The Warrior is one of the seven soul types or roles in essence. The Warrior’s specialty is forceful interaction, especially with those who oppose or threaten.


“I came, I saw, I conquered.” — Julius Caesar

“Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.” — Winston Churchill

“I keep waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do.” — Salma Hayek

Rising to the Challenge

Warriors are forceful souls; they embody qualities of strength, courage and determination.

Like Kings, Warriors are action-oriented beings, and therefore down-to-earth, single-minded and very wilful. Unlike Kings, however, they tend to be more attracted to the cut and thrust of battle (whether real or metaphorical), preferring to just get stuck in rather than to stand back pulling all the strings.

Warrior souls tend to see life in terms of confrontations and rising to the challenge. There are causes to serve, struggles to be overcome, battles to be won. They like to be on the front line with their trusted comrades, and strongly value both courage and loyalty.

The basic drive of any Warrior is to uphold something “right” and defeat something “wrong”, however those two are defined. A Baby Warrior, for example, might fight against law-breaking in the local community. A Young Warrior might fight for his or her country against foreign threats. A Mature Warrior might fight against social injustices such as starvation in Africa. Even in the entertainment industry, Warrior souls approach their work as a kind of personal battle or test.

A perfect example of the Warrior’s relentless commitment to a challenge is the long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad. Diana first tried to swim the 100 miles of shark-infested ocean between Cuba and Florida in 1978, aged 28. On her fifth attempt, at the age of 64, she finally succeeded. The 15-minute TED talk she gave after that is well worth watching:

Warriors are invariably attracted to some sort of challenge. The challenge could be anything — the forces of nature, an invading army, undesirable elements in the community, social injustice, racial prejudice, or oneself. Fulfilment, for the Warrior, comes in the form of victory over the given challenge.

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.]

In the positive pole, persuasion, a Warrior is forceful and effective without being overbearing. In other words, respectfully persuasive, courageous and protective.

In the negative pole, coercion, the Warrior descends into intimidation and brute oppression. The ends justify the means, and any approach that gets results may be perceived as useful, no matter how unpleasant for others.

in the movie Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood (himself an Old Warrior) plays a character whose journey is one of moving from the negative pole to the positive pole of the Warrior spirit.

Warrior Soul Evolution

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

Baby Warriors tend to be at home in law enforcement and the armed forces. Mike Tyson is a Baby Warrior in the largely Young Warrior world of boxing (a challenge indeed).

Warriors find their feet in physical form during the Young cycle, which is focused on individual accomplishment. Young Warriors are attracted to the macho action hero archetype, and tend to seek glory as “invincible” soldiers, leaders and athletes. Famous Young Warriors in power include Ivan the Terrible, Mao Tse Tung, Churchill and Eisenhower.

Mature Warriors, by now disillusioned with warfare and violence, try to throw their forcefulness into more meaningful challenges and causes such as acting (Judi Dench) and writing (Bram Soker). Their politics becomes more about fighting for the underdog.

Old Warriors like Igor Stravinsky and Clint Eastwood become more philosophical and seek pure self-expression through mastery of their forceful nature.

Warrior Characteristics

Warriors are distinctly solid and physical, ready for action, very much at home in their bodies. In both male and female form, they can be aggressively sexual.

Facially, Warriors are often characterised by low eyebrows and an expression that says, “Don’t fuck with me.” Or perhaps it’s, “Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough.” Not necessarily aggressive, just ready for a bit of action. Whenever you see that look in the eyes, even in a small child, you are probably looking at a Warrior.

Like Kings, their faces tend to be quite firm and angular rather than soft and rounded (unless they happen to be overweight).

