The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul
and related books by Sandra Maitri

Index:

Defining the Enneagram

The Enneagram is symbolized by a nine-pointed star in a circle.

The name combines ennea- (from the Greek ennea: nine) and -gram (from the Greek gramma: letter, writing)

The Enneagram shows nine patterns or models of feeling, thinking, and behaving.

The Nine Enneagram Types, after Sandra Maitri

Usually one of these nine Enneagrams is dominant in each of us, while we all have aspects of them all. None of the types is "better" than any other. But within one type, one can be more healthy or less healthy:

In the main Enneagram page, we show the categories of: Riso & Hudson; Daniels & Price; Vollmar; Naranjo.

Sandra Maitri provides a rich array of information on each type, summarized in a set of diagrams. See her text for terminology tabulated here in the types table:

The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues

Chapters

  1. The Enneagram, the Soul, the Passions, and the Virtues.
  2. Point Nine -- Laziness and Action.
  3. Point Eight -- Lust and Innocence.
  4. Point One -- Anger and Serenity.
  5. Point Three -- Deceit and Veracity.
  6. Point Two -- Pride and Humiliation.
  7. Point Four -- Envy and Equanimity.
  8. Point Six -- Fear and Courage.
  9. Point Seven -- Gluttony and Sobriety.
  10. Point Five -- Avarice and Nonattachment.

"The passion of each point" [p. 28-29] is summarized as:

the interaction or synthesis of those of its wings -- the points on wither side. Our fear, for example, the Passion of Point Six, is a mix of the contracting pull -- avarice -- of Point Five, and the expansionist pull -- gluttony -- of Point Seven, resulting in doubt, insecurity, and uncertainty.

... the passion of each typr is grounded in the passion of that type's heart point. For instance, our envy of others -- the passion of Point Four -- is rooted in our assumption that what we have and who we are is imperfect -- the passion of Point One.

Groups the points into:

Diagrams:

  1. The Enneagram.
  2. The Ennea-types:
    1. Ego-Resentment
    2. Ego-Flattery
    3. Ego-Vanity
    4. Ego-Melancholy
    5. Ego-Stinginess
    6. Ego-Cowardice
    7. Ego-Planning
    8. Ego-Revenge
    9. Ego-Indolence
  3. The Objective Enneagrams, with the Virtues and Holy Ideas, as tabulated in the types table above.
  4. The Enneagram of Personality, with the Passions and Fixations, as tabulated in the types table above.
  5. The Passions, reinforcing material as tabulated in the types table above.
  6. The Virtues, reinforcing material as tabulated in the types table above.
  7. The Inner triangle: Three, Six, and Nine, which traditionally shows 3-fold symmetry
  8. The Points on the Rim: One, Two, Four, Five, Seven, Eight
  9. The Inner Flow: 1 -> 4 -> 2 -> 8 -> 5 -> 7 -> 1 ... and 9 -> 6 -> 3 -> 9 ...
  10. The Outer-directed Corner: 8 - 9 - 1.
  11. The Image Corner: 2 - 3 - 4.
  12. The Fear Corner: 5 - 6 - 7.

The Books

Most Enneagram books are on the main Enneagram page.

Maitri
The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues: Finding the Way Home by Sandra Maitri, a student of Claudio Naranjo.
The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul by Sandra Maitri, a student of Claudio Naranjo.