You may not be old enough to remember this blog title’s reference, (truth be told, I’m not old enough to remember it myself!), but ‘The Shadow’ was a 1930s radio show and later, a comic book. The show’s tag-line was “Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men?” with stories that followed a crime-fighting hero-psychic.
And while ‘the Shadow’ was pulp fiction, our own ‘shadow natures’ surely are not.
In all forms of divination it’s possible to see both sides of the coin – the good and the bad. Or put another way: the light and the shadow.
In tarot this is revealed by reverse cards; in astrology, each planet has it’s strengths and weaknesses. And in numerology, numbers reveal your ‘shadow aspects’ too, when you know where to look.
Why Look for the Negative?
Sometimes when I teach people about the negative aspects of a card, planet, sign or number, they resist, wondering why they should focus on the negative. On the surface, this seems like a reasonable question. But my answer is always the same: Because we are human and we have our flaws. When we know our weak points, we know where to pay attention for self-improvement!
This is especially important during times of struggle. When faced with a serious life challenge, it’s easy to feel like a victim. The problem with this is that you make yourself helpless to life’s slings-n-arrows. But when you work with Numerology – bringing together numbers and challenge – you discover what the Shadow knows … a discovery that leads to greater personal power.
Finding your Shadow
Your full Numerological Profile, along with the complimentary, How to Change your Life with Numerology digital home-study book are great places to start for exploring your shadow. Both cover all the numbers, the benefits and challenge of each number, and some include suggestions of how to work with the difficult aspects of a number.
Of course, using your own profile will be the most beneficial, because you get right down to the nitty-gritty of how to improve problem areas of your life.
But by way of example, let’s have a look at a ‘shadow’ element in my chart, and what I’ve learned from working with it, and the information contained in my full profile …
Opportunities & Obstacles: The Cornerstone Number/Letter
Your Cornerstone is just one of many great places to look for ‘shadow’ aspects of your personality. Why? Because your cornerstone represents the way in which you approach both opportunities and obstacles.
If you often feel like you let opportunities pass your by, or if you get worked up with negative emotion whenever a challenge arises, look to your cornerstone!
The cornerstone is derived from the first letter of your first name. So using me as an example, this makes my cornerstone D, which correspondes with the number 4. Energetically, that means I am very ‘grounded’ and practical, organized and efficient. So far, so good, right?
Well, there’s also the other side of this well-structured vibration: rigidity, stubbornness and a refusal to consider other points of view!! So when I find myself ‘walled-in’ with too much work and not enough fun, or if I catch myself butting heads with someone in my life too frequently, I know I’ve got shadow energy running the show.
The Four Challenges
Of course, the very best place to sleuth out your shadow is by digging into the lessons of your 4 Challenges. These are challenges you are required to overcome in your life in order to find greater happiness, peace, and – some would argue – a better life next time ’round!
In fact, your 4 challenges are so important to your personal and spiritual growth, that they alone make studying your full Numerological profile well worth while!
So again, to use my chart as an example, I am in the part of my life when the 4th challenge is most active. For me, this is represented by the number 1 … independence! Thankfully, I’ve dedicated the last 10 years of my life to cultivating independence on many levels, both personal and professional. But what if I hadn’t?
Well, I might find my dependence on an employer, spouse or family members being pulled right out from under me – ugh. :( Or, if I had been taking on the opinions of others and never really developing my own values, I might have found myself in the sticky situation of regret for compromising my morals in some way. Perhaps I could have been in some kind of financial ‘hot water’ or ugly legal entanglement, or some situation which demanded I pay the price for not developing my values and taking a stand for them.
Your Biggest Lurking ‘Shadow’
Have you got a ‘lurking shadow’ – a challenge you can’t seem to get through? Have a look at your profile, see what you find out and let me know what you uncover. I’d love to hear from you about this, so let me know in the comments section below!