Soul Types: The Seven Roles in Essence

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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, chabitable.
  • Artisans are naturally creative, inventive, imaginative, plawful, 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 Dalai Lama and former US President Jimmy Carter.
  • 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. Ancestral lineage and class heritage are human affairs that have nothing to do with actual soul types.
  • 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 calling 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 still be innately creative and inventive, seeking to bring their 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, concerned with the well-being of others, serving the greater good, seeking to improve the quality of life for all.
  • Sages and Artisans are both expression specialists, concerned with bringing ideas to life, giving form or voice to their inner thoughts and feelings, thereby changing others’ perceptions.
  • Kings and Warriors are both action specialists, concerned with turning practical objectives into reality, 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 witty and eloquent presenters of the show, while the show itself is crafted by clever and imaginative 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 watch over their flock and lead them on to better pastures, while Servers look out for and 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 by 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 being a tedious know-all (…sigh).

So, the positive pole of any role leads towards true fulfilment of self and is of value to others. The negative pole leads to emptiness, frustration, conflict 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:

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

240 thoughts on “Soul Types: The Seven Roles in Essence

  1. Hermegerd, I have no idea. Might be an artisan, I went to school for Music Education. I like reading stories. But I also help children. I build, quite a lot, in Minecraft. Working on a cathedral at the moment. I love knowledge, sometimes it is obscure or fanatical. I talk my mom’s ears off when I find something inspiring or intriguing. I get told I am a very old soul, and that I need to stop acting like a baby. Lol.

  2. I believe artisans are definitely more likely to seek out information of souls.
    If a random sample of the public who are perhaps shopping (a common and everyday thing for everyone?) It may induce more reliable results.

    I looked at the pictures of the soul classifications and upon seeing the artisans and looking into their eyes, even with a picture I felt extremely sad and felt pain grip me.
    A couple scholars had a similar effect but to a lesser magnitude.

    My grandfather once said j was amazing at capturing the essence of a soul and turning it into a picture. That the sketches I draw don’t look like who it is because it *looks* Luke them but because I have captured their soul and essence in the picture.

    I went to search online because I have a great sadness inside me embedded deep within my heart and soul. I’ve always referred to myself as an artist, but I am a very sad one. A sadness that even dampens my imagination. Every thought I hold is sad to the point of being sickening, this is who I am now, I used to be a dreamer, but now I’m someone who can understand the pain of everyone.

    I want to mend my soul but it hurts so much I.. really can’t think straight enough to understand which parts of my soul need to be mended.

    In the end I decided I wanted to see other’s souls. I do know their souls, I just could never classify them, and only had limited information.

  3. Yo Homies. Guess what? I’m a scholar, who happens to be very nutty, with Sage and King influences. >:D


    ahem. >_>

    • One question if I may… as I approach the age of 35 (this January), I noticed that most of my physical traits (mental state of evolution ≥ age 30) is definitely relatable to the priest. However, most of my adolescence and 20s, I would say identifies with artesian. Would you say that would make me an artesian-cast priest or a priest-cast artesian?

      Thanks for taking the time to put this all together without a price of admission.

    • Hi MizMizuki

      Are you referring only to physical traits? I find that people tend to look more and more distinctive as they get older, say between 30-60, while at younger ages, they tend to look a bit more alike (not 100% of course, I’m generalising).

      I think babies naturally look pretty much the same. But I think adolescents deliberately try to look a certain way that supposedly sets them apart, and it is in a way that is usually inspired by singers, actors and models who are in reality most often Artisans.

      Posing and also hiding come naturally to Artisans. So it may no coincidence that a lot of young people seem Artisan-like.

    • A quick look at you ~ Priest, possibly Sage cast Priest springs to mind, but it’s so difficult from a single photo!

  4. My husband is definitely a warrior and I could not get him to take the test. I’m a priest and I was excited to take the test. Without a doubt my husband would score as a warrior but refused to test because it wasted his time. So I agree with the theory that warriors are not doing this type of test on the internet.

  5. Hi there! Love the teachings, love the sight, but I’m afraid you have the roles to their color (chakra) incorrect. The roles go as follow: Scholar (Red), Artisan (orange, creative center), Warrior (yellow, movement), Server (green, Heart), Sage (blue, intellectual), Priest (indigo, conceptual), King (violet, spiritual).

    Peace and Love!

  6. This is really interesting and I’m really excited to read more of your page to learn more! I felt fairly certain I must be a server from both what I read and the pictures you’ve posted, but when I took your quiz I scored as Artisan. I can 100% see why I scored that way – I’m imaginative, I love art and stories – especially things made for children – and I think it would be AMAZING to have a magical, creative world where everything you dream up comes to life, and I guess what I’d love most in life would be total freedom to just read books and draw pictures and take photos all day every day but in reality – the world outside of my own head – everything that comes naturally to me is some kind of service – teaching, nursing/healing, babysitting, volunteering, customer service etc. I don’t like those things as much as the fun things, but they seem to align better with who I am. Do you think this might just be because I am a server who loves creativity (and the test questions picked that up) or might I be an artisan living a life of service ? How do you tell the difference when you’re not sure where you fit? :/

    • Hi Bec

      Hard for me to say. In the lingo of the Michael teachings, it’s most likely to do with something called your CASTING — see for an explanation.

