Thursday's Archetype - Alchemist

The Alchemist ask that you examine what needs to change in your life.

  • Beliefs? 
  • Actions? 
  • Habits and patterns?
The Illuminated Alchemist represents change and transformation to a new level of energy. 
The Shadow Alchemist keeps things stuck in "trauma-drama" without allowing the gifts of your experiences to be transformed.

When change is resisted and the focus remains on the problem rather than the solution, you're actually turning up the heat and creating more chaos in your life. The higher the flame, the stronger the chaos -- and the deeper the transformation process will be.

Envision the life you want. Visualize how your new life will look, feel, and sound. 
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Wednesday's Archetype -- Olympian

The Olympian Archetype asks you to examine your commitments to yourself and to others.

  • How motivated are you to succeed?
  • Do you dream and never take action?
  • How honorable are you in your commitments to yourself.
The Illuminated Olympian is in the game to win. Never wavering from the goal. 
The Shadow Olympian never gets off the starting block, much less making it to the finish line.

As a person of integrity you keep your commitments to other people -- but, what about to yourself? When you start a project, or goal, do you follow though. Do you make sure that you put your time and effort before anything else? 

The Olympian is about commitment -- making commitments and keeping commitments -- to yourself.

Are you ready to begin? Are you willing to develop the strength and stamina it takes to reach the finish line?

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Tuesday's Archetype -- Storyteller

The Storyteller Archetype is asking that you take a good look at the stories you tell.

  • Are you the hero/heroine or the victim?
  • What about the people you befriend -- do they have success or failure stories?
The stories you tell yourself create your life. If you want to know how you're doing, check your friend's stories, they reflect who you are.

Years ago I had two clients, friends who had everything going for them, except sad personal stories. They focused on the negative, what they didn't have in their lives. 

I ran into them a few months after we worked together, they told me -- "we used to get together for coffee and commiserate about our problems, how bad our lives were going, and now we talk about how happy we are and we laugh and laugh."

Changing your story will change your life. You have a choice to live through fear or faith. Fear will give you more experiences of fear, and faith more experiences of faith -- your choice.

So listen to your stories. Tell the good things. Own your strength and creativity.

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Monday's Archetype - Mother/Father

The Mother/Father card asks you to examine how you are caring for yourself.

  • Do you support and nurture your dreams and goals?
  • When do you abandon yourself?
  • Do you love the life you're leading now?
The Illuminated Mother is the life-giver who nurtures her children, allowing them to grow and become independent.  She is your support, helping you to see and to celebrate all the success in all your endeavors.

The Shadow Mother destroys by non-nurturing neglect. She is quick to point out your faults and make you believe you'll never be able to overcome them and do better.

The Illuminated Father provides the foundation for the expression of goal and dreams. He is the one who assists you in "owning" your work with great pride.

The Shadow Father is absent in authority and neglects the fundamental issues of ideas, goals, -- your creativity becomes orphans left in the work to fend for themselves.

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Archetype of the Day - Midas

The Midas Archetype is asking that you evaluate your relationship with abundance and wealth.

  • What are your beliefs about money?
  • Who would you be if you allowed yourself all the abundance that life has to offer?
  • What are your fears about creativity and wealth?
The Illuminated Midas trusts that his expression of life and his gift to the world are worthy of compensation. And, knows that money is simply solidified creativity.

The Shadow Midas believes in lack and controls his world by hoarding what is his --- money, life dreams, self-expression, generosity to others, and creativity, as well as love and spirit.

Take a look at where you are generous and loving -- with yourself and others.
Where and when do you hold back?

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Archetype of the Day - Martyr

When you draw the Martyr archetype card you're being asked to assess your commitment to the purpose of your life.

  • Do you know what you're here to accomplish?
  • Do you avoid taking action?
  • What are you afraid to commit to doing or being?
The Illuminated Martyr draws great strength from your commitment to the purpose or task, and will not give up or be drawn off. 

The Shadow Martyr is cunning, manipulative, and without integrity. 

Martyr symbolizes Commitment. Are you aligned with your purpose? Can you commit to fulfilling your goals and dreams?

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Archetype of the Day - Monk/Nun

The Monk/Nun is asking if you are grounded in your spirituality -- do you allow your head and heart to be in balance?
  • What is your relationship to spirit? 
  • Do you give yourself a place of peace to meditate and reflect on the mysteries of life? 
  • Are you hiding parts of yourself from the world?
The Illuminated Monk motivates you explore the power of your soul in order to create balance between the desires of your heart and your mind.

The Shadow Monk is judgmental of everyone and everything that is not in alignment with his beliefs.

