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  • Archetypes : Patterns of emotional and mental behavior in people. These are inherited patterns, common to all of us, everywhere, from the dawn of civilization until today. They are primordial unconscious elements in the psyche. Also known as instinctual patterns of behavior, or race memory. Examples would be the need to find meaning in something greater than ourselves, the urge to nurture, to mate, to create, to organize, to lead, to be self sufficient.

  • Earthlore Lore of Astrology: ConsciousnessConsciousness : The Ego or personality with which we normally identify. The quality of being aware of what is happening around us and responding in kind.

  • Constructive : As used here, it means helpful toward the development of a balanced and harmonious nature and collaboration between the person and his environment.

  • Destructive : As used here, it means a tendency to produce disharmony and friction in the nature, and between the person and his environment.

  • Ego : The conscious part of the psyche with which we normally identify; the personality. Using the standard analogy of the iceberg, Ego would be that part of an iceberg visible above the water line, projecting into consciousness and identified as the personality. The unconscious is represented by the huge mass that is beneath the waterline and unseen.

  • Inferior function : Opposite of the Superior Function, the least developed of the four functions; Thinking Mercury, Intuition Neptune, Sensation Mars and Feeling Venus (see Superior function), and believed to lie totally in the unconscious and outside of the workings of our will. This process is completely separate from our conscious actions, and expresses itself in dreams and fantasies. It portrays instinctive, primitive and archaic characteristics. Again the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde syndrome, connected to the Shadow or personal unconscious.

  • Libido : As Carl Jung used the term, it means psychic energy. A counterpart to physical energy with as much diversity. It is the creative principle of life which animates all conscious expression. Further defined as an intensity of the psychic processes operating through psychological effects.

  • Earthlore Lore of Astrology: Juliet PersonaPersona : The face or public mask, we present to the world. The lens through which we project our personality and carry on our daily activities. How we wish to be perceived and how we are perceived. It is an outer attitude developed specifically for relating to and dealing with our environment. People identify themselves by their persona. The persona is the role or roles one acts out, but what one actually is not. For instance, a person who dances, believes he is a dancer, acts out the role of a dancer, and sees no identity for himself outside of dance. The danger is to live out ones life in the persona totally, and never to integrate the persona into the self. Persona is astrologically represented by the Ascendant.

  • Personality : The Ego. It is the conscious core of perceptions, attitudes, habits, fears, likes and dislikes that we have acquired from birth, the basis of our persona. Conditioned by the environment we are born into, we reflect that environment in our personality. We learn from, interpret, integrate, and are a product of our cultural, social and home environment. Of course, this is mitigated through the undeveloped self that we come into this world as. Astrologically personality is symbolized by the Moon.

  • Psyche : Term describes the conscious and unconscious parts of the person. Considered a dynamic system, in constant motion and governed by its own laws. Astrologically, the psyche is represented by the whole, integrated and synthesized chart pattern.

  • Self : The essence of a person. The essential being and developing aspects. The central point within the psyche to which every part is related. It manifests as a compulsion to become what one potentially is. The basic potential when developed and integrated into the person, becomes actualized, and unifies the life. In astrology the circle is the symbol for the self, represented by the Sun.

  • Self Actualization : The fulfillment of the self through our efforts in developing our potential, the essence we are born with, and the acceptance of our limitations. Our life purpose unfolded, integrated into the self and lived.

  • Shadow : Resides in the personal Unconscious, wherein are contained the complexes resulting from repressed desires and emotions. According to Carl Jung, the Shadow is the inferior part of ourselves, the part that contains all of those things we want to do, but do not allow ourselves liberty to do. It is the basis for the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde complex. It represents a primitive part of our nature, the uncivilized and uncontrolled part, the guilt ridden part that we are ashamed of, and all that we do not want to admit about ourselves. The Shadow surfaces in situations where we feel possessed by an intense emotion, an uncontrollable rage, or commit an act for which later we are terribly ashamed. Anytime you have said "I don't know what came over me"; "I was not myself" you have witnessed the Shadow side of yourself. Astrologically, it is Pluto who appears to correspond with Shadow tendencies, in that is is necessary to uncover and release these subsurface complexes in order to begin anew.

  • Earthlore Lore of Astrology: Adam and Eve - Notre Dame de ParisSoul : Carl Jung's Anima and Animus. Refers to an inner personality, the complement of the outer Personality and Persona, functioning as a mediator between the Ego and the inner world. Anima is the masculine soul and represents the feminine nature within; Animus is the feminine soul, and represents the masculine nature within. These are prominent Archetypes which are the foundation stones of the entire Psyche, filtering the contents of the collective unconscious, allowing them to pass through to the conscious mind. The Soul links the unconscious to the conscious mind, serving as a bridge or portal to unconscious images and drives.

  • Superior function : One of four basic functions by which a person adapts to the environment most readily. Carl Jung names these four basic functions or forms of psychic activity, and I added their astrological counterparts: thinking (Air, Mercury, Uranus, Southeast), feeling (Fire, Venus, Northwest), sensation (Earth, Saturn, Mars, Southwest) and intuition (Water, Jupiter, Neptune, Northeast). Thinking and feeling both work with values, but are opposites. The thinking function judges and analyses, uses logical deduction to come to a conclusion. The feeling function deals with values. It evaluates based on like and dislike; agreeable or disagreeable. Sensation and intuition are also opposites, but both work through perceptions, without evaluation or interpretation. Sensation is that part of perception based on our accumulated body of knowledge and personal prejudices acting through our five senses. Intuition, that part of perception that operates through our inner Personality, through the Unconscious, a type of inner perception. It operates as a knowledge of something without the help of thought or feeling, a sense of it. Each person adapts most readily to their environment, to reality, by means of one of these basic functions, known as the Superior Function.

  • Unconscious : In Carl Jung's terms, there are two parts to the Unconscious: the Personal Unconscious and the Collective Unconscious. The Personal Unconscious is made up of complexes acquired in our Personality development, in our conscious attempt to integrate and deal with our environment. The Collective Unconscious is made up of Archetypes, instinctual patterns, inherited traits, race memory.


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