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Archetypes, Angels and Gods

My very first published book, Discovering Angels (1996) was subtitled Journeys through archetypal landscapes. This title is out of print, but you can purchase second-hand copies from Amazon. My later book, Working with Angels (Piatkus, 2007), includes some of the same content.

In Discovering Angels, I described a series of inner journeys I followed, as I used the kabbalistic Tree of Life map to explore psycho-spiritual realms. I was to hoping to converse with the archetypes, personified as archangels in the Jewish mystical tradition. Very specifically, with the archangels associated with the ten sefirot – receptacles of emanated light, as shown on the map below:

The Archangels of the Tree of Life

I came to understand that the archetypes, whether understood as gods in ancient mythology, or as angels in mystical tradition, will grow and expand according to the attention the humans project on to them. We are ‘stuck’ with an archetype that provokes particular negative behavioural patterns only so long as we refuse to recognise its potential to create for constructive, rather than destructive, outcomes.

Archetypes, Angels and Gods