The Illuminated Nun brings reverence to your everyday rituals of life. 

The Shadow Nun wants your life to be lived within the confines of purpose to a single-minded belief that exalts you above all others.

The Monk/Nun is about Spirituality.
  • Do you tend to retreat and hide from yourself and others? 
  • Do you allow your heart to have a vote? 

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Archetype of the Day -- Warrior

We close out the week with Warrior --

When the Warrior Archetype Card is drawn, you're being asked to evaluate your personal strength, courage, and commitment to your life, spirit and creativity.
  • What are your goals?
  • Are you using the traits of the Warrior to achieve them?
  • Do you get caught up in skirmishes instead of focusing on victory?
The Illuminated Warrior represents strength, courage, and the commitment to protect -- boundaries, personal possessions, family, home, creativity and spirit. The Warrior is there when you must stand up for your ideals and refuse to be drawn off center.

The Shadow Warrior is always at war with something or someone. The conflict has more importance than the resolution.

The Warrior is about STRENGTH. 
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Archetype of the Day -- Saboteur

Sabotage!  Saboteur is one of the four basic archetypes we all have -- Saboteur, Victim, Prostitute, and Child. They often gang up and either serve you well in their illuminated forms, or destroy in their shadow forms.

When you draw the Saboteur card you're being asked to identify the ways you sabotage yourself and others.
  • Is it logic?
  • Is it emotion? 
  • Do you find that you break down when you get close to success?
  • What are the ways in which you sabotage yourself?
The Illuminated Saboteur is a strong ally, much like the Knight or Warrior. He helps you identify how and when you disempower yourself. His purpose is to keep you committed to your goal or project.

The Shadow Saboteur plays havoc with your life. He creates self-defeating mind chatter that plays with repetitious negativity that keeps you stuck without hope of change.

The Saboteur Archetype is about HONOR. Do you honor your life, work, creativity, and spirit? Do you refuse to allow anyone or anything sabotage you.

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Archetype of the Day -- Thief

When you draw the Thief Archetype you're being asked to bring him in for questioning. The biggest thief you'll ever encounter is YOU!

  • Examine the thievery going on in your life, in your spirit.
  • When and under what circumstances do you rob yourself blind?
  • Do you steal your own self-confidence? 
  • Are you ready to reform the Thief in your life?
The Illuminated Thief knows all the tricks of the trade that you use to rob your spirit and he will NOT allow it happen. This archetype guides you around and beyond the restrictions you've created for yourself -- beliefs such as: "If I do this, something back will happen and I'll be in trouble."

The Shadow Thief is well known for stealing, breaking laws, and makes sure you end up in a cell of old ideas, habits, and beliefs. You most often steal from yourself -- your self-confidence, your self-respect, and self-determination to create the life you want.

The Thief Archetype is about Protection. 
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Archetype of the Day -- Artist

Life is an art form. What art does your life express?

When you draw the Artist Archetype card you are being asked to evaluate your creative process.

  • What creative dreams do you carry?
  • Are you expressing them?
  • Hiding them? 
  • Are you living in the Illuminated or the Shadow Artist?
The Illuminated Artist is aware of the personal art of living and knows that creativity and spirit are synonymous. The world is color, texture, balance and harmony.

The Shadow Artist can't allow creativity to be developed and thrive in the world. She starves for acknowledgement and recognition not realizing creativity is an inside job. So the Shadow Artist will hide, or suppress, all her gifts in the belief that no one will ever appreciate her.

The Artist Archetype is Creativity. 

Each moment of your life is an expression of your creativity and spirit.
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Archetype of the Day -- Clown

Clown Archetype -- what a fun way to start off this stormy Monday morning, at least here in Madison WI.

When the Clown Archetype shows up you're being asked to look at how you balance your spirit. The Clown Archetype is about Emotion.

  • Do you laugh every day?
  • How do you reflect others' strengths, beliefs, or failures? With joy? Or sadness?
  • Do you keep your distance from your own spirit and creativity?
In today's world there are many things bombarding  your spirit. Angst and anxiety are a daily ritual for many people and that energy reflects on all of you whether we are conscious of it or not. Energy moving around and through you becomes thick and dense, creating a feeling of tiredness. The Clown lets you rejuvenate your spirit.

The Illuminated Clown is a  powerful, energetic antidote that comes in the form of laughter to break up that density and rebalance your spirit.

The Shadow Clown wears a mask that hides the pain and fear of life. She'll go out of her way to make others laugh so no one can see her own pained or anger.

Start this week off with a lot of laughter, celebrate the joy of your life with giggles today.

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