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					Archetypes
       Archetypes are universal symbols, motifs or
themes that may be found among many different
cultures. They recur in the myths of people
worldwide.
       These symbols carry the same or very similar
meanings for a large portion, if not all, of mankind . . .
certain symbols, such as the sky father and earth
mother, light, blood, up-down, and others recur again
and again in cultures so remote from one another in
space and time that there is no likelihood of any
historical influence and causal connection among them
(Guerin 15).
Water
Water
   •birth-death-resurrection
   •creation
   •purification and redemption
   •fertility and growth
Sea/ocean
   •the mother of all life
   •spiritual mystery
   •death and/or rebirth
   •timelessness and eternity
Rivers
    •death and rebirth (baptism)
    •the flowing of time into eternity
    •transitional phases of the life
    cycle
Sun
      •creative energy
      •thinking, enlightenment, wisdom,
      spiritual vision
Rising sun
    •birth, creation, enlightenment
Setting sun
    •death
Red
Red
      •blood, sacrifice, passion
      •disorder
Green




        Vincent Van Gogh, Green Wheat Fields
Green
    •growth, hope, fertility
Blue




   Henri Matisse, Polynesia, The Sea
Blue
   •highly positive
   •secure
   •tranquil
   •spiritual purity
Black




        Kazuya Akimoto, Dark Street
Black
   •darkness, chaos, mystery, the
   unknown
   •death
   •wisdom
   •evil
   •melancholy
White
   •light, purity, innocence,
   timelessness
   •negative: death, terror,
   supernatural
Yellow
Yellow
   •enlightenment, wisdom
Serpent (snake, worm)
Serpent (snake, worm)
   •symbol of energy and pure force
   (libido)
   •evil, corruption, sensuality,
   destruction
3
    About a boy- two is not safe
3
    •light, spiritual awareness, unity
    (the Holy Trinity)
    •male principle
4




    Theodore Manolides, Four Seasons
4
    •associated with the circle, life
    cycle, four seasons;
    •female principle
7
    •the most potent of all symbolic
    numbers signifying the union of
    three and four, the completion of a
    cycle, perfect order
    •perfect number
    •religious symbol
Archetypes
   7
   •7 days of the week
   •7 Deadly Sins/7 Virtues
   •7 Heavens
   •Lucky Number 7
12
     •Product of 3 and 4
     •12 months
     •12 Olympian gods
     •12 Apostles
     •12 hours on clock
     •12 Days of Christmas
Wise Old Man
   •savior, redeemer, guru
   •representing knowledge,
   reflection, insight, wisdom,
   intuition, and morality
Garden
   •paradise, innocence, unspoiled
   beauty
Tree
       •denotes life of the cosmos
       •growth
       •proliferation
       •symbol of immortality
       •phallic symbol
Desert
     •spiritual aridity
     •death
     •hopelessness
Creation
     •All cultures believe the Cosmos
     was brought into existence by
     some Supernatural Being (or
     Beings)
Spring
   •rebirth
Summer
   •life
Fall
       •death/dying
Winter
   •without life/death
Freud's symbolism/archetypes
    •Concave images (ponds, flowers,
    cups, vases, hollows)
    •female or womb symbols
Freud's symbolism/archetypes
   •Phallic symbols (towers,
   mountain peaks, snakes, knives,
   swords, etc.)
   •male symbols
Freud's symbolism/archetypes:
    •Dancing, riding, or flying
    •symbols of sexual pleasure

				
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