The 3/5 Profile combines the Martyr with the Heretic. The conscious part of the profile is the 3rd line Martyr, who lives a very physical trial and error process in the material world- life bumps into them and they bump into it. All 3rd lines live a fairly self-absorbed life, one that is not necessarily looking for partnership but rather what they can uncover and take away from others for their own self-discovery. The unconscious 5th line Heretic, however, is always magnetically drawing others to them. 5th line Heretics are continually projected upon by others to be the General who rides in on their white horse and pulls them out of crisis. This is uncomfortable for the 3/5 because their conscious Martyr side is always leaping (before they look), can’t help but call out the problems surrounding them, and can never live up to the projection of savior that is being put onto them. Ra Uru Hu used to say that Martyr Heretics are the people who are blamed for everything. Because of this, it’s easy for 3/5s to become pessimistic and to take on a Martyr complex, always asking “Why me?” 3/5s can feel that they live a difficult and lonely life, but must recognize that they have a unique and crucial role.
The 3rd line is not interested in academic research or building a foundation of facts, they leave that to 1st line Investigators. Martyrs are here to jump in, to learn through action and to discover through experience the how and why of things. 3rd lines are also not here to live within a circle of trust and to cultivate a network where their influence is continual, they leave that to 4th line Opportunists. 3/5s are most powerful as a “stranger of consequence.” Martyrs are here to immerse themselves and discover what does not work, both personally and in the world. 3/5s can go through phases of life that include relationships with lovers, friends, family members, and business associates that are detached from one another or disconnected from the whole. 3/5s are always going through life calling out others, being willing to take a stand or speak up when others might look the other way. 3/5s are often bridge burners, who may need a relationship to die in order to move forward, but there is within them the possibility for rebirth, if the people who love them can forgive them their assertations and transgressions. Like the ultimate Martyr- Jesus, themes of death and rebirth, both metaphorically and actually, are always present in the life of the Martyr.
Although they are constantly bumping into others, Martyr Heretics are really on a path of solitude that is about their own self-discovery and ultimately, self-acceptance. Their powerful and mutative truth comes through their journey of trial and error, of death and rebirth, and that truth has the power to alter the people that they come into contact with. It is often through pushing the boundaries and speaking out in ways that make others uncomfortable that 3/5s make an impact. Famous 3/5s Anais Nin, Bruce Springsteen, Nina Simone, Earnest Hemingway, Courtney Love, Cindy Sherman, Carrie Fisher, Sylvia Plath, William S Burroughs, and JFK all played out their roles by speaking about sensitive if not taboo subjects such as sex and sexuality, gender roles, addiction, depression, inequality, wealth and poverty, civil rights, death and war. They each used their own unique experiences to shine a light on those things, and made the collective look at things they had preferred to keep in the dark. 3/5s can feel like they have lived a life of failures and heartbreaks, of burned bridges and dissolutions, but the old cliche of “God only gives you as much as you can handle” rings true for Martyrs. 3/5s are specially equipped to be resilient, adaptable, determined and generous, and to be sustained by life no matter how hard it bumps into them.
A famous 3/5 is writer Joan Didion. As a journalist she immersed herself fully in her subjects, closely aligning herself with hippies on Haight Street, movie stars in Malibu and politicians in D.C. Through her experiences with each of these people she spoke to their lifestyles and behaviors and called them out for their darknesses and hypocrisies. Perhaps Didion’s greatest works came later in her life, when she wrote two memoirs about the deaths of her husband and daughter. Didion’s ability to convey her experience as a wife and mother with candor that was fraught with regret, doubt and grief was a type of honesty that cut to the bone. Didion was willing to question herself and her role in ways that most never dare to. As Didion said, “You are getting a woman who somewhere along the line misplaced whatever slight faith she ever had in the social contract, in the meliorative principle, in the whole grand pattern of human endeavor.” Her stark truth telling and willingness to share her doubts in the social constructs of the world were something of a literary revolution.
Another famous 3/5 is musician Bob Forrest, who enjoyed success early in his career as the front man for 90’s bands Thelonious Monster & The Bicycle Thief. After burning bridges with both his record company and his bandmates, Forrest spent much of his 20’s & 30’s battling his addictions to drugs and alcohol, in and out of rehabilitation clinics (24 of them, to be exact). It was through his time as a musician in Los Angeles that he met Dr. Drew Pinsky, an addiction medicine specialist who frequented the radio show Rodney on the ROQ. As co-guests on Rodney’s show, the two formed a friendship that would develop into Forrest becoming an addiction counselor and working with Dr. Drew on the reality show Celebrity Rehab. Forrest ultimately broke with Dr. Drew and the traditional rehab model and opened his own rehabilitation clinic, taking everything he had learned through his years in and out of various rehabs, and working as a counselor himself, to develop his own unique method of addiction treatment. This is an example of how 3/5s can take their own painful process and use those lessons learned to empower and heal others.
Ultimately 3/5s are here to stand up for a principle, one that aligns with the truth of their own personal experiences, and change the world around them by bringing new value to the collective. It takes self-acceptance on the part of the 3/5, an ability to recognize that their process has been lessons learned, not a series of failures, and that it is this gathering of experiential wisdom that provides 3/5s with their greatest gift. When their unconscious 5th line is asked into situations, the Martyr knows and sees what does not work, and can stand up as the Heretic, take charge, and deliver something practical that does. In this way, 3/5s are the great fixers of the world.