Enneagram Dimensions


My name is Susan Rhodes (susan@enneagramdimensions.net). I'm the staff writer for the Enneagram Monthly, the only ongoing monthly periodical on the enneagram. My articles set forth a new vision of the personality enneagram based on an optimistic view of human nature. I've written about 50 articles for the EM and four books on the enneagram (see left).

The Fool's Excellent Adventure, my newest book, explores ways to combine the power of the enneagram with the evocative images of the tarot. The book should be available on Amazon in November 2017. Here's a brief description from the back jacket:

The Fool’s Excellent Adventure describes the adventure of life using two great systems, the tarot and enneagram, to map out the territory. The enneagram is a wonderful system for discovering who we are and what motivates our actions in life. The tarot invites us to imagine new possibilities and to follow them wherever they lead. Together, they provide us with an approach to inner work that is playful, original, and thought-provoking.

A quarter of a century ago, Joseph Campbell re-inspired a nation with the hero’s journey on the popular PBS show, The Power of Myth. A few years later, German author Hajo Banzhaf wrote his beautifully illustrated book, Tarot and the Journey of the Hero, offering a Jungian approach to tarot work. It features two arcs of experience: the Arc of the Day and the Arc of the Night. Each Arc has nine major arcana cards. As a result, it can be linked to the enneagram, which has nine personality types. I first read Journey when it came out in 2000, but it took me almost two decades to link the two systems. This book is the result.


The enneagramis a geometric symbol of great power and beauty. It has many uses, but it's most widely-known these days as a basis for determining personality type.

The enneagram is a powerful tool for exploring the self. In fact, it's so powerful that it can seem a little intimidating at first. This is especially true if it is viewed mainly as an indicator of our limitations instead of our potentials.

It's possible to look at the enneagram from a broader perspective, to see its truths in a more positive light. That's why I designed Enneagram Dimensions. I see it as a place to present a way of working with the enneagram that is

  • exploratory   (dynamic and receptive)
  • transpersonal  (focused on individuality at many levels)
  • impartial   (focused on both gifts and challenges)
  • systems-oriented  (embedded within a larger context)
  • narrative  (helpful for telling the story of our lives)
  • imaginative  (literally grounded in imagery)
  • humorous  (designed to help us laugh at our foibles)

If this sounds interesting, read on. Discover your type or subtype here.

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