Humans are hardwired to understand and respond to archetypal images in a way that is completely beyond their control. Marketing execs and Hollywood studios have long capitalized on this psychology, using it to create inspiring stories and profitable brands. Public figures who seem larger than life than life often trigger deep archetypal responses within us. Consider Mother Teresa the selfless, archetypal mother and Martin Luther King; the archetypal male Messiah.
An archetype is to the psyche what the body is to the mind.
Archetypes form the basis of all unlearned, instinctive patterns of behavior. These powerful universal symbols exist in what pioneering psychologist Carl Jung referred to as the “collective unconscious”. A reservoir of human experience, the collective unconscious looms over the individual psyche like a shadow, quietly influencing our actions and reactions.
There are archetypal stories playing out in your own life right now— and the sooner you understand them, the sooner you take charge of your destiny. As an inner mirror, archetypes offer insight into the internal forces that motivate and maybe even frustrate you.
Archetypes are also a portal into the how the world sees you.
According to most Jungian psychologists, there are seven feminine archetypes that prevail in contemporary society—the mother, the maiden, the queen, the huntress, the wise woman, the mystic and the lover. The presence of these archetypes in our psyches account for the major differences among women.
These 7 basic feminine archetypes are the foundation for my unique seduction theory. To better understand the 13 seductive archetypes, I implore you to read about the 7 feminine archetypes on which my system is based.
In Myth: Aphrodite, Venus, Ochun, The Sirens, Inanna, Qondita, Astarte, Hathor, Mami Wati, Erzuli, Xochiquetzal, Venus of Willendorf
As a psychological archetype: The lover archetype represents a woman’s most primal urge to connect and create. As oldest feminine archetype (the earliest known erotic deity dates back to 30,000 BC), the “lover” represents a woman’s erotic energy, and her capacity for psychic and physical creation. When this archetype is active in a woman’s psyche, she feels compelled to fulfill both procreative and creative instincts. Her energy field is charged, and she becomes a magnet to those around her. The lover archetype inspires deep communication, intimacy, sensuality, and creativity. Every woman has access to the “Lover” archetype. To learn why every seductress must activate her “lover “archetype, read here.
Strengths: Naturally seductive, incites arousal and passion in others, creative
Challenges: vanity, lack of focus, fragile self-esteem
In myth: Persephone, Prosepina, Inanna, Isis, Minoan Snake Goddess.
As a psychological archetype: When the maiden archetype is dominant in a woman’s psyche, she exudes an effervescent, eternally youthful quality. The negative, this archetype predisposes a woman to be both compliant and passive. Many young women pass through a maiden phase, prior to marriage, motherhood, and career, before she has established a clear identity for herself. The Greek Goddess Persephone’s journey into the underworld teaches us a lot about how the “maiden” archetype manifests itself. Persephone , the innocent maiden, was abducted by Hades, God of the underworld, and separated from her protective mother Demeter. She ultimately becomes Queen of the underworld, dividing her time above and below ground. In reality, a “maiden” woman may resemble Persephone the sheltered daughter, the runaway, or the queen. As the daughter, the “maiden” is receptive, sexually unawakened, vulnerable, and generally waiting for life to happen to her. As the “runaway”, the archetype presents as a creative, irresponsible, rebellious woman (think pop star Rhianna) who finds herself drawn to risky situations, and even dark, abusive men. “Maidens” become queens only after enduring significant emotional and/or physical loss. Mature “maidens” are creative, compassionate, spiritual, and capable of displaying profound inner strength.
Greatest Strengths: Empathy, creativity
Challenges: Emotional Co-Dependency, diffidence, may be drawn to dangerous relationships
In Myth: Demeter, Ceres, Yemanja, Anahita, Nut, Cybele, Gaia, Tara, Tlazolteotz, Akua’ Ba, Gwandusu, Isis, Kali Ma
As a psychological archetype: When the “mother” archetype is dominant in a woman’s psyche, she is a natural caretaker. The “mother” archetype represents a woman’s maternal instinct, the desire to create life, and to provide physical, mental and spiritual sustenance. Unlike “the lover” which inspires a woman to procreate, the “mother” is driven by the actual idea of motherhood. Even when a “mother” woman is childless, or beyond childbearing years, she is responsible, protective, and finds great satisfaction in taking care of others. “Mothers” run the risk of putting others before herself, and neglecting her own needs. They often find it difficult to establish boundaries. As maternal persistence is often an aspect of this archetype, she may be deeply stubborn.
Greatest Strengths: Nurturing, persistent, compassionate
Challenges: self-neglect, stubbornness, difficulty letting go of children
In Myth: Hera, Juno, Frigg, Isis, Parvati, Asherah
As a psychological archetype: In myth, “queen” deities, like Hera, wife of Zeus, protect the sanctity of marriage. As an archetype, the “queen” represents loyalty, female sovereignty, and matrimonial devotion. Regal, stately, and naturally confident, the “queen” woman is motivated by a goddess-given instinct to marry. The “queen” archetype can make a woman feel incomplete without a partner. She doesn’t enjoy her single days nearly as much as her female counterparts. As a leader, “queen” women are capable of taking charge in an office environment and at home. She is often the “Queen B” of her circle of friends. As a companion, “queen” women are attracted to powerful, assertive men, and are capable of demonstrating complete loyalty to their spouse and his personal goals. Like Hera of myth, who was repeatedly humiliated by Zeus’ many extramarital affairs, Hera women are predisposed to feel jealousy and rage towards other women, particularly those who threaten their position socially or romantically. They are likely to overlook their spouses transgressions for the sake of the marriage.
