Of all of the profiles, I have a special affection for 5/1/Heretic/Investigators. 5/1s have such a powerful role in the world- the ability to move society forward through their unique perspective.
5/1s have what is called trans-personal destinies or karma. While profiles with numbers 1-4 as the first number spend their lives working through or creating their own karma within their lives and their circle of immediate relationships, those with numbers 5-6 as the first number are here for a broader purpose and larger audience. 5/1s have the ability to affect others, and have encounters with other people, groups or audiences that are impactful and can alter or bring about change. This is not always comfortable for the 5/1 or the people who encounter them, but these encounters are meaningful and important for the people they reach and for society as a whole.
5/1s live their lives in a projection field. From the time that they are born, they are being projected upon to be the person that will offer practical solutions to the problems around them. This begins with their mother, who may project onto them that they are a miracle baby, a medical marvel or their perfect angel. Inevitably babies cry- they are fussy, and right away they can’t live up to the projection being put onto them. Thus, the journey of the Heretic begins before they are even conscious of what is happening around them. These projections can be solutions on a large or political scale, but they also happen in their daily lives. Heretics can be projected upon to know how to fix household problems, offer financial advice, or resolve conflicts. Often times, the practical solution that Heretics provide within their families or in society is humor.
The unconscious part of the 5/1 profile is the 1/Investigator. Investigators are here to do just that- they dig in and research and they must have a solid foundation of knowledge before they can feel comfortable speaking up about something. Once they have developed this foundation to stand on, 5/1s can offer up their heretical point of view. 5/1s can use their ability to investigate to advocate and call out injustice and offer solutions that bring about peace. This is true for 5/1s like Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernie Sanders, Joan Baez, and Jimmy Carter.
Ra Uru Hu used to tell the story of the Heretic being the General who rides into the village-in-crisis on his white horse. The villagers say, “Oh thank God you’re here, you’re going to tell us what to do and how to fix this.” The General rolls up his sleeves and offers some practical solutions, but inevitably he can’t please everyone. The villagers all get together and say, “You were supposed to fix this and you didn’t!” The General replies, “This isn’t even my village! And the only reason you are in this situation is because you all did this, this and this. You caused this crisis.” And the villagers say, “How dare you speak against the village. Heretic!”
The story of the General is about the Heretic’s journey in life, where they struggle with the projections being put onto them by others. When the projection is right for them, it feels good. 5/1s that have a solid foundation of facts to stand on and find a projection that is right, can step into their role and shine with it. At times, the projection is not right for the 5/1. This can happen when a 5/1 is looking to please those around them and takes on a projection that isn’t correct for them. What happens frequently is that the right projection, over time, stops feeling right for the 5/1. They may step up and offer something impactful, and then be held to a projection that they can’t live up to forever. If a 5/1 has taken on the wrong projection, or struggles to maintain the role that has been projected onto them, their reputation will suffer, and they may have to go re-invent themselves somewhere else. Heretics can seem to be bridge burners for this reason, if their heretical point of view is not appreciated they will flee.
Take for example 5/1 Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen is a person who had a career as a comedian with a sitcom on a major network. She played herself in the show, only the character of Ellen was a single woman who was dating men. In 1997, she came out to the world as a lesbian, in public and as the character on her show. After she came out, her show was cancelled and she struggled to find work again for 3 years. What she did was monumental, and made the country consider how it was treating or ignoring gay and lesbian people in the era of “Don’t ask don’t tell.” In 2003, she re-invented herself as the Ellen the world knows today- a fun loving daytime talk show host who loves to dance. She is continually projected upon to be the spokesperson for gay rights, a role she has stated she is not comfortable with or interested in. She is also always projected upon to be “the queen of nice” and is under constant tabloid scrutiny, photographed frowning or looking unhappy and gossiped about any time she comes off as less than sweet. The projections of the famous person who comes out and calls the public’s attention to gay rights, and of the super happy fun talk show host were correct for her when they came because those projections aligned with her truth in the moment, but they can’t define her forever.
Another famous example of a 5/1 is Stephen Colbert. He had a career doing a show as a character- the satirical character of Stephen Colbert the narcissistic right wing idiot. When he was offered the Late Show he had to consider what it meant to go out each night as himself, not hiding behind a character. He went away and had to reinvent himself, as himself. Once he did that, he was able to use the solid foundation of political journalism and spin it into comedy using his own voice. The voice of a Catholic, Southern white man who was willing to speak out about injustices and the absurdity of the news of the day.
Another example of a 5/1 is Jimmy Fallon. He is projected upon to be America’s Sweetheart, offering up a silly, light hearted giggle fest each night. When the 2016 election came around and late night comedy shows became a platform for political commentary, Fallon found himself struggling with the projections being put onto him. He famously messed up Donald Trump’s hair, and was vilified for “humanizing” Trump on his show. He was also criticized for not speaking out or against Trump at that time. He felt unable to live up to the change of the projection of late night host from simply making people laugh, to making them think.
Yet another example is Madonna, who grew up in a very conservative, mid-western Catholic family. She found her platform- which was performance, and has used that over the course of her career to call out all of the things that were oppressive about her upbringing. She used a Pepsi commercial to dance in front of burning crosses. She challenged gender roles, sexuality, traditional family values, and has had many controversies where she has had to re-invent herself throughout her career. Lady Gaga, Patti Smith and Frida Kahlo are more examples of 5/1s who challenged gender roles and explored their own feminine power through the platform of performance and artistic expression.
These reputational struggles can be heretical themselves, and can cause people to question or examine things. This was the case with 5/1s like Richard Nixon, George W Bush, Sinead O Connor, and even 5/1s like Ben Affleck (who has publicly struggled with addiction) and Britney Spears (who has publicly struggled with mental health issues). 5/1 Jennifer Aniston found herself caught up in a scandal with husband Brad Pitt when he began a relationship with Angelina Jolie. Aniston has struggled since that divorce with the projection of woman scorned, her love life under constant scrutiny and analysis in the public eye. These falls from grace or personal struggles made public sparked, at the very least, conversation and introspection.
What has to be understood about Heretics is that these moments that happen- acts of heresy or moments when their heretical point of view makes waves, they are not P.R. stunts or calculated career moves for the Heretic. They are simply moments where their truth aligns with a projection being put onto them and they have a unique viewpoint to share and a platform to use. But Heretics are not interested in being anyone’s poster child. Their heretical point of view is unique and personal, and truly authentic. We need Heretics to evolve and grow culturally, politically and personally.