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Psyche

psy·che [sahy-kee] noun

1. Classical Mythology . a personification of the soul,
which in the form of a beautiful girl was loved by Eros.
2. the human soul, spirit, or mind.
3. Psychology, Psychoanalysis, the mental or psychological
structure of a person, especially as a motive force.
4. Neoplatonism . the second emanation of the One,
regarded as a universal consciousness and as the
animating principle of the world.

The PSYCHE series is a conceptual series that combines ideas and themes from the Eastern belief of Chakras - energy centres in the body, as well as psychologist Carl Jung's theory of archetypes and individuation. 

In this series, each Chakra corresponds with one of Jung's archetypes, using the symbolism, colours, and associated body parts and themes.

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I. THE ROOT CHAKRA / ANIMUS ARCHETYPE

I. THE ROOT CHAKRA / ANIMUS ARCHETYPE

I. THE ROOT CHAKRA
Location: Base of spine.
Colour: Red.
Sense: Smell.
Element: Earth.
Physical Identity, Self-Preservation, Survival.
Stability, deep-rootedness, trust, reality, sexuality, physical health, courage, impulsiveness, and passion.
Standing up for oneself and security issues.
Associated animal is the elephant.

THE ANIMUS ARCHETYPE
The masculine personality traits in a female. Develops logic, opinions, courage, and intent. Negative side of animus leads to incorrect judgements. Symbolism includes an eagle, a bull, a lion, and phallic objects.

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II. THE SACRAL CHAKRA / ANIMA ARCHETYPE

II. THE SACRAL CHAKRA / ANIMA ARCHETYPE

II. THE SACRAL CHAKRA
Location: Lower abdomen.
Colour:
Orange.
Sense: Touch & taste.
Element: Water.
Emotional Identity, Self-gratification, Feelings: the right to feel and to want.
Sexuality, sensuality, desires, emotions, pleasure, freedom, procreation, polarity, and movement.
Associated animal is the crocodile.

THE ANIMA ARCHETYPE
The feminine, emotional, and intuitive side of a male's unconscious. Develops emotionality, leading to greater spirituality. Anima appears in dreams when a man is neglecting his feminine side. It has a wise & good side, and a negative side often symbolised by seductresses, sirens, prostitutes, or witches.

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III. THE SOLAR CHAKRA / HERO ARCHETYPE

III. THE SOLAR CHAKRA / HERO ARCHETYPE

III. THE SOLAR CHAKRA
Location: Solar plexus.
Colour: Yellow.
Sense: Sight.
Element:
Fire.
Ego Identity, Self-Definition, Personal power.
Will, knowledge, mental clarity, optimism, self-control, awareness, self-esteem, responsibility, purpose, willpower, and spontaneity.
Associated animal is the ram.


THE HERO ARCHETYPE
Represents the psyche's quest for individuation, and the ability to overcome obstacles & achieve certain goals. Can be seen as a road map towards the rational conscious mind triumphing over the animalistic unconscious mind. Dreams of a hero defeating evil can symbolise the defeat of a negative aspect of the unconscious.

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IV. THE HEART CHAKRA / MOTHER GODDESS ARCHETYPE

IV. THE HEART CHAKRA / MOTHER GODDESS ARCHETYPE

IV. THE HEART CHAKRA
Location: Heart/chest.
Colour: Green.
Sense: Touch.
Element: Air.
Social Identity, Self-acceptance, Relationships: the right to love.
Love, self-love, self-control, forgiveness, compassion, acceptance, intimacy, balance, growth, beauty, grace, femininity, harmony, grounding, prosperity, trust, devotion, renewal, and peace.
Associated animal is the antelope/deer.

THE GREAT MOTHER / GODDESS ARCHETYPE
The embodiment of all feminine aspects, mystery and power - suggesting a woman's total wholeness. Personified in many ways, often as a nature goddess/earth mother with the ability to infinitely give motherly care, help, and protect. Can have a dark side- seen as a mother who devours her young & dominates loved ones. Other symbols include Eve & Mary in Western tradition; church, nation, forest, or ocean.

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V. THE THROAT CHAKRA / WISE ELDER ARCHETYPE

V. THE THROAT CHAKRA / WISE ELDER ARCHETYPE

V. THE THROAT CHAKRA
Location: Throat.
Colour: Blue, turquoise.
Sense: Hearing.
Element: Ether/Space.
Creative Identity, Self-expression, Communication: the right to speak & hear the truth.
Learning to express oneself, the ability to trust, loyalty, organisation, self-discipline, speaking the truth, wisdom, speech, creative expression, expansion, and healing.
Associated animals are the white elephant and peacock.

THE WISE OLD MAN/WOMAN ARCHETYPE
Represents one's mana personality - the primordial energy that can help one grow & transform, or even destroy. Appears in dreams as a figure of authority & guidance (magician/wizard, doctor, priest, father, teacher), and can have & give magical or healing powers. It is a source of inspiration & understanding, guiding the individual on their quest for growth.

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VI. THE THIRD-EYE CHAKRA / DIVINE CHILD ARCHETYPE

VI. THE THIRD-EYE CHAKRA / DIVINE CHILD ARCHETYPE

VI. THE THIRD-EYE CHAKRA
Location: Forehead centre/brow.
Colour: Indigo.
Sense: Intuition.
Element: Light.
Intuition: the right to "see". Trusting intuition and insights, developing psychic abilities, and realising hidden and repressed negative thoughts. Self realisation, invention, imagination, psychic abilities & perception, pereption, release, understanding, memory, fearlessness, clear seeing, use of mind/intellect, accurate interpretation.
Associted animals are the black antelope and swan.

THE DIVINE CHILD ARCHETYPE
A symbol of developing personality, this archetype represents a reviving force that leads one toward wholeness - Individuation and the true self, our full potential. Both vulnerable, yet at the same time untouchable, with a strong power to transform.

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VII. THE CROWN CHAKRA / SELF ARCHETYPE

VII. THE CROWN CHAKRA / SELF ARCHETYPE

VII. THE CROWN CHAKRA
Location: Crown of skull.
Colour: Violet, white, gold, silver.
Element: Thought.
Universal Identity, Self-knowledge, Knowingness: the right to know & aspire.
Spiritual awakening & connection the concept of a higher power.
Merging one's consciousness & unconsciousness into the superconsciousness. Divine consciousness & trusting the universe, searching for meaning, karma, and grace.
Wisdom, inspiration, charisma, awareness, higher self, meditation, self-sacrifice, potential, purity, limitlessness, bliss, spirituality, vision, and ascension.

THE SELF ARCHETYPE
Archetype of wholeness & potential. The realised product of Individuation, when one's psyche has been fully unified. The unconscious & conscious are one, all conflicting elements of personality are balanced & integrated.
Symbolism includes holy figures/gurus or gods, saintly animals, and religious/spiritual symbols.