The Roll of Archetypes is to serve as mental ideas and models we hold collectively and tend to recreate in our individual lives.
Many times we do not realize why we are attracted to a Story. We may not understand that Story actually attracts us because it deals with the patterns of life we are actually living--patterns that reflect Archetypes.
All great heroes have attracted both spiritual guides with gifts to bestow and companions with virtues to share on the journey. Dorothy is the same, for she attracts the attention of Glenda, the Good Witch of the North, who bestows a gift upon her. Although, Dorothy still must learn how to use the gift’s power. As the story progresses down the “yellow brick road,” Dorothy attracts friends with very special qualities who are important to her as the adventure of life continues. It is important to notice that the heroes also attract gatekeepers and challengers to assist the heroes in learning their true nature.
When I look at Mythology, I understand at a deeper level, something that I can’t understand on my own. Myth tells a story that never really happened, and yet is always happening in everyone of our lives. It is a story that awakens us to a deeper level than where we normally live. The Wizard of Oz, which is one of the great American myths, actually tells The Hero’s Journey in a way we all might remember.
that moment in our lives when it is
revealed to us that we are Spirit, or
consciousness, with bodies, rather than
bodies with consciousness.