I love this figure from “Harry Potter”. Dobby the house elf. What a nagger and what an affectionate characterisation of the servant archetype. The story is beautiful. At first we see the little house-elf completely identified with his role as a powerless being. Then Harry empowers him by enabling a ritual, an initiation, and indeed, Dobby is living up to it by taking responsibility for his own choices. Note that in this moment he easily could have chosen differently – but he stayed true to himself. The interesting fact is that Dobby always had considerable powers at his finger tip , he just did not have the confidence to put it to work to serve his own truth, as opposed to what he was told to do by his master. Funny to see the rebel streak in the little elf too…
So I think we all need to find Dobby the house elf in ourselves.
‘We all serve someone or something. Because the spiritual path is essentially one of service to others, anyone can relate to this archetype. The Servant engages aspects of our psyche that call us to make ourselves available to others for the benefit and enhancement of their lives. This task can only be done in a healthy manner if the Servant is able to simultaneously be of service to the self. Without the strength to maintain your own well-being, the Servant becomes consumed by the needs of those around you and loses all focus of the value of your own life.
From a mundane perspective, the Servant is associated with money because servants are hired help. This aspect is witnessed within the psyche of the Indentured Servant, a person who sees himself bound by conditions of service that are not of his choosing or preference because of an inability to “buy his freedom,” or symbolically coming into your own power. Therefore, the core challenge with this particular archetype is making choices that serve your highest potential. If this describes a substantial personal issue for you, then consider this archetype as a possibility for your own chart. (From C Myss)