What makes learning about archetypes so useful? As Caroline Myss writes in her book, “Archetypes”, None of us begins life knowing who we are. Once that first curiosity is triggered, you initiate a quest for inner knowledge.” We begin to ask questions like “who am I?” or “what is my true purpose?” We’re looking for our true Self and Archetypes holds the pattern to that true self. And it is likely far greater than you know.
So here are our three K’s. Do any of these ring true about you or someone you know?
KING: If King is part of your archetypal pattern, your roots are in the Royal Family. You may not be next in line for the throne, but your lineage may have you on the runway to owning grandma’s antique tea set or the family business. Thing is for the King, you come into this pattern by birth or privilege or sometimes what some may just call “fate.” Consider Jesus, The King of Kings, and Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll. As the Thomas Carlyle quote goes, “he that can work is born to be king of something.” You may be king of your hockey team, the burgers or simply “your castle.” Wherever you find yourself, your pattern by nature is comfortable with entitlement, responsibility and power. The trick is balancing all of that with sharing, cooperation and humor. Keep on keeping on. Your kingdom awaits!
KNIGHT: The traditional Knight was the man who fought to protect King, country and state. Flash forward to today and you may be a Jedi Knight, member of “The Dark Knight” fan club or someone’s Knight in Shining Armor. Chivalry with you is not dead, even if at times your armor turns out to be made with aluminum foil. You do not give up trying. Whether you are slaying dragons, rescuing and fighting for your lady’s honor; or you are, as Mark Twain once called himself the “knight of the kingdom of dreams and shadows.” Your archetypal families are the Caring meets Physical. Your challenge is to continue to be brave enough to carry on too with your personal adventure of self discovery.
KNOW-IT-ALL: I can’t think Know-it-All without remembering the expression “the fellow who thinks he knows it all is especially annoying to those of us who do.” Think Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory” who is a straight-up insufferable genius; at least when it comes to the subject of physics. Move him on to biology and what he knows gives out although his opinion of what he knows never does. Thing is there is nothing wrong with knowing a lot. Knowledge is a beautiful thing and you can’t gathering it. Knowing is in your pattern. Your archetypal family is the thinking family. Your challenge is to also know what you don’t know.
And you are not alone. This is the big challenge for so many of us. And so this leaves me with what I love and know about archetypes; that I will never know it all. But if I choose I can discover just a little bit more today than I did yesterday. And as result become even a little bit more alive. This is the totally cool quest my soul has always longed for.
With grace and gratitude,