In a Bill Moyers interview with poet Robert Bly ... a young man asked the question, 'Where are the initiated men of power today?' We have written this book in order to answer this question, which is on the minds of both men and women. In the beginning of the twenty-first century, we face a crisis in the masculine identity of vast proportions. Increasingly, observers of the contemporary scene - sociologists, anthropologists, and depth psychologists - are discovering the devastating dimensions of this phenomenon, which affects each of us personally as much as it affects our society as a whole.
If contemporary men can take the task of their own initiation from Boyhood to Manhood as seriously as did their tribal forebears, then we may witness the end of the beginning of our species, instead of the beginning of the end. We may pass between the clashing Scylla and Charybdis of our grandiosity and our chauvanistic tribalism and move beyond them into a future as wonderful as generative as any in the myths and legends that the King, the Warrior, the Magician, and the Lover have bequeathed to us.
The men's movement is emerging. Faced with the assertion that strong masculinity by necessity leads to patriarchal structures in society and relationships, increasing numbers of men are searching for the foundations of an authentic, revitalized masculinity.
Pioneering the men's movement, Jungian analyst Robert Moore, who often lectures with Robert Bly at men's conferences, and Douglas Gillette have broken the code to the structures of the mature masculine personality. They argue convincingly that mature masculinity is not abusive, domineering, or grandiose, but generative, creative, and empowering of the self and others.
Here the authors explore today's crisis in masculine identity and describe its two major causes - the disappearance of masculine rites of passage and patriarchy itself. They define the four mature male archetypes - the King (the energy of just and creative ordering), the Warrior (the energy of self-disciplined, aggressive action), the Magician (the energy of initiation and transformation), and the Lover (the energy that connects men to others and the world) - as well as the four immature patterns (Divine Child, Oedipal Child, Precocious Child, and Hero). Moore and Gillette believe the developmental history of every man is, in large part, the story of his failure or success at discovering within himself the archetypes of mature masculinity.
For further reading, be sure to examine the Quartet of books which is a series of four books that examine the individual structures and dynamics of the male soul. Each is an indepth study of the individual male archetypal energies (King, Warrior, Magician, and Lover) that are the foundation to a mature, authentic, and revitalized masculinity.
- Paperback: 192 pages ; Dimensions (in inches) 0.59 x 9.15 x 6.10
- Publisher: Harper SanFrancisco; Reprint edition, August 1991
- ISBN: 0062506064
"Daring in conception and full of insights."
"Moore and Gillette are handing men concrete images and explicit ways of thinking and being, ways to mature and still remain fully masculine."
"King, Warrior, Magician, Lover is like a map for men as they pursue maturity. And this too has to be said: When the intellectual history of the late twentieth century is written, Moore's shrewd analysis of Jungian thought, his amplification of it, will occupy an important place."
"An exciting view of masculinity, one rooted not in domination but in creativity and empowerment of the self and others."
"Psychologist Robert Moore and mythologist Douglas Gillette ... are part of the [men's movement] priesthood."
"A pioneering contribution to the emerging men's movement."
"A clear, concise map to the territories of masculine selfhood."
"The book not only offers a fascinating new approach to masculine pscyhology, but the methods for applying it to your own transformative growth and development."
"A bold map for traversing the masculine psyche, marking the pathways and boundaries with archetypal signposts. The authors take on the difficult task of separating man from boy by excavating 'psychological facts' from ancient myths and modern movies."