      As for determining which is first and which is second… If as you say your face fits the Server type more, then perhaps that’s your answer.

      The primary one is your constant natural way of being, and is often easier to discern when you are alone. It’s how you are even when no one is looking! The secondary one is how you APPLY that primary energy as you interact with the world, and comes across more clearly in your way of relating to others, so it’s easier to discern when you are with other people.

      For example, as a Scholar (primary) I can happily spend most of my time quietly reading, studying and soaking up information. It’s just in my nature. My secondary is Sage – expressive and jovial – and that’s how I like to APPLY my Scholarly knowledge in my relationship to others, or the world in general. If I were in a room full of other Scholars, we would all be fairly quiet and studious, but I would stand out as the most expressive and jovial one.

      You can of course order a profile reading from one of the professional channels ( – just remember that you are the ultimate judge of what’s valid.

    • Hi Barry,
      Thanks for all the responses you gave me last week. It was really helpful. I contacted Shepherd Hoodwin to do a channelling for me, and as it turns out I am a sage-cast scholar, but my essence twin is a discarnate artisan, so that may be where my artisan-like qualities have ‘bled in’ from. I have to say, the channelling was really helpful and I can completely see it now that I have a wealth of information about overleaves etc. It’s also help me recognise that my server-like qualities do stem from my upbringing, and possibly my sage-cast (e.g. love of teaching/volunteering/playing with children) and goal of flow/contentment (e.g. taking the easiest jobs available instead of challenging myself). I definitely agree with your own experience of being the most expressive in a room full of scholars. I’m completely fascinated but all of this. Thanks again!

    • Yep! lol
      It must explain why I accidentally fell into my job as a tutor – one of the few jobs I’ve had that I can say I truly enjoy and that comes totally naturally to me. Interestingly, to you perhaps, I’m also a psychology student, and I read you were a psychologist? What type of psychology did you practice?
      Do you know what entity etc you belong to? I’m on a mission now to learn to channel so I can figure out the people around me!! I think it will help make a lot of sense out of people’s behaviours and choices, but could also give a bit of guidance to the people I know who are floundering unhappily.

    • My casting was given via Sarah Chambers as:
      * Casting 5
      * Cadence 1
      * Entity 3
      * Cadre 1
      * Greater Cadre 41
      * Pod/Node 804
      So I’m a sage-cast scholar from a warrior-cast entity in a server-cast cadre.

      I was trained as an applied psychologist, mostly doing research work on optimising the usability of new technologies. I’ve also done training in psychotherapy, but at the moment I see myself more as a writer and ‘agony aunt’! My life task is to “acquire knowledge in a spirit of joy and teach it in the guise of play”. Trying to bring more of my sage side into life.

  7. hi barry. I got a reading from one of your recommendations: Victoria. I was wondering could I get your opinion on a few things. it says casting 4-54. do you know what this means?
    and also do you know what does the “fourth monad” mean? is that after your 30s? my chief feature is impatience and this seems so true for me.. i have been struggling a bit with anxiety over the last ten years or so and its primarily because I always want to move onto the next thing and am quite impatient..I have been struggling to be present wherever i am. and i know it doesn’t make sense to be like that because I know that the only time that exists is now….. so i’m slowly training my mind to be present again…. do you think once i overcome this chief feature i may move into the next level of soul age as suggested in the reading?Here is my reading. thank you.. 🙂

    This fragment is a 7th level mature artisan in the observation mode with a goal of growth.
    A realist, in the intellectual center moving part.
    Primary chief feature is subdued impatience.
    Casting is 4–5­4. Cadre two
    The body type is Lunar primary with a small secondary of Mars.
    The essence twin is an artisan, discarnate and the task companion a sage, extant at this time.
    This is this artisan’s second incarnation at the seventh level and all things considered is progressing into first level old that may occur after the completion of the fourth internal monad.
    Needs are expression, freedom, and power.

  8. The numbers 4-5-4 refer to the three most significant influences in your casting, in order of influence. In your case, 4-5-4 means that you are 4th cast (or scholar-cast) in your small group (“cadence”), which is the 5th cast (sage-cast) cadence in its own large group (“greater cadence”), and all of you are in the 4th entity of your entity group (“cadre”). In a nutshell, this suggests that you are (1) essentially an Artisan who (2) applies knowledge to your Artisan originality, with (3) a bit of wit and wisdom, and also more generally (4) another twist of scholarly knowledability. It’s like combining tones across different musical scales.

