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Your soul is your innermost being, your higher self, who you really are. And according to the Michael teachings, your soul will have one of seven distinct ‘vibrations’ or ‘tones’.

The Spectrum of Essence

When we cast light through a prism, it comes out in the form of a spectrum which we perceive as the seven colours of the rainbow. Similarly, when the Source of all being (God, the Tao, the Absolute, whatever you like to call it) casts its consciousness into the relative world, it comes out in the form of individual souls of seven types: The Seven Roles

What are the roles?

The word “role” refers to the fact that we each serve a particular type of function in the great scheme of things. We are all parts of a greater whole—the evolving consciousness of all-that-is.

Think of how every cell in your body is designed to play a specific role or function. And, although there are trillions of cells in the human body, there are only a few different types of cell.

Or think about all the stars in the cosmos. Although their number is so high as to be virtually infinite, scientists classify them all into just seven types, from hottest (type O) to coolest (type M).

Similarly, there are only seven types of soul. Which is to say, there are seven primary ‘roles in essence’ — seven ways in which the One becomes the many.

The names given to the seven soul types in the Michael Teachings are deliberately archetypal — hence somewhat old-fashioned sounding and not necessarily politically correct. The names are:


The names reflect the natural purpose and proclivities of each soul type:

  • Servers are naturally accommodating, caring, nurturing, hospitable, altruistic.
  • Artisans are naturally creative, inventive, imaginative, sensitive, dexterous.
  • Warriors are naturally forceful, loyal, protective, determined, steadfast.
  • Scholars are naturally curious, studious, academic, analytical, neutral.
  • Sages are naturally engaging, articulate, charming, entertaining, expressive.
  • Priests are naturally inspirational, uplifting, motivating, energising, visionary.
  • Kings are naturally commanding, assured, powerful, authoritative, decisive.

You are one of these. I am one of these [a Scholar, to be exact]. Everybody is one or another of these. All the 7 billion souls who are currently on the planet, plus all those who are currently are off-planet between lives, can be identified as one of these seven types.

Faces of the 7 soul typesIncidentally, you can often (but not always) tell someone’s soul type from their facial features. I have a separate article on this: The seven soul types: what do they look like?

(Feel free to look at that now, but do come back here to learn a lot more about the nature of the seven types!)

The Proportions of Soul Types

The seven roles make up different proportions of the overall population. In percentage terms:

  • Role-proportions-chartServers = 25%
  • Artisans = 21%
  • Warriors = 18%
  • Scholars = 14%
  • Sages = 11%
  • Priests = 7%
  • Kings = 4%

So, one quarter of the entire poluation is made up of Servers, while there are fewer Kings than any other type.

To illustrate this, think of a school class with 28 students. According to these figures, those students would probably be made up of the following: — one King, two Priests, three Sages, four Scholars, five Warriors, six Artisans and seven Servers.

Now here are some further explanations about the roles in essence.

A d v e r t i s e m e n t

The Nature of the Roles

  • Roles are not assigned to us or imposed on us. They are who we are.
  • There is no hierarchy. All roles are equal in value, and all souls are equally free. A King is in no way “higher up” or “better off” than a Server. The roles are simply seven different ways of being, seven ways of playing the game of life.
  • A person’s soul type has no bearing whatsoever on that person’s station in life. A King soul will live just as many ordinary, hard-working lives as a Server. A Server has just as much opportunity to become a leader as any King. In fact, the present monarch in the UK is a Server, as is the heir to the throne.
  • The roles are certainly not be confused with the Hindu caste system. There are similarities in the names used, but this is simply because the caste system is a tragic misrepresentation of the nature of the roles. Soul types having nothing to do with birth, ancestry or class heritage.
  • Despite the labels used, no gender is implied. Souls have no gender. They simply choose between one or the other for each life to come. There are preferences, however. Priests, Sages, Artisans and especially Servers generally enjoy being female and often prefer it. Kings, along with Scholars and Warriors, tend to favour being male. (That said, the challenge of being female and the fight for equal rights can be very attractive to a Warrior.)
  • Our soul type is often evident in the first years of life but then becomes masked to some extent by false self or false personality. This consists of cultural programming, ego, persona and so on — the superficial identity we all develop which has nothing to do with who we really are. Usually, it is not until mid-life (when much of this false identity is broken through) that our true essence comes to express itself more clearly. For example, a female Warrior in her late 30s who has so far been a stay-at-home housewife might suddenly find her true home working as a political activist. A male Artisan who has followed in his father’s footsteps in the armed forces might have a mid-life crisis and decide to become a poet.
  • Whereas our soul type is permanent, everything else can change from one life to the next: race, nationality, religion, gender, social standing, profession. But the essence and consciousness will be consistent. For example, a certain Artisan soul might incarnate as a woodworker in one life, a choirboy in the next, then a housewife, then a wealthy wine merchant, then a child prostitute, then a female shopkeeper … and so on. Throughout all these human lives, however, the Artisan will tend to be creative and inventive, seeking to bring fresh and original perceptions into being.
  • I am often asked if it is possible to identify with more than one role. In fact, it is almost impossible not to. Here’s why: Casting — your soul’s place in the cosmos (and how it affects your soul type).

Our role in essence is our true nature, the part we each play in the cosmos. And, as the Michael teachings remind us:


Complementary opposites

Another interesting thing about the seven soul types…

Six of the seven soul types actually belong in pairs. Those in a pair share a similar function or specialism in life:

  • Priests and Servers are both inspiration specialists, bringing good intentions to life, serving a good cause, seeking to improve the quality of life for all.
  • Sages and Artisans are both expression specialists, bringing good ideas to life, giving form or voice to thoughts and feelings, changing perceptions.
  • Kings and Warriors are both action specialists, bringing concrete objectives to life, making things happen, setting goals and moving towards them.

Scholars stand alone as the neutral role, and they are the assimilation specialists, absorbing knowledge from life. Roles in pairs 400 In each of the pairs (action, expression and inspiration), one is “cardinal” and the other is “ordinal. Another way to put this is in terms of yin and yang.

