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Tattoo of M. C. Escher’s ‘Hand With Reflecting Sphere‘. (Tattooist unknown.) See TatoosIdeasBase and Tumblr

The Artisan is one of the seven soul types or roles in essence. Artisans have a natural talent for creative expression, bringing to life new and original ideas.

Happiness… it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. ∼ Vincent Van Gogh

Imagination is more important than knowledge. ∼ Albert Einstein

I dream for a living. ∼ Steven Spielberg

The Creative Soul

Self-Portrait-Pattern © 2010 Emi-leigh (DeviantArt)

Self-Portrait-Pattern © 2010 Emi-leigh (DeviantArt)

Artisan souls represent the essence of creativity and invention.

As with Sages, the energy of Artisans is expression-oriented — turning inner thoughts and feelings into things which can be perceived and enjoyed by others. But whereas the Sage focuses on the expression of popular wit and wisdom for the masses, what the Artisan expresses will tend to be unique and personal, the product of imagination and experimentation.

Artisan souls have an active and agile imagination that drives them to explore new forms and try out novel perspectives. They continually perceive alternative ways of constructing reality, and seek to realize (to ‘make real’) their ideas in interesting, tangible forms.

As such, Artisans are often drawn to professions where they can work creatively with the invention, design and development of new thoughts, new styles, new things: engineering, fine art, crafts, graphics, fashion and other forms of novel expression, more subtle forms including poetry, dance, modelling and athletics.

Many great actors are Artisans, often playing roles in which they portray other “Roles”, such as Kings. (Think of Daniel Craig as James Bond.)

Sport tends to attract both Artisans and Warriors — for  Warriors, it’s an opportunity to get tough (they tend to go for rugby and boxing), while for the Artisans its more about flair,  agility and honing their “craft” (football, tennis). David Beckham has perfected a Warrior-ike look for the camera, but his boyish smile is pure Artisan.

In society at large, Artisans are the experimental types who advance cultural progress in art, technology, entertainment, fashion, and so on.

Artisan Characteristics

In terms of their facial appearance, Artisans tend to have heart-shaped, almost child-like faces, with soft, droopy, dreamy-looking eyes, and an “intrigued” expression.

Note, for instance, the similarity between the following Artisans, despite their very different fields of expression.

This facial expression can vary between dreamy playfulness (see Marie-Antoinette) and one of struggling with complex thought processes (see Vincent Van Gogh).

Artisans – especially female Artisans – often go for striking hairstyles and very distinctive  clothes as a way to express their unique individuality. This attracts attention and serves as a creative outlet, though it can also serve as a bold alter-ego for the more reserved personality inside to grow into.

Many male Artisans go for unkempt-looking hair and fuzzy beards.

Thomas Heatherwick

Classic Artisan — designer Thomas Heatherwick

Artisans also convey a sense of always reinventing life — i.e., whatever comes into an Artisan’s life will end up being new and improved. In a sense, Artisans live on the edge of chaos, which is the fertile zone in terms of creativity.

In fact, they are the only soul type to operate on multiple simultaneous channels of input (one looking at the current situation, the others following alternative trains of thought). Hence, their attention seems to be on many things at once.


And hence, to non-Artisans they can appear random, disorganised. Kings and Warriors especially might see them as “scatty”, “spacey” or “ditzy”. Their behaviour, like their thought processes, can sometimes seem completely erratic.

Positive and Negative Poles

[As a reminder, any manifestation of consciousness has both a positive pole and a negative pole. The positive pole is an expression of the true self or soul; the negative pole is an expression of the false self or ego.]

The Artisan is adept at crafting things from imagination and spends much time in their vivid and active inner world – in fantasy. The Artisan’s basic focus could be described as “applied imagination”. When it comes form the heart this leads to creation, the gift of genuine creative fulfilment. But when it comes from ego or fear it leads to artifice or craftiness – for example, using highly inventive lies or fantasies to deceive others for personal gain.

Another manifestation of negatively applied imagination would be to create a fantasy scenario and then step into it and believe it as though it were real. This is self-deception or delusion – when fantasy takes over from reality. Other roles are not so susceptible to these manifestations because they are less “involved” in their own imaginations, and less easily drawn away from reality. But an Artisan can easily get sucked into living in a world of fantasy or delusion, out of touch with everyday reality. Words commonly used to describe such people include “scatterbrained” and “ditzy”. An experimental writer, musician or artist might come to believe that anything he or she does, no matter how weird or nonsensical, is important simply because it is new and different.

In the positive pole of creation, however, an Artisan’s inventiveness and applied imagination are sincere, ingenious, insightful, and of value to others.

Artisan Soul Evolution

As a reminder, all souls progress through five cycles of self-evolution in physical form (see: Reincarnation: the 35 Steps.)

Artisans are society’s designers and architects – both literally and metaphorically. Artisans therefore find their feet on Earth during the second reincarnational stage, which is about organisation and structure. Baby Artisans, good with their hands, are usually drawn to crafts like metalwork, woodwork and other manual skills. One example from the entertainment field is the American singer and Christian activist Pat Boone.

Young Artisans

In the third stage, Young Artisans like to turn their creative and expressive talents directly to the pursuit of worldly success, fame and fortune. Painters and sculptors, for example, will look for prestigious, high-earning commissions. Some will use their own body as a medium of expression. Well-known Young Artisans in the entertainment field include Elvis Presley, Cher, Bruce Lee, John Travolta, Lisa Kudrow, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kim Bassinger and Victoria Beckham.

