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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Masculine Archetypes - Priest

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I just recently finished reading King, Warrior, Magician, Lover by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette and it got me thinking about Jungian style archetypes as they relate to the Pagan faith. And although I am not completely sure on how this all will fall out, I hope you will stay tuned over the next few weeks as we explore a myriad of archetypes.

Shaman, Guru, Magician, Priest. Different words but all coming down to the same thing. A person who intercedes on our behalf with the spirit world. Or in the case of Paganism it is the role that we all take on when we need to commune with the Gods.

OK so that is the definition, but what is the Priest? He is the most powerful of the masculine archetypes. Don't agree? Well the Father may raise the next generation, but it is Faith and religion which sustains us. The Warrior may fight for a noble cause, but when the Gods abandon him, his path will eventually lead to failure.

But how does the Priest fit into today's society? The Earth Based religions have in large part abandoned the Priest as a separate person concept. Choosing instead to invoke that archetype in all of ourselves. But I like the concept found in the Ancient Norse. While each household had their Priest, usually the head of the same, there was also a separate Priest that helped the community as a whole.

It is the role of the Priest that we are going to have to look at as a Faith as we go forward from today. Thoughts?

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