This is the fourth and last post for our series on National Women’s Month, and it is about the colors of the archetype (personality type) Sage.

I conducted an informal survey with women I know and I got many deliberate answers. At first, I categorized the answers using generations, i.e., boomers (born 1946-1964), Generation X (born 1965-1980), and Millennials (born 1981-1996). But it didn’t make sense so I decided to use archetypes instead.

I found four archetypes—The Explorer, The Creator, The Nurturer, and The Sage. However, not all had longings that could be placed in a single box, meaning that some of the respondents could belong to more than one category.

The Sage

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Is there someone in your life whom you run to when you are in need of sound advice or guidance? If yes, most probably she is a Sage and you are lucky if you have her to straighten you out.

The Sage is known for her wisdom, knowledge, and sound judgment. She is someone who tries to see the bigger picture, and approaches something with objectivity and logic instead of emotion.

Oftentimes, this is someone older, someone who has learned from life experiences. But this is not always the case. There are women who are young in age but who are wise beyond their years.

The Sage believes in the essential good of humankind and that we need to help each other to survive gracefully. She believes in humanity and practices it by being generous with her talents and capabilities to help those in need. Above all, she believes that it is education and learning that will drive the flourishing of our race. So in her own way, big or small, she extends others a helping hand.

The Interior Style and Colors of the Sage

We’ve made a color palette for each archetype. The colors in this blog post were chosen to represent the Sage.

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The blue grey color represents grounding, solidity, logic and reason, which are characteristics of the Sage archetype.

The lighter hues of pink, apricot, and sage symbolize the lightness of the Sage in her faith in humankind.

Her commitment to helping the world with her knowledge and wisdom makes her special. She helps people with their quest in life by giving her advice freely when asked, without conditions, expectations, or judgment. She believes that people have the innate right to choose how they want to grow and develop.

The Sage is a seeker of truth. For her, life is following the truth wherever it leads because it is truth that will set each of us free.

The Sage curates her space with comfort, functionality, and simplicity in mind. Her tastes change with her personal development so her style can transform through the years. What is clear though is that she chooses for a home and a lifestyle that is not high maintenance, that is of the highest quality she can comfortably afford, and that leans towards minimalism instead of maximalism.

Her place would have areas dedicated to learning, whether it’s intellectual, artistic, or spiritual. So instead of pinning down one interior design style, here are some images of what her home could look like.

She would have a room to call her own like this aspirational library-cum-office which could also be the place where her guests|friends|mentees could unburden themselves and hear the wise words that would help them to find their way out of the conundrum they feel they are in.

The color palette for the Sage can be used to create a living room with this introspective mood. The lightness of the wall is subdued by the brooding grays and blues of the furniture and furnishings.

Do remember that a color palette is just a guide where you can pick a color or two to use in your space. If you are confident about using more colors, just remember the 60-30-10 rule.

Snippets from the Survey

These are some of the answers I got from the informal survey:

Active listening is one of the hardest things to do. It takes a lot of practice to hold space for another, to be there with an open heart that listens without bias or judgment. People have always come to me to help them think things through. I must be doing something right with the listening bit. It’s not something I ever planned to do, but I think this is my purpose in life.

I’ve had an adventurous life. I never had short-, medium-, or long-term goals. Things just happened. I trusted that itinerant spirit so I never thought of building a career, getting a particular title, or having x income by year x. I just knew I wanted to be good at my job and help others be good at theirs too. In any team I’ve been with, I worked towards building the team and making myself obsolete. When I achieved that, I knew it was time to go for another adventure.

Channel Your Sage This Holy Week

The Sage is forever curious and thirsty for knowledge. Not one to be held back by age or social norms and constructs, she will not hesitate to take a leap if she believes it would bring her greater understanding about life. Guided by her ethical compass, she will look for “illumination” through self-reflection and meaningful introspection.

As psychoanalyst Carl Jung believed, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

 

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This coming Holy Week, sit quietly and get to know yourself better without labelling and judging any of your thoughts. Find your truth and find your light.

By the way, archetypes are also applicable to men.

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Annie H Adlawan
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Annie is the Managing Editor of Let it B | MyBoysen Blog. An unrepentant workaholic, she runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions (https://talkinglions.com). She thrives on collaborating with people who are good at what they do, and working together with them to create something special. Annie learned interior styling while managing her own wholesale business in the Netherlands, importing high-end, handmade home furnishings to stock four outlets and one showroom in the country.

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