Spirit Walks and Nature talks #7: The Archetypes found in Nature

Another snip-bit from Ted Andrew’s Nature Speak . This post is related to the major archetypes of C.G. Jung: the hero, the magician, the warrior, and the wise one . The archetypes relate to mythology, and symbolism within our subconscious. This post will help you identify them in the nature that surrounds you daily.  I highlighted in bold font the lines that struck importance to me.

Hero’s Journey

Nature: spirit path which teaches us to look into our self and environment for answers, including magic and miracles; a path of initiation into powerful aspects of ourselves, such as archetypal parts: hero, magician, warrior, and wise one.

The archetype as found in myths (pg 23)

Hero: state of initiation, “young individual leaving home to seek fortune in a multitude of forms, often times going into the wilderness, away from civilization, and chases a deer into a strange forest and sometimes the hero becomes lost in a wilderness, wondering, and searching.”

These tales often have older characters who, when met along the road, offer advice and assistance. “Sometimes it’s the spirit of the wilderness itself, but the elder or spirit represents those who work as mediators between the physical and spiritual worlds and who become available (showing up in our life) as we expand our awareness and open to new possibilities, reflecting the magician within us. [The Wise one is the advisor.] In these ancient tales and myths, how the seeker or hero acts upon [the ‘wise one’s] advice and messages determines the future and how progress is made.”

One of the common forms of the hero’s quest was entering into service of a mighty king/queen, symbolic of a great force – or [more specifically] our higher self. Being of service is part of becoming the spiritual warrior. In our case, we’re choosing to re-enter the service of Nature.

We are all these together. WE are the hero of our life. We are the magician, the warrior, and the Wise One who helps us accomplish what we have set out to do. Sometimes we are more one than the other. Sometimes it’ll be easier to being more one than the other. Nonetheless, all of them are necessary. All are part of who we are, and all are awakened on the initiation path of nature

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How the archetypes represent life interactions:

Hero archetype (pg 23 – 24): “in stories/myths, the hero has many adventures into unknown territories, facing tests and gaining magic and wisdom along the way. If the journey is successful the her is transformed with something to benefit the world around him or her. If unsuccessful, the journey must be undertaken again. The hero learns by the decisions that are made and what results from those decisions. Most problems arise when the hero hesitates or doesn’t make decisions or choices. Making decision and choices is what the hero must learn to do.

“Since you are the hero of your life, part of your initiation is realizing that your decisions and your choices will affect you [and all aspects of your life, including], in some ways the world around you. This is reflected continually through the natural world, e.g. a mule deer rarely follows the same path to a water source due to the fact it may become someone’s meal if it does. If it chooses not to follow the same path, it has a greater chance of avoiding predation.”

“Through signs and messages, Nature guides us in making necessary decisions and choices and even helps us see the effects of them – both short and long range.”

The magician (pg 24): There’s proof of magic in the examination of nature. “…Acorns transform themselves into mighty oaks. Flowers and leaves die off, disappear and then are reborn again with cyclic rhythms. The mysteries of life, death and rebirth, play themselves out in a multitude of ways. Nature teaches us creative ways of working with all activities and endeavors, and how to accomplish them more successfully. Nature shows us life how to be the magician in our life.

Through the magic of Nature, we become more creative and imaginative. We can learn shape-shifting to project personal power, magnetism and a dynamic energy in all we do. [By examining] how animals display to attract mates and ward off threats we can learn to enchant to bring love into our lives. Look how flowers bloom with brilliant and subtle colors and fragrances, inviting insects to them, stimulating pollination. We can learn how to camouflage activities and become invisible, we can learn to sow seeds and bring our endeavors to fruition at the most appropriate and beneficial time.”

The warrior archetype (pg. 24-25): “this archetype teaches us endurance, persistence, and assertiveness. Real success does not occur. Learning to assert is part of life. Knowing when to assert and how strongly to assert is sometimes difficult to determine; it is often a trial and error process. When we learn [to connect with nature], there’s less trial and error.

“The warrior energy is what pushes us to get things done. The warrior teaches us discipline that we need to pull all of our energies together. Often in Nature, root stocks will extend and branch out until they find a place to push up through the earth. Other times they wait, absorbing more nutrients and/or storing them for the main. For many plants, without this root persistence and efforts, the growth cannot occur or is limited. Without these same processes in our efforts, the goal at hand will not be accomplished. The warrior is the one who knows that there is work and effort in all endeavors. Through this archetype, we learn to be strong, focused, and persistent.

The ‘wise one’ archetype (pg 250): The ‘wise one’ archetype teaches us adaption to the given circumstances to accomplish and succeed in the best way possible. Through signs, omens, and messages, Nature does this.

“Wisdom’s the ability to apply knowledge and understanding successfully. The ‘wise one’ in us must be flexible and adaptable with the ability to alter our course slightly to accomplish what we wish. Sometimes this means combining the faith of a child and the experience of an elder. It’s through this archetype that we become a keeper of knowledge. We seek answers in Nature and we determine how to use them to accomplish our tasks. One area of nature that falls into this category is found in the healing quality of plants and herbs. Healers are often times the wise ones of a community. They know how to use plants and herbs for a variety of healing activities. E.g. if there were nosebleeds or wounds, many healers knew that the yarrow plant would help. Yarrow contains a chemical that promotes the clotting of blood.”

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