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Understanding the attributes unique to our celestial nature can help us see the recurring themes that show up in life. It's the blueprint to understanding ourselves. To see clearly the binds that hold us back, often fastened by ourselves without our knowledge.

Our shadow aspect feels as if it's hidden, existing below the earth in the darkness, often manifesting as guilt, shame, sadness or anger.

Just as yin and yang complement each other with their natural duality of light and dark, the shadow aspect of our archetype is interconnected with the light, the parts of us that are approved of by the world.

Often it is perceived that our shadow aspect represents the parts of us that are “broken” but to be whole we need to accept all of us, just as wet is to dry or night is to day. Integrating the hidden self so we can become whole.

“You are not broken, you are open.”

To be open to life as it comes and welcome what we came here to learn.

To accept who are today, where we aspire to be, and how to get there.

Our shadow aspect isn’t to be perceived as negative, it’s like gravity, a tension that keeps us alive and from floating into space.

The challenges and setbacks we face are only the growing pains to realise our better selves. Hard truths, though often unwanted in the moment, shine a light on the pleasing self-image we build to pacify ourselves in place of the real thing. Accepting turbulent conditions and often painful lessons are the way we may transcend the mind limits of fantasy. Here, we may truly recognise ourselves, accept what lies ahead, and begin to live a free and joyful life.

Shadow aspect

In your pursuit to be great and honourable, you may abandon your needs and slip into martyrdom. There is a fine line between contribution and self-sacrifice. In your quest to uphold humanity, you may forsake your own. If separated from your emotions you may find yourself off-track pursuing an ever-expanding grand timeline and undervalue the tactile life before you. Treating life like a cosmic chess game that you must conquer can divert you from your true purpose. Don’t rush to guild your emotions and disguise them. Ignoring this part of the growth cycle will prevent you from closing off chapters, leaving you in an endless loop. Accepting the duality of life is the best way to galvanise gold sealing off completed lessons. 

How to Balance:

  • Embrace all of your emotions and allow them to rise
  • Respect your limits, don’t over-sacrifice for the greater good
  • Finding the balance between the material and the cerebral 
  • Grounding meditation to bring you into the present moment, like this one made especially for you.

Crystal to work with:

Shungite cylinder 

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