A psychic archetype represents a core energy expression that we feel defines our psychological and spiritual journey, in this, previous, and future lifetimes. While we may engage in various forms of life practice, like being a soldier or a doctor, we are one enduring archetype, which could be the Warrior or the Healer.
This article will explore the psychic archetype of the Wise Woman.
One Archetype, Many Guises
History is replete with warrior priests and soldier healers (medics). Educators can be athletes and athletes can be educators. We can wear many guises over the course of our lifetimes, but we most often operate from a single psychic archetype.
Sometimes necessity and circumstance can force us into a guise that is far away from our spiritual purpose, or so it will seem. If we look closely enough at our actions within any circumstance, we will be able to see the consistent psychic imprint of our representation.
I have a varied work history, which includes construction, website design/management, teaching (college English), and now spiritual advising. Through each iteration of my work opportunities, I found myself in the same role repeatedly … as a spiritual and emotional advisor to the people around me.
The Wise Woman
When I was growing up, I was very fortunate to have a Wise Woman in my life who was my maternal grandmother, Ruby Welborn. She was the eldest of nine children and never completed high school, but she was by far the wisest person I knew and still know. She was a Zen master who never knew the concept of Zen Buddhism; she was the embodiment of the best, most compassionate teachings of Christianity. She was fair, firm, compassionate, and nurturing. I will always love her deeply.
A Wise Woman archetype individual is a gift to all humanity, but especially valuable to the people of her community and family. She embodies the best elements of femininity, which include her own unique form of leadership. Quiet resolve underpins the knowingness of the Wise Woman and her truth is always clear when she shares it with others. She carries the wisdom of ages as well as the wisdom needed for current times.
Each archetype travels through lifetimes to gather experience inside and outside its ideal representation to enjoy and understand the full range of human experience while learning lessons associated with completing his or her work. We learn lessons through support and resistance. A person learns the many facets of freedom by being very free in one lifetime and extremely restricted in another lifetime.
The Ideal Society (Utopian Vision)
It really is not hard to imagine an ideal society in which each person discovers their psychic or spiritual archetype and is given a way to express that archetype through work and interactions with the other archetypes in the world. Bringing such a world into existence would require a large-scale and comprehensive acceptance of balance between science and spirituality, between creativity and necessity, and between compassion and integrity.
Reality is an ebb and flow of balance, imbalance, and re-balancing, which is where all souls learn lessons that cannot be found in utopian visions or the spirit realm. We choose to be here, and psychic or spiritual archetypes indicate that we choose a singular type of role so we can experience true mastership.
Do You Know a Wise Woman?
Each archetype has definable and distinguishable traits. The wisest among us never recognize or acknowledge their wisdom, they simply are and do. They are known by others as wise.
A wise woman “becomes” in a lifetime. She may be an old soul returning for the benefit of further development or as a guide for the many people who will need her once she reaches the late maturity of life. This archetype simply requires living a long life, and certainly long enough to cross the threshold into her archetype that can be marked by a biological transition: menopause, which occurs naturally around 45.
Unlike other archetypes that can choose to perform their roles in many guises, the Wise Woman is, by default, a woman. And her role only becomes active when she reaches a certain age, collects certain experiences, and is known by others for her courage and wisdom.
Comfort Listening to and Advising Others
The Wise Woman has a crucial role in the connectivity of communities, society, and humanity. They carry the burden of their wisdom and life experience lightly and positively. In many forms of literature and storytelling, they may be alone or married, but they always have an “open door”, both literally, where their homes welcome others in, and in their energy field when people meet them.
Should you encounter a Wise Woman, you will find yourself willing to be vulnerable in their presence and relieved to feel safe to share your fears and doubts, somehow knowing they will have the answer you need, even if it is a difficult one. One of the great gifts of the Wise Woman is her capacity to listen, comprehend, and respond. If, in her wisdom, there is only the need to be heard, then her “advice” will be a silent reply that still enlightens the person who speaks to her.
Have Difficult Incarnated Lives
Being a Wise Woman archetype has a very high price, in terms of incarnated experiences that are most difficult. Motherhood will often be intense or complicated in some way. A Wise Woman may be unable to have children, which influences her wisdom, or she may have a large and loving family. Either way and across the entire spectrum, she will have her wisdom sharpened by the issue of motherhood.
The incarnated life will be long, another staple of the Wise Woman archetype. And she will retain the sharpness of her mind well into her elderhood. This long life will also find her at the center of a large family and community. She easily becomes the de facto spiritual advisor, general medical practitioner, dispute arbitrator, and living Google search engine on matters that really do not resolve through internet searches. Should you know the Wise Woman of your community or have one in your family, be sure to cherish her; she is truly a gift from the spirit.