My Type

There is an old and terribly unfunny joke that says "There are two types of people in the world: those who like personality typologies and those who don't." I've long been in the former category. I am fascinated by human personality and — much like the elements I discussed last week — find the different … Continue reading My Type

It's Elemental

Of the various sets of archetypes I've encountered in the past year, the one that has proven to be the most helpful for me in conceptualizing the world has been the traditional western elemental archetypes of fire (creative spark, zest, and passion), air (intellect, argument, judgment and discernment), water (emotions and the subconscious), and earth … Continue reading It's Elemental

Archetypes

I recently read a beautiful novel called The Lovely War. On the surface it's a fairly typical story about the strength of love amid the ravages of war. What sets it apart from similar stories is that the chapters are narrated from the varying perspectives of different Greek gods: Aphrodite (Love), Ares (War), Apollo (Creativity … Continue reading Archetypes

Energy

A term that comes up a lot in the world of contemporary spirituality is "energy." Practitioners of various spiritual modalities will talk about such and such an "energy" working in such and such a way. Some go so far as to call their practice "energy work." I hadn't given this much thought until a friend … Continue reading Energy

Here There Be Dragons?

As legend has it, once upon a time, mapmakers would mark the unknown places on their maps "Here there be dragons." The actual history is a little more complicated. Sometimes it was drawings of sea monsters, or warnings of icy wastelands, or fiery deserts inhabited by lions. But this proves the point: There are few … Continue reading Here There Be Dragons?