(Above: Ice Age art depicting a man being hunted by a beast)
Archetype energies are as ancient as the first humans. They have shifted and morphed through the eras, reflecting the hierarchies of people-groups as they struggle to maintain and elevate their existence and celebrate their identities. The Individual carries their own interpretation of these ‘templates’, linked to the group by geological, cultural and genetic ties.
Symbolism and symbolic language express these archetypes via the systems en vogue;
they are a part of all cultures through all times, aiding the one and the many to make order and sense of perceived circumstance and instilling lessons for creative living. It is through this universal language of stories, songs and art that we communicate essence, separate hypotheticals and grasp our bottom line.
We are familiar with folk tales, proverbs, mantras and parables. These stories and sayings are specifically created to prompt the mind’s eye to seeing beyond the immediate experience, to elevate our mental view in spite of ‘the clutter’. The terms may sound archaic these days but their genre continues to be ever-present.
In a big and highly effective way over the last two decades, I think that rap music has been a venue for sharing archetype energies as experienced through modern city and urban-dwelling people. It will always be the poets and musicians, artists and philosophers that naturally distill the current energy experience and I feel I saw that so clearly within this musical culture. The themes in rap first ‘exploded’ with the violence, anger and pain of everyday living conditions, a sense of helplessness in the System. Then the Ego regrouped and survival became the formation of a few groups sharing tales of gang against gang. Some musicians had multiple scuffles in clubs, some iconic personalities ended up dead, others went to court; paparazzi made sure we heard all about it. The scene appeared to simply tread water, so to speak, for a while and then I began to hear about a few musicians writing lyrics and producing rap that spoke about not accepting a broken system – and rebuilding a better reality because we have the right to a better reality. Iconic personalities began subtly but steadily changing the projected lifestyle and agenda of the culture-set. It was a micro-journey of the perpetual macro-archetype interplay.
Energy never dies, it just changes form
Sure, positive and negative energy exists in every culture-set – but it’s crucial to your human experience to make sure you catch the shift when better channels open up in your world. By stepping into that shift, you make a free-will choice: you change the form of energy in reality. After all, you are a unit of energy; you have antennae and you know what you like and don’t like.
An underlying truth about humanities’ ability – and desire – to recognise, categorise and show due respect to archetype energies speaks to a universally imbedded spirituality. No matter what culture and country you live in, you are in a continual state of gauging your Self in relation to others where you live, work, and play and in relation to the physical world of Nature. Your agenda determines how you will use the data you glean. It could well be that spirituality is, in fact, an intrinsic part of the will to survive. It’s looking like the studies of physics, neurology and medicine are creeping towards that idea.
It stands to reason, then, that humanity has created systems specifically designed to read and express these energies as they ebb, flow and surge. A usable system for the 21st century allows the Individual opportunity to expand without sacrificing personal/group belief systems or constraining free will. We have such a system that was in disciplined use long before this or that major religion or political/economic doctrine was influencing large geo-linked groups. It’s purpose is never to compete or judge, but rather to reflect.
A Working Space
Time passes, bringing in and sweeping away trends. Astrology scholars and students just keep taking notes through it all and how cool is this?: There is a consistent pattern in the location of planetary bodies that speaks to the quality of energy in play. As above, so below and vice versa. It would appear that our inspired tales of morality, our interpretation of the struggle between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ and wherein we stand, are somehow, some way, linked to a pre-existing set of spinning bodies in our universe.
I have no answers as to how this came to be any more than scholars of any of the major religions can tell you how certain miraculous principles form the foundation of their salvation-belief system. I have no theory, even, as some scientists have for unproven laws that somehow work and underpin research. All I can say is that I see it every day at work and you can, too. Studied by the individual, genuine Astrology provides a working space for awareness, reflection and focused action.
I am aware of how some readers will react to this post. That’s a part of the energy at play in our era. You can scroll down and constructively engage or you can click off. If you made it this far, you’re clearly invited to investigate!
Thoughts & Questions Welcome
Please SHARE your favorite story, parable, mantra, song, proverb, etc. I’d like to collect them in a dedicated section of this site. 🙂
Recent findings from fMRI science: how the brain reflects emotional state http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/telegraphchristmasappeal/4348791/Charity-appeal-how-brain-scans-show-the-trauma-of-war.html http://www.apa.org/research/action/scan.aspx
- What is an Archetype Energy? (neptuneandtheoak.wordpress.com)
- The Psyche & the Machine (neptuneandtheoak.wordpress.com)