The cardinal of the pair is yang: proactive, expansive, foreground, driven, and with a big-picture focus. The ordinal of the pair is yin, the equal-but-opposite complementary energy to yang: reactive, responsive, background, introspective, and with a detail-level focus.

  • In the action-type roles, the King role is cardinal and the Warrior role is ordinal. To use a simplistic analogy, Kings embark on wars while Warriors fight battles.
  • In the expression-type roles, the Sage role is cardinal and the Artisan role is ordinal. If all the world’s a stage, Sages are the presenters of the show, while the show itself is created and crafted by Artisans.
  • In the inspiration-type roles, the Priest is the cardinal role and the Server is the ordinal role. If inspiration is likened to shepherding, Priests move the whole flock on to better pastures while Servers tend to those in need.

The Scholar role is neither cardinal nor ordinal, but at the intersection of all the pairs. The Scholar is the only neutral type, the role being assimilation — absorbing information from life to create knowledge. At the risk of mixing too many metaphors at once, Scholars would be the ones who chronicle wars, record stage shows, and study sheep!

Positive and Negative

It is important to understand that we can manifest our potential in different ways. In the extremes, each role has a positive pole (+) and a negative pole (–).

  • The positive pole represents the highest, most authentic and positive expession of the soul, the true self, which is a source of love, truth and freedom.
  • The negative pole represents the lowest, most distorted and negative expession of the ego, the false self, which is a source of fear, illusion and malice.

For example, my being a Scholar means that I am the sort of soul whose role in life is to take information from the raw data of reality. Scholar has as its positive pole “knowledge” and as its negative pole “theory”. When acting in my positive pole, I do indeed serve a positive purpose by collecting and offering valid, useful knowledge. But when acting in my negative pole, I tend to get side-tracked in invalid or useless theories of no interest to anyone but me, and then only because my ego gets off on knowing more and more things rather than interacting with real life. You could say that the positive manifestation of a Scholar is being a knowledgeable expert and the negative manifestation is what some would call a nerd or dweeb — (sigh) — so true.

So, the positive pole of any role leads towards true fulfilment of self and true intimacy with others. The negative pole leads to emptiness, frustration and alienation. Here they are in full:

Server service (serving the common good) servitude (loss of own power)
Artisan creation (bringing good ideas to life) artifice (ideas used to deceive)
Warrior persuasion (influencing others’ will) coercion (imposing own will)
Scholar knowledge (learning from life) theory (lost in abstractions)
Sage communication (delivering messages) verbosity (stuck on transmission)
Priest motivation (inspiring others to change up) zealotry (overly fanatical)
King mastery (absolute responsibility) tyranny (absolute power)

Relationships and Roles

Interestingly, the different roles do relationhips in subtly different ways.

  • For Warriors and Kings (action type), relationships are a matter of fealty or loyalty.
  • For Sages and Artisans (expression type), relationships are a matter of commitment.
  • For Priests and Servers (inspiration type), relationships are a matter of dedication.
  • For Scholars (assimilation type), relationships are a matter of involvement.

Channels of Input

We process our experiences through one or more channels of perceptual input. The number of channels we possess varies, depending upon our role in essence.

  • Scholars, Kings and Warriors receive information through just one channel. This allows them to focus on what’s what, concentrate on the matter at hand, and think clearly amid chaos.
  • Priests and Servers receive information through two channels. One is tuned to the immediate situation, and the other is tuned to, in the case of Priests, their sense of the “higher good”, and in the case of Servers, a sense of the “common good”. Hence, there is often a moral or ethical overtone to their conversations.
  • Sages process information through three channels, while Artisans have five channels. With Sages, one channel is tuned to the immediate situation, one is managing their “act” or “performance”, and one is monitoring their audience. With Artisans, it is more a case of having multiple “back burners” making creative connections around the immediate situation.

While they are shifting their attention between their multiple channels, Sages and especially Artisans can appear to “tune out” the person they are communicating with. This makes Artisans in particular seem somewhat scattered, at least to non-Artisans. By the same token, those with multiple channels can find it difficult to accept the single-mindedness of Scholars, Kings and Warriors.

Read On

OK, you have the background. Now perhaps you want to know more specifically about each of the seven roles in essence. If you want a quick sense of what they all look like, based on photos of some famous examples in each case, see:

If you want to read a fuller, more-in-depth description of each one (with more photos), click below. Enjoy!


Discover Your Soul Type

Some people find it easy to intuit their own soul type or essence. For others, it’s far from obvious. To help you identify yours, I have put together a questionnaire (personality quiz) at Quibblo. Here’s the link: http://www.quibblo.com/quiz/atufj3C/Discover-Your-Soul-Type.

Over 10,000 people have taken it already and the results look like this:

Soul Type Quiz Results July 2010

The ‘natural’ proportions, you may remember, range from 4% Kings to 25% Servers. So this chart is showing a lot more Priests and Artisans than would be expected, and not many Warriors. This suggests either that the test is skewed to identify Priests and Artisans but not Warriors (which I totally accept is a possibility), or perhaps it is simply that Priests and Artisans are more likely to be doing this kind of thing on the Internet and Warriors aren’t. Feedback welcome!

Book: 7 Personality Types

For a great book about the seven soul types, I recommend 7 Personality Types by Elizabeth Puttick PhD (Hay House, 2009).The book discusses the seven roles as seven archetypes. It begins with a questionnaire to help the reader identify their own type. There then follows a chapter on each of the types which includes lots of useful information on how they characteristically operate at home, at work and in relationships. Examples are also given of how the archetype has been portrayed in myth, fiction and film, and each chapter ends with a list of famous real-life examples. See 7 Personality Types at Amazon.com


143 Responses to “Soul Types: The Seven Roles in Essence”

  1. 1 Cristina Mc 25 Aug 2014 at 8:02 pm


    • 2 barry 25 Aug 2014 at 11:32 pm

      Hi Cristina

      I totally get what you mean! Looking at your posture in the main photo my first thought was Warrior. Then seeing your Facebook page background photo it’s like a Warrior convention. But yes you do also have a Priestly shape to your face, and a certain ‘gleam’ in the eyes. So Priest-cast Warrior seems pretty likely to me.

