A: If you can’t read their aura, then you have to try to use other sources of observation.
While children don’t have all the affectations that adults do–they’re usually a bit more guileless and genuine–they do have the enculturations of their family, society, school, and (if applicable) their religious affiliations to contend with.
Once a child is over the age of 10 the enculturations are pretty firmly in place, and much of the guilelessness is gone (unless the child and most of those around the child are all second cycles—and that includes parents, immediate family, and teachers—because second cycles, more so than the other cycles, tend to be guileless. That doesn’t mean they’re without fear, but they are less likely to lie or spin stories).
However, there are still indicators that you can look for that will give you the possible insight as to a child’s role and cycle at an essence level.
The best indicator to what a child’s role is, are the activities that the child enjoys. Watch what kids do (willingly) without having to be cajoled or coerce, and you should get an idea of what role they have. For instance, if left to their own devices, a scholar will read or study (that may be with books or on the computer), they’re also going to be the loners, so you may see them playing with their dolls or bikes or favored toy/object by themselves. They prefer their own company and are comfortable with their own company. They’re very happy doing solitary activities.
The artisans will be trying to create something. You’ll usually find them busily cutting and pasting, drawing, painting, playing or listening to music, composing rhymes or poetry, sewing, knitting, decorating, etc. This includes putting makeup on their dolls or fixing the doll’s hair, or creating battle scenes with their army men, or designing and constructing a tree house or fort. They may also try to create a pleasanter atmosphere (if there’s bickering, they may try to make peace).
The servers are primarily (not always, but primarily) followers. They just want to be everyone’s friend, and they want everything and everyone to be happy and comfortable, and so will do what they can to make that happen. They, many times, end up being the one either picked on or taken advantage of.
Warriors are (usually) the aggressors, the activity leaders—the captain of the impromptu team, the initiator of the football scrimmage, basketball one-on-one, the spur-of-the-moment baseball game. They’re the ones that need to be doing something, that have difficulty just sitting still for very long because they’re doers, not sitters. If they read, they like action-adventure stories or movies. They can easily become bullies, if their energies aren’t directed in a positive way. Warriors have an innate code of honor. Once they pick someone as their friend, they will defend that person from anyone and anything, and they expect the return from you. If you fail them or slight them in any way, you are instantly the enemy – and it may take forever for you to redeem yourself, if redemption is even possible. Many times the slight from childhood is never forgiven, not even into adulthood.
Priests are similar to warriors, but where the warrior is concerned for him/her self and those loyal to them, the priests tend to look at the overall and then select those people they believe can help them get where they need or want to be, or to accomplish what they want to. The priests select their followers/friends more carefully than a warrior will, because the priest is choosing these people based on how much or how well the other person can help them achieve a specific goal. While a warrior gives a simple, “Hey, let’s go play ball…” to everyone in the room, priests do more of a “You and you, let’s go play ball.” They’re selective instigators, or manipulators. They may tend to find a warrior or server and convince that person to do something just to see if the person gets in trouble, and if so, how much trouble.
Priests are good at slight-of-hand maneuvers…they get you watching something or someone else, then they can do what they feel is the “right” thing to do. This is especially true if they suspect or know that the adults won’t agree with what it is the priest feels they need to do. As I said, they’re great manipulators.
Sages want the spotlight. They crave attention, always and they will do anything to get it—even if that means acting out (stealing, vandalism, backtalk, aggression)—they don’t care, as long as it gets them attention. Sages will talk about themselves constantly and promote themselves shamelessly, because they NEED the attention. While they don’t usually become bullies, they can easily become troublemakers.
Kings tend to be quiet (even as kids) and may easily be mistaken for scholars or warriors; because like scholars they watch and observe and usually respond in a subdued (almost regal) way. Also, like warriors they lead, but while the warriors are “Hey, let’s go!”, kings, merely go over and pick up the basketball and soon find themselves surrounded by other kids. This is more of an innate trait, and not something that they really plan. Other kids simply find themselves drawn to these youngsters and once within the sphere of the child kings, the other kids are usually willing to do whatever it is the king wants. If a youngster becomes aware of this draw that they have, they can use it to their own advantage, sometimes demanding tribute (in the way of toys or money from others). So again, the danger of becoming a bully is there if the energy isn’t guided in a more positive direction.
As to figuring out their cycle, that’s a little more difficult because kids are inundated with everyone else’s fears. A kid may be 4th cycle, but if their parents are 3rd they may look like 3rd cycles. With 3rd cycle parents, you may see the kids striving towards goals that they really don’t care about, but they haven’t fully realized that they don’t care. Because most kids want to please their parents, they will try and win the starring role in their ballet recital, or the pee-wee baseball game, or get the A’s on all their school tests, even though they themselves don’t really care about these things. In observing this behavior, you think that they’re 3rd cycle, when they’re really not.
Fear is not only inherent, it’s also taught, and until they get through that 4th internal monad where they decide for themselves whether to keep all the fears that they’ve burdened themselves with or to throw most of them off, it’s going to be hard to determine exactly what cycle someone is.
The eyes are a big indicator (at least to me) of who (role) and what (cycle) someone is. If you look into their eyes and flash on 3rd cycle sage, you’re probably 80% right—because what you’ve gotten as to cycle is probably right and the sage is probably the casting position. Then watch the actions. Do they act more like a scholar than a sage? Then they’re probably a sage-cast scholar. If they act very sage-like then either the casting is stronger than the actual role or they may actually be a sage-cast sage (heaven help you;-). But to try and determine the cycle without the eye contact, well, that’s gonna be very hard, because as I said, fears are learned, and without having the parents there to see how the kid interacts with them, it’s tough to determine just how much of the fear is the child’s and how much is learned from other people.
An example of the roles and how they manifest in children can be seen in the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. In the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter is a young king, and his two companions are a 4th cycle warrior (Ron) and a 3rd cycle scholar (Hermione). The interactions that Rowling writes are perfect for the threesome—Harry is quiet yet commanding, everyone simply follows his lead without him really having to say anything. Ron is always wanting to charge ahead and do things, he’s the “white knight” protecting his best friend, and if anyone says or does anything against Harry, Ron charges in to defend his king. Hermione is the advisor, the level-headed counselor who studies all the books, charts, and maps, then guides Harry as best she can. She also lends a calming hand to Ron’s wanting to barrel ahead without always thinking through what it is he’s doing or where it is he’s going. Their primary adversary (in their age bracket) is Draco Malfoy. He’s a young priest—conniving, manipulative, and with his own agenda. Their overall adversary—Lord Voldemort—is an adult, third cycle king with a chief feature of greed (for power). His followers are primarily priests and warriors. This leaves him at a disadvantage though, because he has no scholar to advise him.
Hopefully, this information will help you see and understand not only the roles as they manifest in the children around you, but it should also help you identify the roles in the adults you interact with on a day-to-day basis.