Some famous examples of the Warrior soul:

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Dolph Lundgren

Dolph Lundgren

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Judi Dench

Judi Dench

Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini

Steve Biko

Steve Biko

James Mason

James Mason

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

Prince Harry

Prince Harry

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney

Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

Ivan IV (The Terrible)

Ivan IV (The Terrible)

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

Dwight Eisenhower

Dwight Eisenhower

John McCain

John McCain

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson




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96 Responses to “The Warrior soul”

  1. 1 Laura Flowers 25 Sep 2014 at 5:33 am

    My significant other is a Warrior Mature level 3. He is a theatre fight director, he’s educated but not to have a high paying career, he’s soon to be military at the age of nearly 32, classic warrior looks, everything you have written fits him perfectly. I always wondered how the theatre aspect and a warrior soul fit together, but I understand now.

    He’s a neat guy, complex, interesting, fierce but kind, loyal and caring. I wasn’t certain I needed a partner, but it has been an interesting and fitting journey.

    Thank-you for writing this. I learned a lot.

    • 2 barry 15 Oct 2014 at 10:31 am

      Thanks Laura.

    • 3 Mikaere 14 Jul 2015 at 5:47 am

      well said, these words of the Warrior were inspiring

  2. 4 Chan 08 Oct 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I thought I was a server but I did your questionnaire and it came up with warrior… Reading this through I can definitely identify with some similarities but some things I don’t think are necessarily true to my sense of self. But perhaps I am over thinking it. Also a few years ago I met a psychic who told me about some of my past lives apparently I have been a polar bear many times, I was also a soldier and at one point a servant in a royal household. Just wondering if you can shed light on any of that and whether they indicate I truly am a warrior? I feel like right now in this life I am experiencing too much fear/doubt to be a warrior, to believe/accept I am a warrior.

    • 5 barry 11 Oct 2014 at 8:08 am

      Hi Chan

      What sort of face do you think most resembles your own? See:

      I think it’s fair to assume that we have all been soldiers and servants in previous lives, regardless of type. They are very common occupations, globally and historically!

      • 6 Chan 14 Oct 2014 at 2:14 am

        Priest – to a T. Now I am totally confused!

        • 7 barry 15 Oct 2014 at 10:41 am

          Try this. Think of what sort of activities and skills seem to come naturally to you, more than they do for a lot of other people. Of the following seven descriptions, 1-7, which sounds most like you:

          I am naturally …

          1. Nurturing, assisting, caring
          2. Thinking out of the box, tinkering, imagining (or re-imagining)
          3. Taking on challenges, competitive games, confronting wrong-doing
          4. Observing, studying, learning
          5. Being witty, crowd-pleasing, telling stories
          6. Coaching, counselling, motivating others
          7. Leading, commanding, uniting others around you

          How do you think others see you? How would they most likely describe you (if they are being honest)? Which of these, 1-7, fits best?

          Tunde is…

          1. Very helpful, but can also be a bit of a moaner
          2. Creative, but can also be a bit of an airy-fairy fantasist
          3. Proactive, but can also be pushy or aggressive at times
          4. Brainy, but can also be nerdy and a bit boring
          5. Entertaining, but can also be a bit of an attention-seeking missile
          6. Uplifting to be with, but can also be a bit preachy and morally superior
          7. Extremely competent, but can also be intolerant of others who are less competent

          • 8 Chan 16 Oct 2014 at 8:40 pm

            Probably 7 for both – what’s the verdict? Please can you break down what soul each number signifies?

            This is actually a great quiz just asked some friends to do it for themselves – you should make it into a post and then hyperlink to the soul type page each answer correlates to.

            Thanks Barry – absolutely love this blog. Since recently discovering it I have trawled through all the pages. I am both full of admiration and gratitude.

            • 9 Chan 19 Oct 2014 at 8:23 pm

              7 is king – but I guess warriors and kings hold some similarities or harmonise well with one another. I think it’s more likely I am a king soul as although I like and prefer action I most definitely prefer to command from the back as opposed to leading from the front so to speak.

              • 10 barry 20 Oct 2014 at 9:05 am

                King sounds likely then.

