Hello and welcome to the Samhain (Halloween) Tarot Blog-Hop where we are celebrating the thinning of the veil and our Shadow selves.
If you would like to jump back one Hop just follow the link to Ania Marczyk’s wonderful blog.
For this Blog-Hop we were asked to explore our Shadow sides. What exactly does that mean? What is our Shadow side?
Carl Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of the extroverted and the introverted personality, archetypes, and the collective unconscious. His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, literature, and related fields.
Jung believed the most powerful archetype to be the Shadow. The Shadow contains the darker aspects of our character that have remained undeveloped because they have not been given expression. Jung suggested these undeveloped feelings, ideas, and desires were sides of our psyches. If neglected, our Shadow will rule us. So powerful is the Shadow, Jung wrote, that if it is not attended to (i.e. made conscious), it will appear in the world around us as our fate. (pg. 7 Tarot Shadow Work by Christine Jette)
So, now that you have a better understanding of what the term “Shadow” means when referring to our psyche, please allow me to share with you this Tarot spread that is designed to help you discover/identify your Shadow – Star of Discovery from the aforementioned book Tarot Shadow Work – Using the Dark Symbols to Heal by Christine Jette (Llewellyn Publications 2001).
The Star of Discovery
(Using only the Major Arcana)
- Denial: What negatives or positives do people point out to me that I have trouble accepting?
- Anxiety: When do I get nervous, anxious, touchy, or sensitive with others?
- Inferiority: When do I most lack confidence?
- Anger: What qualities in a person do I most dislike or have the most difficulty dealing with?
- Secrecy: What do I rarely talk about with others? What are my secrets and my family secrets?
- Self-loathing: When am I most dissatisfied with myself?
These are the cards I drew from the Gilded Tarot Royale by Ciro Marchetti:
This is only a summary of this particular spread as the book goes into a lot more depth and detail. But, this gives you the general idea behind the premise of “Shadow-work”.
Our Shadow self is ever growing and changing as is our physical/emotional self. It is an ongoing life-long process (for the most part) to find harmony and balance between the dualities of self. Yes, an ongoing process, but, a very worthwhile process indeed. Discover your Shadow-self, embrace it, and integrate it into the self you know and the self you Think you know.
Samhain Blessings to you and yours! May the veil be thin for your festivities, communication, and enjoyment.
Into the Twilight
Into the twilight and darkness of self
Where Demons reside and skillfully hide
Where acceptance is shunned and light is denied
All hope then is lost and no longer resides.
To delve to the depths, their lair to abide
These demons in twilight and darkness they hide
To fester and grow, UN-seemingly so
Deep shadows above as deep shadows below.
The gifts of the Shadow are wont to be seen,
But to discover these gifts, courage is deemed
At best to be present, at worst to be dreamed
And into the light of hope, they scream.
What lies in shadow often uncovered
Yearns to be heard and be discovered
Repressed far too long and kept under cover
These shadows of twilight and darkness, lived under.
Rearing their heads the demons will strive
To encroach into daylight, the Shadow revived
Denying existence adds fuel to the fire
Embracing acceptance tames demons desire.
These personal demons as Shadow’s surrender
Bring heart break and toil to those who are rendered
Victims to tortured souls of the lost
Now brought into light, will now share the cost.
To rid thee of Shadow that lurks unforgiving
Your light it must shine into corners unbidden
Illuminate that which would want to stay hidden
Embracing both Shadow and Light we have striven.
Thank you for joining me in this discovery of Shadow. To jump to the next Blog in the Hop, please follow the link provided.
Tarot card images are from the Gilded Tarot Royale by Ciro Marchetti, self published 2012.