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Archetypes in the Tarot: Shadow

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Carl Jung's archetype of the Shadow represents all the aspects of the human nature that we devalue. Hatred, greed, wrath, selfishness, excessive lust, and jealousy are all examples of the behaviors attributed to the Shadow.

In a tarot reading, the Shadow appears to show us someone who is not acting with their better self, but rather with a negative intent and effect. It is often a warning, because when dealing with a person acting as the Shadow things are often not as they seem and caution is advisable.

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Archetypes in the Tarot

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Carl Jung proposed the concept that much of human experience originates in what he calls the "Collective Unconscious." He described the collective unconscious as functioning much like a part of the human mind. One of the features of the collective unconscious is its tendency to organize people and situations in familiar terms — so much so that it forms well-formed character-like figures that the human mind associates with a set similar qualities. These figures are called "Archetypes," and they appear frequently in art, fiction, film, and dreams. They also appear in the tarot.

The following is a selection of archetypes that...

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