One of the things on my mind this fall is darkness and shadow, within our own psyches, reflected in the events we are witnessing in the world around us. Working with the symbols and imagery in the tarot deck, shadow and the unknown are both fully present, and on a regular basis I have the opportunity to talk to my clients and students about the ways in which shadow shows up in readings, and our lives. And yet, taking on the uncomfortable job of self examination can be challenging. How do we deal with the parts of ourselves that we do not normally take time to consider? How do we allow ourselves to be vulnerable to fully dive into our own darkness and less than heroic aspects of our own personality? How do we forgive ourselves for these human faults, and work to change our behaviors, however unpleasant the motivations or actual behaviors? And even more difficult, how do we cope when our worst fears are playing out in the world arena?
I do not have the answers to any of these questions, but I am interested in exploring them in my own life, and in the lives of those in my community. What questions are you interested in now? What areas of your life are you taking the time to explore this fall as the days shorten and the nights grow longer?