For Spiritual Seekers, shadow work is a difficult but necessary part of bringing more light to life.
Shadow work can take many forms, but it ultimately its practice and exercises involve delving deep within, to uncover and reclaim the parts of ourselves that we’d rather not see.
These may include (but aren’t limited to):
– personality traits that we’ve suppressed and disowned.
– Behaviors that were shunned or disapproved of when we were children
– Negative opinions
– Personal qualities we think are ugly or unlovable
– Desires that we ‘think’ are wrong
– Subconscious thought patterns
We all have a shadow side
Carl Jung wrote about the shadow containing “everything of which a person is not fully conscious” so uncovering your shadow doesn’t mean you’re a toxic person (though the deep work can make it feel that way). Part of growing up as a human on this planet means you have shadow traits to work through – this is really a large part of the work that you came here to do. Because ultimately, by doing this work, we heal ourselves. And in turn, we heal the planet.
Jung also wrote about archetypes.
You could say that Numerology is a science and system of archetypal exploration, meaning: it seeks to describe and explain the universal energy types that flow through us all.
The Numerology of the Shadow
The Life Path, Expression and Soul Urge Numbers describe our strongest personal archetypes – our key personality traits, our strengths, skills, desires, passions and gifts. And these numbers also contain very big clues as to what our personal shadows contain. So unravelling and decoding our core numbers can be invaluable when it comes to understanding ourselves, our friends and family, and our relationships.
When analyzing potentially ‘negative’ personality traits, it’s vital to be compassionate.
We’re all human.
The shadow traits below are tendencies and not absolutes and it’s important to realize that they are actually the areas of greatest personal potential! So when revealed, they must be held carefully and kindly, as you would a child.
Of course, your flaws, wounds and pain will be unique to you, and the life (and lives) you have walked this far. But the archetypal shadowlands described below can give huge insight as to where to begin looking.
Your shadows lie in the way you control your personal power.
Expression Number 1 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in how you treat others, how you speak to them and the levels on which you connect. How much empathy and tact do you employ? Do you treat everyone as an equal?
Soul Urge Number 1 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in your need to be championing above others. At worst this becomes narcissistic.
Your shadows lie in the codependency of your relationships. Ask yourself why you partner with certain others. What is it you are looking for?
Expression Number 2 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in your passivity.
Soul Urge Number 2 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in your need for togetherness, which means that you have undeveloped aspects of your own personality.
Your shadows lie in your desire to perform. Be careful of what you express. Ask yourself if you are expressing authentically.
Expression Number 3 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in your tendency to obsess.
Soul Urge Number 3 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in your need for stimulation and extravagance, which means that you quickly become bored with the present.
Your shadows lie in your need to control your environment.
Expression Number 4 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in closed-mindedness, and not allowing yourself to expand.
Soul Urge Number 4 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in fear: fear of change and unpredictability. This limit your potential and impacts the people you love
Your shadows lie in your need to be perpetually moving on. You run from commitment and stability and fear being trapped.
Expression Number 5 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in your lack of dedication to any one thing. Escapist tendencies mean addictions are a real risk.
Soul Urge Number 5 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in restlessness, haste, and constantly seeking the next adventure (which means you are missing the one you’re in, right now!)
Your shadows lie in seeking to create the vision of perfection, regardless of the inner truth.
Expression Number 6 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in living your life through others and stifling your own creative expression.
Soul Urge Number 6 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in over-giving of yourself, leading to martyrdom and resentment.
Your shadows lie in mistrust of the self, in seeking wisdom from far and wide but blocking your own.
Expression Number 7 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in the rejection of your social self, in aloofness and reclusiveness.
Soul Urge Number 7 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in your spiralling mind, leading to self-sabotage and mental and emotional imbalance.
Life Path Number 8 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in your ruthless search for success.
Your shadows lie in how you flex your authority. How aligned are you with your inner moral compass? What are your core values, and do you base each and every move you make on what you know to be good and true?
Soul Urge Number 8 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in your desire for power and money, and how you are prepared to share your wealth.
Your shadows lie in the way you hold onto the past.
Expression Number 9 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in how you use your experiences to form expectations of others. Your idealism can be suffocating.
Soul Urge Number 9 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in your need to be always generously giving. Following this impulse can actually be a hindrance to others, and to you.
Your shadows lie in the rejection of your uniqueness. You are not the same as everyone else (who is?!) but you crave to belong.
Expression Number 11 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in how you doubt yourself and resist the call of your soul.
Soul Urge Number 11 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in fear and even phobias (which arise as a reaction to suppressing your gifts).
Your shadows lie in the comfort zone.
Expression Number 22 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in how you cling too tightly to the familiar and resist the call of your soul.
Soul Urge Number 22 Shadow Traits
Your shadows lie in the mistrust of what you intuitively know to be true. You hide behind your responsibilities to avoid facing up to your purpose.
It’s well known that planetary retrogrades can activate the shadow…
This is because when planets are appearing to move backwards, the pull they exert on the aspect of the human psyche they rule, changes direction. So instead of encouraging and enabling us to do our work out in the world, we are encouraged to turn inward. Retrogrades signify times when inner work is required of us, and this most often involves facing our personal shadows. And it becomes even more immediate when the planet Pluto turns retrograde (as ruler of the underworld) and more information about this can be found HERE.
These areas of shadow are general places within your psyche to start looking, but as already described, real shadow work is no walk in the park. So if you are ready for the journey, be wise, and work slowly. Or better still, work with a therapist, healer or practitioner you trust.
With compassionate blessings,