Warrior, Priest, Merchant, Lover

Archetypes are different parts of your personality, although some archetypes will be more dominant than others. Archetypes are nice, because they are easy on the mind. They are stories, and stories stick well.

Of course there is always the problem of separating useful archetypes from silly archetypes. For instance, every horoscope follows only 1 archetype: ‘woman’.

Here at AlfaNL we accept only the best archetypes. A long time ago I read the book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover by Robert Moore. It’s a book on four male archetypes, per the title. The King is the part of you that rules, the Warrior the part that fights, the Magician the part that uses forbidden knowledge and the Lover is the part your lady likes to see.

Inspired by Jim I have made some improvements, per this blog title.

First, there is, in my experience, not so much difference between kings and warriors. Both fight, both rule, both use force or the threat of force to get their way. King is boss warrior, that’s all. Throw it together under one archetype.

Warriors band together in armies and can wield great power; the power of kings and emperors.

Priest is exactly like the magician, just that the word is less magical. To call people magicians is to flatter them, which I, as one with a prominent magician/priest archetype, should know. Priest covers the load better — a priest does everything a magician does, but weaponized morality is a big part of his repertoire, hence the name priest.

Priests band together in congregations and can also wield great power; the power of memes and religion, which, while not as directly effective as the gun barrel of the warrior, does have the advantage of sticking around long after the warrior has died.

The merchant (or capitalist) is an archetype I missed in the book. Merchants are just out to make a buck. Their dark side is greed, their good side is adding nice things to this world. Contrary to priests and warriors, merchants can not cooperate so well, because every merchant is in competition with every other merchant.

The lover is pretty much the same as in the book; it is the side reserved for the women in your life, the side that lusts and cares and loves. It is much like the warrior in that the lover conquers pussy like the warrior conquers territory, but the lover has a soft inner core that women adore and warriors despise.

3 thoughts on “Warrior, Priest, Merchant, Lover

  1. This is another brick to build a reactionary meme system that can perform the functions of a synthetic tribe.

    These archetypes link to reactionary theory, while making it personal – thus are effective shibboleths to identify the faithful – to understand individuals as part of understanding the social order.

    They are also obviously male archetypes, thus understanding individuals in terms of these archetypes presupposes that males and females are not interchangeable, presupposes our world view.

    Rollo, and to a lesser extent Heartiste, has come up female archetypes.

  2. Where is the Maker? The builder, the engineer etc. pretty important.

    For me the whole thing is too much Carl Jung. While Freud not, Freudians seem to make sense sometimes – Jung is not entirely useless, and there is some dude out there who built a pretty decent conservative theory on Adler. But the whole Freudian school is just built on voodoo. It is wishy-washy and all too often it leads to crap like Lacan, Marcuse and lit-crit. I say ignore Freudians – anything actually useful can probably be learned from other sources.

    1. Maker is included in the merchant archetype. He adds things of value to this world.

      Psychology is morally bankrupt as a discipline, but does not mean we should not learn from their strong points. If I see useful archetypes, I will use them.

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