The archetype is an energetic vibration that we meet and integrate. This energetic vibration materializes as a certain action or experience. The Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist Carl Jung – who was influential in various fields from anthropology to religious studies – first devised this system which numbers 12. Using several of these archetypes from his system, we can understand the planets more simply by examining their associated energy.
Sun: The Ruler- Authority driven, conservative, orderly.
Motive: Power and responsibility
Moon: The Caretaker- Compassionate, emotional, generous.
Motive: Caring and helping others
Mercury: The Explorer- Adventurous, independent, sociable.
Motive: Communicating and travel
Venus: The Lover- Affectionate, caring, compassionate.
Motive: Relationships and security
Mars: The Outlaw- Innovative, outgoing, revolutionary.
Motive: Change and freedom
Jupiter: The Sage-Focused– knowledgeable, self-reflective.
Motive: Learning and teaching
Saturn : The Everyman- Hard working, practical, traditional.
Motive: Virtues and treating all people equal
Uranus: The Magician-Active– friendly, innovative
Motive: Connection and transformation
Neptune: The Artist- Compassionate, intuitive, spiritual
Motive: Healing and service
Pluto: The Hero-Courageous– resourceful, thoughtful
Motive: Contemplation and regeneration
Your most important archetypes can be determined by the Sun/Moon, (consider also the sign and how these color your understanding), rising planet or planet of highest degree. Reflect on which is most important and how they have affected your life. For instance, if your rising planet is Mercury consider ways the themes of communication and travel can enter your life. Also review how this archetypal pattern has appeared in your life. Ask yourself at what specific time period this was taking place and if it’s necessary to review the experiences you’ve had simply to appreciate and reinforce, improve or make resolutions.
And remember Jung’s other archetypes of the persona, shadow, self and how they fit your planet of importance and sign. These give us a clue as to the more dark and negative aspects that might be appearing.
As an example, in the case of Venus, the Lover, the outward face or “Persona” you might be wearing is one of altruism and sympathy, though in private you are burdened by bitterness, rage and a feeling of separation from people. Some possible solutions in this case would be to open more and share your emotions.
Take on the role of “being taken care of.”
Consider also if, according to your gender, you’ve accommodated your feminine and masculine side through the anima/animus. Working with Venus again as an example: If you’re a man who has this planet prominent in his chart and were raised entirely by your father. You may have learned about emotions and nurturance in a very different way. Perhaps based on good looks and the earning of partners – how many you knew – rather than meaningful, intimate connection. You would turn to your animus: the feminine part of yourself and heal. Learning the value of your body and “being” – perspective and moderation – would be of foremost importance.
The Shadow is another archetype. This is the dark side of our personality that is not revealed but may be projected onto others.
The shadow of Venus might appear as a man who has controlling, co-dependent relationships to compensate for a period of his life when he was wounded. In this case, the partner is their own helpless version from a specific time. The Venus person with this shadow aspect, should consider all the ways in which love can meet them in health and well-being.
Self is the final archetype we encounter. This is the actualized part of us that we reach with our own effort, after family ties and societal beliefs are examined for their relatedness and value. Think on the activities and people you should be associating with that would benefit you.
The archetypes help us to understand relationships in a way that is holistic and integrative.