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Use this simple One Card Reading to help you gain a deeper understanding of your emotional and psychological state. Click the card to turn it over. Cards from the Masculine Archetype Deck.
The Constant Rescuer wishes to protect his loved ones by micromanaging every detail. This can prevent them from learning how to handle stress, deny autonomy, and disrupt their self-confidence.
It takes courage to let a loved one experience pain or failure. In the long run, protecting someone from everything is unrealistic. The Constant Rescuer must stop preventing anything uncomfortable from happening and instead teach how to work through it when it arises.
To break from the Constant Rescuer’s Shadow, look at how you could release your need for control and allow others to find their autonomy. Maybe you were abandoned as a child and want no one else to go through that pain. Or perhaps you want to be needed so badly that you try to prove your worth by saving others. Try and uncover the past patterns that make you tighten your grasp.
You must learn to balance your desire to protect with the other’s right for independence. Letting your loved ones fail and discover their own lessons can be hard, but it will give them emotional resilience.
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The Coward is a slave to his fear. He believes he’s not good enough to achieve his goals and cannot (or will not) change. As a result, he will not stand up for himself or others.
Whatever show he may put on for the outside world, despite the skills and prowess he may possess, his every action is geared toward keeping his insecurities from becoming discovered. He hides them rather than face them openly. The Coward could be a CEO that hides behind his busy schedule instead of facing his problems with intimacy. Or an artist that seeks other people’s praise instead of following his real creative desire. Underneath the Coward’s actions is still a frightened child that needs protection and reassurance from others instead of from within.
The Shadow Aspects of the Coward can come out in lies, denial, and being passive-aggressive. In modern society, we see this Archetype most often within relationships. Be it romantic relationships, friends, or work, avoiding conflict won’t help in the long run.
To change, the Coward must practice courage by looking at how he relates to his emotions. He must stop looking at his fear, embarrassment, and anxiety as barriers and instead persevere despite them. Courage doesn’t mean you have no fear. It means you rise to meet its challenge.
If you struggle with the Coward Archetype, focus on facing fears and cultivating confidence. Look at what past hurts have become barriers to you seeing your worth.
The Judge holds the essence of authority and order. The Judge Archetype can be found in referees, teachers, parents, or wherever a decision must be made. He is looked up to for his transpersonal wisdom and rationale. He is in a place of authority to create order out of conflict.
The Judge must balance the needs of the individual against the needs of society. The Judge uses reason and analysis to separate truths from lies. Therefore, he studies law, philosophy, and history to make well-informed decisions. He must discard his personal biases and objectively evaluate the broader issues and higher truths at play.
The Judge must be careful of using his position of authority to manipulate others. If his decisions have hidden agendas or he loses compassion, he will fall into a corrupt Judge’s Shadow. He will look for reasons to justify his preconceived notions. He mustn’t decide based on his emotional biases. The Judge finds his moral compass becoming eroded, leading to pandering and misconduct, or any abuse of his authority.
Working with the Judge Archetype can be difficult. It asks you to be both sincerely compassionate while simultaneously rigidly protecting order. When this card appears, look at how you create order and equality in your decisions. How do you ensure rational decisions and unravel your unconscious biases?
A Deadbeat runs away from his responsibilities out of fear of losing his freedom or out of a lack of confidence. As a coping mechanism,
he becomes detached and absent. This could mean he isn’t there physically or emotionally.
The Deadbeat must come to terms with the pain his absence causes and the dedication it will take to protect those he loves. He must face his resistance to responsibility and his trauma around abandonment to heal.
When working with the Deadbeat Archetype, look at how you fulfill your responsibilities. If caring for someone else feels like a burden, explore why it feels draining. You cannot blame age, ignorance, or anyone else in the world on your failure to invest in your relationships. It’s on you to accept your responsibility to be present.
When working with this card, ask yourself, is there something holding you back from loving someone else profoundly?