Vincent Van Gogh,
Above all, this archetype wants to be seen. They place high importance on being valued and validated by others rather than generating their own self-assurance and belief. As such, they can be easily crushed by negative feedback because they take it as a personal rejection of themselves. Their work is an extension of them and they struggle to separate themselves from it which can make sharing their work with the wider world all the more painful.
The artist is magnetic and lights up the room when they enter. They have an intensity that is as alluring as it is compelling. When channelled into their work positively, this intensity is irresistible to their audience and they’ll develop a strong fanbase with ease. However, when it is not channelled positively or is held in the artist’s body themselves, the artist can find themselves spiralling into negative thought patterns. They can become disillusioned with the world and perpetuate the starving artist mentality through their own self-sabotage as they become enamoured with their own bleeding heart.
As an archetype, they have the ability to speak beyond words, time and space. Their impact can last beyond their own lives and their work has a timeless quality to it that can connect people, communities and generations. The artist is the great leveller of the world and can speak to all human pain, allowing people to feel seen, heard and understood in an extraordinary way that goes beyond human comprehension.
Take a step back from your work after creating it before you share it with the world. This time and space ensures you share it from a place of wisdom and not active wounding
Experiment with new mediums and skills in order to find new ways to express yourself – don’t be afraid to be a beginner at something in order to gain fresh insight
Use journaling as a way of exploring your subconscious to help you process, this will give you new perspectives and activate more possibilities and potential within your work