                1 = server
                2 = artisan
                3 = warrior
                4 = scholar
                5 = sage
                6 = priest
                7 = king

                The quiz is online here:


                and there’s a link to it from here:


  3. 11 Guillermo 12 Oct 2014 at 6:31 am

    Hi. I just wanted to tell the story of my journey as a person and see if anybody can try and make sense of it and tell me what type of soul is really mine. Keep in mind that I’m only 19.

    I’ll begin with my early childhood. I was raised by overnurturing parents, though most of my time as a pre-teen I spent home alone because they worked to death to give me a decent home. I was always the loser type. Quiet, shy, socially awkward and a total tool because I helped out those who either didn’t need help or those who verbally abused me. This manifested in my adolescence as social anxiety. I was still a tool and I avoided social interaction even subconciously (I spoke really fast and mumbled which made interaction even more difficult). I was never a good athlete nor the best student. I would describe myself as a term I know despise, “slacker”.

    When I graduated high school I felt like this was going to be my life forever. I left for college soon after and started living by myself (with the economic help from my parents). Having a fresh restart with new people made me realise that I wasn’t the stepping stone that I made myself out to be. I still struggled with social anxiety but gradually I began to work on removing it from my life.

    Only recently (around 3 months ago) did I feel the warrior within me brake the chains that bound me my whole life. Every obstacle, be it academic or social I percieved as an enemy to be confronted and defeated. I started walking taller, I spoke clearer and more concisely, I felt confident and stopped worrying about all the things within me that gave way to my social anxiety. I know now that my foe is my past self and that this foe is to be triumphantly defeated. For the first time in my life I felt what it was to be competitive, I want to excel above my classmates and others even in trivial matters.

    I don’t know if this was a precursor or anything but during my therapy sessions to aliviate my anxiety I independentaly formed an image of myself that would protect me against my insecurities. First it started as a shield but recently I imagine myself as a roman general walking confident and triumphant.

    I feel like the warrior spirit is deep within me campaigning against myself and that when it manages to destroy the enemy it will flourish naturally and triumphantly in all aspects of life.

    • 12 barry 15 Oct 2014 at 11:29 am

      Hi Guillermo

      I cannot tell yet if you’re a Warrior or not, but what you describe strongly relates to something else – the life transition that is known in this framework as “the 3rd monad”.

      To explain:

      Every life unfolds in stages (infancy, childhood, etc). But each stage begins with a mini-crisis. Or rather a challenge that means letting to of the previous stage of life and boldly entering a new one. These can be thought of as “gates” leading from one life stage to another, and there are 7 in all.

      The 1st gate is birth.

      The challenge we all face at birth is to let go of the comfort of the womb and become an independent organism. Most of us do it, but many do not – they opt out. Some are still-born (having abandoned the life altogether), while others may be born fine but have subnormal development (having come into life but not fully committed to it).

      The 2nd gate is the formation of a self-image around age 18-36 months, which parents call the “terrible twos”.

      The challenge is to use one’s newly acquired power of thought (inner speech and imagination) to get a stable idea of oneself as a person — a self-image.

      At first, this self-image is confined to how one is perceived and related to by one’s family. Parents will actually lay their own unconscious image on each of their kids, which a toddler will readily take on board. (Examples: “the best little boy in the world” or “the little bastard that ruined out happy marriage“).

      Throughout childhood, this acquired self-image will be expanded and altered based on more and more feedback from others, especially at school.

      The 3rd gate is departure and independence, which marks the transition from late childhood to early adulthood. This can be tackled anywhere from, say, 15 to 25, but in our society it is usually focused around 18 or 19.

      The challenge is for the young person to leave “the nest” of home and start a new phase of life as an independent adult in the world at large. Every hero myth refers to this, from Dick Wittington to Star Wars.

      One of the characteristics of any transition is letting go of one’s attachments to the previous life stage. This can cause family ruptures whenever someone is passing through the 3rd, especially if the parents aren’t ready for it.

      Some people manage to leave the nest very consciously and easily. But some people don’t know what the hell’s going on and either resist it or do it aggressively out of frustration. You can probably see why some teenagers blow up at times. They feel the urge to stop being a child, yet also fear letting go of their beloved childhood. They want their parents to treat them as adults, yet secretly may not feel ready for it in themselves. The conflicts and frustrations can be very difficult.