      If that’s the case, then it would mean that you are naturally feisty, physical, strong willed, protective, loyal, comradely, and drawn to personal challenges (hmm, like competitive sport for example!) — but, you would also feel most fulfilled if you can do all that in a way that serves some real good or higher purpose. In other words, uplifting and inspiring others through your Warrior talents.

      As for soul age, given that you look like you have a decade or more to go before age 35-40, you are almost certainly still manifesting a slightly “younger” perspective. (The 35-40-ish period is a turning point at which we want to let go of anything that isn’t really “who we are”, and feel a calling to become true to ourselves, including our role in essence (+casting) and our full soul age. So to feel “half-Young, half-Mature” at your age would be quite appropriate if you’re a Mature soul. This should hopefully be easy to see in later years.

      Also, don’t forget that Warriors have a competitive drive that is perfectly natural, but not necessarily the same as the competitiveness of Young souls. Warriors enjoy the thrill of competition, Young souls feel they must win the rat race.

      Hope this helps,


      • 3 Cristina Mc 26 Aug 2014 at 4:59 am


        • 4 barry 26 Aug 2014 at 10:22 am

          Hi. I’m not sure that Warriors are particularly extrovert. Their high level of physical activity and their tendency to be team players could be taken as extroversion I suppose. But any Warrior can also take on introverted characteristics, such as the reserved mode, or emotional Centering, or the self-deprecation chief feature (character flaw / negative attitude). Childhood experiences can also leave their mark, causing shyness or inhibition. This is part of what the mid-life turning point is about: overcoming the past.

          PS. I know a Mature King who says he is an introvert and rather shy in one-to-one situations – but in front of any group he is such a natural leader and master, you’d never notice it.

          PPS. I should probably add for the record, there’s nothing wrong with introversion!


          • 5 Cristina Mc 26 Aug 2014 at 1:02 pm

            THERE ISNT AT ALL!!,
            THANK YOU!,

  2. 6 Maria 11 Aug 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I have figured out that I am either a mature or old priest soul, though I’m more sure of the latter because, even though I am very keen on changing the world and positively impacting the lives of millions of people, I have this “tiredness” to me that I have read about in another article about old souls, and it does seem to make sense. It seems to appear as “laziness,” but it really is that “tiredness,” like I don’t want to burden myself with helping other people, but at the same time I really want and need to and feel that it is my life’s mission. Anyone know I can get rid of this “tiredness?”

    • 7 barry 11 Aug 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Hi Maria,

      Priest sounds likely. I would just caution against linking your “tiredness” with the “world weariness” that can afflict old souls. I’m not trying to say you’re not an old soul, it’s just that the lives of Mature souls are well known to be the most stressful and exhausting of all. (I’m a Mature soul myself and I have had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / M.E. for 5 or 6 years now. Caused, I believe, by a combination of stress, over-persistence (I don’t know when to stop) and a bout of illness that sent my physical systems over the edge.)

      Anyway, back to you. A quick thought comes to mind which may or may not be valid – your tiredness could be a sign that your soul energy isn’t really flowing, and it’s not flowing because you’re not doing whatever it is that brings you and your essence to life, whatever it is that fills you with enthusiasm and makes you feel alive. Do you have any sense of mission or life purpose that really motivates or excites you?

      If that’s way off target, just ignore.



      • 8 Maria 13 Aug 2014 at 4:04 pm

        Hi Barry,

        Yes, what you have said appears to have relevance. I have done more reading on your website and it does appear that I do indeed have a mature priest soul. My head is almond shaped as well. It actually does make a lot of sense why you said my soul energy isn’t flowing; I’m not doing [at least not yet] not only what I enjoy doing, but commencing the action that fulfills my life’s purpose; to help other people realize their full potential and to promote welfare for all living beings, as well as to promote spirituality as a viable option to living one’s life. All of these ideas excite me! What I do for most of the day as of the present is bouncing a balloon, which allows me to relax and fantasize about the things I have mentioned. It seems like a huge step to actually get where I want to be, in which the “tiredness” seems to contribute to it, so it’s just easier to imagine what I want to do and do what I can as of now by signing petitions, starting petitions, and sending letters of concern to legislatures in helping promote the welfare of others. I even gave a twenty dollar bill to a homeless lady once because I try not to take my life for granted and realize the deep value of service to others, even though it wasn’t my money.

        • 9 barry 13 Aug 2014 at 7:49 pm

          Thanks Maria.
          Quick question: are you by any chance around 35-45?


          • 10 Maria 14 Aug 2014 at 12:34 am

            No, I’m 19 actually.

            • 11 barry 18 Aug 2014 at 10:43 am

              Ah OK, so you’re not yet facing the mid-life crisis of “Why am I here? What am I to do?” In fact, you seem to have a good handle on that already.

              The thing about imagining rather than doing: I suspect you would get a lot from the teachings of Abraham, who is channelled by Esther Hicks. Their first book, Ask And It Is Given, turned my life around (and my wife’s).

              A quick summary: Life is always giving you what you focus on. Your consciousness is like a beacon sending signals out into the universe, and the universde responds by manifesting in your life whatever you are focusing on and willing to receive. So life will actually give you what you WANT or DESIRE – but only so long as (a) you consciously and explicitly KNOW what you want and focus on HAVING that, and (b) you don’t block it by focusing more attention on what you LACK, or believing that fulfilling your desires is impossible (life will just give you more of the lack or more unfulfilled-ness, if that’s what you focus on the most). Some people focus on their desires, but at the same time they focus on the problems they can see in achieving those desires, so then life gets a bit “stuck”.

              This might have some resonance for you, so I suspect the Abraham material will appeal to you.*

              *They also have a YouTube channel:
              ( http://www.youtube.com/user/AbrahamHicks ) and publications website ( http://www.abraham-hicks.com/lawofattractionsource/index.php ).



