I recently attended an interesting workshop that touched on many aspects of the feminine. One woman presented an idea of sisters as archetypes. She only briefly introduced the idea, asking us whether we identified with little sister, middle sister, or elder sister. This idea has been percolating in my mind. Some brief, unscientific research on my part suggests that there is not much written about this. Here are some of my thoughts, heavily colored by my own personal experience, on the possibilities of these archetypes:
She is wild and carefree. Little sister must fight for her own separate identity. Perhaps she is torn between following her own path or the one forged before her by elder siblings. In my mind she has an untamed energy that can light up a room.
She is the quiet, often unnoticed observer. She is a peacemaker and mediator, a bridge between her unruly little sister and responsible elder sister. She learns early on that there are many perspectives from which to view life. Much of her wisdom is gleaned by observation. Her energetic field is calm, serene, observant.
Elder sister carries the hopes and dreams of her mother, and feels a grave sense of responsibility. She is a nurturer. She is wise, and has come to this wisdom by her own experience. Her decisions are measured. She takes charge. She is the representative and spokeswoman of the sisters. I see her energy as being goal-directed and full of intention.
Do you think that these are archetypes in their own right, or are they no different from the generic oldest child, middle child, and youngest child? Which do you identify with? Is it the same as your birth order? What would you add to or change in my definitions? Is there anything to this?