What Are Our Archetypes?
From my favorite astrology guru, Robert Wilkinson:
What Are Our Archetypes, and How Can We Live With Them – click here
So an archetype can be a pattern, or model, or prototype from which others are copied or modeled. In psychology, we’ve expanded Jung’s definition to embrace that which is both conscious or unconscious, and these may be inherited or acquired by imagination in contact with the collective reality we experience. In either case, it’s safe to call an Archetype an “original pattern,” or “ideal pattern” which can express itself through many forms.
I believe an archetype must have some universal symbolism, or else it would simply be an excellent model of itself. An archetype is meaningful in its uniqueness as well as ability to move the consciousness or subconsciousness of many. So we must look to symbols that have such universal meaning that they can be modeled in countless local and specific ways.