              • 12 Maria 23 Aug 2014 at 8:35 pm

                Cool! Thanks for telling me about this book. I actually started to reaffirm myself everyday for three weeks already saying that I will be successful in achieving my goals as I truly believe I will be. I have decided to not focus on what I don’t have; I will do my part and.the universe will do its part. Speaking of which, not coincidentally, just before I started doing this, since July 31, for some reason, I been feeling a lot more positive as my severe depression seems to have greatly lessened after many years of living with it [I don't think it's medication since it hadn't helped in the past five years]. I still do get a little depressed, but for the first time ever, whenever I do, I still reaffirm myself that I will be successful or say something like that; otherwise I try to stay positive during these hard moments of my life by saying something of that nature. Thinking about this, I have just realized how all of this happened very shortly after I met someone very similar to me who is into spiritual concepts like I am; from her is when I first learned about the law of attraction [I just realized that now]. She showed me a technique that purportedly raises a person’s vibration that involves taking your hands and while moving them, have them over your body head to toe to the “point” you feel in your head. Perhaps all of this has something to do with it. Either way, since July 31, things have changed for the better. I no longer imagine, when bouncing the balloon, about unrealistic things as I have did for years but realistically imagine myself, with this body, and in acceptance of my tragic past, along with planning how I will get there, myself in the future I have carved out for myself. I am so glad to have found your website as I gained more incredible knowledge so thank you!

  3. 13 Raven McChesney 02 Aug 2014 at 8:37 am

    I think I need help figuring out my soul age and type. I fit very well into the artisan, but I have strong sage and priest qualities. To be honest, I have a lot of the qualities of all 7 give and take. I’m a writer, a tattooist,and nursing student. My friends call me their therapist and I love helping others but I feel happiest in a new place, creating something or learning something. I’m a extrovert and I love studying art and culture. I have a burning desire to change the world and leave it better than I entered.
    I want to travel and experience as much as I can. I’m a super happy person and like to keep others the same.
    Age wise:
    I have young soul and mature soul tendencies. I have the ambition of a young soul, a slight ego of one (competitive wise). But my life goals are more towards relationships and teamwork. I’m overly critical of myself and will sometimes give others opinions a hierarchy over my own.I accept everyone as different and I feel we all are a piece of a larger puzzle. I strive best in a co-lead environments but I will step up if I feel no one else will…and my heart yearns for a soul mate like connection :) If you took the time to read that, then thank you, maybe you can help me figure out my soul type and age.

    • 14 barry 08 Aug 2014 at 4:42 am

      Hi Raven,

      Looking at your pics on Facebook, you seem to me (facially) rather more like a Priest, though you do have a lot of Artisan friends too! So perhaps Artisan-cast Priest? Your “zeal” for improving the world is classic Priest, as is having friends who see you as their therapist! So I would tentatively guess Artisan-cast Priest, meaning someone whose basic mission in life is to uplift those around you, and to do so by being creative and constructive. Any resonance for you there? (My wife, by the way, is a Priest cast Artisan. Her mission in life is to create something utterly new and original in a way that uplifts others.

      As for soul age… You don’t look like you’re hitting mid-life for a few years yet (you don’t have to correct me if I’m wrong!), so the chances are that as yet you are not quite living up to your “full height” in terms of soul age. In other words, it sounds like you are operating at the equivalent level of awareness of an early Mature soul, but after the soul-searching that kicks in around 35+ I wouldn’t be surprised if you found yourself stabilising around mid-Mature or possibly late Mature. It’s hard to be precise, not having psychic access to your profile! You can always pay one of the channels for a proper reading of course.

      Finally, if I were to try a rough guess at a couple of your personality overleaves, I would suspect Goal of Growth (very self-aware, needing to know the bigger picture), and possible a streak of Self-Deprecation as a chief feature. Hope that makes sense!



  4. 15 A 29 Jun 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Just trying to see how well I can identify these based on facial features!
    With the 4 pictured in this photo https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/t1.0-9/10475223_10202569166292869_8302376222287987955_n.jpg from left to right…
    Warrior(?), Sage, Sage, …Priest? Artisan?
    Thanks for such an informative website!

    • 16 barry 08 Jul 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Oo-er. Well, my impressions (read: educated guesses) would be, from left to right:

      No. 1 has a “smiley face explosion” going on, hence guessing at Sage.
      No. 2 has the “arched eyebrows of wonder” you see in many Artisans, though my wife points out that with that forehead she could be a Scholar…
      No. 3 looks physically grounded, focused and proactive, hence Warrior.
      No. 4 looks strikingly straight into (rather than at) the viewer, hence Priest.

      confidence level: 30%

      • 17 A 22 Aug 2014 at 5:06 am


        a few more:
        him: artisan, maybe? really not sure. her: server, maybe?
        left: warrior? right: artisan?

        • 18 barry 24 Aug 2014 at 6:08 am

          You know I charge $100 per face?

          Only joking … so far!

          But do bear in mind that an assessment is often difficult from one photo alone, especially when the person is posing for it.

          With that caveat in mind:

          1. (the young couple in the professional studio shot):

          He seems to me to be shaped (and textured) like a classic Scholar. In fact I looked quite the same at that age.
          She, however, has what I’m fairly sure is the strong, challenge-seeking expression of a Warrior.

          2. (the young ladies getting drunk sipping cocktails):

          The smaller one on the left looks warm, open and inviting, so I would assume she has goal of Acceptance, and given what looks like a heart-shaped face I would tentatively guess she’s an Artisan. If not, maybe Server.

          The taller one on the right is … tricky. The look is different, and suggests to me she’s driven by goal of Growth rather than Acceptance, but her underlying presence/essence is less distinct under all that make-up … Her eyes probably look bigger than they really are, for instance. I’m actually swinging between Scholar, Artisan and Priest, and that’s as far as I can get for now!


          • 19 A 24 Aug 2014 at 3:08 pm

            You are good! Knowing them all in various degrees, I think you are definitely right about the first couple, particularly her. I would add that she probably has a goal of Growth. Not sure about him. With the second pair, I would lean toward Server for the first girl and Artisan for the second (her eyes are actually very large, striking even, but the picture has been Instagrammed and distorted). Goals of Acceptance and Growth seem spot on. Both are very warm and fun-loving personalities.

            • 20 barry 24 Aug 2014 at 3:17 pm


  5. 21 Cay 17 Jun 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you so much for your postings!! They’re very interesting and fun!
    I am a king! I look just like it too hahaha

  6. 22 Tonya 16 Jun 2014 at 12:56 am

    Imma king soul. I’m also an aries. And an old soul. I’m not sure what all this means but it’s kinda nuts now that I’m looking everything up.

