A psychic archetype represents a core energy expression that we feel defines our psychological and spiritual journey, in the current, previous, and future lifetimes. While we may engage in various forms of life practice, like being a soldier or a doctor, we are one enduring archetype, which could be the Warrior or the Healer.
This article will explore the psychic archetype of the Student, which is linked with the astrological sign Gemini.
One Archetype, Many Guises
History is replete with warrior priests and soldier healers (medics). Educators can be athletes and athletes can be educators. We can wear many guises over the course of our lifetimes, but we most often operate from a single psychic archetype.
Sometimes necessity and circumstance can force us into a guise that is far away from our spiritual purpose, or so it will seem. If we look closely enough at our actions within any circumstance, we will be able to see the consistent psychic imprint of our representation.
I have a varied work history, which includes construction, website design/management, teaching (college English), and now spiritual advising. Through each iteration of my work opportunities, I found myself in the same role repeatedly … as a spiritual and emotional advisor to the people around me.
Every society needs people who have intense curiosity, broad open-mindedness, and a willingness to learn. Many different qualities must blend effectively to represent a true student archetype. In the tarot deck, there are five cards that best represent this energy: the Fool and the four Pages of the Suits. The sign of Gemini represents this archetype astrologically.
The Fool represents the leap of faith that is life; we are here to learn and explore. Each of the Pages represents a desire to learn and develop a deeper understanding of the human qualities ruled by the elements. The Page of Cups wants to learn about emotions and love. The Page of Pentacles wants to learn about the material world. The Page of Swords wants to learn about thought and communication. And the Page of Wands wants to learn about action, adventure, and spiritual purpose.
Gemini rules the 3rd House of Communication in the Zodiac and is ruled by Mercury, the messenger God. Mercury, Gemini, and the 3rd House combine to rule over such aspects of human life as greetings, self-expression, interpretation of others, short-distance travel, siblings, friends, and your interactions with people in your daily life. Figuring out people, situations, and skills through communication and learning drives the energy of this sign.
Each archetype travels through lifetimes to gather experience inside and outside its ideal representation to enjoy and understand the full range of human experience while learning lessons associated with completing his or her work. We learn lessons through support and resistance. A person learns the many facets of safety by being very secure in one lifetime and unstable and unsafe in another lifetime.
The Ideal Society (Utopian Vision)
It really is not hard to imagine an ideal society in which each person discovers their psychic or spiritual archetype and is given a way to express that archetype through work and interactions with the other archetypes in the world. Bringing such a world into existence would require a large-scale and comprehensive acceptance of balance between science and spirituality, between creativity and necessity, and between compassion and integrity.
Reality is an ebb and flow of balance, imbalance, and re-balancing, which is where all souls learn lessons that cannot be found in utopian visions or the spirit realm. We choose to be here, and psychic or spiritual archetypes indicate that we choose a singular type of role so we can experience true mastership.
Do You Know a Student?
Each archetype has definable and distinguishable traits. The best students prefer to become “jacks of many trades”. They demonstrate the ability to learn quickly and integrate many different pieces of knowledge and skills. Their mastery is not the deep mastery of a single skill or knowledge, but the competent mastery of many “pieces of knowledge” and skills. They master integration.
Curious and Open
Great among their strengths is their curiosity and open-mindedness. They love to learn. Give them an object, tool, or device and they will want to know how it works, its history, and its function. They cannot get enough information and are always looking to know more across the broad spectrum of life experience and skills. They are this way with people as well, enjoying conversations that allow them to learn something new about the person or the person’s expertise.
Flexible and Adaptable
Because they have “agile” minds, they can easily adapt on the fly in any situation. Even if the situation calls for “going in the reverse direction” suddenly, they are the ones that can make the sudden shift seamlessly. Often, they have no agenda when engaging with others, trusting the other person will “take them where they need to go”. These individuals help others deepen their mastery of their skills by reflecting on what is taught back to the teacher.
Quick to Learn and Do
Because they are both open and adaptable, they can often put knowledge or skill into practice faster than any other type. However, once they have competence, they will want to learn something new, ever seeking what they do not know and what others want and need to share or teach. As quickly as they can learn how to cook one dish, they will want to learn how to cook another one once they have successfully prepared the previous food. It is not about continually refining one practice but discovering and trying as many practices as possible.
Many Styles, One Purpose
Learning has many styles, and it is important for an individual to know his or her learning style. Circumstances may also dictate the style of learning the Student must accept and value. Studying in a third-world country is vastly different than studying in a first-world country. What is important is the synchronicity of the student’s learning style and the circumstances of learning.
One of the best fictional representations of comprehensive student can be found in TV shows like MacGyver or The Pretender. These characters demonstrate skills and mastery of a broad range of talents that interconnect them with all levels of society and vastly different people.