The push for equal rights can be applied to the inner life better and easier than as it is in the external world. Attitudes to equality are evolving, but the pace is brutally slow at times. Equal rights are still a major issue. It’s worth exploring the possibility that one reason for this is that some important philosophies and theories have been overlooked and consequently, not put into practise. Carl Jung’s theory about the psychology of the inner masculine and inner feminine aspects of personality, and the Buddhist concept of Karma, which in essence implies that what you think and feel is what you get in the end, are obvious in their absence of application. This is despite both ideas being peddled with gusto throughout the entire Spiritual Psychopop Industry. Both allude to the idea that the whole of life is a reflection of who you think you are or know yourself to be.
Jung proposed that the masculine side of a woman’s personality, the animus, is symbolised in women’s dreams by male figures. The animus may also be represented by the important males in her life. Jung called the feminine side of a man’s personality the anima. The anima is symbolised in men’s dreams by female figures and may be represented by the important females in his life.
In addition, the popular Hermetic principle “As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…” suggests that if you want to change what you experience in your exterior life, then boost your inner powers because the power of your interior world matches your exterior world. The challenges you experience in your exterior world are the result of conflicts or discrepancies within your inner life.
If these perspectives about power are true, whether power is gender specific or not, and you were to love, honour and care for your interior world as deeply as you do the people, places and things in your exterior life, then your outer world would change to reflect this.
The concept of equal rights for men and women can be applied to archetypes. After all, archetypes represent patterns of behaviour. They are roles that people play. There are archetypes that lean towards masculine expressions, others are feminine, and the rest are neither distinctly masculine nor feminine. Some archetypes that are traditionally masculine or feminine roles are the King and Queen, Prince and Princess, Damsel and Knight, Monk and Nun, Mother and Father, God and Goddess. Less obvious are those archetypes where a male or female can be, for example, an artist, a teacher, a student, liberator, martyr or pioneer, but all archetypes have an equal measure of masculine and feminine aspects. Their feminine power is equal to their masculine power. Their masculine power is equal to their feminine power.
The feminine qualities of the artist are the ability to be quiet, to be creative in the artistic process, receptive, intuitive and imaginative. Masculine qualities are to be active in applying knowledge and theory, using logic and creativity to plan and produce the artwork or project, making decisions and implementing them, applying discipline to follow through on projects to completion.
Some of the feminine aspects of the teacher are the ability to relate to and engage with students, to be inclusive, to be open to new ideas and insights on the go, to create a safe space for learning and to share wisdom, experience and guidance. Masculine qualities of the teacher are to apply knowledge and theories, monitor student’s progress, analyse learning and effectiveness of teaching methods, and apply logic and creativity to planning and producing courses and lessons.
You can’t play half a role and expect to be successful at it. To make the most out of any role that you take on in life, you have to put your whole self into it. The role of artist, teacher, or any archetype that is neither clearly feminine nor masculine, requires an equal amount of masculine input and feminine input combined, if it is to be fully experienced and wholly expressed. The same applies to those archetypes that are clearly masculine or feminine.
A woman who calls herself a Goddess would, according to the law of equality, believe that all men are gods, and therefore, she would naturally treat them as Gods, especially if she wanted to be treated as a Goddess in return.
Women who take on the role of the Goddess become physical ambassadors of the Goddess archetype, but they also take on an inner God. A man’s partner, who has taken on the role of the Goddess, could be seen as a representation of his inner goddess. Men who take on the role of God are physical ambassadors of the God archetype, and therefore these men have an inner Goddess. A woman’s partner, who has taken on the role of God, could be seen as a physical, exterior representation of her inner God.
The same law of equality applies to the other masculine and feminine pairs of archetypes.
A man who calls himself a Queen would, according to the law of equality, be open to the idea that the men they are in partnership with, or those they would like to be in relationship with, have the potential to be Kings and therefore, if a male Queen wanted to be treated as such, then male Queens would regard their partners as a potential King. Men who undertake the role of Queen are the physical ambassadors of the Queen archetype. The male Queen’s partner could be seen as the representation of the male Queen’s inner King.