  7. 23 Michele Powell 09 Jun 2014 at 1:55 am

    Visually I am Warrior, but Scholar describes me more, although Artisan, Server and Warrior describe many of my traits. Not sure where I am! Mature, level 5 I am sure of, but essence is a bit of a mystery. Hmmmm.

  8. 24 Sarah 31 May 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I recon I am an Artisan cast scholar. My facial appearance is heart-shaped, almost child-like with soft dreamy-looking eyes; quite creative and have always loved art since childhood. I feel as though I am changing becoming more aware and interested in the truth, beginning to love sciences and research constantly. So curious with everything in plain sight. I feel as though it is too late to change paths as I am now 20 and left school in year 12 (17). My question is:
    Can you have two different soul types? Cheers.

    • 25 barry 01 Jun 2014 at 9:06 am

      Hi Sarah

      This is the one question I get asked more than any other!

      Although we each represent one type, you can certainly have a blend of archetypal energies, one coming from your soul type itself, others coming from your casting and also your personality overleaves. There is also the fact that as we grow in human life we are subjected to different influences around us. I was raised by two Servers so my outlook in childhood was very Server-like until I unleashed my inner Scholar!! And yet another factor is soul age, which you “grow into” within each life. Young souls are Warrior-like with their bold, competitive thrust, while Mature souls are more Scholar-like with their search for information/meaning/truth plus the need for personal space.

      From the description you give, you sound more like a Scholar-cast Artisan.

      I’m not sure what you mean exactly by change paths… do you mean you have committed yourself to the arts but now feel more drawn to the sciences? Well, it really is never too late to change paths – as many people in their 40s, 50s and 60s can attest. You can also combine paths. Scientist by day, artist by night. Or, bringing a creative flair to science, the way Einstein did for example.

      It’s also possible that this change-around is no accident. When I was at school (16 or so) I could see no career option for me other than becoming a scientific/medical artist (I was very good at accurate drawing, but have zero artistic creativity!). The school, however, didn’t have the facilities to teach Technical Drawing at ‘A’ level, which I would need to get onto a university course. So at the last moment I ditched the arts and studied sciences instead. At university I studied Astrophysics (I wanted to feel close to the cosmos), but flunked the first year. Then I bummed around for a year — a low point. Finally, after reading a bit of Freud, I thought “That’s for me” and I managed to get myself onto a Psychology degree course.

      I think the life process of knowing and becoming who and what we really are with absolute confidence requires us to first live through the experience of not knowing. Do you know the four steps of competence? We have to experience our “conscious incompetence” before we can develop “conscious competence” through training and education, and then finally achieve mastery which is “unconscious competence” (i.e. it’s become second nature so you don’t have to think about it).

      Think of it this way: the first half of your life (say up to 35-40) is a training ground for the real work to come in the second half of your life. The conflicts and doubts you experience in that first half are actually secret ingredients for your preparation – a bit like the way soldiers train by running through obstacle courses.



  9. 26 Me 17 Apr 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I think I have a problem… By the way sorry for my english if is not that good :/. I’m 15. Anyway, I don’t know exactly which soul type I am. My first guess is the artisan because my passion is drawing and I always seek to improve at this. And I daydream alot. Since I was a kid I used to daydream for long periods of time and I still do it. But as a person I’m very quiet, reserved, most of the time introverted and I look very simple, I dress simple etc I always listen and watch and I love learning new things, I have different theories of mine etc. So I think I have some Scholar in me. And maybe Priest because I’m interested in esoteric things and one day I was telling my friends (as I said I’m usually quiet but sometimes I don’t know why I start talking a lot, probably when I am with people I like) about my opinions of god and spirituality and it seemed like I was some kind of preacher O.O I also have my own views of life and I hate materialistic things and mainstream and fashion etc.I’m very confused.. and I also have a very confusing personality… sometimes like I’m a very different person… Is it possible to have all three soul types?Btw my face is like a combination between the artisan and priest…

    And again sorry for my english :(

    • 27 barry 13 Jun 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Hi there

      Your English is great, by the way.

      It can be pretty confusing when you are 15 to figure out who you are – at any level, not just the soul type. Your personality is actively exploring multiple directions, stretching, unfolding, trying on different identities, and comparing yourself positively or negatively with others.

      But, I have to say, you sound a lot like me! As a 15 year old, my main skill was drawing. I dreamed of becoming a famous artist. I was also very quiet and reserved, introverted, reflective, pensive – not at all expressive, nor assertive. An aunt told me that I was always “on another planet”, which I found strangely offensive. To me it seemed that she and all other noisy extroverts were FROM another planet!

      A key moment for me was when I was 18. I was going to a party and I asked a friend how I should act – Should I be “cool”, or should I be “nice”, or what? She replied, “Barry, just be yourself.” That totally confused me, as I had no idea how to do that. However, it started my journey of self-exploration.

      Now I am 53, I can see that I absolutely was (and still am) a Mature Scholar. At 15, I quietly absorbed the world, noticed things, reflected on what it all could mean, but I also acted like any other 15 year old with my friends. It took many, many years before I began to understand myself more consciously and deliberately. I wish I had the impulse to do so at 15.

      If I could go back to my 15 year old me, I would tell myself what I would now say to you: “Everything about you is perfect and you are heading in the right direction. Just try not to feel confused by the fact that you can show many different personality traits. You are a complex person, and your complexity is the key to your growth as a unique human being.”

      I also suspect you are, like me, a Mature Scholar with a goal of Growth!


  10. 28 jessica 12 Mar 2014 at 6:29 pm

    While looking at the 7 different types, I knew i could be either be a priest, scholar, or artisan. (although i was a little skeptical about the priest, because i am not religious, and well, the word priest isn’t what comes to mind when i think about myself) As i kept reading i realized that although i love learning, i love learning about things that could help me understand the meaning of life, and while i paint very often, i mainly paint things related to the higher power and what not..(there is a painting right next to me of the Hindu god Shri Ganesh, remover of obstacles and god of karma) so i took the quiz, and it turns out i am classified as the priest. this excites me because i want to be able to identify myself, which is difficult for me because i am only 15, but very interested in this kind of odd stuff that most people don’t believe in. well anyways, this was very helpful and great. it made me smile when i saw the famous people who are also classified as priests, because both Freud and Gandhi were listed, and both of them are my biggest inspirations. Anyways, thanks for this, i will continue to look into it.

