archetypes. This week, I will discuss the first human archetype, Huascar: The Shadow Warrior.
Huascar was ruler of the Inca Empire around the time of the Spanish invasion but was killed by his brother who had gained power during a civil war.
In life Huascar was the keeper of the medicine teachings. In death he has become the archetype of the Underworld.
Huascar brings balance to the dark places within each of us where shadow lives. He connects us to the renewing forces of death, contrasting the light in our lives with shadow.
During Shamanic Journeys, experienced Shaman can visit Huascar in the Underworld to retrieve lost soul pieces and become whole and balanced in this life. Huascar allows us to bring all aspects of our self into harmony, teaching us to search our subconscious worlds, explore our own shadows, and bring back lost medicine.
I recommend that anyone who is interested in connecting with this archetype do so under the guidance of an experienced Shaman.
Read next week for my blog post about the sixth archetype: Quetzalcoatl.