My Gratitude Incantation, Part 2

Spring, The Morning, The East, The Adventurer/Warrior

Bryan Winchell


Photo by Diyar Shahbaz on Unsplash

Oh, how I wanted to ride this post out of its barn into the blossoming world of spring a few months ago! After all, that’s precisely what the archetypal theme of Spring/morning/the east and the Adventurer/Warrior is calling us to do when we engage with it.

Instead, here I am, less than a week before spring has passed me by, only now trotting it out, hoping I won’t get scolded by the early-bird-catches-the-worm coach for being so late.

Before we get into it, in another week or two, I’m planning to write a farewell-to-four-years-blogging on-Medium post (as I merge over to Substack over the summer), and in it, I’ll explain why I really couldn’t get that head start on spring I’d been hoping for.

For now, yes, I broke my promise to write one blog post per week in 2023 and, in doing so, I didn’t write today’s post, part 2 of my series about my morning gratitude incantation, at the start of spring as I’d promised in part 1 of the series.

Now, the purpose of sharing this process is not to convince you to do the same as me. Instead, it’s to help you understand how I work with archetypes to benefit my life, and maybe it’ll inspire you to experiment with these wonderful psychological tools.

Okay, let’s get started.

Before I get into the details, I want to address why I added Adventurer to the Warrior archetype as outlined in Douglas Gillette and Robert Moore’s book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine.

In short, while I want to promote the importance of a healthy warrior archetype, I believe the spirit of the adventurer broadens the warrior archetype to include a wider range of the human experience.

Considering Indiana Jones is one of my favorite fictional screen characters and he spends time in those films fighting, the distinction between adventurer and warrior isn’t always so clear. However, here’s a distinction: an adventurer is a person who, on his way to his treasure, wants to avoid physical confrontation but will still engage if necessary. A warrior, on the other hand, seems more to be focused on the fighting, and the treasure, or the…



Bryan Winchell

A Serious Fool who writes about: Personal/collective growth, politics, love of Nature/Humanity, Japan, podcasting, humor, and being a hippie in Service to Life.