whew! the energy has been really emotional, chaotic, and electric with the full blood supermoon eclipse leading into the Mercury retrograde we're currently experiencing, so I thought I'd take some time this week to address shadow work - what it is, and why it's important (the abridged version). shadow work is (very basically) working with the parts of yourself that you don't identify with, or aren't fully conscious of. your 'dark side', if you will...some say it includes not only one's personal shadow, but society's neglected and repressed values as well. whatever you refuse to acknowledge about yourself, qualities you're ashamed of, impulses you deny but see clearly in others, takes courage and strength to confront and accept. this is shadow work, and is a continuous process to engage in throughout life.
eclipse season tends to bring change and upheaval - all the ugly stuff (fear, old wounds, painful memories) comes up for us to reflect on, and release what no longer serves us with gentle kindness. and Mercury retrograde, which generally gets a bad rap for screwing up communications in all forms, electronics, business deals, and more, adds to the cosmic flux. mistakes will be made. double and triple check Everything, and back up your data! make copies. make sure your email/fax/message was received. be extra clear. because Mercury is retrograde in an air sign (Gemini), assume a great deal of discussion will need take place. on the other hand, it's a great time to work with the past, and words that start with 're' - reassess, revisit, readdress, redo, redesign, repair, redirect, and repeat. so while the energy may be frustrating, it's highly useful, and reminds us to slow down, consider where we stand, and take a closer, deeper look at our plans. it seems we find more time to get things done, too, so maybe work on getting your files and closets reorganized!
with all that in mind, I decided to ask "what neglected and repressed values should we be working to address as a collective?" we all know the obvious answers - poverty, racism, erasure, climate change, and more, but I'm curious to see what the cards bring up. from there, I thought I'd ask simply "are we making progress in a direction that will do the most good for the most people?" which led to the third question, "what is no longer serving us that needs to be released?" this sort of feels like a repeat of the first question, because while we definitely need to be letting go of all those negative aspects of our current experience, I was once again curious what the cards would bring up. here's what we got:
|image contains three cards from The Living Altar Oracle and Spell Deck: Generosity, Choice, Emergence. also quartz crystals, seeds, acorns, a seashell, a geode, and a salt crystal.|
"what neglected and repressed values should we be working to address as a collective?" - Generosity - this card is water, and comes to us from the West; from sunset and midlife; it is Autumn, an ancestor, council and initiation. it is speaking to us of power cultivated through wisdom, an openness, freedom to enjoy the dance of the seasons...community, reflection, the nurturing of fruit to seed. the message here is to pay attention to both our hard-earned lessons, and our curiosity. I'm reading it as a reconnection - to ourselves, to our chosen families, to our communities...recommitting to the success of the larger collective rather than to individual desires. that we should lean in to the tempered wisdom of our elders, while learning from the wide-eyed wonder of our children.
"are we making progress in a direction that will do the most good for the most people?" - Choice - this card is air, and comes to us from the East; from sunrise and childhood; it is Spring, a promise, emergence, and rebirth. it is speaking to us of presence, divine intervention, a path laid out before us like an invitation. do we accept its offer, or turn away? we are wild and meant to fly, hopeful, and show others that they can, too. the message here is to pay attention to the wisdom we gain on our adventures. I'm reading it as a relearning of how to lead - a new way of spreading our wings, influenced by our collective need for higher goals and purpose...seeing a better way forward, and embarking upon it with intention.
"what is no longer serving us that needs to be released?" - Emergence - this card is air, and comes to us from the East; from sunrise and rebirth; it is Spring, creativity, inspiration, and intention. it is speaking to us of the grace of innocence, wholeness, and an abundance of potential. of being open, sure, and calling back our power with a renewed sense of wonder, purpose, and hope. the message here is to gather up our knowledge of death and endings, and challenge ourselves to begin again, embracing and anticipating with excitement the wonder of the unknown. I'm reading it as an indication that we need to give up any fear we have around reimagining our systems, and outdated ways of thinking and being, so that we may fully emerge into the next stage of who we can come to be...by trusting and knowing that we have learned all our lessons from our past, and by accessing our potential to make better choices for our future.
thank you for coming along, commenting, and sharing - this reading is for anyone who wants/needs it! as always, I hope there's something in here for you, personally, and feel free to contact me for a private reading.