Updated: Jul 14, 2019
The 6th archetype: Levelling up. Self-improvement. Personal growth & development. Living up to our highest potential.
One of 6's key significations is the desire to reach our full, richest potential; to become the person we were born to be. Those of us with a healthy 6 in our chart are always striving for personal growth, self-mastery, and self-improvement ... pushing ourselves to stretch beyond our limits & our comfort zone, to become the best possible version of ourselves. As Matthew McConaughey puts it, "Every day, every week, every month, and every year of my life, my hero is always ten years away. I'm never gonna be my hero. I'm not gonna attain that. I know I'm not. And that's just fine with me because that just keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing." (He has a 6 Ultimate Reality.)
The 6 teaches us to prioritise our time and resources to ensure our path is supported. With a healthy 6 in our charts, we don't get bogged down in menial, time-consuming, unimportant tasks, nor do we fritter our precious time or energy away.
Instead, we're ever-mindful of Goethe's advice. "Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least." (He had both a 6 Heart and a 6 Destiny.) We'll find a way to outsource our mundane, menial tasks in order to free up our schedule, our resources, and our mental space so that we can focus. If we can't afford to outsource such tasks, we'll simply put them to one side.
As JK Rowling famously said, "People very often say to me, "How did you it? How did you raise a baby and write a book?" And the answer is, I didn't do housework for four years. I am not superwoman. And, um, living in squalor, that was the answer."
What if our 6 energy is unhealthy, though?
If we *don't* have a healthy 6 archetype running through our chart, though, we tend to hold ourselves back (perhaps at a unconscious level). Why? There are a plethora of possible reasons! Perhaps we don't feel worthy enough? Or perfect enough? Perhaps we feel guilty about something, and we hold ourselves back as a way of atoning or punishing ourselves? Perhaps we have a self-limiting belief where we don't want to go further in life than our parents managed to? Perhaps we're afraid of the possible ramifications on our relationships if we were to excel at something, or to allow ourselves to truly follow our Dreams? Or perhaps we don't have a strong enough sense of Self to prioritise ourselves, so we attend to everyone else's needs first, like a servant … blowing ourselves off?
For whatever reason, instead of chasing our 'internal hero', some of us may waste our precious time - binge-watching Netflix, reading trashy novels, scrolling through Facebook, or becoming mesmerised by the lava lamp known as Pinterest.
Others may avoid our idealised selves by being super busy, constantly over-extending ourselves. We may take on so many external obligations that we simply don't have enough time, energy, or resources left over for our own growth and path. Becoming an 'honourable' workaholic so as to avoid ourselves and our Dreams is a classic 6 trick.
Or perhaps we allow ourselves to be pulled from pillar to post by everyone's competing demands on our time and resources. We may find ourselves facilitating and enabling everyone else's lives and workload, at the expense of our own. (And they probably don't even recognise or appreciate our efforts.)
In short, with an unhealthy 6 energy running through our charts, we may faff around with 'busy' work, procrastinate, drag our feet, cop out on ourselves, and create one excuse after another as to why we can't possibly do something that we know we could and want to do.
Unaware that we've unconsciously established the dynamic ourselves, though, we may feel bewildered by our lack of growth. We may even believe we're justified in blaming those around us for our lack of progress in reaching our Dreams (especially if there is a dysfunctional 2 in our chart as well).
The urge to scream, "When is there going to be time in my own life for ME???" may explode from within!!
Life's answer to the 6 conundrum? Crisis.
Crisis is often a necessary experience for those of us running dysfunctional 6 energy through our charts. It can be the only way for Life to force us into self-analysis and personal growth. In turn, we come to understand the underlying reasons why we avoid our own potential. We're finally pushed into action, just like JK Rowling was … As she once said, "I was set free because my greatest fear had been realised, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."
At the end of the day, JK Rowling wants to be remembered as "someone who did the best she could with the talent she had." Can you hear the healthy 6 desire to live up to her highest potential?? Thank goodness, she did, right?? I mean, can you imagine a world without Harry Potter??? Perish the thought!