The Ruler | Character Archetypes | Flora & Fauna Symbolic Art

Here is “The Ruler.”

The Ruler. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

The idea of the twelve character archetypes, invented by Carl Jung, is that there are universal, inborn models of people, behaviors, and personalities that influence human behavior.

Fiction writers and all kinds of storytellers use these archetypes as a helpful device when creating characters in a story. In real life, no one person fully embodies any one archetype. Rather, this is a useful device for us to describe parts of ourselves that we all have in different measures, which may come to the forefront at different moments in our lives.

The Ruler. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

Meditating on the essence of each archetype can be an inspiring and empowering reminder of the different strengths that exist within our own character. These ideas can help us answer the continual question of who we want to be in our lives.

I chose to paint animals and plants that humans have associated with the various traits inherent in the different archetypes. Some of these symbols are shared across different world cultures, others less-so.

The Ruler. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

Perhaps looking at this image will help awaken this part of your character a little bit, reminding you of a well within yourself that you can tap into when needed.

Artist with art: The Ruler. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

The Ruler exerts control over others and their environment.

Detail: The Ruler. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

The lynx, with its noble demeanor and intense golden eyes, symbolizes power and control.

Detail: The Ruler. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

Wildcats in general: lions, tigers, etc., are used as symbols of royalty.

Detail: The Ruler. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee
Detail: The Ruler. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

The lynx wears a crown of gladiolus and carnations in shades of deep blue, purple, and magenta on a deep black background, giving a feeling of sleek opulence.

Detail: The Ruler. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee
Detail: The Ruler. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

This artwork can serve as a reminder to step into your own nobility, as the queen or king of your own domain.

Detail: The Ruler. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

Contact me if you’re interested in purchasing the original painting or a print of this artwork.

The Ruler. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

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