Greatest strengths: Loyalty, leadership
Challenges: Jealousy and vindictiveness
In Myth: Artemis, Diana, Banka-Mundi, Medeina, Ishtar, Nujalik, Pinga, Oya
As a psychological archetype: The “huntress” is a personification of the independent female spirit. She represents a woman’s autonomy and ability to pursue a life of her own choosing. When the archetype is dominant, a woman’s primary concern is her independence and fulfilling personal goals. The archetype endows women with the innate ability to focus on goals, undistracted by competition or the needs of others. In this sense, she is the ultimate archer. The “huntress” lines up her bow and takes aim. “Huntress” women often embody the qualities idealized in the women’s movement—competency, independence from men and male opinion, and commitment to causes about which they are passionate, particular women’s causes. Like Artemis, “huntress” women are often natural protectors of other women, particularly those who’ve been victimized.
Greatest strengths: self-reliance, courage
Challenges: can be aloof, emotionally unavailable and even cruel
In Myth: Athena, Neith, Anat, Astarte, Anahit, Bellana, Durga, Freyja, Inanna, Ishtar, Sekhmet, Pele, Oya, Nike, Minerva, Lilith
As a psychological archetype: The sage archetype represents a woman’s pursuit of worldly knowledge, strategy, and objectivity. Many female attorneys, academics and politicians are motivated by the sage archetype which encourages discipline, knowledge and goal-orientation. Hillary Clinton embodies this archetype closely. A woman who embodies this archetype is capable of becoming a brilliant strategists; seeing situations from an objective distance is her gift. She is also capable of becoming a skilled lover when she applies her quest for knowledge to the love arts. Women dominated by this archetype are often practical, competent, and competitive. In Greco-Roman myth, Athena is viewed as a protector of patriarchal values. As Zeus’ favorite daughter, she is sometimes referred to as “father’s daughter”. Sage women are often the product of strong paternal influence, or the maternal influence of a woman who also embodies the archetype. They are drawn to powerful men, and are perhaps best suited for corporate life. Sometimes these women struggle to form meaningful relationships with other women, and in extreme situations they may display the “Medusa effect”—using their intimidating presence to reduce the vitality of the women around her.
Greatest Strengths: Emotional objectivity, worldliness, intelligence
Challenges: Frigidity, emotional unavailability, aloofness
In Myth: Hestia, Vesta, Ainu Kamuy, Berahynia, Chantico, Gabija
As a psychological archetype: In myth, the Greek Goddess Hestia, is protector of the hearth. She symbolizes the household fire, the central place where the family gathers. As an archetype, the mystic is a deeply introverted woman, focused on her inner-spirtual world, and most concerned with maintaining zen-like inner peace.
While the “huntress” and “wise woman” use their direct energy to focus on external goals, the mystic focuses her energy on inner fulfillment. She values solitude and carries a figurative “hearth” with her, in that she very much feels at home in her skin. Regardless of situation, women who experience a heavy “mystic” influence are capable of detaching themselves from emotional situations and outcomes. She may even appear cool and detached as she focuses her emotions are inward. The mystic is at peace meditating, volunteering, or following a spiritual path. This archetype is prevalent in religious sisterhoods. Under-represented in the female population, the mystic represents the importance of going inward to find meaning, a quality that is often down-played and dishonored in Western Society.
Greatest Strengths: confidence, inner-peace, seductive soulful quality
Challenges: deep introversion, emotional frigidity
Use Archetypes to Take Control of Your Life
Any or all of the archetypes may exist in a woman’s psyche at any given time. As we enter certain phases in our lives, for example college (wise-woman), marriage (queen) or motherhood (mother), we activate different archetypes. Every time we fall in love or feel passionate or feel passionate about a creative project, we activate the “lover” archetype.
Imagine a meeting where your ego is the moderator, and the various archetypes that motivate you all have a seat at the table. Perhaps, as your dominant archetype, the voice of the nurturing “mother” exerts the most influence at the meeting, followed by relationship-seeking “queen”, and perhaps every once in a while the passion-seeking “lover” interjects. This is what we experience whenever we make a decision. When we feel pulled in different directions its typically because different archetypes existing in our psyche want different things; the angst one might feel when choosing between law school (wise-woman) and creative entrepreneurship (lover), between becoming a stay at home mother (mother), or continuing the corporate climb (wise-woman), or even between remaining in an unfaithful marriage (queen) or starting anew (huntress).
The archetypes within us can work together to achieve a common goal, for example, the wise-woman can help the lover complete her creative projects, and the lover can help the queen land the husband he desires, but they can also clash. That’s the therapeutic value of identifying your dominant archetypes.
The 13 Feminine Seduction Archetypes quiz is a personality assessment that, in addition to identifying your seduction archetype, lists the dominant archetypal forces in your own personality. This information is incredibly impactful. Armed with an understanding of your dominant archetypes, you can then choose to develop your strengths, resolve internal conflict, and pursue a path that resonates with the woman you are at your core. Archetypes are a doorway to self-awareness and personal power.
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