Archetype Psychology & How to Work with Archetypes

What is Archetype Psychology?

Let’s get psychological… Here’s a little intro to Archetypal or Jungian Psychology.

Archetypal Psychology is a school of personality theary, coined by the students of C.G. Jung’s. Jung believed that the human psyche is made up of three components:

  1. The Ego: conscious mind, memories, and thoughts
  2. The Personal Unconscious: temporarily forgotten, repressed memories
  3. The Collective Unconscious: ancestral memories and universal themes that are shared by the human race.

Can you imagine why a large part of Western Psychology deemed C.G. Jung an esoteric hack? A) as if that was a bad thing… and B) Patriarchy much?!

How Can I Work With Archetypes?

Why do I talk about archetypes so much? Well, they’ve become a very powerful tool in my own ‘rewilding toolbox’. I use them to explore my shadow, I work with them through embodiment exercises, and I journey & journal with them.

How can you work with them?

  • 🧘 Meditation
  • ✨ Visualization
  • 💃 Embodiment
  • 📝 Journalling
  • 🕯️ Ritualing
  • 🙏 Praying🖌️ Creative Expression

Is any of these ways calling to you? Do you have any questions about how you can get started? Share in the comments below, if you feel called to.

What are Some Examples of Archetypes?

The Mother

As you noticed, I talk about archetypes a lot. Like, a lot. But what does it actually look like to work with them? Let’s get started with the Mother. It’s one that brought up a lot of pain for me. Still is, sometimes. But, we all have a mother, so we can all try to put ourselves in their shoes. And you know what else, we also all have mothers’ mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers… There’s a whole line of women who came before us who made us. Feeling into this archetype can bring up love, pain, abandonment, support, pride, belonging, kindness, and/or even anger… Any and all feelings that come up here are totally valid.

  • Feel them.
  • Recognize them.
  • Let them pass.
  • Maybe, when you’re ready, dig deeper into them.
  • Talk about them.

But most of all, you don’t have to feel ashamed for any of this! The point of working with this archetype is not (necessarily) to heal our outside relationships, but rather to learn to mother ourselves.

What does mothering look like to you? What does a nurturing home feel like to you? What does unconditional love look & feel like to you?

Tough questions, but oh-so important!

The Queen

Oh, how I love working with this archetype. She sits at the center of our sexual power, she knows and feels and lives everything. She, to me, is the essence of what it means to be feminine.

I can’t decide if I prefer Queen or Dark Goddess, because both are true. We all need to be able to go into the Light and the Dark of ourselves, we all understand that there are things ‘hidden’ away that need to be excavated. We instinctively know who to share our “darkness” with and who to be light with. We have that discerning, queenly capacity to trust our own judgement and not be swayed by what others want us to think or say or feel. Trust in that! Both your sides are happily welcome and oh-so necessary!

Who do you feel more like today? Queen or Dark Goddess? For me, it’s Dark Goddess.

The Warrioress

This one is a really tough one for me, personally. I seem to have always struggled with finding my inner Warrior. Ever since I started working with my feminine aspects, I’ve been worried about my inner masculine getting the short end of the stick. And for some reason, I immediately jump to masculinity when I hear ‘Warrior’.

And what’s worse, I can’t remember seeing good examples of feminine warriors growing up. We talk more about the fact that a woman can’t be assertive without being called bitchy, but we don’t actually talk about what makes a woman assertive. We’re too caught up whining about everything that isn’t yet, that we don’t actually celebrate the role models and teach young kids how to be a feminine warrior and what some of those qualities might look like.

I certainly still struggle with this.

How about you? Who are your favorite examples of feminine warriors and why?

The Lover

This archetype is really hard to grasp. It is often misunderstood, because it is so much more than just being a good lover to another person. It has to do with self-love, first.
And what is self-love, really?

  • Is it bubble baths and rosé wine, or is it maybe more than that?
  • How can you give, unconditionally and truly, if you can’t fill up your own cup?
  • Do you know what you need?
  • What your body needs?
  • Do you know what you’re willing to do for love?
  • Do you know what you are not willing to do for love?
  • Where are your boundaries?
  • Have you tested them recently?

Tough but necessary questions. My tip to you: try to ask yourself these every now and again, just to check in with yourself. I just journalled about them again recently and came up with some interesting new answers to some of them. Maybe you will also find out interesting things about yourself this way.

The Wild Woman

This is clearly my favorite archetype. This is because it’s – in my personal experience – the most repressed one. My whole life I’ve been told “You can’t sing, please don’t sing”. I was literally told to not use my voice. While I was in a relationship with a narcissist, this program just continued. Only this time it was about much more than just singing. It was suddenly about every single time I opened my mouth. I was gaslit into questioning every single thing I had ever said and would ever want to say… I was so far removed from my inner wolf, my inner voice, my soul truth… It wasn’t until I hit my personal rock bottom – a moment when our dynamic had turned to physical abuse for the very first time – that I realized I had to find my voice again. I said “I’m leaving”, over and over; very quietly at first, as if it wasn’t a conscious decision to say it but rather my soul finally getting through all the doubt, quietly, getting louder and louder until my brain realized it, too.
That’s when I started working in the Wild Woman archetype. It’s been a crazy journey and continues to be that.

So, I can only recomment reclaiming your voice, your innter Wild Woman because she will guide you better than any external advice you can receive.

If you feel called, I invite you to share your story around finding your voice in the comments below. I’m here to hold space.

The Wise Woman

Another favorite of mine because she’s so closely linked to my Wild Woman. They, together, make up my Witch identity. And I love reclaiming my Witch 🧙✨🕯

How do you work in your Witch archetype?
Do you ritual? Do you garden? Do you cook? Do you spend time with your friends, listening to their worries & being there for them? Do you dance, create art, express yourself?

Feel free to share, if you’re called to!

The Mystic

She’s the most fun for me to work with! I call her my inner Temple Priestess – she sometimes appears in dreams alongside one of my guides and she’ll give me “jobs to do” or give me soul advice. I love doing embodiment practices with her: dancing for myself, meditating actively, flowing intuitively.

How has she showed up for you? Feel free to share, if you’re called to!


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