Theme for the gathering
The four archetypes: The King, Warrior, Lover, and Magician are the road maps to healthy, mature masculinity. This fall 2019 the theme of the Connecticut men’s gathering is focusing on the King Archetype.
"The King" Archetype
Sept. 13-15, 2019
Sept. 13-15, 2019
Your Inner Throne Awaits You!
The archetypes are universal patterns or positions of power and being that emanate from the body, psyche and spirit.
The creative use of instinctual male energies requires maturity. In the past, powerful rites of passage-initiations- led by ritual elders were held to transition boys into the social responsibilities and the awareness of the mysteries of life. Without these rituals, modern men often feel lost while maintaining their boy psychology into their adult lives. As Robert Moore wrote,” If you don’t know where something is, and you don’t have a map, how to you get there? A few will stumble across the destination. But most of us end up getting hopelessly lost.”* This has negatively affected men’s behaviors and ability to create and sustain healthy relationships. Carl Jung’s seminal work identifying and describing the deep patterns of the human psyche have provided a road map for men seeking understanding and wholeness. These patterns are the four-masculine archetype: King, Warrior, Lover, Magician. For the past three gatherings, the men of COMEGA have been committed to exploring and integrating these archetypal energies, and at the September gathering we’ll be focusing on the King (Sovereign) Archetype.
The king archetype, often the last to be integrated into a man’s psychology, is held in the center or wholeness of a mature man. The King energy provides clarity of thought and vision for family and community- people flourish around him, his life and world around him are ordered and safe, he offers encouragement to really see others in order to bless them. A man living in his King energy is not easily thrown off balance by life and others actions or behaviors. The importance of these archetypal King energies are represented by the infamous line, “The king is dead, long live the king.” This reveals the importance of having a healthy King for the survival of the family and kingdom. For whenever a man neglects his throne, the shadow archetypal energies will surely move in. These energies are what Jung called the shadow aspects of the archetype or personality.
The two shadow aspects of the king are the Weakling and the Tyrant. The Weakling King is often expressed as a moody, listless, irritated, apathetic, anxious, depressed man. Basically, a man naïve about what life requires of him and lacks the energy to respond. The weakling king carries his wound around and projects his vulnerability as hate and fear on the weak men in his life.
The other pole of the shadow King is the Tyrant. This energy is expressed by exploiting and fearing others with abusive actions of an insensitive bully. Moore wrote, “Scratch a tyrant and you’ll find a weakling. Pressure a weakling and you’ll find a tyrant."*
Jung believed that becoming aware of and having the strength to own and withdraw our shadow projections requires tremendous courage. For what we will not face within ourselves we will be forced to confront in the outer world.
Men are often unwilling to access their inner King because they would then have to assume the sacred King’s responsibilities of order, vision and blessing. This is men’s work. Moore emphasized the importance for men to access the mature masculine archetypes through engagement with other men, to reinforce and support against the regressive impulses of the shadow. Come to the Fall COMEGA weekend to be in the company of men on a quest for their inner throne!
COMEGA "Your Inner Throne Awaits You" - September 13-15, 2019 - Register Here
*Moore, Robert & Gillette, Douglas: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover