Tarot Shadow Work Day 5

► Day 5: Father – Guidance, Protection, Discipline

The father figure can relate to guidance, protection, and discipline in a traditional sense. We rely on our fathers to provide a sense of safety and security. We learn discipline through him, not necessarily by way of punishment, but by observing his efforts.

Think about your father (or other persons who served as a father figure). What is your relationship with him like– what was it like growing up? Take note of memories you have of him that stand out. How do you see him? In what ways do those qualities reflect in your life? Do you experience any resistance to your father? Consider the things you don’t like about him, then ask yourself how you might demonstrate those qualities yourself. Consider the things you do like about him and how far you might go to embody those qualities yourself.

Tarot Question: What element of the father archetype might I benefit from considering?

Things not reaching completion, the cycle incomplete, not letting go, no closure from the situation.

Quote From: The January Shadow Work Challange Post by UnmaskingTheDivine 

Deck used is: Shadowscapes Tarot (affiliate Link)

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Tarot Shadow Work Day 4

► Day 4: Mother – Needs, Trust, Love

The traditional mother figure can be associated with needs, trust, and love. As infants, we typically rely on our mothers to meet our needs, we have no other choice but to trust that she loves and cares for us enough to accommodate those needs. By looking at the role our mothers played in our lives we can gain a sliver of insight on how we go about meeting our needs, establishing trust, and receiving/expressing love.

Consider your mother (or other persons who served as a mother figure). What is your relationship with her like– what was it like growing up? Take note of any striking memories. How do you see her? In what ways do those qualities reflect in your life? Do you experience any resistance to your mother? Think about the things you don’t like about her, then ask yourself how you might demonstrate those qualities yourself. Consider the things you do like about her and what lengths you might go to to cultivate those qualities in yourself.

Tarot Question: What element of the mother archetype might I benefit from considering?

Shadowwork - Day 4

It’s a little tongue in cheek of the deck to answer this way.

Quote From: The January Shadow Work Challange Post by UnmaskingTheDivine 

Deck used is: Shadowscapes Tarot (affiliate Link)

Tarot Shadow Work Day 2

► Day 2: Childhood – The Birth of the Shadow

Infancy, childhood, and adolescence all set the stage for the development and reinforcement of the shadow. For the sake of brevity, I am using the term ‘childhood’ to cover all of these life stages, however. Bear that in mind whenever I refer to childhood throughout this challenge.

Trace back your memories as far as you can. Try to overview your early life in as much detail as possible. Articulate or otherwise express how you experienced childhood as a whole. Heed to any areas of resistance you encounter. Note pivotal turning points or memories that stand out. Attempt to recall the first time you experienced emotions like sadness, anger, jealousy, anxiety, remorse, and contempt.

Tarot Question: What facet of my childhood have I overlooked or otherwise need to reevaluate?

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This will take some time to think about.

Quote From: The January Shadow Work Challange Post by UnmaskingTheDivine 

Deck used is: The Wild Unknown Tarot

Tarot Shadow Work Day 3

► Day 3: Home Life – Security, Belonging, Self-Worth

Home life is closely tied to one’s sense of security, belonging, and self-worth. By analyzing the condition of the home life we experienced during childhood, we can shed light on how these aspects of ourselves developed.

Reflect on what your home life was like growing up. Consider things like household income, inter-family relationship dynamics, overall lifestyle, etc. Was financial stability a source of stress? Was the relationship between your parents conflicted? Did you feel accepted by your family? Did you feel safe at home? Did you live a life in a suburban setting, in the boonies, in an orphanage?

Tarot Question: What aspect of my home life might I benefit from taking into consideration?

Shadowwork - Day 3
4 of Swords

Rest, relaxation, and recovery.

Quote From The January Shadow Work Challange Post by UnmaskingTheDivine 

Deck used is: The Wild Unknown Tarot

Tarot Shadow Work Day 1

Shadowwork - Day 1

Day 1: Preparation + Light Work

We will kick off this challenge with a day of preparation and light work.

Take some time to relax. Mentally prepare yourself to experience some discomfort. Charge yourself up. Drink a lot of water.

Ponder your life. Pay tribute to the things you’re grateful for– the experiences you’ve had, the people you’ve met, the things you’ve achieved. And don’t forget to include yourself! Regardless of what you’ve been through or what you’ve done, you’re an fascinating human being, a world all your own. Give yourself credit just for being alive.

Count your blessings and keep them in your thoughts today. Write them down or use an artistic medium of your choice to express them creatively– this could be as simple as a quick sketch, some snapshots, a short poem, or even a compilation of relatable art created by others (think photos, music videos, gifs, etc). Work with whatever feels right, just make an effort to actively draw your attention to the positivity and abundance in your life.

Tarot Question: What aspect of myself can I rely on to facilitate this month’s shadow work?

Ace of Wands Reversed
Lack of motivation is hardly something I am unfamiliar with. I struggle to find detailed it a strength. I will keep a close eye on how many spoons I have with this work and pace myself.

Quote From: The January Shadow Work Challange Post by UnmaskingTheDivine 

Deck used is: The Wild Unknown Tarot