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The Essential Archetype Card Collection
on March 23, 2004
"..archetypes are not passive entities floating around in the psyche like old family portraits hanging in a dusty ancestral castle. They take an active role as guardians and inner allies, awakening you when you're in danger of falling into destructive behavior." ~Caroline Myss
Caroline Myss has created an 80-card deck with an instruction booklet. The informative booklet is essential for understanding the Archetype Cards, however choosing the cards was quite an easy process. Within a few minutes you find all the cards you need to understand which Archetypes are most active in your psyche. This can encourage a greater understanding of who you are and your purpose in life.
Everyone has the "Child, Victim, Saboteur and Prostitute (not for sale)." There are few different "child" elements to choose from.
The booklet explores the meaning of each card, but I really think the cards will jump out at you when you see your inner world unfolding in pictures. When I went through the entire pack for the first time, I ended up with two extra cards. Once I thought about it a bit more, I took out the two extra cards and finally had the correct cards.
My cards turned out this way:
1. Child - Magical/Innocent Child - Sees the potential for sacred beauty in all things. The belief that everything is possible.
2. Victim - This Archetype reveals areas where you might allow yourself to be victimized. Also deals with forming personal boundaries.
3. The Saboteur - Fears related to self-esteem that might cause you to block your own empowerment and success.
4. Prostitute - Not what you think, but rather it means that you are "not for sale." This shows your need to birth your self-esteem.
5. Teacher - Love to communicate richness of experience.
6. Poet - Finds beauty in life and tries to express soul insights in symbolic language.
7. Lover - Passion and devotion to someone or something. (Um, Amazon? lol)
8. Goddess - Nature, life force, etc. This can also manifest itself in extreme self-indulgence. Caroline also shows the "shadow" versions of each Archetype.
9. Healer - Transforming pain into healing.
10. Damsel - Explores the possibility of succeeding without a knight and looking at romance in a healthy way.
11. Angel - A desire to help those in need.
12. Artist - Seeing life symbolically. Expressing a dimension of life that is beyond the five senses.
After using this card deck to understand my light/dark qualities I can now try to avoid the negative aspects by emphasizing the positive traits. This all makes sense even if you didn't make a sacred contract before arriving on the planet.
If you study these cards, you will find yourself analyzing people. Yep, Virgo, that is what we do. I recently told someone not to be such an energy vampire. Although, maybe that is my own inner Vampire making me aware that someone is draining my life force. That was one of the cards I took out of the pack at the start.
If you are looking for a companion to the cards: Caroline Myss' Journal of Inner Dialogue will impress you.
Caroline has been a part of my "birthing of the self" in a big way and I think she has some interesting items that are healing and entertaining.
Once you find your Archetypes, you can make notes in your journal and really start to understand who you are and why you are walking this earth.
~The Rebecca Review