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King, Warrior, Magician, Lover

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Here the authors explore today's crisis in masculine identity and describe its two major causes - the disappearance of masculine rites of passage and patriarchy itself.

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They define the four mature male archetypes - the King (the energy of just and creative ordering), the Warrior (the energy of self-disciplined, aggressive action), the Magician (the energy of initiation and transformation), and the Lover (the energy that connects men to others and the world) - as well as the four immature patterns (Divine Child, Oedipal Child, Precocious Child, and Hero).

Moore and Gillette believe the developmental history of every man is, in large part, the story of his failure or success at discovering within himself the archetypes of mature masculinity.

"A map for men. When the intellectual history of the late 20th century is written, Moore's shrewd analysis of Jungian thought will occupy an important place. (shows men) ways to mature and still remain fully masculine."         ~Chicago Sun-Times

"The King is the central archetype in the masculine psyche. Without dis-identification from this archetype—and without a dynamic connection to it—a man will be immobilized by grandiosity, lost in depression, and bereft of a sense of meaning, just order, and connection with the creative springs of the psyche. The mature King is able to empower others as well as himself.

The Warrior is the archetype of self-disciplined, aggressive action. If Warrior energy is not accessed properly, a man may find himself caught up in cruel or self-destructive behavior. The mature Warrior, however, will be energetic, decisive and perservering in reaching his goals.

The Magician is the archetype of awareness, inner work, initiation, and healing. Without adequate access to this psychological resource a man will sleepwalk through his life, never asking the questions which can liberate him from his credulity and naivete. He needs the magician within—the inner shaman—to help him wake up, to give him the keys to access the various inner spaces of the masculine personality, and to help him serve responsibly as a ritual elder for other men.

The Lover is the archetype men find most difficult to access without experiencing frightening emotional states. The Lover encourages an unbounded connectedness to life through powerful feelings, but if a man's Lover is poorly developed, he may find himself alternately promiscuous and isolated, emotionally vulnerable and interpersonally exploitative, impulsive and addictive, yet afraid of his passion.

Accessing Lover energy properly, a man feels enthusiastic and compassionate about his work and relationships. Celebrating the beauty of nature and the physical world, the mature Lover becomes a guardian of the Earth."

Dr. Robert Moore is Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Spirituality in the Graduate Center of the Chicago Theological Seminary where he is the Founding Director of the new Institute for Advanced Studies in Spirituality and Wellness.

Author Moore, Robert
Coauthor Gillette, Douglas
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 192 pp.
Publisher HarperCollins 1991
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