My New Post on Animal Wisdom is up at "Witches and Pagans."
I discuss Shadow Animals - what they are and what they do.
"People fear snakes, and run from spiders. When we see these
particular animals, we shrink in fear. Certain types of animals make our
skin crawl. These animals are the “creepy crawly” ones or the ones we
only see at night like owls. The ones that we feel the queasiest about
are the animals that are the most alien or radically different from us.
Animals that elicit such a strong response from us are our Shadow
Animals. These animals represent the part of our inner landscape that we
want to keep in perpetual darkness. Shadow Animals are the
manifestations of the unacceptable aspects of ourselves. They hold the
aspects of ourselves that we dislike. Since many people feel
uncomfortable in embracing their dark side, fear of certain animals is
one way to keep it at bay. Hence, we invest our dark qualities in
spiders and snakes.
What do Shadow Animals do? They give us permission to love the
unacceptable parts of ourselves. When we work with Them, we take back
our lost power to forgive ourselves. Once we embrace our Shadow Animals,
we will be reunited with these missing parts of our being. They show us
that our most hated, feared, and shameful qualities are actually our
keys to living the life of our dreams. Shadow Animals call you to make
peace with yourself."
Read more at Shadow Animals Part One at Animal Wisdom.