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Tarot Shadow Work: Using the Dark Symbols to Heal Paperback – October 8, 2000

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"Hats off to Christine Jette--she has something new to say--and she says it cogently, with depth, passion, and compassion." -- Diane Wilkes

"I would recommend her book to anyone... on a spiritual journey, to anyone interested in learning more about themselves..." -- Lori Vallis, Host, Bella Online Tarot

From the Author

Spring 2006

Shadow work is putting the past to rest, with all its pain, sorrow, loss or regret, so we can get on with our lives and learn to live joyfully. I like to think of the shadow book as mystical therapy or a grief workbook. Because I borrow heavily from 12-Step programs, it is also a book of recovery. As with all my work, practical advice, psychology and mysticism peacefully coexist.

The phrase 'new age' is an umbrella term used to denote a whole range of interests including health and well-being, many forms of therapy and self-help, esoteric practices such as astrology and tarot, nontraditional religions and spirituality, concern for the environment, respect for nature and feminine wisdom. To some, it is synonymous with fluffy, feel-good nonsense. To others, it offers another way to look at the world. I am disheartened when reviewers feel the need to bash beliefs that differ from their own.

Llewellyn is a niche publisher of new age books. Tarot Shadow Work was published by Llewellyn, therefore it is a new age book produced by a new age press. Please do not buy my Llewellyn books if you are searching for mainstream treatment of the subject matter. I am always disappointed when reviewers find no value in my work. I can only hope that Mr. Frost returned the shadow book for a full refund.

Amazon does not allow personal web site information in the commentary. For a link to my web site, go to Llewellyn, click authors, and my name. My site carries expansions on all of my books, including how to use an entire deck of tarot cards for shadow work.

Thank you for your continued interest! CJ


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (October 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567184081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567184082
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think I was expecting something else when I picked up this book. There are just so many ways of working with shadow energy. But I am not at all disappointed (even though my copy apparently had a few printing errors, fuzzy pages, etc.) This book fills a little gap in my Tarot library.
Author Jette provides readers with a little-explored area of working with Tarot Cards. It involves using the Tarot to release yourself from the grips of your shadow, be it an addiction, bad habit, an illness, or unresolved feelings or conflicts. The first thing to mention is that Jette only utilizes the 22 Major Arcana cards, noting that they symbolize the spiritual journey, and shadow work itself is a spiritual endeavor.
Jette provides some primer information on the tarot -- background, Jung and the Tarot, the care and use of the cards and setting the proper tone and atmosphere (meditating, grounding, etc) for the readings. She also spends plenty of space discussing the shadow and shadow work, including, for example, how to prepare for shadow work, building a shadow altar and forgiveness as part of the letting go process.
What is truly inspired are the readings you follow along, and do in sequence, as you make your way through the book. They all use a star-patterned spread design. The "Star of Discovery" spread is about uncovering exactly what you need to know about your shadow. The "Star of Recovery" spread examines, in greater detail, one of the cards from the first reading that troubled the reader the most, in order to focus in on what may be in need of healing or coming to terms with. The next spread, "Star of Illumination", reveals the gifts of working with the shadow -- the positive energy you receive through self-acceptance and awareness.
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In TAROT SHADOW WORK Christine Jette suggests there are many ways to encounter and deal with the shadow side of the psyche. What is the shadow, and why should one care if the shadow knows or thinks it knows? According to the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung and his onetime associate Sigmund Freud, the persona or face we present to the outside world is not the sum of what we are. Even the conscious thoughts we hide from others are not the sum of a psyche. Much of what transpires throughout the course of a lifetime is hidden from consciousness--repressed, projected, denied, or dealt with via other ego defenses designed to shield one from unpleasant truths.
Ever wonder why you form an instant and apparently irrational dislike for someone, or why you scream in rage over the most trivial happening, or why you experience a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you hear a certain song or smell a certain perfume? In a more reflective mood and under the right circumstances you can access the unconscious processes that affect these reactions. "Tarot Shadow Work" is the opposite of analysis-i.e. it is art not science, and as far as I am concerned, the perfect way to approach and use information hiding in the irrational unconscious.
Jung suggested the Tarot deck as a way to tap the unconscious. Each of the 22 cards of the Major Arcana corresponds to an archetype, a universal symbol recognized by the unconscious. For example, the Empress represents fertility, motherhood, nurturance. Each of us reacts to those notions differently. If you were nurtured as a child, the Empress might evoke feelings of warmth and contentment. If you are a harried mother with six kids, you might not have the same reaction to the Empress, no matter how much your mother loved you.
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As a sometime explorer of the shadows in my life, I have found this book to be uniquely helpful. One of the interesting things about this book is that the exercises become more and more helpful as you look at them retrospectively. In her simplicity of message, she has reached a depth that is often unmet in other books that deal with these issues. Very inspiring.
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The full shadow work cycle with this book took a lot of time for me (about a year).

And I have to say it was a great experience.

Though author mentions words like 'Dark Goddess' protection', actually there is almost nothing 'pagan' in her book (IMHO). She repeats again and again: "No ritual is sacred unless it is sacred to you". You can find pagan stuff on the verbal level, but in practice it's all very rational, deeply based on Jungian psychology and common methods of self-helping.

"No magic comes from cards, the magic only comes from you", Jette says.

'Shadow altar', 'circle of protection', any ritual or stuff you can use must only help to concentrate yourself on 'shadow work'.

'Protection' is very important word in this context. "Remember, you are safe, protected and can leave any time", author says. The process is very hard and painful. If you are Christian (as myself, for example) you can ask our Lord or Virgin Mary to protect you. If you don't believe in God (or gods and goddesses) at all you can easy explain 'Dark Goddess' as an archetype, a part of your own psyche knowing wisdom which your Self doesn't know yet. So it can guide and protect you, too.

I have to say this book already changed my life someway.
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