      This third gate (or “monad” in the jargon) is completed most successfully when you feel a new freedom and independence of action — happy to embark on a new life on your own terms, and with no bad feelings about the old one.

      This stepping into independence also has resonances with the Warrior spirit:

      “I am not who you say I am, I am who I say I am.”
      “I do as I please, and you will respect me for it, or to hell with you.”

      So you can see how your recent experiences might appear as signs of being a Warrior, but it may simply be about stepping into adulthood.

      Every gate can be passed through successfully, poorly, or not at all. But in any case, any gate (including birth!) can also be revisited in later life, so any unfinished business can always be finished off.

      Hope all that makes sense!


  4. 13 bhagi 06 Nov 2014 at 11:31 am

    1) way of love- you havent talked about the most important thing a soul, human or warrior’s aspect of life love. what kind of love or type of lover they can be. and their life towards love.
    2) concept of god – their religion, god, divinity etc
    3) while doing the above things give examples of kings all over world or that mentioned in scriptures too. then i will ask questions based on your reply.

    • 14 barry 07 Nov 2014 at 8:41 am

      Don’t hold your breath, Bhagi.

  5. 15 bhagi 07 Nov 2014 at 7:11 am

    hello barry, nice insight.
    1) But what about souls who are cowards, inactive, dont want to act even though they can contribute, commoner. 2) is there something called dead soul, or hopeless state. how do u consider mentally retard or psychically handicapped people. then the worst thing the so called so called corrupt people or manipulative kind of people. how to relate this.
    3) soul has no gender concept yet for it to work it needs body,mind, intellect. so body is just a container to hold on the soul. then in that case how do u explain role of gender in this. 4) you have talked about biological age factor which i too agree but i have seen many case the so called old in biological age are the one’s who create problems, taunt, judge, no patience, arrogant, selfish. quite the opposite children 1000 times better, and youth they are ok as long as u dont take them for granted. but they accept their mistakes quickly than adult or oldies. YYYYY

  6. 16 bhagi 08 Nov 2014 at 8:13 am

    dint understand

  7. 17 Jack 18 Dec 2014 at 8:23 am

    Hello Barry I really like what you have written and the way you educate people on their soul essence. Now I write this becuse I feel kind of lost. I already now that I am on the verge between a mature and an old soul.
    I always knew that I am a warrior. Since a little kid all I did was either fighting friends with fists or sticks or we played some other kind of imagination games but usually warriorish. I was a brave and shining kid. I loved cartoons and fairy tales about warriors and princesses, fight and sacrifice. But somewhere along the line i totally changed. When my parents divorced I lost my confidence I became a lost kid. I was cowardish, I had distorted perception on my body becaues I got fat and did not even realize I did. I was really insecure. And it lasted for a few years during which I tried to change. Be less cowardish and more confident. I partially succeeded. But again throughout my teen and college years I still had some cofidence problems I got involved in heavy partying and light drugs like marihuana. Last 4 years on my life even though heavy in partying I always felt like their is something missing. I lacked the purpose. Academic career did not really interest me but I kept going and I still do cos the society and my parents expected me to do so. I always wanted to have some talent like drawing or playing instruments or singing and live out of those talents. Unfortunately I did not have such talents. I do not see a point of being a modern soldier nor I could be one because of health problems. And I also feel to proud to take up slave wage job(I do not have familly to provide for so I do not need to vanquish my pride)All of this led me to depression and being suicadal.

