Lady Godiva by John Collier c. 1897.
Lady Godiva by John Collier c. 1897.


Surrounded by light, Isis walks across the earth bringing change, transformation and knowledge wherever she goes. She illuminates all she comes into contact with. She alone holds the words of life and death, for she alone knows the secret name of God. Those in her favor are blessed with the mysteries of eternal life, and those who wish to stay as they are fear her transforming presence. They will fight change with their last breath and will wish harm upon her, calling her unholy. Unconcerned with those of closed minds, she moves on with her mission to help her children find salvation and freedom. She is beauty, love, compassion and transformation.


The Female Messiah

The Messiah is the archetype of androgyny. Both the male and female version of this archetype are identical except for the fact that the male preaches and shows the way to love and enlightenment while the female is the way to love and enlightenment. This is probably why we hear so much more about male saints and yogis than female saints and yoginis.

The Female Messiah archetype can also contain any of the other archetypes, which will help her to achieve her goals in this lifetime.

The Female Messiah may not know of her connection to the Divine but just be “driven” to accomplish something important. In this respect she isn’t working on a spiritual goal; it seems her whole life is for one purpose and that purpose affects the lives of thousands of people.

The Female Messiah has the ability to see the whole picture when it comes to any problem. She never jumps to conclusions or gets involved in the gossip or drama of everyday life. She’s a detached observer who sees all sides and understands all views.

She respects all religions and belief systems. She gives freely of herself because she knows what she puts out comes back to her threefold.

The Female Messiah isn’t as easily accepted by the masses as a spiritual authority figure because of her gender. If she remains somewhat quiet and allows others to speak of her for a time, she’ll later have the opportunity to speak out about her vies. It’s OK for her to have a message that’s about the feminine traits of love and compassion, but her message may be much harsher than that, as was Joan of Arc’s. This can cause trouble for her unless women are viewed as equals.   She can be thought of hysterical or may be pushed aside and called “just a housewife” to demean her and her accomplishments.

She may not realize her Divine connections but be born with a strong pull toward a goal and a willingness to sacrifice herself for it. Think of what the women who fought for the right to vote sacrificed, or the chance Rosa Parks took when she refused to give up her seat.


What Does the Female Messiah Care About?

  • The Female Messiah understand the plight of women and the feminine in a patriarchal society, and she cares about elevating the female status.
  • She cares about herself as well as others. Every living thing is a manifestation of the Divine to her.
  • She cares about others recognizing their own divine nature. She wants everyone to grow spiritually.
  • She pays special attention to the children and animals because they can help themselves.
  • She values healing the soul above healing the body. She can’t take away the pain of another who needs to learn from his experience even though she may be a gifted healer.


What Does the Female Messiah Fear?

  • The Female Messiah fears people will be led astray by those on the wrong path or by their own desire to place.
  • She fears she’ll be persecuted by embraces it as part of her destiny. She sees the greater good of every event and only suffers if her family is persecuted because of her actions.
  • She fears she’ll run out of time to fulfill her mission or that she’ll have to watch others suffer.


What Motivates the Female Messiah?

  • The aesthetic need to be connected to something greater than herself motivates her as well as her desire to give and receive unconditional love.
  • She knows she must battle her demons to maintain her connection to the divine. She has moments of clarity and bliss but then she must learn to integrate this experience with the tasks of everyday life. She doesn’t place herself above anyone else.
  • Her sense of purpose is so strong she can do nothing else but be motivated to reach her goal.


How Do Other Characters See her?

  • Others see her as either good or bad; there’s no in between for her. They view her as idealistic, crazy and on a power trip, or as divine, wise and giving. It makes no difference to her.
  • Many people are jealous of her connection with the Divine, especially clergy. Think of Joan of Arc; her connection to God through her voices led her to be burned at the stake.


Developing the Character Arc

This archetype doesn’t necessarily change in her character arc but instead grows stronger through her fears.

Look at your character’s main goal in the story and then at the fears you’ve selected to use against her. What can help her overcome her fear? Does she need to learn how to be centered in a crowd of angry people? Does she need to find her identity as an individual separate from the group? Does she need to learn to stand up for her beliefs?

Very often the Messiah needs to learn to let go of the outcome and events and to trust the spirit who guides her. She needs to stick her own guns and fully believe in herself no matter what the outcome.

She needs to face her accuser and her own doubts. If she is highly psychic and sensitive she may wonder about her sanity. Others’ opinions of her can cause her great distress when she’s first taking a stand.

When did her goal or view become strong in her life and why? Was she baptized? Did she go through a right of passage? Were her parents activists? Were they spiritual or religious people? Was she sensitive or psychic as a child? Did she see harm or kindness done to others?

Most likely this archetype will help other characters to grow instead of growing herself.

  • She may find laughter with the Maiden.
  • And nice silence with the Mystic.
  • The Protector can be a protective ally for her.
  • And the Warlock can be a bit of a challenge.


The Female Messiah


  • Cares more for others than herself.
  • Has a healthy sense of who she is.
  • Has a strong spiritual belief system to pull her through tough times.
  • Seemed smarter and older than most adults when she was a child.
  • Is willing to sacrifice herself for the good of all.
  • Stands up for her beliefs no matter the cost.
  • Renounces material possessions.
  • Lives in tune with nature.
  • Has an inner strength that never dies.


  • Tells people the truth even if it’s harsh.
  • Pushes people beyond their limits to help them grow.
  • Doubts herself.


The Villainous Side of the Female Messiah: The Destroyer

The Female Messiah isn’t really a villain in the sense of only being concerned with her own gain and desires. She’s a villain in the sense of protecting the highest good for all. As the destroyer she’ll drop the atom bomb to stop Hitler – the end is positive but the means are destructive and harsh. She’s the mother who says, “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out if you don’t behave.”

She does this for your own good and not hers. She’ll kill one to save many but who’s to say if that one will be your child or not? She seems almost without emotion as she makes such decisions. She’ll let you die from a disease she can cure if it’ll help your spiritual growth.

There’s no emotional or mental involvement in what she does. It’s as if she’s programmed by the Divine to take care of things. She’s like a robot given a mission to accomplish – she just does it.

She doesn’t care to justify herself to others; they’ll never fully understand her power or the burden she carries. She believes everyone has karma to work out. Do unto others or she’ll help others do unto you in order to teach you a lesson.



  • Sees things in black and white.
  • Is unemotional about hurting one to save many. She sees the spirit not the flesh.
  • Feels the pain of transformation is necessary.
  • Loves to challenge people and push their limits.
  • Is a harsh wielder of justice.
  • Punishes for the greater good of all.
  • Knows some things can’t be explained.
  • Won’t try to reassure others or play favorites.


Isis in Action

Messiah/Destroyer TV Heroes

Monica (Roma Downey) in Touched By an Angel


Messiah/Destroyer Film Heroes

Bernadette Soubirous (Jennifer Jones) in The Song of Bernadette

Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) in The Fifth Element

Mary of Nazareth (Pernilla August) in Mary, Mother of Jesus

Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) in The Matrix

Jade Fox (Pei-pei Cheng) in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Norma Rae (Sally Field) in Norma Rae

Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) in Erin Brockovich


Messiah/Destroyer Literary and Historical Heroes

Joan of Arc

Wonder Woman

Lady of the Lake in Arthurian Legend

Lady Godiva

Morgaine in The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Mary Magdalene in The Moon Under Her Feet by Clysta Kinstler

Angela McCourt in Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien



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