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Light side and shadow side of archetypes and archetypal chart

None of us works solely from the light side or the shadow side of archetypes, behavioral or personality energies. Understanding archetypes in both shadow and light, provides a tool for increasing self-awareness and enables us to make better choices consciously. Each in its own way helps us to develop improved relationships and to work with others effectively to achieve our highest capabilities and pursue success.

Personal power, which is essential to success, is achieved by applying the principles of integrity, trust, commitment, and responsibility to all that we do. Power comes from living a life based in authentic truth. When an image has the same meaning in all cultures and across time, it is known as an archetypal symbol.
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This fresco is commonly known as The Tarocchi Players. It is from the Casa Borromeo, in Milan, and was probably painted in the 1440s.

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Tarot is a system of archetypal symbols that contain essential elements of our being–the hopes, fears strengths, and weaknesses of our body, mind, and spirit. It is believed that the symbols contained in Tarot cards provide a map of consciousness. These archetypal symbols can be used as meditative tools or affirmations of empowerment.

All the answers and truths are within us. The Tarot merely provides a point of focus that assists us in accessing our inner truths through symbolic energies. Adding Tarot to an archetypal reading is a form of divination used to gain access to the unconscious mind to help unlock valuable intuition within. It is a fascinating tool that helps to seek guidance from an intuitive method. This tool helps you to view yourself through a detached, symbolic point of view.
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The Popess, card from the so-called Visconti-Sforza tarot deck drawn by Bonifacio Bembo, ca. 1450.
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Through the process of casting an archetypal chart, a person is seeking purpose and meaning to help expose a deeper order from our perceived random chaos. Through the synchronicity of placement of archetypes in the Archetypal Wheel, focus is provided to help discover the emerging patterns.

The Archetypal Wheel utilizes the twelve houses of the Zodiac as a developmental model. Each of the twelve houses represents a different focus on a person’s life. The manner in which the archetypes fall when casting a chart reflects the status of the person’s energy field. The chart reflects conscious and unconscious life patterning.

Like cosmic energies, planets influence our daily life patterns and are a demonstration of how all energy is interconnected. The twelve houses divide life into categories or arenas where the drama of life unfolds. The first six houses below the horizon represent the inner influences. The six houses above the horizon represent the outer influences.

The chart is then divided into four quadrants. The first quadrant relates to self-identification; the second quadrant relates to self-expression; the third quadrant relates to self-expansion; and the fourth quadrant relates to self-transcendence or the path to enlightenment. I will explore each quadrant further in my next articles.
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