The Dark Moon in Taurus honours our connection to the natural world. The Earth is the body of the Goddess, and we are all Her children.
As Sacred Beings, we honour our bodies as sacred and honour everyone and everything around us as sacred as well. The way we do this is through respect. Respect for one’s own body, as well as for others, plants and animals and the Earth Herself.
We can learn a lot about ourselves when we look to the natural world for guidance. This can be especially true when we work with Shadow animals.
A shadow animal is usually one that we have a strong revulsion about. We may fear it, or dislike it intensely. It is an animal that we might kill, or avoid, it may evoke a traumatic emotional response.
Shadow animals usually represents a lesson we don’t want to learn. It forces us to confront harsh and uncomfortable truths about ourselves. What we dislike most about the animal may be what we dislike most in ourselves.
By learning to love and accept our shadow animal, by arriving at a place of healthy respect, we learn to appreciate who we are as spiritual beings.
The Dark Moon is a time for inner reflections, personal journeys and shadow work. What better time to take stock, to face our deepest fears, to meet and embrace our Shadow side. Communing with our dark self may lead to valuable personal insights. As we shine light on our darkness, we come to a place of healing. The Shadow self is the part of us that reacts from a place of unconscious fear. Once those fears are brought into the light, we can begin the process of healing.
Working with Shadow Animals
Sit quietly, with pen and paper and think about an animal that you dislike or fear.
Ask yourself the following questions.
What kind of animal is it?
How does it act?
What are its traits and behaviours?
Do you recognize any of those behaviours in yourself?
Keep this exercise simple so that you don’t become overwhelmed or anxious. Shadow animals may trigger an intense emotional response which can prevent us from exploring further. We can work through this block by staying grounded and approaching slowly and gently.
One of the most powerful exercises we can do is to develop a healthy relationship with our Shadow Animal. As we come to know and respect them, they can become a powerful ally who can help us in our healing work.
Dark Moon Blessings