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The Sorceress archetype

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The Sorceress archetype has a profound influence upon our culture.

Goal: To transform the world with her wisdom and knowledge.

Commonly associated with: Shaman, witch, prophet, priestess, herbalist, doctor, mathematician, astrologer, scientist.

Examples: Cassandra, Marie Curie, Morgana le Fay, Hypathia, Madame Blavatsky, Louise L. Hay, Byron Katie.

The Sorceress is a universal female archetype common to all cultures.

Throughout history, shamans, witches, seers, prophets, gypsies, and priestesses have all been associated with this archetypal pattern.

Doctors, scientists, mathematicians, and inventors are modern-day incarnations of the Sorceress archetype. This may seem strange, but not if it’s understood that a Sorceress is concerned with the movement and transmutation of energy. And just as a traditional shaman works with the flow of spiritual energies, a scientist works with the ebb and flow of physical energy and an inventor with the flow of electricity in wires and gadgets.


The Sorceress seeks to transform the world and herself with her own hard-won knowledge. She strives to synthesise separate aspects of existence into a coherent whole. Her thinking is symbolic and intuitive, allowing her to perform ceremony and ritual in a meaningful way.

Above all, the Sorceress seeks inner truth gained through personal experience, and she inevitably makes  a conscious choice to live on the margins of  “ordinary” existence on her own terms.

The Sorceress’s challenge

The Sorceress is a challenging archetypal energy because our modern culture is wary of  mystery and intuition. Therefore, she may find herself abiding on the periphery of society, as if living in an alternative, dreamlike reality — as indeed she does.

However, being an outsider can be a fascinating, creative and liberating experience. As the Sorceress immerses herself in the esoteric, she finds she is not losing her senses or readying herself to join a space cult. She is simply heeding the call to look within and enjoy the mystery.

The Sorceress’s journey

If the Sorceress calls, you will be drawn to  shamanism, various healing modalities, visionary experiences, yoga, astrology, oracles, mysticism, powerful personality typologies such as the Enneagram, and even mathematics in its pure form.

Philosophers and teachers such as Alan Watts, Byron Katie, Tony Parsons, Deepak Chopra, Lisa Cairns and Unmani may also appeal, as might the esoteric branches of the world’s major religions including Sufism, Kabbalism, Vedanta, and Gnosticism.

Oracles such as the Tarot, Runes and I Ching will draw you, as will all things extrasensory and paranormal.

Celeste Adams, http://www.spiritofmaat.com

Download the free Sorceress eBook, Into the Mystic .

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Author: Sue Bell
Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

7 thoughts on “The Sorceress archetype

    1. Hey Jordan,
      Sorceress and a Sage – you are definitely on a path to somewhere! Hope the skating is going well.
      Cheers, Sue

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