This new moon in Scorpio represents the wounded healer – definitely a Scorpio trait. The aspects of Agena and Centaurus in this new moon also represent the ability to bring to light that which our body is not yet conscious of for healing. There is a strong need to address our shadow aspects, allowing them to surface so they may be recognized and healed if needed.
Healing our Shadow through Reflection & Meditation
As Carl Jung identified, we are our persona and our shadow. Jung believed we are blank slates when we come into this world and are coloured by our experiences. Positive experiences become part of our persona, and those in which we receive negative reactions become our shadow-self.
I believe we are blank slates to a large degree, but through my own experiences, I have also come to realize that we are affected by many past-life experiences, adding another layer of complexity. These experiences result in inexplicable reactions to events in our lives. Do you have a completely irrational phobia? Have you ever met someone where you both immediately knew each other on an intimate level, although you had never met? For this reason, I believe we need to look even more deeply at our whole self and our instincts.
Depending on the culture we grow up in, our persona and shadow may wildly differ from another person. For example, looking someone in the eyes is considered polite in some cultures, while it is quite offensive in others. Different families also have different ideas of ‘acceptable’ behaviour, sometimes creating a very strong shadow that requires a great deal of healing. Perhaps you have a very strong reaction to something someone does – examine this if you haven’t – it’s quite interesting when we dig a little. I feel it is important to note that we all have shadow aspects and challenges we wish to overcome, and it is through this healing that we become stronger, wiser, and better able to support and connect with others in a truly authentic way. It is this authenticity and love for our whole self we seek, but we must start with loving OUR whole self.
Throughout life, we will continue to experience clashes in our persona due to changing environments, relationships, and expectations. This can be quite confusing, often triggering, yet it can also be incredibly healing. By taking a moment during these times of discomfort to really reflect on why certain emotions are occurring, we are able to look at the root cause and assess the situation and our reactions objectively. This can take time, so it is important to be patient with ourselves and not rush any healing. Taking time allows more to be unearthed to better understand ourselves. This is part of the beauty of meditation, as we are able to become objective and gain a more whole understanding of the situation from our perception and others’. Some of these instincts are very important, and our intuitions way of telling us a situation is healthy or not healthy. Others have been programmed into us, and may not be necessary.
“But these instincts have not disappeared. They have merely lost their contact with our consciousness and are thus forced to assert themselves in an indirect fashion.” ~ Carl Jung
New Moon Meditation
Get comfortable in a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed. You are welcome to make this space your own with candles, healing stones, and healing music. Closing your eyes, inhaling drawing your shoulders to your ears, and exhale through your mouth to relax them down your back. Repeat this a few times, then coming into a steady Ujjayi breath – slow, long inhales and exhales through the nose. Grounding your energy by imagining roots or a golden cord reaching from your Root chakra into the earth. Taking a moment to feel this connection deepen. Begin bringing white light in through the Crown chakra and allowing it to flow down through your spine and into the earth.
- Describe your persona?
- What is it you want others to see in you? Why? Where did this come from?
- Describe your shadow?
- Why is it part of your shadow?
- What happens when you let these aspects of your shadow become a part of you? Send yourself love as you allow your whole-self to shine through, and see others also sending love to these aspects.
Know allowing your shadow to become a part of you will allow you to be your whole, true-self. Those who love you will still love you. But most importantly, do you love yourself? Think of one thing you can do for yourself for the next 30 days to show whole-self more love. Perhaps painting, journal, a walk, quiet time for you, yoga, or meditating?
Enjoy nourishing your soul and all of you.