There are three types of people,
those who are linear and those who are non-linear; or possibly there
are 2.7 types of people, those who are linear, and those who are
fractal. Being linear may be a seemingly safe fallback posture, but is
ultimately boring, and is actually not really safe once things get
As such, we will refer to two types of Archetypal Languages:
deterministic and non-deterministic. All relate to underlying, often
The deterministic ones are typically a snapshot of something or other
(such as a birthtime) and are somewhat easier to work with, much like
having a recipie to cook or prepare food with as a guide. More like a
science as distinct from an Art, although there is indeed an Art to
working and playing with the determinite variety, there is a more
"concrete" structure or pre-defined framework from which to work or
play. Classical music with a score and sheets of music.
Conversely, the non-deterministic variety, while of course having a
structure or framework from which to describe the sensation or
experience and compare notes with others, requires considerable
sensing, listening, "palpating", finger in the wind, to tune in to what
that sensation or experience is or is like. Analogous to the Art of
seasoning to taste cooking with without a specific recipie that
results in a scrumptious meal or free-form Jazz music with a loose
score, but a recognizable tune and melody.
Numerology, Astrology, Human Design, Metasymbology are examples of the
The Enneagram, Depth Psychology, Jungian Analysis, Homeopathy, Art
Therapy are examples of the non-deterministic variety.
Most of these scare those with serious attachments to dogma, either
excessively "religoius" or excessively "sceptical". Borrowing a
definition of the state of health and wellness as being one of freedom;
ironically, these places that are most feared and scorned are the very
places where the most healing,
growth, expansion, awareness, and freedom can and does occur.
Conversely, any Archetypal Language can be and often is used as a
crutch or excuse for limitations or stasis. They are way-stations on a
journey, not the destination of a journey. Magic happens, good things
happen when they are used, played with and worked with as entry points
or stepping stones, peeling back layers of illusion, opening up to more
and more layers and levels of awareness and illumination.
References in print:
and Psyche by Richard Tarnas
This one will blow a few and open many minds. Lucidly and meticulously
shows trends and cycles of humanity correlated with Planetary
Archetypes. Richard is very humble and very smart. If he writes it,
read it, period.
of Destiny by Sharon
A most beautifully written primer on Metasymbology, the language of
"ordinary" playing cards, which will be described below.
to Earth by Elia
This one is concentrated wisdom. Elia gets it in so many ways, on so
many levels. Each paragraph contains more substance than most
Refined by Rajan
Not written for the layperson. However, Rajan is the originator of
Sensation/Depth Homeopathy and articulates the concepts quite well in
this book. He is writing a primer for the lay audience,
tentatively titled "The Other Song".