Not one for the faint-hearted…. Sometimes I scare myself! I created this spread as a journaling exercise, but found it best if I worked with it over several sessions, rather than one.
The Shadow is a Jungian archetype, often associated with the Devil card (Trump XV), dealing with repressed fears, desires, perceived character flaws, and instincts. Jung firmly believed that, in order to become psychologically evolved, the Shadow should be incorporated into our conscious life. It is the seat of projection (ascribing unwanted or fearful characteristics and elements of our psyche to people and the world around us), but also a well-spring of creativity.
Before we delve into the shadow side, we need anchors:
1. The four corners of my world
The rest of the spread demands a genuine desire to delve into the Shadow.
2. The elements:
a. Earth (top, or north): A physical habit to let go of
b. Water (left, or west): An emotion that is blocking my growth
c. Air (right, or east): A belief that stands in my way
d: Fire (below, or south): A spiritual hurdle to overcome
3. Regrets to release
4. Expectations to let go of
5. Past events to be released
6. Fears to face
7. Secret desires
8. Hidden motivations
9. What shames be about my character