    • 29 Awaken 13 Apr 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Priest means unconventional and open mind. And this is because you can sense the good in all and yes others too. This is how i realized in me. Be open from all beliefs, real truth is beyond our realization and should be aware of it. My best suggestion, be inspired and repeat all positive thoughts and dream big by setting small goals everyday but without expectation or worries. Life will never judge what you did, but how much happy you are even in wrong situations. You will become like that as you desired in life to give as everyone is unique and best in different degrees just for whole well-being, so :) Be blessed. And thanks to Barry :)

  11. 30 Marta Tuule 17 Feb 2014 at 10:09 am

    Just for your information – I talked to Michael Teaching´s Shepherd meanwhile also and his sense about River Phoenix matches the one with mine these days – that he was Warrior with Artisan´s casting like Johnny Depp. Thanks for your effort anyhow :)

  12. 31 Dennis 12 Feb 2014 at 11:47 am

    I’m an artissan, but I feel I can equally be a scholar

  13. 32 Marta Tuule 11 Feb 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I see and thanks :)

  14. 33 Marta Tuule 11 Feb 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hi Barry,

    If you´re interested and could prioritize this some time in the future, I wonder what´s your oppinion of soul known last time as River Phoenix – what was his essence role and perhaps also soul age by you? I have kind a connection to him which is no wonder considering I´m an artist and activist of human rights and environment and I feel that he was an old soul like myself, but his role I just can not seem to specify.. and I seem to feel also his essence twin – she seems to be incarnated and is in very much contact with him these days.
    Thanks in advance.


    • 34 Marta Tuule 11 Feb 2014 at 8:50 am

      The site says now that my comment is awaiting moderation. Is this the standard and you let through only these comments, to which you eventually answer? Thanks.

      • 35 barry 11 Feb 2014 at 3:37 pm

        Hi there,

        To answer your question way ahead of the queue :-), Yes and No…

        A) All comments from people who have NOT had a comment published here before are entered into a queue awaiting “moderation” by me. This is just so that I can weed out “trolls” and also any spammers who happen to have got through the auto-filter. That said, apart from the occasional spam that gets through, 99% of comments are fine and friendly. Maybe I could rethink this policy.

        B) If I’ve approved (published) a comment of yours before, then in theory any future comments by you should go straight onto whichever page you’re on, without any moderation.

        I get a LOT of questions and I don’t like leaving any unanswered. Answering such questions is pretty much the fulfilment of my life’s purpose. Now some questions are short and snappy, such as “What type do you think I am?” Some questions, in contrast, are lengthy, complex, and relate to the most intimate feelings of the writer. Some, to be frank, are too rambling and too wordy for my fatigued brain to grasp unless *I* am in the right state. Some questions, in contrast, come straight from the heart and I feel like the person is sitting next to me and I just want to reach out and touch then. For some questions, I find I have no ready-made answer so I go into a meditative state and see what comes up.

        C) Sometimes while I’m pottering about, I get an alert from my iPhone that a comment or question has arrived, and I might look at it and see it as very straightforward respond to it straight away, even though there are twenty others still waiting. This is exactly what I just did with your question – I saw it first and felt compelled to respond.

        Ok, now I’m off to collect my son from school. I’ll return to the queue (and your particular question) in due course!



    • 36 barry 15 Feb 2014 at 12:21 am

      Hi Marta,
      I checked around and the only profile I could find for River Phoenix was as follows (from José at itstime.com):
      Old Artisan, goal of Rejection (aka Discrimination), Emotional centering, Cynical attitude, Observation mode, CF of Stubbornness.
      Certainly seems to fit the facial appearance, though it’s always difficult for me to get an accurate sense of a young person due to their tendency to be reinventing themselves and trying out different attitudes and do on. Nevertheless, I would guess Old Artisan is appropriate in this case.


  15. 37 Yolanda 10 Feb 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Roseberline, I’m not Barry, but may I share my two-cents?

    High vibration: all things in our universe are energy, and energy vibrates. The higher the vibration, I think, the stronger your connection to source/God.

    I was told by a spiritual reader years ago, that my etheric (energetic) body is very large. This is because I’m open to spirit, and let it through me.

    You say you have a presence with you. Well, you do. We all do. We all have many angels, and guides around us at all times. I think their is one main guide, though, and that’s probably who you hear most. They are there to help guide you on your life journey.

    Its likely that you don’t feel connected to much on earth because your vibration is so high, ie one foot still at home (heaven, source, the other side). Some people have names for this type of person, earth angel, Indigo, star seed, star child. There is a helpful book by Doreen Virtue called earth angels, and plenty of information on the others as well online.

    Let me know if you have any other questions, and I will try to help.

    • 38 MsLouis86 11 Feb 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Hello Yolanda!
      thank you so very much for your wonderful insight! it did help me make some sense to the energy vibration, all though I’ve never truly felt connected to the mundane things here… I do feel all the energy pull from some individuals.
      it’s like they call out to me.. when I walk into a room full up people all the hairs on my body feels as if they were zapped with electricity or something.. I guess that’s the energy-vibrations… interesting I think I just found a broader topic to write about for my sociology and my religion class! now off to do research! thank you!
      could you give me or point out other places I can find articles on etheric (energetic) ? this is far to exciting I will easily get myself to absorbed in all the information google gives me lol.

  16. 39 yannick Dolou 27 Dec 2013 at 10:28 pm


    I find this very informative. recently my meditations made me realize that there must be specific personalities embedded at the core of each of us soul.
    I took the test and found out that I am a scholar.
    It was quite difficult because I have Many essential aspects of artisan and priest.
    I actually use analysis and information processing a lot, to be creative, find solutions and inspire people. I want to bring something new and useful to the world.
    But analysis and information processing being my main tool, I know that I’m definitely a scholar.

