The Enchantress- Experience of the Body Explored

Posted on June 8, 2011


“…each mind/body/spirit complex shall and should and, indeed, must perceive each archetype, if you use this convenient term, in its own way. Therefore, you may see that precision is not the goal; rather the quality of general concept complex perception is the goal.”- Ra, Session 77

The Enchantress


Arcanum 11

Experience: the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities

Body: the physical vehicle of an individual mind/body/spirit complex.

Strength: intense force or physical energy with the capacity to produce potent lasting conditions

Enchantress: a female sorcerer or magician

Nature: in the broadest sense, is equivalent to the natural world, physical world, or material world. “Nature” refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. It ranges in scale from the subatomic to the cosmic.

What is the experience of the body?


“The eleventh archetype would then be the Experience of the Body which represents the catalyst which has been processed by the mind/body/spirit complex and is called the Enchantress because it produces further seed for growth.”-Don Elkins, Session 81

Unlike the experience of the mind, which can be likened to a dance of the emperor, we see that the experience of the body is described more as a stance. We see a female figure hold the head of a lion. Note the figure eight shape made by the arms.

The female figure is crowned with two birds, the one on the forward right is slightly higher. I suspect this may be a nod to the two aspects of the physical mind: the human and the universal (male and female birds?).

All experience is locked in the present moment. It is also true that when one is having a physical experience, one is transfixed on it. Nothing else enters the mind and so the natural behavior (animal or otherwise) can be expressed.

In each physical experience, there is the raw, untamed or wild quality of the self that is being balanced by the intellect. An example is the Freudian concept of the Id and the Ego.

Or the effort made by the self to somehow control, or guide the forces of nature.

Mind over matter.