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Do You Know Your Spirit Archetypes? Here's How To Find Them, From A Professional Intuitive

Tanya Carroll Richardson
September 12, 2023
Tanya Carroll Richardson
By Tanya Carroll Richardson
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Tanya Carroll Richardson is an author and professional intuitive, giving readings to clients all over the world.
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September 12, 2023
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The dictionary defines archetype as "a very typical example of a certain person or thing."

Do you know someone who's an archetypal parent, for example? It's not about "perfect" parenting, parenting a specific way, or parenting under set circumstances but rather someone who's an ideal example of embracing and fulfilling that role and whose spirit seems to possess a knack for it.

But "parent" isn't the only spirit archetype—here's how to find yours.

What are spirit archetypes?

Your individual spirit contains specific archetypes that are general in nature, yet manifest uniquely in your life. Spirit archetypes might be obvious from early childhood, like quickly displaying an inclination to help, draw, or cook.

Or, spirit archetypes might lie dormant in your spiritual DNA, becoming activated at certain ages or through certain experiences, like discovering a talent for acting in college or discovering a calling in the healing arts after experiencing a long healing journey.

Spirit archetypes can also be forgotten or abandoned, like a busy high school principal forgetting they also have a passion for fashion or a college student abandoning their interest in geology because it won't help them take over the family business after graduation.

21 spirit archetypes

You can mindfully work with and reestablish your relationship with your spirit's archetypes. Common spirit archetypes that show up often in my intuitive readings with clients include:

  1. Scholar: loves to learn and be intellectually stimulated
  2. Free Spirit: thrives with less constraint and convention in jobs and relationships
  3. Sensitive: intuitively feels the energy and emotions of others
  4. Artist: possess artistic inclinations and needs creative expression
  5. Caregiver: feels on purpose when supporting and nurturing others
  6. Builder: motivated, hardworking, and capable of holding great responsibility
  7. Healer: brings healing to any relationship, situation, or institution
  8. Warrior: relishes a challenge, strong and active, champions others
  9. Counselor: gently guides others with deep wisdom
  10. Teacher: patiently instructs, directs, and encourages others
  11. Earth Angel: experiences great joy and contentment when helping others
  12. Mastership: loves to master skills and fine-tune details of complex systems
  13. Monk: seeks a life of quiet, serious, mystical contemplation
  14. Leader: draws others to them to rally behind a cause
  15. Animal Ally: feels more comfortable and at home around animals
  16. Activist: advocates for justice, fairness, and equality
  17. Rebel: shows others the value of doing things differently
  18. Entrepreneur: works best when executing their own agenda
  19. Scientist: drawn to scientific inquiry, debate, and processes
  20. Protector: compelled to guard and keep others safe
  21. Environmentalist: suited to stewardship of nature

How to find yours 

Step 1

Identify 3 spirit archetypes from the list above that resonate with you.

Step 2

Pick 3 spirit archetypes that do not resonate with you.

Step 3

Use your intuition to discern a spirit archetype by choosing a number between 1 and 21. You might hear or see a number in your mind. I heard the number 7 for myself, for instance, and the seventh archetype listed is "healer."

If you'd like to expand and improve your intuition, try my oracle deck, Awakening Intuition.

Step 4

Brainstorm your spirit's archetypes that aren't on this list. When I asked my intuition, I heard "ballerina." While I only attended the odd ballet class as a child, I admire the dedication dancers have to their craft—the precision, discipline, and mastery ballet demands. I approach my own work similarly.

Step 5

Consider how you already do—or might begin to—express and honor your spirit's archetypes to feel whole.

The takeaway

When you understand the archetypes that guide your spirit, you can live your life in stronger alignment with your soul's purpose and feel more whole. And while archetypes can be dormant, forgotten, or abandoned, they can always be reawakened. As Swiss psychologist and archetype pioneer Carl Jung reminds us, "Archetypes are like riverbeds which dry up when the water deserts them, but which it can find again at any time."

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Tanya Carroll Richardson

Tanya Carroll Richardson is a professional intuitive who has given readings to thousands of clients all over the world. She’s the author of nine nonfiction books including Empath Heart, Angel Intuition, Are You an Earth Angel?, and Self-Care for Empaths. Tanya has an annual calendar, A Year of Self-Love, and two oracle decks, Awakening Intuition and Grief, Grace, and Healing.