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Monday, August 8, 2011

Masculine Archetypes - Sage or Grandfather

Monday, August 8, 2011
Last week I talked about the Father Archetype and today I wanted to take that one step further into the Sage or Grandfather. The symbol of the old man at the end of his days, his work is done and now the work of helping to pass down the stories and legends of the past to the children of the next up and coming generation.

While the Father is worried about discipline and shaping young minds, the Grandfather is worried about polishing the rough edges into the smoothness of a learned mind. It is this reason that I have chosen this Archetype to be the Storyteller in my children's stories.

In Paganism this Archetype is often classified as the Lord of the Underworld or of Death. He is Hephaestus, Hades, Ares and many other Gods. His is the realm of the Darkness and Shadow but to me these generalizations gloss over the fine nuances of this Archetype. And I think also, in part, reflects on our fear of the Darkness and the Shadow.

But there is naught to fear here. While the Grandfather reminds us that death is close and eventually will come for all of us, he also reminds of us of how best to spend one's life. Either as an example of what to do or what not to do.

Blessed Be!

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