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Archetypes help us see patterns in the world. This post is about three archetypal ways of exploring magick and healing.
The healer wants to help the person in front of them, whether that’s through compassionate conversation, behavior changes like exercise, or channeling energy. Placebo is a good thing to a healer, because it’s another tool to help people. When healers channel energy, their focus is on the effect that energy has on the person, not on where the energy comes from or how that energy source functions. Energy is one tool among many for helping people.
The magician wants to explore the hidden (occult) parts of the world. They explore spirits, correspondences, and rituals, learning the rules for their chosen system. By embracing a paradigm and understanding the meanings of symbols within that paradigm, those symbols become a language that magicians can use to express their intent. This language is used both for external change (manifesting, communicating with spirits, etc) and for internal change (personal growth, often to get in touch with one’s true will and become unafraid of pursuing it).
The engineer wants to build better tools. Tools = The forces that provide energy for healers, and that cause the external change for magicians. Engineers want to understand how those tools are built, what parts make them up, how those parts work. They want to build something new from those parts, such as new types of healing energy that people can channel, or clearer ways to send out a manifesting intent. The engineer often knows less about the other aspects of healing (talk, diet, exercise) than the healer, and less about symbols and correspondences than the magician. The engineer has the most impact when they get other people using their tools.
Long-time readers know that I don’t normally talk about archetypes. But this week, I did some manifesting, asking, “What should I write about? Cause me to write a good post,” then letting ideas come to me. Now, I don’t think the ethereal software understands literary value or social network shares, but it does understand how to nudge me along my path by getting me to explore new ideas. And I’m finding these archetypes useful as I think about how to connect my work to other practices, how to plan classes (one for healers, another for engineers), and what drives different people to explore this art and science.
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