Sage Archetype

In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way – Yoda

“This pain is part of being human . . . the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength.”   – Dumbledore

“Fate is how your life unfolds when you let fear determine your choices. A path of destiny reveals itself to you, however, when you confront your fear and make conscious choices.” ― Caroline Myss

An equation means nothing to me unless it expresses a thought of God. – Srinivasa Ramanujan

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. – Socrates

State of Mullah Nasruddin

Sage's Journey

Above quotes from sages found in literature and in life, the Sage Archetype has conquered challenges through personal experience and has developed a deep understanding of life’s lessons.  In a mystical way, she acts as a guide or mentor, teaching others the journey of going “within”. The Sage energy understands varying perspectives about life, the different paths you can take, the power of your choices, and how ordinary things in life can be extraordinary. Above all, the Sage archetype is graced with humbleness and humility. 

Motivation:  sharing wisdom you have acquired and always striving to learn more.


  • Holds healthy skepticism to question what may be true
  • Uses logic, reasoning, and emotional intelligence to deduce truths
  • Perceives beyond what others cannot
  • Perceives by going within

Behavioral Patterns:

  • Questions what is true or not; a skeptic
  • Conducts research to validate truths
  • Observed contemplating, reading
  • Passes down knowledge to others through teaching, mentoring
  • Teaches how to think, perceive, interpret what one sees and feels
  • Often times uses humor to teach lessons

Inner Shadow
Carl Jung, describes “shadow” as the dark side of the personality. But to be clear, this means the “hidden” aspects that lies in your unconscious.  According to Jung’s theory, you distance yourself psychologically from those behaviors, emotions, and thoughts you may find unacceptable to your own values or moral code. Not only unacceptable to yourself but to society’s cultural norms and values.

Distancing or rather suppressing any aspect of yourself creates the shadows. Confronting your shadows is the first step to individuation.  What could be more unacceptable for the Sage Archetype than to be ignorant, duped and misled.   

The challenges:  You thrive on wisdom.  You desire this for others as well.  The challenges: Will you confront your fear or even hatred for the ignorance you perceive in others?  Will you be able to overcome the feeling of being misled? Will you remember what you have learned? 

Disempowering Attributes:

  • Takes things personally when misled
  • Lost in one’s own thoughts; overthinking and gets caught in the details
  • Risk of isolating
  • Feeling superior, arrogant, prideful
  • Critical and judgmental of others
  • Unsympathetic
  • Mentor or teach for personal gains
  • Manipulate others

Light- Empowering Attributes:

  • Observes and Perceives beyond what others cannot
  • Logical
  • Very focussed and disciplined
  • Ability to interpret and grasp information
  • Ability to communicate knowledge
  • Great listeners
  • Able to make connections
  • Desires to teach/mentor/guide others for personal and or spiritual development
  • humility
State of Mullah Nasruddin

“A sage is a former fool who has become tired of himself.
A foolish sage is one who forgets this.
Remember, or come full circle.”

― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

The Lessons for the Sage:

“Much to learn, you still have”, says Master Yoda to Luke Skywalker (Star War Films).  
Beware, hubris will blind you to feel superior towards others causing you to judge and criticize. When confronted with naiveite and ignorance of others, challenge yourself to have patience and empathy.  Rather than being defensive and reacting, taking a humble approach will help you better cope with challenging emotions of anger, fear, sadness, and humiliation.  Continue to exercise what you have learned and embrace the grace of humility. 

Myss, Caroline M. Archetypes: Who Are You?Hay House, 2014.

Remy Nirschl
—— About Remy Nirschl:
Remy is a writer, a mother to two wonderful souls, and a soul companion to her husband of nearly 25 years. Propelled into the autism journey in 2004 with the diagnosis of her son, this lead Remy to journey within as she experienced great losses and challenges. Trained in Caroline Myss “Sacred Contract”, this modality has given her the tools for clarity and empowerment. Remy is called into service as a personal-spiritual mentor specializing in Archetypal patterns.
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