Today I’ve done the Shadow Work Spread from the Shadow Work October Challenge by @Mnomquah on IG. For this spread I’ve used the Deviant Moon Tarot by Patrick Valenza.
1 The Light – What you know and accept about yourself?
Queen of Cups. I know I am a loving an protective mother. Always listening to others and trying to understand them and to feel what they need from me; to know how to help them. I also acknowledge my depression and I try to live with it as good as I possible can.
2 The Shadow – What is hidden from you about yourself?
The Knight of Wands. This is the same card as I’ve chosen for my “least favorite card of the deck”. Well now it is obvious why I picked this card. My Shadow wants to be heard loud and clearly. She wants to be adventurous and to try out new things. She knows no fear or at least she will not be held back by it.
3 Why do you fear you Shadow? What is preventing you from seeing and accepting you Shadow?
Six of Wands. I am afraid of the resistance of my loved ones. They don’t know that part of me. Accepting my shadow might cause conflicts and I don’t know if I am brave enough to face that.
4 Why should you embrace your Shadow? What are the positive sides of your Shadow that would benefit you?
Temperance. My personality would be so much more balanced if I could embrace my Shadow. It would be a very healing experience for me.
5 How to integrate the Shadow into the Light. What steps you should take in order to accept your Shadow?
Four of Swords. It is tempting to try to do Shadow Work only in your head. You have to feel and digest what you’ve learned too; really sit with is and let it sink in and take your time for it. This is the part when the real healing begins
6 The Outcome -The possibilities if you succeed in bringing the Shadow into the LightThe Magician. I like this card in this position. The possibilities are endless, I can do anything I set m mind to, if I marry my Queen of Cups with my Knight of Wands. Yes so much energy will be set free if they live happily ever after
I am always a bit anxious when I am doing a large and very personal spread like this. Would the cards make sense? What if it is all abracadabra? A bit like stage fright perhaps. Anyway I loved how this spread worked out for me and the insights I got from it. Now I am going for a walk; some much needed Four of Swords time....