    So I am writing to you cos it is getting better in my life I understand more about my soul a little about my purpose but still I am not sure about the soul type and I really need to know this. My whole life I always felt it is a warrior but I have read somewhere an interview/channel with Micheal where he said warrios cannot procrastinate. Procrastinating, being passive, lost and depressed at times is mostly what I do recently, so is it still possible that I am a warrior? How can I get to know this? When I watched a movie where there is a battle in it I feel a huge pathos I sometimes cry but always with my chest bumped. Another thing is that I am not typically built like warrior I may have wide jaw but little cheek bones which gives me a little chubby face look even though I am not overweight. Another thing is the body overall. Now I have an athletic figure because I train but if I didn’t i would look poorly because of my bone structure. Health problems with joints are another thing.
    So I am really lost here and I no longer know what to believe. Can you comment on that? How can I make sure of the soul type? If it is a warrior what can an old warrior do?
    Best wishes,

    • 18 barry 27 Dec 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Jack

      Generally, kids are true-to-their-role in the first few years of life. As soon as they can walk and talk, their role can be quite obvious. Then comes indoctrination into the surrounding family, culture and society, plus peer pressure and an overload of signals from the media, and it’s very easy to lose sight of ourselves. For example, I was clearly a Scholar up to about age 10 or 11, then at senior school as I tried to fit in with the other teens I acted like I was a bit of everything (so as not to stand out as unusually bookish or nerdy).

      I would point out to you that while soul type is a constant, body type is a variable. That is, in one life you could be muscular and brawny, in the next life short and fat, in the next life tall and skinny, etc. So you can’t really take your body size/shape as an indicator of soul type.

      I am not aware of any reason why a Warrior cannot lapse into depression and procrastination, but I can imagine it would be particularly uncomfortable for them, given their action orientation. At the risk of generalising, Warriors like to leave the decision-making to Kings; Warriors are in their essence when making things happen, but deciding what to make happen isn’t their forte. In other words, Warriors are happy to carry out a mission that has been assigned to them. (Again, I’m generalising – some Warriors are natural leaders.) So a Warrior likes to know who or what to follow – not necessarily a leader, but maybe a good cause, a political movement, a charity initiative, whatever. My wife has worked for two Warriors, both women. One was a wheelchair-bound dwarf who championed disability rights; the other a global peace activist. Both were driven by a sense of commitment to their ‘mission’. Perhaps, then, you need to reflect internally on what would sort of cause or life role would “turn you on” and drive you into action. If you were assigned the ideal mission, what would it be?

      hope this helps


  8. 19 Jack 28 Dec 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you Barry what you have written actually helps me understand things more clearly :)

  9. 20 Adam 06 Jan 2015 at 6:26 am

    Hi Barry,

    Really enjoyed your insight on the different soul types. I have always felt a strong connection to the warrior spirit, whether it was through my totem animals, the wolf and the hawk, or my instinctual urge to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Looking through the soul type lens has allowed me to see people clearer and its awesome to see that although our physical bodies may change who we are on the inside stay with us through all of our lives. At only 16 I have already discovered a lot about myself and your ideas on the warrior soul have given names to many of the things about myself I was never quite able to put my finger on.

    I now know more of who I am meant to be.

    I am a warrior.

    • 21 barry 06 Jan 2015 at 7:15 am

      Hi Adam

      Great to hear from you, and glad you got some insight from the Warrior info! Cheers,


  10. 22 skjor dykeman 24 Jan 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Well damn you hit me up top the head with that one.

    • 23 barry 29 Jan 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Spoken like a true Warrior.

      • 24 The Invincibles. 21 Mar 2015 at 7:11 am

        what Salma hayek balls have to do with mans, eh? …smile. Moreover what that statement doing here in your so called soul battle. you don’t compare a dick with pussy , do you? no pun intended… :)

        • 25 barry 21 Mar 2015 at 10:15 am

          To illustrate the fact that Warriors can be female as well as male, even though the archetype is often considered “masculine”. Salma Hayek is a Warrior, and her quote is very typical of something a Warrior would say. It demonstrates the way Warriors value the virtues of strength and courage.

  11. 26 craig 03 Jul 2015 at 2:39 am

    Is it possible to be a mix? I feel like I could be a warrior/artisan. Like the example of David Beckham.

    • 27 barry 03 Jul 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Absolutely, Craig. Check out the information in “casting” –

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