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Masculine-Feminine Archetypes

These descriptions of the masculine and feminine archetypes are useful to help people integrate and accept different aspects of themselves.

Often people seek from others what they need to find within themselves, and understanding the masculine and feminine energies as desirable traits in any person can help on this journey.

For others accepting the darker stronger aspects of their archetypal energy can help them accept themselves, and find within themselves that which they seek externally.

One can embrace all aspects of light, dark, masculine and feminine in divine union within.

Note that there is a difference between light and dark, and shadow. Shadow is the unhealthy manifestation of the archetypal energies.

  • Healthy is the constructive, balanced side of the archetypes.
  • Unhealthy is destructive, immature aspect—in shadow.
  • Light is the confident, peaceful manifestation of archetypal energy.
  • Dark is the potent, active form of the archetypal energy.
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Dark is not the same as shadow The dark and light manifests in shadow too—active and passive. Repression of healthy aspects of character often emerge in shadow forms—less constructive—unhealthy.

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How to use the archetypes

Use the archetype lists like emotion lists in session to help elicit further insight with client as you explore the relationship they have with deeper aspects of themselves. One day I will write a balance for these like toxic emotions, or attitudes to pain.

Healthy Masculine

Mature Masculine

Divine Masculine

Dark Masculine—Mature

Grounded in Self

Physical

Abundant

Encompassing

Creates safety

Supportive

Passionate

Self responsible

Knows boundaries

Courageous

Present

Worshipping

Worships the feminine

Interdependent

Protective

Heroic

Strong

Selflessness

Risk taking

Love based level of consciousness

Light Masculine—Mature

Proactive

Focused

Inclusive

Patient

Confident

Intelligent

Authentic

Mindful

Humble

Honouring

Energised

In touch with feelings

Emotional and mental balance

Responsive

Inner strength

Able to surrender - accepting

Guided by intuition

Open communication

Sex to access higher levels of consciousness

Healthy Feminine

Mature Feminine

Divine Feminine

Light Feminine—Mature

Compassionate

Loves Unconditionally

Creative

Diversity

Empathy

Gives generously

Selfless

Enthusiasm

Humble

Glowing

Intuitive

Serene

Understanding

Compassion

Attractive

Honest

Healing

In Flow

Able to let go

Knows self and whole/complete

Dark Feminine—Mature

Magnetic

Self assured

Auspicious

Wise

Patient

Persistent

Persevering

Honouring  and Enabling of others

Sexual

Devotion

Fiercely protective of earth and children

Tenderness

Sex for intimacy

Self accountable

In touch with self and nature

Devoted to the masculine

Receptive

Instinctive

Love based level of consciousness

Unhealthy Masculine— in shadow

Wounded Masculine

Immature Masculine

Dark Masculine—Immature

Cruel

Forceful

Barbaric

Brutal

Anger

Intimidating

Arrogant

Shame

Sex to control, release stress or disconnect

Hates, dominates and suppresses the feminine

Weak

Deceitful

Ruthless

Competitive

Judgmental

Foolish

Knows self as incomplete/separate

Unconscious sex

Light Masculine—Immature

Lazy / Unmotivated

Projecting

Shut down mentally

Overly responsible

Ownership

Overwhelmed

Disconnected from emotions

Disconnects through intellect

Unavailable

Judgmental

Exclusive

Indecisive

Defensive

Avoidant

Unreasonable

In-attentive

Fear based level of consciousness

Unhealthy Feminine— in shadow

Wounded Feminine

Immature Feminine

Light Feminine—Immature

Avoids responsibility

Insecure

Attention seeking

Unable to express needs

Codependent

Covert

Prejudice

Acts nice

Collusion

Needy

People pleaser

Lacks boundaries

Attachment

Overly emotional and cathartic

Anxious

Isolating

Victim

Unconscious sex

Fear based level of consciousness

Dark Feminine—Immature

Selfish

Neurotic

Blaming

Distorting

Gossip

Depressed

Manipulative

Victimisation

Passive aggressive

Wallowing

Entitled

Controlling

Sex for power or love

Provoking

Blaming others

Passive aggressive

Uncaring

Manipulates, seduces & controls masculine