Mature Artisans

Mature Artisans are drawn to use their creative expression in more meaningful ways, e.g. to understand and explore human emotions. They can be bohemian, highly inventive, perhaps avant-garde, and are often ahead of their time. Well-known examples include Michaelangelo, W. A. Mozart, Vincent van Gogh, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Lloyd Wright, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Woody Allen, Leonardo di Caprio, Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, and of course Michael Jackson.

Old Artisans

Old Artisans seek to explore and perfect their own unique approach to creative expression. What they express tends to be increasingly philosophical and spiritual. Examples include Walt Whitman and Paul Gauguin.

Incidentally, Gauguin appears to have reincarnated as Dutch artist Paul Teekamp.

A gallery of Artisans:

Artisan women

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton



Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Paul Gaugin

Paul Gaugin



Josh Krajcik

Josh Krajcik

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom

Jude Law

Jude Law

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

David Beckham

David Beckham

Michael Caine

Michael Caine

Walt Disney

Walt Disney



See also:

Michael Jackson – the reincarnation of Mozart?




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50 Responses to “The Artisan soul”

  1. 1 Alexander 10 Aug 2014 at 8:23 am

    I’m the definitive Artisan (I think), can you confirm? (

    I’m most certainly at the young stage. I’m presently 23, though at eighteen years old I was a published author and freelance journalist. Troubled youth, especially in regards to my sexuality. INFP personality type.
    If I buy clothing, it has to be something I’ve never seen on anyone else. I have articles of clothing that make people envious, and a flashy wardrobe — right now I have a scruffy beard, and I have ALWAYS had wild hair, matching your description perfectly.

    My current issue is that once I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish, (the article, and glowing feedback from the editor) I no longer had any desire to write to be published. I no longer care about being published, or being a better writer — as much as I would like to.

    I’m currently falling, as an Artisan, to the more negative trope — destruction… which is a flashback to my five year old self, who purposely burned his mother’s kitchen down, just to see what would happen!

    I have a ravenous interest in the Occult and esotericism, devil worship, and witches. I am currently studying Thelema and the history of The Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn. I genuinely want to learn spells capable of causing people harm, which I think stems from a bizarre paranormal encounter my father and I had when I was just a child.
    Have you heard of Shadow People? The Djinn?

    In any case, do you know if it is common for this soul type to be involved in occult practices? Do you have any advice for getting me off of this path and back onto the one I was on before?

    • 2 Alexander 10 Aug 2014 at 8:29 am

      I should also add — the occult is often considered a childish, angsty phase… but I see no children practicing the occult. Most occult leaders are in fact very worldly, stoic, and educated.
      But I suppose that supports the idea that “warrior” types see us as “ditzy” or “spacey”, perhaps even childish.

      • 3 barry 10 Aug 2014 at 11:52 pm

        Hi Alexander

        Yes, I see an Artisan alright, though with some solidity too which could mean Warrior-cast or King-cast Artisan.

        You say you identify with the Young soul stage, but just be aware that it isn’t until you reach 35+ that you finally rise to your full height in terms of your actual soul age (i.e. Level of self-awareness and empathy). In fact, at age 23 I would have seen myself as a Young Artisan, as I was so fixated on worldly success, power, fame – just waiting for someone to discover my latent creative genius (I don’t actually have one). But for the last 15 years or so I have known with clear certainty that I’m a Mature Scholar.

        As we grow up in each new life, we pass through all the levels of consciousness that parallel our previous soul ages. We start out as barely-conscious impulse-driven infants, which parallels the Infant soul age. Then through childhood we know ourselves ‘characters’ with a name and a role in our family/cultural setting, which parallels the Baby soul age. In late adolescence we feel a surge of independence, so we leave home and go seeking our fortune in the wider world, which parallels the Young soul stage. Then in mid-life, perhaps once we’ve settled into a comfortable lifestyle, we feel another surge – not for independence but for being true to our soul’s purpose, which parallels the Mature soul stage.

        If you’re a Young soul, that last transition will simply lead you to be more focused in your competitiveness – like, if you’re an Artisan, you’ll feeling a calling to be successful at being creative, for example. If you’re a Mature soul, in mid-life you’ll feel like questioning everything you’ve done so far, and wonder what it is you’re really here to do. (Mature souls are a lot more confused and uncertain than Young souls.)

        You might start to feel the first “prod” of self-questioning at age 28. I don’t know why, but it seems very common.

        What strikes me with the occult thing is that it is – in Young soul fashion – all about the use of personal will above all else. “How can I make the world become the way I want it? How can I make others do my bidding?” It’s all very 3rd chakra in its masculine form.

        Well, that’s where you are now, and who knows how long you’ll be there. Maybe for the rest of your life? Or, there may come a time when you realise that what’s missing from your whole fixation on the power of will is … The next chakra up. Your heartfelt empathy, compassion and respect for others.

        Please understand that I am not “against” the occult path you describe – I studied it myself on and off over several years. But I gave it up because this path is very much “me me me.” And it’s about control over things and people. That’s not a holistic kind of existence (even for a Young soul!). It’s a denial of the interconnectedness and value of all things,all people.

        Your fantasy desire to control others will automatically alienate you from others. Instead of seeing real human beings with individual differences that all deserve equal respect, you are projecting onto them something from your own childhood, and wanting to attack them as though they were lifeless, mindless dummies.

        If you want to leave this path, you must recognise that you are failing to perceive others as they really are, and also try to get the bottom of your destructive impulse. If destructiveness truly satisfies your Artisan curiosity, then find some other outlet.

        Hope this helps


  2. 4 crxtf 26 Nov 2014 at 8:23 am

    beyonce is definately a sage

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