THE WARRIOR / GUARDIAN
Though usually termed as "warrior", a healthy warrior is more like a good Guardian (not to be confused with the "Caregiver"). Think of this as a healthy police force, "to serve and protect." Unfortunately, many imbalanced people are attracted to fighting and weapons and find joining the police, military or something similar like a gang, as an opportunity to feed their lower inclinations. They ruin such noble services as the police or military and confuse the proper use of their powers.
How is your Warrior energy showing up in your life? Do you strive to be a beacon for the endangered or oppressed? Do you aim to compassionately assist those who lose their way in life, Or have you found yourself enjoying the types of powers that enable you to punish those who go wrong in your eyes. Do you punish in ways that are disproportionate to their crimes? Do you often act out of anger rather than discernment? is your language supportive of helping people find the right direction, or do you often say things you wish you could take back? Is there something down deep that is keeping you in a state of anger?
Are you able to look at your emotions and recall memories without recoil? Have you been aggressive toward anyone; including yourself?
The Guardian is the more accurate name for a balanced version of this archetypal energy. Therefore, it is also more accurate to say that the warrior energy shows up more in the "shadow side" of the Guardian; or the warrior is the unbalanced version of the Guardian. But, either way, the elders from many cultures believe this energy comes to us from the South. If it is showing up in a positive way then you may find yourself being of service to others; especially those who have been treated unjustly. But this energy is also about being of service to one’s own self, family, friends and / or world. It is about protecting. It is about being among the first to step up, get things done, or go where others are too afraid to go (...often transforming into the Pioneer archetype).
Healthy Guardian energy requires awareness of your thoughts and feelings and the strength to follow the high road, especially when feeling low. But getting to that place may require healing [water element] from past trauma.
Read more about the Warrior here.
As you read thru the virtues below,
ask yourself if you have too much,
not enough, or are just right.
Score yourself as too much with a +1
not enough with a - 1
and just right with a 0
Warrior / Pioneer
*Humility is not thinking less of yourself,
it's thinking of yourself less.
Having a Vision is one of the key virtues of the Space element. Many people either do not feel worthy of having a vision or that they have too many obstacles or responsibilities that get in the way of following any vision that they might dare to even entertain. Either way this effects their health, but the saddest part is that they do not value their vision -or maybe even their worthiness to have one. And yet we all are a part of the puzzle of life. When we do not contribute our part then, to the degree of how many do this, that is how incomplete the puzzle will remain. For there is only one person who can give the gifts that they have either been given or culltivated. And if they do not give these unique gifts that their own, unique, life has produced ~ who will?
Usually The Pioneer archetype is waiting to be activated when one has too much of the Space Element. They have a lot of time on their hands and don't know what to do with themselves. Ironically, this is often the result of having let-go or retired from an over-abundance of responsibilities; things that had preeviously taken up so much space (and time) that they never even had time to consider what the big picture of life might hold for them. And then, once all that time and space opens up for them (i.e from retirement) they either do not know how to have a vison or feel that it is too late.
"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."
~ Horace Mann
However, there are certainly more scenarios than this for one to activate their pioneer energies. It could also be necessary because of a lack of Space.
Though we never want to advocate escaping any true responsibilities to get more Space, we totally advocate getting at least enough space to see at least some aspects of the bigger picture for your life, and life in general. In other words, at a minimum you must set aside enough time for some heartfelt consideration about what your heart truly wants from life. However, in order to get the required amount of space needed to do this, you might first need to tap into your Warrior energies (see Warrior description). In other words, you might need to do some degree of battle with those obstacles that won't let you even see what you are here for, what your life is about.
The unexamind life, is not worth living.
Yin and Yang / Feminine and Masculine are in every element, but often will have more characteristics that line up with a certain side. The qualities of Space element are considered more masculine or yang. But without a certain measure of Yin or Feminine attributes (found more abundantly in earth, air and water) the Space element will be imbalanced. Likewise, if the space element has an over abundance or feminine attributes (earth and/or air and/or water) it will also cause an imbalance that disables its proper functioning.
From the virtues list above, if you added your number of negatives and they easily surpass your positives then you are probably space deficient. However, if you did not take the time to add these up you can simply ask yourself the following questions:
What is "Space" saying to you?
Do you have enough? Are you always busy? Always rushing?
Too many projects? Not enough enough time?
If this sounds like you, this is indicative of space deficiency.
So, in addition to cultivating the qualities listed above,
you may also want to work with the water element; as water supports space
From the virtues list above, if you added your number of positives and they easily surpass your negatives then you are probably space excessive. However, if you did not take the time to add these up you can simply ask yourself the following questions:
Do you have too much time on your hands?
Do you feel like you don't know what to do with your self?
Do you have a too many visions for your life;
or a vision that is excessively grandiose,
but without any plans or strategies to manifest them?
Too much space can also imply being ungrounded; which can also feel like a lack of security, like an astronaut without a tether.
Whatever the case, if excessive space is the issue then it can be good to summon the air element qualities; as air controls excessive the way we move through space. (Working with the Air element may also lead you to the Earth element, as earth supports air)
Space Element Meridians