What is an Archetype?

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Etymology (From Wikipedia)

The word archetype, “original pattern from which copies are made”, first entered into English usage in the 1540s and derives from the Latin noun archetypum, latinisation of the Greek noun ἀρχέτυπον (archetupon), whose adjective form is ἀρχέτυπος (archétupos), which means “first-molded”, which is a compound of ἀρχή archḗ, “beginning, origin”, and τύπος tupos, which can mean, amongst other things, “pattern,” “model,” or “type.”

Why is it that some people simply “do” their lives as if ordained? They don’t question. Why don’t they falter? How is it that every turn they take serves the direction their lives require? They are graceful and important; like Nelson Mandela. He is a Uranian Archetype. (Keywords: unique, rebel, populous) Why? Why did he step into those shoes, the ones that robbed him of half his life? How do they do it? How do they do it?

It could be that destiny does it for them, and so we get to watch as these rare few act out the role of ARCHETYPE. If that is true then we have to ask… What is destiny? Is it a path? Who figured yours out and when? Before birth or after? So many questions.

The kids who knew what they wanted had a combination of intuition and the amazing parents to nurture the Archetype. But they would not have use the “A” word. They were either in a family of Lawyers or Acrobats, or they were just lucky enough to have parents who could see them for who were; a budding kayakster.

Calling them by name can become an endless competition of word games. Humuns are famous for that. If we use Astrology as a basis we have 12 basic Archetypes. Define the Archetypes with numbers 1-12 and the need for words declines rapidly. Words confuse because many of them are mis-defined and misunderstood because of our lack of precision in our thought and our speech.

Numbering 1-12 provides us with a sequential progression. This progression takes the logical steps from beginning to end and then beginning again. Identify the steps with nature and you have an understanding that words do not provide.