    The 4th internal monad is the mid-life turning point at which we feel the need to shed any false influences and manifest our true essence, including soul age. As we do so, we also begin to work on our planned life task. Our life task is a sort of “self-challenge” we set ourselves before birth to achieve in this life. Doing it enables our essence type, soul age and level to shine. The life task dominates much of the second half of life.

    Your life task will be consistent with your goal – with growth, probably using the wisdom of your experience.

  9. The chief feature is strongly felt at times of change and uncertainty – it thrives on the anxiety caused. Impatience specifically fears missing out on any and every possible future reward or fulfilment because life is too short to do everything. So whenever it senses delay or frustration it will try to resist or take a swipe at the present.

    The more you can drop the idea of “doing everything” in this life, be mindful of the present and make peace with it, the better.

    • Thanks Barry for your very insightful reply. It all makes sense.. I was initially (a few months back) trying to decide between whether i was a scholar-cast artisan or a sage-cast artisan and you helped me decide a few months back that I was a scholar-cast artisan .. although that really fit me i knew there was a part of me that loves joking around and entertaining people usually (as you said) with my knowledge. so it makes sense now that i have some sage influence in me.. thanks for clarifying that.
      i still am unsure of my lesson in life with everything i’ve been through- i think i have a few… i think ive spent many years feeling “Destination happiness-When i get there i’ll be happy” thats probably part of my lesson-that there’s no where to get to-you’re already here.
      funny you say “My life task is to “acquire knowledge in a spirit of joy”… this is great,, Ive always loved learning things and soaking up information even if i didnt need it. i just wanted to know how everything works.. but the difference between nowadays and when i was younger is that i don’t enjoy soaking the knowledge, i just want to get to the part where i know it all. which is never going to happen. lol..
      so presence is key as you say and dropping the idea of doing everything as you say. thanks for your opinion and “agony aunt” help 🙂 i appreciate your knowledge 🙂

  10. Hello Barry, I really enjoy reading the articles that you have created and am looking forward to reading the newer articles that you are going to post on this website. Barry I have a question on my soul type for I have been reading article after article, re-reading the descriptions of the soul type in the book that was recommended on this website and I am still not a hundred percent sure what my secondary soul type is. I have taken the online quizzes multiple times and I received Scholar, King, and Warrior. I know I am a scholar for I have to everyday learn a new piece of information in order for me to be contempt, and I find intellectual stimulation satisfying. But I am having trouble figuring out my second soul type, or perhaps the Scholar soul type is my secondary role. I noticed that on my good days when I am contempt, I am ambtious, determined, stressed out, wanting learn more about life, i tend to think, sometimes deeply in a philosophical way, stoic, and feel powerful. There are times when I feel as if I’m too big for the room that I am in, similar “to a bull in a China shop” (7 Soul Types In Essence), and I sometimes literally try to make myself smaller. I am also responsible for all my actions, I blame my self only for all the mistakes I have made, which I noticed allows me to take control of my life and destiny and makes me feel powerful. Sometimes I noticed that on my bad days I tend to blame everybody else for my mistakes and not take responsibility, and I become weak, which makes me believe that I may be a server, except I wouldn’t be contempt being a server for I would hate to be a server. I can be very strong willed, determined to get my way. I’ve been called Stubborn, Bull Headed, Rebellious, Sensitive, I have even received the phrase “My Way Or the Highway.” I’ve been like this since I was little. but calmer then most Strong-Willed children for I am a Scholar and introverted. My older brother and mom can all be pretty strong- willed as well. I am 5’10”, weigh in at 215lbs and am muscular but fat at the same time. I’ve been working out for about 4 years now. Facility I do not have the forehead of a scholar but I do believe I have the angular face of the king and warrior. I do tend to have a very broad jaw and a big head in general. Thank you very much for reading this, if you’re still reading haha, and I hope to hear from you soon.

  11. Hello Barry thank you very much for reading my post and responding. I do not have a Facebook account that I currently use because I have not used Facebook since I was a little kid. I do have other social media accounts but I do not have any pictures on them. I would prefer out if I did not have to upload a picture since I am uncomfortable knowing that a stranger is looking at a picture of me online, but if I have to upload a picture to determine my soul type, then I might take that action since I am dying to know what my soul type is. But I would prefer it if I didn’t have to. I will add more details to the physical characteristics of me. I have a black, chin strapped beard, a thin, black mustache, medium hair that comes across my forehead diagonally, a slight, long, Romanian nose, small eyes. I am Mexican and Lebanese, but I do not carry indigenous blood in me. Thank you Barry for responding and if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask. I have another question. Do you ever get tired of responding to all of this comments? Because to me that seems as if it could be a drag sometimes, having to respond to all of these comments. Anyways thanks Barry and I hope to hear from you soon. Im sorry I took long to respond but for some reason I do not receive notifications to my email from this website.

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