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This archetype was described as Carl Jung as a person with great judgment and wisdom.  The wise old man is sometimes referred to as the Sage. This archetype is characterized by being old, bearded, father-figure type who uses his great personal knowledge of the world and offer guidance through stories and may impress upon his [...]

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The River Styx


http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/04/the-river-styx/

In Greek mythology, the River Styx is one of the six rivers that form the boundary between the land of the living and the land of the dead.  The other rivers are called Phlegethon, Acheron, Cocytus, Lethe and Eridanos.  The Styx was guarded by Phlegyas who passed the souls from one side of the river to the other.  Phlegyas is also known as Charon who uses a boat to ferry souls to the Underworld.

Styx is a very popular representation of the Underworld and the afterlife and is usually likened to Christianity’s Hell.  In Dante’s Divine Comedy, Charon plied the river Acheron while Phlegyas skimmed the Styx where it was known as the fifth circle of hell and where sullen and wrathful souls were drowned in a muddy pool of water as punishment for all eternity.

The River Styx is respected by all gods and swore binding oaths by it.  Gods who did not follow through lost their voices for a year and are banished from the council of gods for nine years.  The river is also said to possess powers which can make someone immortal or invulnerable.  Achilles was dipped into the water by his mother when he was an infant.  However she had to hold on to his heel which became his only weak spot.  Achilles’ heel became a symbolism for a weakness or a weak spot.

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