The Feminine Archetypes – Maiden, Matriarch, Seer
Your presence is an innate and natural quality that is indefinable.
It has others feel a certain way around you or react to you, often unconsciously.
It can draw people to you, make others feel at ease, look up to you, or want to protect you. It can intimidate, challenge, or make others feel on edge, excited, or want to be on their best behavior
Your presence a form of non-verbal communication and an essential component of who you are.
It can be best defined through the three feminine archetypes: Maiden (the girl), Matriarch (the mother) and Seer (the wise woman or crone).
In my 36 Image Type system, I use these archetypes to help explain more about you. Each Image Type will have a combination or one, two or all three of these archetypes and I have them subcategorized to really define more clearly your presence.
Here’s is a bit more about each one.
The Maiden is the birther, the creator. She gives an impression of youthfulness and can be child-like or girlish, regardless of physical age. She is spritely or shy, light-hearted or takes herself way too seriously (an attempt to to get things right). She likes beginnings, new experiences or starting new projects or new friendships. She can have a look of innocence or freshness, with a young complexion or bright eyes. She carries a feeling of abundance and hope, life and energy, through her many endeavors, whether external – through projects and connecting, or internal – through her ideas and plans.
Since the Maiden is the creator and more vulnerable, the Matriarch tends to instinctively want to protect her and preserve her youthful energies, whereas the Seer finds she wants to control and manage her. This is a struggle that the Maiden often experiences, but with her resourcefulness she can ultimately overcome. The Maiden focuses on what she wants to do or has to do.
The Matriarch is the preserver and nurturing parent figure. She is the one that organizes and pulls others together. She is responsible and mature and represents the mother archetype. Her physique is that of a woman, shapely and developed, and from a younger age she would have been drawn to starting a family or planning ahead her life in terms of career and lifestyle. She naturally is caring, attentive and protective to her children, her family, her career or her beliefs. She prefers the middle path, striving for moderation and balance, and is the sustainer – making sure that systems work and everything moves along.
She finds the Maiden can be easily misled and can pass their responsibilities over to her, whereas the Seer can be over-determined and not give her enough responsibility or respect her wishes. The Matriarch focuses on what is needed and what works.
The Seer is the wise woman, knower and guide. She is a leader and stands on her own, taking charge of her own life and does not tolerate fools gladly. She conveys a natural confidence and has a obvious presence; you can not help but notice her. She has stature or height (if not physically certainly presence wise), and a maturity regardless of physical age. A seer is always a Seer – even if she is only ten years old. She appears to have experience, have already been on a journey, and has an awareness and natural and innate understanding. She can be overwhelming and likes to be in control.
She feels the Maidens and Matriarchs both find her too strong and can feel sometimes as if not many are on her level. The Seer focuses on what she’s accomplished and how she wants her environment and life to work for her.