Moore and Gillette's "Archetypes of the Mature Masculine" - Most (Although Not All) of the "Mature Man"
I'm enormously grateful to authors Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette for their in-depth and fascinating work, King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Archetypes of the Mature Masculine. They do a great service to all of us - women and men alike. And as this book is a prequel to a further set of four books (addressing each of these specific archetypes in the masculine context), I suggest each of them for further reading.
I particularly like and appreciate that in their introduction, authors Moore and Gillette identify that the reason that we have a hard time cultivating mature masculinity in our culture is a combination of three factors: (1) The breakdown of family, in which we all too often have a weak or absent father, (2) Current lack of an effective "initiation ritual" so that boys can become men, and (3) A "patriarchal system" that really is based on an immature, rather than mature, masculinity - and is thus wounding both men and women in our culture.
Their insights and exemplars are excellent; well-thought-out, well-worked, and well-explained. Their work can help men of all ages - and women as well as men - understand masculine psychology in depth.
What is missing? Only one of the core masculine power archetypes - and a somewhat "bundled together" set of the three core feminine power archetypes.
Congratulations - You've Found One of the Top Blog Posts in The Unveiling Journey
Whether by luck or by design, you've come to the fifth most popular blogpost in The Unveiling Journey since the blog was started in 2007. (The six "most popular" blogs are selected by statistics current as of October 22, 2013.)
Since then, we've moved the entire blog series to a new location.
Here are some great reading choices:
- The Unveiling Journey - the most recent blog (we keep getting better!),
- Six Top Blog Posts for The Unveiling Journey - top six as of October 22, 2013 - gives links to this blog post plus five more (including the one I'd recommend the most), and
- Moore and Gillette, King, Warrior, Magician, Lover - 2 1/3 Out of Four Ain’t Bad! - the rest of this post (the one that you started reading here just now).
Why the Transition to a New Blog Site?
- Better Intralinking: You'll find related blogposts easier (look at the end of this post on the new site for good links),
- Better Categories and Tags: Interested in a related topic? Want to see what else is covered? Look in the right-hand sidebar on the new site - check out the Categories (main topics) and Tags (people, books, events, and sub-topics), and
- Improved Resources: Look for a Resources Page (main header menu); it will give you a different kind of access to related topics - from the antecedents (books inspiring this ongoing work) to future directions.
See you over there - and thank you!
Alay'nya (Alianna J. Maren, Ph.D.)
Post edited and content moved to The Unveiling Journey website, specifically to the Moore and Gillette, King, Warrior, Magician, Lover - 2 1/3 Out of Four Ain’t Bad! blogpost on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Original post December 13, 2011.