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Term: Archetype


Archetype: The original model after which similar things are patterned. From a metaphysical perspective, the concept of a Mother Goddess would be an archetype and the names and images by which she is worshipped would be generated patterns of the archetype. Archetypes are fixed within what many people call the Group Mind, the Collective Consciousness of a culture, or community. Therefore the appearance of an archetype figure to a specific group of people will transmit the same imagery to the individuals within the group. Generally speaking, each individual will have the same or a very similar impression of what the image represents.
source: Sacred Path of Reiki, by Katalin Koda


(Psychology – Jungian) A universal image and center of psychological function and energy mostly similar across nationalities, races, cultures, and historical times. Generally speaking, “Mom” is the same mom everywhere. Nevertheless, there may be some minor variation across long established cultures as expressed in dominant religions, and personal variants may be the source of traumatic disturbances as when a real-life mom fails to fulfill her archetypal stature. 

The archetypes are the foundation of major mythologies, and correspond with gods, goddesses, and mythic heroes. They are found in the major arcana of the Tarot, may be seen and experienced through Kabalistic path-working and shamanic trances, and are often met in dreams and projected onto real life figures in times of crisis. One of the goals in every program of self-knowledge is to gain understanding of our particular interaction with them, and possibly change those interactions from a childish to a more mature level.

The archetypes may be the "gods," each charged with particular responsibilities in the natural world. See also Noosphere.

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


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Review of Fire Tarot
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Review of the Tarot of Mermaids
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The Contemplative Tarot Review
Summary: The Contemplative Tarot is designed for meditation, for self-discovery, and for self-improvement. It is suitable for beginners and advanced tarot users if the user desires a tool for reflection not for learning traditional tarot usage, that ...
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