Apparently a number of you feel as if being under a “spell” – or several of them, as the case may be – is a real part of your life. And it is. Most people never stop to consider how easily influenced they are but others, preferring to believe that they are immune to that sort of thing. But what’s even more insidious is that – shifting to the personal voice – the people who qualify as Spell-casters in our lives hardly qualify for holding that kind of power over us. Give that serious thought for a moment. Isn’t that an eye-opener?
Breaking a spell takes immense conscious effort, especially if the source of that spell is a person with whom you have a complex relationship. By complex, I mean that the relationship can be loving, competitive, aggressive, approval-based or enmeshed with your physical support system. Or the person could be deceased. But before we get to how to break spells, we need to chat for a minute about the Spell-caster archetype in general: What is a Spell-caster? How do you spot one? How can you tell when you are being put under a spell? How do you protect yourself? And are YOU a Spell-caster?
Many archetypes have some of the same “ingredients” or characteristics, as those of you know who have studied Sacred Contracts with me. But all archetypes have one thing in common: They are communicators of patterns of power, and power is the name of the game on this planet. Everything you do, say, think, respond to with people, wear, buy or don’t buy, has something to do with the way you calculate power in the world that exists behind your eyes. Every word you speak and the tone of voice you decide to use when speaking those words are the finished products of power calculations done rapidly while you are evaluating an outcome that you want to achieve.
Your archetypes are the patterns through which you engage not only your own personal power, but everyone else’s as well. So, with that in mind, it is not inaccurate to state that all relationships, whether personal or professional, intimate or casual, are influenced by our personal power issues. The way we express those power issues varies, of course, and one way to understand the nature of your own power issues is to understand your individual archetypal patterns. That said, I know that many reading this article would wonder if everyone has a Spell-caster archetype.
No, not every person is a full-on Spell-caster. People who produce “spin” for a living, swaying the opinion of the public, for example, embody the Spell-caster, for example. Cult leaders are quintessential Spell-casters as are charismatic political leaders who promise the public that they can create a whole new world out of thin air for them. Con-artists are masterful Spell-casters, casting spells that eclipse a person’s common sense.
And though most people are not thoroughbred Spell-casters, everyone has what it takes to cast a spell – sometimes knowingly and sometimes unconsciously. We are all more than capable of falling under a spell – that’s for sure. So, it is in your best interest that you sharpen your “archetypal wits” and learn how to recognize when a spell has been released into your psychic airwaves – and by whom. Or conversely, when you’ve begun a bit of spell-casting of your own.
The Spell-caster, by its very nature, is involved with power manipulation. Usually, for example, when I mention the Divine Child archetype or the Hermit or Healer archetypes in class, people do not automatically associate power and manipulation with those. Yet, all archetypes have shadow sides to them, and so each archetype holds the potential of negative power manipulation by outside influences – especially when we ourselves are unaware of our own shadow. For example, many people identify with the Healer archetype but rarely have I heard a person discuss working with the “shadow side of their healer archetype.” In fact, many are surprised when I mention such a thing, as if somehow the Healer archetype is associated with purity, grace, and only good will.
Not so – at all.
And when a person shuns the idea of investigating their own shadow or negative side of any personal archetypal pattern, that part of their unconscious becomes prey to negative influences in the collective, such as the words or teachings of a Spell-caster or Shape-shifter. (Please note that the term ‘negative’ when used about archetypes refers to “all that is unknown or yet to be known’ in you. Negative is not meant to imply dark, bad, wrong, etc. Yet, it is often the ‘unknown’ parts of ourselves that contain our fear-based behaviors and it is those behaviors that do the most damage in our lives. When we identify the ‘unknown’ aspects of ourselves, we harness that power consciously, absorbing its potency into our conscious, creative nature.
Though shadow characteristics are rarely associated with archetypes such as the Healer and Divine Child, other archetypes are hard-pressed to find a positive association. For example, when people are introduced to archetypes like the Trickster, the Prostitute, the Saboteur, the Victim, the Bully, the Addict, the Gambler, or the Spell-caster, they rarely think of any positive characteristics of power.
I must work double-time to “break the spells” people are under when it comes to their associations with these archetypes. So many people, for instance, still have trouble grasping the lesson of self-empowerment that is represented by the Prostitute: Striving for true empowerment to gain full control of the creative authority of your soul – and the power of your choices. Negotiating your power away to others for physical security in any form is the same as putting a part of your creative soul in bondage.
The intent of the Spell-caster archetype is to control a person’s psyche, emotions, and decision-making processes to influence any opportunity for personal empowerment, no matter how grand or insignificant. Mind you, the reasons behind this need to control are not necessarily personal. Controlling another person with a spell is, quite often, just a game for a Spell-caster. Romantic spells come to mind as prime-time game material.
Casting romantic spells is a business; indeed, the entire romance industry works hard at casting romantic spells. Just look at those insipid beach scenes and tacky poolside settings that show up in commercials. (Just the thought of going to one of those resorts – my God! I would rather hold my own head under water for seven minutes than endure one of those places.) Nonetheless, those commercials are attempting to cast romantic spells. (Who falls for those??? Who are those people?)