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BALANCING THE SACRED MASCULINE AND FEMININE

Archetypes are a great way to get more insight into what makes you tick.  I’m drawing from Jungian Psychology in exploring some of the Archetypes that I’ll present below.  We learn from Jung that each of us carries gender traits that are the opposite of our physical gender characteristics.  For example, if you are a female, you have an animus, or internalized male nature.  If you are a male, you have an anima, or internalized feminine nature.  In order to have appropriately balanced mental health, the external physical gender of the individual should be balanced by his or her internal polar counterpart.

Spiritual energy manifests in a natural balance of waves and troughs.  It reveals itself as male and female, sun and moon, expanding and contracting, active and receptive, hot and cold, on and off, light and dark to name but a few examples.  According to the Chinese the single energy of the Universe is both Yin and Yang.

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THE MAIDEN ARCHETYPE
The first aspect of the Goddess that I want to look at is the ‘Maiden’.
The Maiden represents youth, simplicity, new beginnings and potential. She is the seed newly planted into the soil, full of new life and potential and ready to develop and grow.
The maiden is that precious part within each one of us that is our innocence, purity, and raw energy.
In her shadow aspect the Maiden struggles to realize her full potential and she may be lacking in depth. This dark maiden energy that is in each one of us, can represent our inability to mature with time and we may find that we tend to be childish, fearful and co-dependent.
Balance & Integration
What are your personality traits that reflect the positive maiden qualities within you and what ‘shadowy’ traits are you aware of? Maybe you don’t identify with any of the maiden’s qualities at all. This would be a great time to reconnect with this archetypal energy within you, no matter what your gender. By integrating the positive aspects of the maiden into your life you will reach your full potential.
THE MOTHER ARCHETYPE
The 2nd aspect of the Goddess that we’ll look at is the ‘Mother’.
The Mother represents birth and nurturing, compassion and understanding.
The mother is the archetype of actualized potential, creativity and fecundity. The seed that was planted in the maiden phase of energy has bloomed and come to fruition. She is the earth-mother in all of us. She is caring, forgiving, receptive and embraces change easily. She represents growth and maturity.
The mother also has a dark side. When we hold on too tightly to our own mothering archetype we may find that we have a tendency to smother or encourage dependence in other people. In this ‘shadowy’ aspect our compassion tends to be rather self serving and can hinder those close to us from reaching their full potential because of our tendency to rush to their rescue or defense.
Balance & integration
What are your personality traits that reflect the positive mother qualities within you and what ‘shadowy’ traits are you aware of? Maybe you don’t identify with any of the mother’s qualities at all. This would be a great time to reconnect with this archetypal energy within you, no matter what your gender. By integrating the positive aspects of the mother into your life you will grow in maturity and wisdom and develop a deeper sense of nurturing and caring for yourself, for others and for the Earth.
THE CRONE ARCHETYPE
The 3rd aspect of the Goddess is the ‘Crone’.
The Crone represents wisdom, compassion, transformation and healing.
Now that her childbearing years are over, the crone is the archetype of female power turned inward, she has budded and bloomed (Maiden and Mother) and is now brimming with the seeds of wisdom. She has learned many valuable lessons in life and is ready to teach others the mysteries of life and death.
She is the personification of common sense and practicality and knows first hand that we reap what we sow. She is the wise old woman in all of us, the level-headed, rational, responsible part of us. She is our internal mystic that foretells the future and often tells us things that we may not want to know but need to know in order for us to grow and change.
In her ‘shadow’ aspect she can represent bitterness and self-sufficiency, isolating herself in the process. She blames society/others for her shortcomings and unhappiness. She hasn’t learned to take responsibility for her own issues and spends a lot of time criticizing and complaining, struggling to see the positive in anything or anyone. She can be very judgmental and harsh.
Balance & integration
What are your personality traits that reflect the positive Crone qualities within you and what ‘shadowy’ traits are you aware of? Maybe you don’t identify with any of the Crone’s qualities at all. This would be a great time to reconnect with this archetypal energy within you, no matter what your gender. By integrating the positive aspects of the Crone into your life you will learn to take responsibility for your shortcomings and regrets and learn from the lessons that life is teaching you. You will overcome the obstacles that you face with common sense and deep insight and wisdom. And best of all you will remain ‘Juicy’ instead of becoming a bitter, shriveled up old prune.

