last several years, the expressions are opening. Movies and stories for young people no longer limit roles for women or require that they be rescued by a man. Brave, Mulan, Harry Potter, Moana, Nanny McFee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more show us new faces of the feminine and ignite those possibilities within us. In real life, women are CEO’s, Presidential candidates, directors, journalists, warriors.

Women have demanded their place and, perhaps by necessity, claimed those places at times not through the strength of the feminine, but through incorporating masculine archetypes. These mothers and grandmothers have paved the way and opened the world. They have my deepest respect and gratitude.

Too often they’ve had to sacrifice the feminine in order to make strides in an overly masculine world. Perhaps the most damaging masculine face is the one that encourages us to do it all on our own – discouraging us from connection and interdependence. The Enjoli ad from the 1980’s epitomizes this as they sing about the 24 hour woman, who can do it all.

Now, we get to reclaim the feminine and find healing and balance for both men and women. As we continue our 21 days we’ll visit both ancient and modern stories of the emerging feminine.

On today’s video I mention two resources:

The Circle of Life: Thirteen Archetypes for Every Woman.

Matt Kahn’s The Alchemy of Transformation

I invite you to open to the wonder and joy of the archetypal faces of the feminine. They are alive and well!

Blessings, ~ Coleen

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