The need to acknowledge and honour the masculine and feminine qualities of each archetypal role that you play is necessary if you want to experience equality.
The Universal Masculine and Feminine Experience of Archetypes
For all archetypes, you could say that masculine type qualities are logic, order, structure, methods, analysis, discipline, rational thinking, reason, activity, loud, pursuit, competition, ambition, extroversion, initiating, objective, providing and emotional objectivity.
For all archetypes, you could say that feminine type qualities are intuition, imagination, creativity, inspiration, receptivity, quiet, calm, introversion, yielding, cooperation, responsive, subjective, nurturing and emotional closeness.
When masculine or feminine qualities are deficient or excessive, they are in danger of becoming negative or positive. Too much logic leaves no room for imagination. Too much yielding lets others overstep your boundaries, leaving you emotionally unsafe and physically vulnerable. Not enough discipline makes it harder to complete the chores you don’t like. Not enough nurturing makes you emotionally needy. Archetypes contain thousands of negative and positive possibilities. The negative and positive expressions, qualities and characteristics of each archetype must also be acknowledged and their existence recognised for the power and potential they contain, if you want to experience equality.
If the Goddess is a role that you play, but you’re beginning to realise that the script isn’t reading as you would like, then you need to define your unique Goddess nature. Every archetype is universal and so the commonalities can be drawn up, and generalisations made from the previous list of masculine and feminine aspects of each archetype, but if you want to identify the unique nature of any archetype, then you have to define it’s negative and positive characteristics according to your life and your experiences.
A Unique Positive and Negative Experience of Archetypes
Alongside universal aspects and qualities, every archetypal role that you take on also contains aspects that have been personalised by your individual life experiences. Some of your experiences have been good and some have been bad. The anima and animus can be negative or positive, so when you define your unique Goddess nature, or the nature of any archetype for that matter, masculine or feminine or neither, then you must search for it’s positive and negative qualities in equal measure. For every negative represented, there must be a positive to achieve inner equality and balance. Each quality that you define as yours must be based on your personal experience of the role in question.
Here is how the Goddess nature is experienced by Elena, a single woman in her mid-thirties. Elena identified six qualities on the negative side and six on the positive side of her own Goddess nature.
Positive Goddess qualities Elena recognised to date are: feeling empowered, a deep connection to other women, empathy, emotional objectivity, and gracefulness.
Negative Goddess qualities so far identified were: desire to be worshipped, untouchable heart, emotional hardness, emotional distance, stubbornness set in stone, and pretentiousness.
Your potential lies in every negative and positive archetypal quality. Positive qualities are those you may want to actively embrace, while negative qualities are those you may simply want to acknowledge or explore for the benefits you can gain from them being present in your life. The negative qualities might be used as triggers to remind you to embrace the positive aspects of the archetype. You don’t have to act on any of these qualities. Sometimes, it’s enough to simply be conscious of them in you and in others.
Archetypes are roles contained within universal stories that humans have been playing for thousands of years. They have been around for a long time. They will outlive you. This is why you are not your stories, and likewise, you are not your archetypes. You are not a role. However, the positive and negative aspects of each archetype will help you to understand the roles you and others play. Each archetype will highlight your masculine and feminine powers and the current strength and greater potential of those powers.
You are not a story. Nevertheless, the positive and negative aspects of each archetype will help you to understand both sides of the story playing out in your life. You might play a role and participate in a life story, but you are not these things. You are more than that, but as with any role you might play, when all aspects of the role’s character – it’s positive, negative, masculine and feminine qualities – are properly acknowledged and honoured equally, they will grow to be equal in strength. When all is equal, the positive and negative aspects will be neutralised, and the masculine and feminine will become androgynous. You will experience the equal expression or potential of each one. The equal rights situation may be the result of every individual’s ability to honour their positive and negative inner masculine or inner feminine aspects equally.