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THE LOVER / PRINCE ARCHETYPE
Just as the Divine Feminine (Goddess) reveals herself in 3 aspects (Maiden, Mother & Crone) so does her Male counterpart, the Divine Masculine (God).
The first of the Divine Masculine aspects that we will look at is the Lover / Prince.
In this aspect the god is at his most youthful and represents pure undirected energy and exuberance as well as a sense of playfulness and fun. He also represents our enthusiasm, optimism, physical strength and sexual drive and desire.
This archetype represents the fearless, bold youth (Prince) full of foolish bravery and carefree charm and enthusiasm. He is full of sexual energy and zeal and ready to take on the world. He is the ‘party animal’ in each of us, the wild, spontaneous, fiery, extrovert who just wants to have some fun and ‘clown’ around.
The Lover / Prince is ready to conquer the world, he does not know what challenges lie ahead of him and is unaware of any obstacles that he may face. He knows no limits and therefore believes that all things are possible. He must face his own challenges (slay his own dragons) as he journeys along the path of life. Like the maiden, his energy represents simplicity and purity of heart.
In the ‘shadow’ aspect the Lover / Prince behaves more like a ‘fool’ and represents that wild self-destructive part of us that struggles to take control over our physical impulses and urges. We can become incredibly self-indulgent and self-centered as well as indolent and sulky. We may also find that we lack direction and learn life’s lessons the hard way, if at all.
Balance & integration
What are your personality traits that reflect the positive Lover / Prince qualities within you and what ‘shadowy’ traits are you aware of? Maybe you don’t identify with any of the Lover’s qualities at all. This would be a great time to reconnect with this archetypal energy within you, no matter what your gender. By integrating the positive aspects of the Lover / Prince into your life, you will reclaim your lust for life and be filled with optimism and enthusiasm. You will also reawaken your sexual energy and desire.
THE PROVIDER / FATHER ARCHETYPE
The 2nd aspect of the Divine Masculine is the Provider / Father.
In his provider aspect, the god represents maturity, power, action and self-sufficiency. He is able to look after/provide for his own needs as well as the needs of others.
He is the archetype of adult male power and he knows what action to take to get the job done. He is focused on building into his family, his community and society and wants to make a difference. He is purpose driven and represents our determination to complete what we have started as well as our desire to be self-reliant.
He is the part of us (regardless of our gender) that becomes motivated to be successful and accomplish what we set out to do.
His paternal nature is expressed in his desire to protect his family, country and environment. He is aware of the importance of societal/social structures, guideline and limits but also understands the importance of challenging those limits when necessary.
The Provider / Father also has a dark side that emerges when his ambition and drive goes into ‘over-drive’ and blind ambition. Instead of being self-reliant he tends to be self-serving and can become very impatient, angry and tyrannical. He may also become petty and dictatorial. He may hold onto rules and regulations so tightly that he becomes inflexible and even narrow minded in his refusal to embrace change.
Balance & integration
What are your personality traits that reflect the positive Provider / Father qualities within you and what ‘shadowy’ traits are you aware of? Maybe you don’t identify with any of the Father’s qualities at all. This would be a great time to reconnect with this archetypal energy within you, no matter what your gender. By integrating the positive aspects of the Provider / Father into your life, you will be motivated to accomplish what you have set out to do. You may find that you have a desire to make a difference in society or your community and be a catalyst for change and even forge new frontiers.
THE SAGE ARCHETYPE
The last of the Divine Masculine archetypes that we will explore is the Sage archetype.
The Sage represents energy that is now turned inwards rather than being outwardly focused.
He has learned many valuable lessons in life and shares his wisdom through story telling. He is able to look back and laugh at his mistakes and knows not to take himself too seriously. He is perceptive and sharp – you won’t be able to pull the wool over his eyes in a hurry. He’s been around the block a few times and can see through the facades of others very quickly. He represents our human ability to become spiritually empowered, self-reflective and wise. The god in this aspect represents the wise counselor who is competent and comfortable operating in the prophetic / psychic realms. The Sage presides over the rites and ceremonies that mark the passages of time and the seasons of human life.
He is introspective and meditative and represents our ability to journey inwardly and grow spiritually.
The Sage knows that life is about the journey and not the destination. He has learned to slow down and enjoy each step along the way. He has dealt with his insecurities and fears and exudes peace, calm and serenity.
The Sage, too, has a dark side / shadow side. In his dark aspect the Sage can represent the expansion of consciousness to the point that he no longer has any practical value. I’m sure that you’ve heard of the saying, “He’s so heavenly minded, that he’s of no earthly use”
In his shadow aspect, the Sage can be our potential to ruminate on our past or to become acerbic or grim.
Balance & integration
What are your personality traits that reflect the positive Sage qualities within you and what ‘shadowy’ traits are you aware of? Maybe you don’t identify with any of the Sage’s qualities at all. This would be a great time to reconnect with this archetypal energy within you, no matter what your gender. By integrating the positive aspects of the Sage into your life, you will learn to balance spirituality with practicality. You will have a greater sense of peace and serenity.

This is a great video on masculine and feminine energy.  Definitely worth watching