“For it is in giving that we receive.” St. Francis of Assisi
Arhetype IV: The Altruist
According to Carol Pearson the Altruist symbolises giving and abundance, but only that type of giving which you are passionate about, not what you think the world expects of you.
In a Warrior culture, achievement is everything, yet we all like to be valued as people, separate to our achievements. Subtract the people in society who work for nothing, who give out love and care without expectation of getting it back, and it would not be much of a society. We need to have a larger meaning to guide our actions, so that they do not come simply from a desire for personal power or money – this is the worth of the Altruist.
The negative side of the archetype is unnecessary sacrifice. Many people will go through their lives giving up their own ambitions and desires for the sake of others, yet sacrifice often goes unrewarded, and can be taken for granted.
Greg Mortenson with his students
The Finding of Moses
“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.”
Deepak Chopra, Synchrodestiny: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence to Create Miracles
Archetype VI: The Magician
The Magician sees life in a similar way to the Innocent, but claims more power. While the Innocent will trust the universe to make things happen, the Magician will be a more active change-maker Magicians are willing to take a stand, even if it is risky or revolutionary. Yet, unlike the Warrior, they also give up the illusion of total control over their lives, and in doing so take on an ability to read the flow and move with greater effect. This is why they can appear to do ‘magical’ things. In their personal journeys, Magicians have allowed themselves to be transformed, and the reward is power.