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The Shadow



The shadow is that which has not adequately entered into consciousness.” – Robert Johnson


“Ye are all Gods” is the understanding of what self-realization is all about. Where are we in comparison to the perfection of God?


Astrological Correlation of our shadow selves


Moon - Sign & Ruler - Conditioning & programming in early life through family, friends, teachers, and society. Establishing emotional security, stability, and self-image. Builds the internal home of the soul. Programming our karma.


4th Housesuppression is where we hide the parts of ourselves that we don’t want others to see. Including partners, intimate relationships, and society in general. We are aware of these suppressions.


Position of PlutoRepressions are past experiences where perception and perspective were not processed correctly. We are not consciously aware of repressions.


7th HouseProjection the opposite of our own instinctive persona. The only way to recognize our repressed and shadowed selves.


12th HouseDeep in the subconscious the mind that is a million times stronger than our conscious mind holds “all” memories of the experience.


“When the subconscious mind is known by the conscious mind you shall be enlightened.” – C.G. Jung

Nodal axis - Gold flakes in the shadow where we have integrated into society for positive and negative.

· South node shows the way of least resistance; the habit patterns of other lives that should be out-grown or discarded.

· North node shows the way out; the path of integration through which there can be fulfilled.


ChironWounded Healer where the pain of conditioning and programming affect our decision and actions that don’t represent our authentic self and soul powers, talents, tools, and abilities. Personal Planets conjunct Outer Planets – 4th - 8th- 12th the water houses (emotions) compel us to deal with debts we owe others from past lives; structures we must change in our mental, emotional and psychological. So we replay past life occurrences in the present life.


· Personal Planets = Sun, conscious will or ego; Moon, the subconscious or emotions; Mercury, the conscious mind, thinking, communications; Venus, love, and money; Mars, energy, action or movement;

· Outer Planets = Uranus, rebellion, change, or the higher (Divine) mind; Neptune, compassion, deception, or the higher (Divine) love; Pluto, rebirth, transformation, control or the higher divine will;


“The essence of bravery is being without self-deception. However, it’s not so easy to take a straight look at what we do. Seeing ourselves clearly is initially uncomfortable and embarrassing. As we train in clarity and steadfastness, we see things we’d prefer to deny-judgmentalness, pettiness, arrogance. These are not sins but temporary and workable habits of the mind. The more we get to know them, the more they lose their power. This is how we come to trust that our basic nature is utterly simple, free of the struggle between good and bad.” – Pema Chodron


“If you allow experiences of the past to overshadow your future, you are ensuring there is no future in your life, just recycling the past.” - Sadhguru


Love of a person – “Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your heart. And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” – Kahlil Gibran, the Prophet


We must find a balance between ego/personality, and our experience of life, which is mostly left of center. Likewise, our ideal capability, enlightenment, is mostly right of center. – Paraphrase from Owing Your Shadow


“The center point is the whole (holy) place. We must relate to the outer world with the refined product of the good side, but this can be done only by keeping the left side in balance with the right. We must hide our dark side from society in general, but we must never try to hide it from ourselves. True sainthood – or personal effectiveness – consists in standing at the center of the seesaw and producing only that which can be counterweighted with its opposite. – Robert Johnson, Owning Your Shadow


The ego is…primarily engaged in its own defense and the furtherance of its own ambitions. Everything that interferes with it must be repressed. The repressed elements …become the shadow.” – Jack Sanford, Jungian Analyst, Episcopal Priest


In a showdown, God (Self) favors the shadow over the ego, because the shadow, with all its dangerousness, is closer to the center and more genuine.” – Robert Johnson, Owning Your Shadow

“The development of the shadow runs parallel to that of the ego. Whatever the ego does not wish to express for whatever inner- or outer-based reason is repressed into the personal unconscious.” – Eugene Paschal, Ph. L., Jung to Live By


“So it is with our life journey: “We must come face to face with the possible worst in us in order to discover the prospects for a deeper and richer life and a greater fulfillment of self.” – William Miller, Your Golden Shadow

“The journey inward proceeds slowly, compassionately, piece by piece, revelation by revelation.” – William Miller, Your Golden Shadow


“We can do nothing about that in the subconscious, as long as we avoid or deny it, that element may have control over us; we are powerless to deal with it until we make it conscious.” – William Miller, Your Golden Shadow


“It takes courage to look into the shadow in the first place: but it takes further courage to accept it as part of our human predicament.” – William Miller, Your Golden Shadow


“Refusing to accept shadow elements and continuing to deny their presence in ourselves makes us less than whole persons. Trying to appear to be “better” than we prevent our becoming what we can be.” – William Miller, Your Golden Shadow


“We do not totally identify with any of these negative, even evil dimensions that come into our awareness. To identify with shadow and act it out is dangerous and potentially destructive.” – William Miller, Your Golden Shadow


“The motivation for us to develop the “ideal” personality is great, but it is never quite enough to enable us to fulfill entirely what is expected of us. We all have many undesirable characteristics in our persona; likewise for each shortcoming, fault, bad habit, and “missing the mark,” there is an equal and opposite positive trait (golden characteristic) in our shadow.” – William Miller, Your Golden Shadow

“We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.” – C.G. Jung


“Gold is an element that resulted from the expanding and contracting, heating and cooling of hydrogen sixteen billion years ago. Gold, like all of creation, is the result of the combination of opposites. Thus Gold is about transformation and about time, the enduring elements of befriending the shadow, the dark gold of the psyche.” – David Richo Shadow Dance


The Sacred Purpose of Being Human – A healing journey through the 12 principles of Wholeness by Jacquelyn Small


1. Spiritual beings learning to be human.

2. You are not your ego

3. Preparation for Inner Work

4. Methods of Transformation

5. The Principles of the “Self”

6. 1st Principle = We are both Human and divine

7. 2nd Principle = The Self is greater than its conditions

8. 3rd Principle = Whatever you say “I Am” to, you become

9. 4th Principle = The Human shadow has a sacred function

10. 5th Principle = Victimhood is a case of mistaken identity

11. 6th Principle = Your desire is God’s love living in you

12. 7th Principle = We learn to live within the tension of opposites as “walkers in two worlds”

13. 8th Principle = It’s not out, but through, that we heal and transform

14. 9th Principle = There are no outer experts on a path of Self-knowledge

15. 10th Principle = Your symptoms of dis-ease are not pathological: they are the pangs of birthing a new consciousness

16. 11th Principle = An open heart is the bridge to the Divine

17. 12th Principle = As you cultivate your own nature, all around you begins to grow

18. The journey is our Home

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you. – Jesus


“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – C.G. Jung

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