Daily Archives: September 23, 2017
There is a 30 day Pagan journaling challenge for the month of September set up on Instagram and I thought it would be fun to do it – and would get me back into the swing of things as well.
And back into blogging here as I answer the posts. (I’m not much of an Instagram person.)
Today’s question is:
How do I see shadow work? Do I see it as a useful practice?
I’m going to answer the second question first.
Shadow work is difficult and uncomfortable. It involves looking for (and looking at) the not so desirable aspects of yourself – the parts of yourself that society deems “bad” or “shameful” or “sinful.”
And once you find them, identify them, name them, shadow work means accepting them and integrating them into the rest of yourself instead of keeping them locked away in the shadows of your subconscious.
So why is it important to do that?
Because when you acknowledge them and bring them into the light and embrace them they begin to lose control over you.
The Devil card in Tarot traditionally shows two figures, chained, their chains held by a devil. The Devil is those parts of yourself that you refuse to acknowledge, but which are there, in the background, pulling your chains and making you dance to their tune.
Personally, I prefer a different drummer.