    Is it normal to have that much affinities(artisan priest )


    • 40 barry 29 Dec 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Yannick

      It certainly is, and I suggest you look at this page for some explanation:

      CASTING: Your place in the cosmos (and how it affects your soul type)


      • 41 Super Server 04 Feb 2014 at 6:42 am

        I find this so very interesting and fabulous!! Interestingly the server type: being the most common, rarely comments or people don’t care to be a server so therefore “choose” a more personally “likable” type

        • 42 barry 06 Feb 2014 at 9:20 am

          Either that or they’re just too busy taking care of everything!

  17. 43 Mandi 01 Dec 2013 at 7:25 am

    Loved it! This was quite enjoyable to read! I loved how far in-depth you investigated & explained this topic to us.

    A little FYI: I’m a female Artisan with an old soul.

    Cheers! :)

    • 44 barry 02 Dec 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Yay, cheers Mandi

  18. 45 Rani 27 Nov 2013 at 11:09 am

    i am sure, you are a scholar. great to learn with fun. it helped me in knowing my coleagues, friends and relatives.

    • 46 barry 27 Nov 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Great, thanks Rani
      Barry – (Scholar)

  19. 47 Roseberline L 25 Nov 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Hello Barry,
    I don’t even know where to begin! My mind is going a mile a second with questions, connecting the dots, trying to process everything I’ve been reading from your site for the past week and a half and just sheer excitement!.
    Your site has been a wonderful delight that I wished I would have found years ago! This would have helped me understand a few things I’ve been tuning into and been confused about for years.
    I’m going to apologize in advance for the length of this note, and the many questions I know I will bombard you with. I’m an extremely curious one that like for things to make sense.
    I’ve found your site sometime last week through an internet search I was doing on spirituality and motivational quotes for day to day life, I do that quite often!
    The bottom line is for the past few years I’ve become more driven and more determined in finding something more to connect/reconnect with. But here’s the weird thing that trips me out, this something/someone I’m trying to connect with is not anything/anyone new to me! At least it doesn’t feel like it. I have this feeling that I have history with this for lack of better words (thing).
    I’ve experience this thing in a more physical way once in my life, I was fifteen years old and I was in a very dark place, I was depressed I felt lonely, abandon, I missed my mom and dad, I was not treated very well at my uncles house where I was living, so I had it I was just done! I had no reason to feel alive or wanted to live, I just felt tired… and I sat in the living room listening to this gospel album the only music we were allowed to listen to, has the song played I felt overwhelmed, I started to cry I prayed and felt nothing I called out Gods name and nothing, so I got angry at everything, and I stated ranting on about the voice or the presence of the thing I’ve always felt and simply said “you’re always so loud in my head you picked a fine time to disappear! Where are you! Answer me damn it! I’m all alone! And there at that moment not a second before and not a second after but right then I experienced calm, not just any calm but it was a sort of tranquility till this day I’ve never experienced again! And there I was in a middle of a light surrounded by other lights (if that makes any sense) but there was this light at the center with me or in me I couldn’t tell the difference but it took hold of me and hugged me and I felt the other lights hugging us? or me? which ever, and time stood still I thought of nothing all I felt was happiness, and the light said to me that I was never alone not for one day of my life that it is always there… and that’s all it said we just stayed there for a very long time, and then I felt it slipping away, I tried to go with it more like I wanted to stay forever! But it wouldn’t let me.
    When I opened my eyes back up my cousins were all looking at me like I was crazy! Asking me where did I go? That they’ve been trying to get my attention for hours and I didn’t reply.
    Creepy right?

    When I went to church and explained it to the preacher he said it was the Holy Ghost, I didn’t feel that way… it was something of a higher power, but I’ve never identify it has the Holly ghost.
    And it’s trying to get me somewhere or to it, I know this sounds crazy and I’ve questioned my sanity as well! Lol and came to the conclusion that I’m not crazy! I just can’t explain this feeling at all.
    I am 27yrs old and from the time I was about six years old I had a sense that I was not alone and that I’ve always had this guide helping me navigate, answering my questions, and just instilling this knowledge about things no one taught me, or anything I’ve ever read from the many books I read, I have never felt fearful of this thing, just felt weird that I can sense it! For example anytime I’ve felt stuck, confuse, or just wondering about what is my purpose? Why am I here? What is it I’m supposed to do with my life or anything of that nature.
    I always get a reply back directly or indirectly, when it’s direct it feels more like a thought that comes over me and instantly I get the confirmation I was looking for, if it’s indirectly it’s though conversations with just about anyone! We can start a conversation about something that doesn’t come close to spirituality (NOT RELIGION) just spirituality, and the conversation will shift and I’ll start speaking and in the middle of me saying whatever, there’s always this interruption in my thinking and I hear (IT) or I would answer the question that I had by myself, but I would know it wasn’t an answer that was my own because over the years I’ve learn to identify (ITS) thoughts from my own.
    I would smile and get this little warm feeling and I’ll always say you’re a funny little man. AND HERE IT IS AGAIN! Just now while typing I answered or (IT) answer something for me and I felt it! I’m calling (it) I’ve always tried to identify it with a name or a sex… and just a few lines up I said “little man”!! So I do think it’s a male just don’t know who!
    This really freaks me out! I’ve tried to explain it to my parents, my friends and everyone has always said “oh child that’s just the Lord speaking with you”. There’s nothing wrong with them saying that, because for a long time I accepted that reasoning because that’s the only thing that made sense! I grew up in a Catholic church from birth to about 7 years old, this is the stage where I started figuring out who I am, what I like, and what I believed in, and at that age I told my father that I didn’t want to be Catholic and that I don’t want a first communion! I knew back then that I didn’t fit in there; I cared more for the ceremonies and rituals then I cared for the words, the words contradict themselves and that don’t sit right with me.
    I’m going to cut myself of here and just start asking questions, because boy I can write you an entire book!! Lol
    In a nutshell your website has put something’s into perspective for me, and now I’m curious to find more. Ironically two years ago to today someone was trying to get me to read something in regards to spiritual or soul vibrations, at the time it sounded very interesting but I never read the package the guy gave me…. Every time this guy would see me he always said my frequency is so loud and out of this world, and that I vibrate at a very high level that he is drawn to me, just to pick my brain! I thought it was a pick up line or something lol and just weird so I dismissed him and his booklet.
    My first question is
    1. What is a spiritual or soul vibration do you know? I tried to look it up and I still don’t get it.
    2. Why can’t I find my exact soul type? I’ve read all the different soul types and I identify with each one of them equally is that weird?
    3. Is there a reason I don’t feel connected with anything in this world?
    4. Why is it that I can connect/ communicate directly with this spirit/soul thing?

