If you've ever studied Carl Jung you're probably familiar with Archetypes. According to Jung, and later many others, our personalities are made up of several archetypes. He believed that universal, mythic characters representing traits—archetypes—reside within the collective unconscious of people the world over. Archetypes represent fundamental human motifs of our experience as we evolved; consequentially, they evoke deep emotions. Knowing this Jung, Caroline Myss, and many others believe we are made up of 12 archetypes. For example, the King, the Hero, the Warrior, the Goddess, and the Victim are all recognized archetypes.
Now, when you have a major life change or a shift in consciousness your archetypes can also change as well. For example, if your husband or wife passes away you may take on the widow archetype. Or if you have a baby you may adopt the Mother or Father archetype. For a male this might mean buckling down and feeling a need to provide for his family now.
The reason I chose to dive into this subject today is because I am personally seeing this shift within myself. If you read my blog, you know at this point I am now over 6 months pregnant and besides going through some major body and hormonal changes, I'm also noticing a shift in my own archetypes.
As of just one year ago one of my archetypes was the Hedonist. I'm not going to lie, I've always been told I have a "bad girl" vibe to me. I've been known to party every now again and may have even engaged in smoking a joint or two before pot was officially legal. I had trouble settling down in down in a relationship because this archetype is all about having fun and fulfilling your desires without really considering others. The funny thing is even 6 months before I was pregnant I started to notice the shift. I stopped drinking, except on rare occasions and really began to buckle down in some ways. I had also found myself in a committed relationship with my life partner, so that had something to do with it as well.
Now, that I have begun my transition to Mother it appears the hedonist has completely taken a backseat in my life and the Mother archetype is in full effect. Now, that's not to say at some point in time the Hedonist won't come back down the line, but for now I'm hanging up my leather jacket and dirty martinis.
If you're interested in learning more about your archetypes please direct message me. Archetypes are one of my favorite subjects, along with making astrological/archetype wheels in which your archetypes actually align with your 12 Astrological houses.
Remember that we are always evolving and changing so embrace your journey!