I went to Target the other day, and like I do every time I’m in the store I visited the book section. I have way more books than I read but I can never resist.
What I found was pretty interesting. Because lately almost all my thoughts have been about archetypes, I started noticing how a lot of the books could easily relate to specific archetypes. So I decided to make a game of it and see if I could find one book for each of the 12 archetypes. This is what I found.
There were quite a few books The Alchemist would enjoy reading. But I liked the look of this one so decided to use it in my list. Dear Universe: 200 Mini-Meditations for Instant Manifestations by Sarah Prout.
Any decent Alchemist should enjoy reading this book. What caught my eye was “instant manifestations.” Whether the book can deliver or not, we all know Alchemists aren’t known for their patience and they DO like to think and dream big.
I thought the illustrations in this book were really nice. And the topic couldn’t be more appropriate for The Caregiver. The Gratitude Journal for Women by Katie Vernon has some really lovely and feminine watercolor illustrations. There are journal prompts throughout the book, with a space to record your thoughts.
The next book on the list is for The Creator Archetypes out there. The Pocket Frida Kahlo Wisdom is a collection of inspirational quotes from the legendary Frida. Nothing earth shattering here. But we can never get enough Frida.
There were a LOT of books written with the Hero archetypal energy in mind. A lot of planners, goal-setting motivational books, and on and on.
Personally, as someone who has very little Hero in my own archetypal makeup, I always think books about setting and keeping goals is a good idea. But rarely do I actually follow through with them. I was attracted to this one because I liked the way it illustrated. This Year I Will… A 52-Week Guided Journal to Achieve Your Goals by Tiffany Louise. So for any Hero out there, let me know what YOU think of this book if you get it.
I love Mr. Rogers. He is the perfect example of the Idealist archetype. So when I saw this book I thought it would be perfect for the list. The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers.
As soon as I saw this book I knew it would be perfect for the Jester archetype. The colors alone jumped out at me. The book is really unusual too. Thick cover with hand-sewn binding. I actually wanted to buy it for myself. Maybe next time.
Play: Ideas, Exercises, and Little Ways to Add More Fun to Every Day by M. H. Clark.
Next up is a book I found for the Lover Archetype. There were a lot of books about relationships, and love and blah blah blah. Not that I have anything against relationships. I’m in a perfectly great one. But I get tired of the Lover archetype always being about love and loo-oooove (insert multiple heart emojis here). I thought this book had a funny title. Plus, its ultimately about making your indoor space beautiful and inviting. Perfect for the Lover archetype.
How to Raise a Plant: and Make It Love You Back by Morgan Doane
The next book is for The Realist archetype. The Realist tends to get pigeon-holed and be mostly about friendships and belonging to a group. But the biggest thing really about the Realist is a desire for equality – for EVERYONE. This comes from living a not so perfect life. A lot of times the Realist was bullied, taken advantage of and often neglected as a child. The wounds are deep and when an injustice is seen, it cannot go noticed.
Even when the Realist would prefer to blend in and not stand out, they have to speak up LOUDLY when an injustice is found. Ruth Bader-Ginsburg is the perfect inspiration for this archetype so I loved it when I found this book of quotes by her. Pocket RBG Wisdom: Supreme Quotes and Inspired Musings from Ruth Bader Ginsburg
There are currently a lot of books with the word “ass” or “f*ck” in the title. These would more than likely be good for the Rebel Archetype. But this one caught my eye. First because of the word “Rebel” in the title. (Nothing gets past this steely gaze.)
But upon further inspection, I realized Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters by Dominique Crenn was the perfect book for the Rebel Archetype. The book is an autobiography of a woman, chef and activist who bucked the system, upended her life in France to follow her dream, and become one of the top chefs in the world WITHOUT following the rules. Rebel indeed!
Next on the list is a book for the Ruler Archetype. Like the Hero, I have very little Ruler in me. I’m not what one would call a typical leader. In fact I don’t want to lead at all in the traditional sense. So this book appealed to me, a non-Ruler type, hoping it will appeal to Rulers.
It’s a book of women who are leaders in their industry. Most of the examples are from various creative fields. It’s a beautiful book with inspiring stories. In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney.
Next is the Sage archetype. I’ll be honest, being an ex-teacher and eLearning developer, it looks like I should have a lot of Sage in me. I don’t. I have a hard time relating to all that need for facts with very little tolerance for woo-woo. I like woo-woo. As an almost equal blend of the Creator, Alchemist, Seeker and Realist archetypes, if “woo-woo” can’t be my middle name, it should at least be a nickname.
So the Sage (although close to my heart literally via my husband) can try my last strand of patience with their need for facts, analysis and more facts. (Love ya Sages….nothing personal). So this one was HARD for me. I liked all the woo-woo books about truth, wisdom, mother nature, etc. The Sage would not be amused. So I cheated a bit and found this one over on Amazon.
The New York Times Presents Smarter by Sunday: 52 Weekends of Essential Knowledge for the Curious Mind.
Last on this list is the Seeker archetype. Any travel book would have sufficed for the Seeker / Explorer archetype. But that’s too cliche. So I opted for this one. Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel.
Any decent Seeker out there knows: the exploration Seekers do is both internal and external. The ultimate goal is to find oneself – the AUTHENTIC Self, with a capital “S.” This book by Meera Lee Patel is beautifully illustrated and filled with journal prompts for self-exploration. Her Etsy shop is currently on vacation, but if she opens back up – she sells a lot of the prints from the book in her shop.
and there you have it!
…12 archetypes and 12 books. Not bad for a quick trip to Target to return some workout clothes that didn’t fit (another story for another day). Do you have anything to add to the list? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. I’m going to try to do this series a few times each month (Archetypes in the wild) and include things like movies, TV shows, clothes, interior design, etc. Let me know if you’d like to see a specific list here. Until next time…..