    Please do not judge or think me crazy or stupid, this is the first time I’ve found somewhere I feel safe enough to express these crazy feelings and experiences.
    So Barry what’s your take on all of this?

    • 48 barry 10 Feb 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Roseberline, and many apologies for my late response. Yours is not the only unanswered comment – I have 25 others at the moment, going back about 2 months. My health has been pretty up and down (mainly chronic fatigue). I haven’t the energy right this moment but I WILL get back to you ASAP!!

      ~ barry

    • 49 barry 18 Feb 2014 at 1:02 am

      Hi Roseberline, and again apologies for my late response. I hope my slowness hasn’t thrown a wet blanket over your excitement!! I’m so glad you like the site – I started it precisely so that people can gain insight into what are otherwise mysterious life experiences.

      Ok, your experience of the lights/beings is really beautiful, and I’m delighted that you have shared it.

      My suspicion is that you met your loving and beloved Guide and your soul mates. Between lives we exist in close-knit groups and we are guided by those who are more evolved than ourselves. It’s like, you and your best mates are in a small choir and you are being trained by an incredibly wise and loving choirmaster – that is your Guide. I once “saw” my guide under hypnosis as a very regal female, utterly wise and compassionate.

      The intense feeling of being lovingly hugged and the words of calm and reassurance are very typical of the role our Guides (and soul mates) play in our lives. If you read about near death experiences or pre-life regression experiences, people invariably talk about being in a soul group and receiving wisdom and love from their advanced guide. The guide is usually someone who completed their reincarnations some time ago, so they know what we are going through and can give us insight and encouragement when things get tough. (That includes enveloping us with a sense of calm or peace I the midst of turmoil, if we ask for it.)

      So,it’s not unusual that you have a guide – we all do! What’s unusual is that you seem to have a hotline to your guide’s presence, while 99.99% of people never have an inkling of it while on Earth. It could be that this is your life’s plan – that you at going to develop and use this connection with your guide to bring spiritual knowledge or energy through for whatever purposes – healing, illumination, etc. perhaps you will become a channel.

      As for your questions:

      1. Soul vibration can be interpreted at least two ways. First is that it correlates with Soul Age. In other words, younger souls are said to be “vibrating” at a lower frequency of energy than older souls. Think of it in terms of the spectrum of light, the way white light (Source, God, etc) can make a rainbow of colours, from red (lower frequency) to violet (higher frequency). Some can actually see this in the aura of a person, and apparently it is perfectly visible between lives – younger souls are reddish or yellow, older souls are green to blue, and guides are like deep violet or purple. The second sense of “spiritual vibration” would be in terms of intensity – the intensity of soul energy (joy, love, wisdom, compassion) that a person allows through themself. A Priest soul with mode of Passion is pretty intense, for example.

      2. Identifying with multiple soul types… People often ask about this. There are several factors. (A) “Casting”, which is to do with the way soul groups are made up. See http://personalityspirituality.net/articles/the-michael-teachings/casting-your-place-in-the-cosmos/ (B) “Overleaves”, which are your core character attributes or personality traits in this particular life. See http://personalityspirituality.net/articles/the-michael-teachings/overleaves-the-structure-of-personality/ (C) being an Old Soul, which I suspect you are, you have already experienced most experiences and relationships one can have with the different overleaves and relationship agreements. For example, you may be a Priest soul, but you have learned many lessons about mastery, so you can feel somewhat king-like, or you have lived many lives of humble service, so you can also identity with the Server. In other words, a very old soul has been around the block enough times to know what everyone else feels like, and having learned most of the lessons that there are to learn, the differences hardly matter so much.

      3. Not feeling connected to anything in this world… I can’t really answer for your case specifically, I can only state possibilities. One is that you are, again, a rather old soul for whom the lessons of life on Earth and our human dramas are simply becoming less exciting and interesting. You can see the finishing line, as it were, and part of you just wants to get it over with rather than hang about enjoying the scenery. You may only have a few more human lives to go, and are starting to feel world weary. Old souls can also see through the illusions and dramas that younger souls take so seriously, so the human world at large seems petty-minded and lost in weird concerns.

      4. I suspect this being is either your personal guide, or possibly a soulmate who has moved on. Basically, someone you naturally love, trust and revere, the two of you having worked together for centuries. An elder being or fellow soul group member with whom you have an eternal heart-bond. And for whatever reason, you two have agreed to maintain a line of communication open while you are living this life. (This is rare. Most of us only contact our guides while asleep.) I would imagine you have some wonderful plan to make use of this contact, which (if it is not apparent to you now) will make itself more apparent to you as you get past the age 35-40, as generally happens to all of us as we tune into our life plans. (Basically, before birth we plan a task to be fulfilled in the second half of life; the first half of life is like a preparatory “schooling” through appropriate life experiences to get us lined up and ready to go as mature adults.)

      Well, better late than never … I hope this goes some way to answering your questions. I will be very interested to hear of your reactions or any further developments.

      Cheers Roseberline


  20. 50 Christine 19 Nov 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Barry… Yes, this makes perfect sense. I can tell the difference between the dreams. One in particular occurred a long time ago, but it came back to me when I met a man who was really there for me when my husband died. It felt like some form of reunion between us… And an event between us was quite similar to the dream. Another dream I always felt was a past life memory was of my death. I was shot in the back, and felt my life force leaving my body. As it reached my toes, I woke up. It has stayed with me my entire life. A feeling of absolute bliss that took away my fear of dying forever…

    • 51 K. Lloyd 21 Nov 2013 at 8:17 am

      I convinced my husband to take this quiz. He really dislikes doing anything on the Internet. Anyway, he came up with Warrior – the one I predicted for him. : )

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