Archetypes can be compared to stories and characters. They appear personified or manifest as common and universal themes. We experience them as both positive and negative energies. Our soul is a personal story and yet it is scripted from the larger story of all things. Settings and characters change, but the stories are the same.
The following quote is from Christopher Booker's book, "The Seven Basic Plots, Why we tell stories." Booker connects symbolic language. I absolutely agree with Booker when noting the "extraordinary significance" of this language.
"We are in fact uncovering nothing less than a kind of hidden, universal language: a nucleus of situations and figures which are the very stuff from which stories are made."
Archetypes are illusive by nature, but maybe the language isn't so hidden. We have a whole cast of characters within, identities and tendencies, instincts and energies. We are the orphan child and we are heroes in the throes of danger, dragonslayers. With an "Alice in Wonderland" flair, the archetypes appear everywhere as images that resonate with the self, personally and collectively. We welcome them for their awakening energies.
A Bear Archetype
A bear is a great archetype, not a bear exactly, but the traits associated with bears, what bears represent or symbolize. As archetypes go, bears can be charming, such as teddy bears and "spirit bears" (archetypes have "that thing they do"-- they connect to spirit). There's a frightening, ferocious side to the bear archetype as well. Archetypes have both positive and negative sets of attributes. Many traits are personally determined as they are projected upon the bear. "Untamed" can be negative, but it can be considered a strength by some as the bear archetype pulls us into the wilderness of our soul.
About the "Juggling Bear" Poem
Each individual poem in my "poetry series" functions as an overlapping piece of awareness in a universal transformational process. Dream & Fantasy archetypal imagery finds a way through dreams, crafts, arts, people, and places. Spirit and Jungian archetypes appear quietly on such a way to awareness/wholeness (esp. Jung's "integration of the psyche").
Spirit is sometimes perceived to be at war with the human being in us (flesh and spirit) but it is the harmonious marriage of the two, a chasm mended through belief.
Symbolism: Carnival Motif (Trickster), Thoughts, Psyche
Jung associates the circus or "carnival" motif (theme) with the "Trickster" archetype.