Halloweenist 🎃, Witch Doctor 🔮

October Shadow Work

For many, October–and the whole autumn season, really–is about shadow work. But, what is the shadow and how does autumn lend itself to exploring it?

What is the “Shadow”?

In Jungian psychology, the shadow is an archetype composed of all the aspects of yourself that you’ve hidden behind your back, tucked out of sight, and disowned. In other words, your shadow is the darkness that trails behind you. It may consist of things like selfishness or vindictiveness, for example. Any truths about yourself (and the human collective) that are considered “negative”, or any traits that are discouraged by society are ultimately hidden away by the individual, forming the shadow.

An Overview of Shadow Work

To do “shadow work” is to bring those dark aspects of yourself into the light. It’s to acknowledge them, allow them to be, accept them, and ultimately integrate them into your conscious personality. Shadow work is about taking a plunge into your darkness, searching around sincerely, and resurfacing with a lost piece of yourself. What you find hidden in the depths of your unconscious can be polished into a gleaming piece of treasure.

Ways of doing this work are dependent on individual preference. Some common methods include:

  • Journaling or freewriting
  • Meditating with the intention of encountering the shadow
  • Pathworking with certain tarot cards
  • Working with a counselor

The Transitional Energy of Autumn

With the growing absence of the sun, autumn is when the surrounding land visibly begins the death process. Traditionally, autumn is the time of the harvest. It’s time to gather the Earth’s produce as she prepares to enter a period of sterility and stillness: winter. If winter represents death, autumn represents dying.

Autumn is the transitional period between warm, pulsating life (summer) and cold, still death (winter). That is what makes autumn such a magical time. It is neither here nor there, while also being both here and there. It is both life and death without being solidly either.

How does this energy lend itself to shadow work?

Well, as the surrounding Earth begins her procession into the darkness of winter, you can march along with her into your own darkness. Utilize the quieting of the Earth to turn inward. The seasonal shift can help create an internal stillness where you can explore troublesome areas.

Halloween and the Gift of Darkness

Halloween is a celebration of death and darkness–the collective shadow. We show much due reverence for the darker aspects during this time. Life’s own shadow is lurking around every corner during the Halloween season. For example: we go to the grocery store to pick up a gallon of milk and are greeted by tombstones and a headless horseman.

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Since this energy is ubiquitous during October, some find it easier to slip into the mindset of doing personal shadow work. Many find the courage to tackle their own demons when the collective demons are brought into the light this way. Ultimately, this time of year is a reminder that we are all human with similar fears, challenges, and the same conclusive fate. Use your time wisely.

Halloweenist 🎃, Haul-o-Ween 🦇

Haul-o-Ween: One

There’s something liberating about seeing all these material representations of the darkly immaterial out in the open and ready for mass consumption. Those of us who are kissed by the void find solace and comfort in the darkness. We know it intimately as a part of our own selves. For us, Halloween is a collective celebration of that darker aspect which makes us whole. That might be one reason why we rush out to collect all the ghoulish trinkets capitalism offers.

Enough philosophical analysis! It’s time for the goods! This is the first haul of many to come. In fact, I already have another set of shopping bags filled with spoopy items.

 🎃 Barnes & Noble (Campus Bookstore) 💀

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My lovely significant other came across the Tarot Coloring Book and he knew it was something I just had to have. I haven’t begun working with it yet. However, imagine the bonding possibilities with each card.

In one of those winks from the divine, I found an ornate edition of Gray’s Anatomy. It was such a coincidence because I had just downloaded a PDF of the 1914 edition for its vintage aesthetic.

I came across the Disney Villains coloring book and after flipping through it, I felt my creativity twitch. There are several things I want to do with the completed pages after they provide their initial zen service.

Finding the Sugar Skull Stress Ball was a nice surprise. It was something I didn’t know I needed until I saw it. Currently, it’s being put to good use at the office.

While sifting through the clearance section of all places, I found the Happy Haunting box sign. It wasn’t very “clearance” at all! I think it was marked down from $14 to $11.

🎃 Tuesday Morning 💀

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Most of their Halloween stuff was out already. I got the Alchemy Shoppe wall hanging to go with Gray’s Anatomy from the bookstore.

Below that is the BEST NAPKIN YOU HAVE EVER SEEN! 😂 Admit it. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet. Any ideas?

🎃 PetSmart 💀

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There were a few things out at my PetSmart, including some pumpkin spice Greenies! I decided to spare my little furry boil the pumpkin spice frenzy and picked him up these toys instead.

🎃 Ross 💀

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So, you can’t really see it, but there’s a decanter back there. In this household, it didn’t last very long in its packaging.

Ross has a line of dark spoopiness which includes this bat doorknocker!

🎃 Dollar Tree 💀

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Don’t you just love all the gaudy, glittery Halloween decor at Dollar Tree?! I find that I’ll gravitate towards the more traditionally tacky stuff as Halloween gets closer. The more elegant pieces I pick up elsewhere stay out year-round, but these gems are just pure October.

🎃 WalMart 💀

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Scents are so very important to me! I’m waiting on all the waxes and candles to start showing up in their full glory. These will tide me over for now.

That concludes my first haul of the season. I just went out again this weekend and there was much more Halloween around! There are many more hauls to come!

Halloweenist 🎃, Medical School 🔬, Nontraditional Student 📚

🖤 90 Days Until Halloween 🖤

If you step outside in the dead of night, can’t you feel summer beginning to wilt? Autumn is creeping into the air and the demise of summer is upon us.

Finally! 👻

Some local stores have already begun their salute to the upcoming season. Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabric, and Cracker Barrel are the first ones around here to display any Halloween merchandise. If you’re anything like me, seeing Halloween items out en masse provides you with renewed vitality after pushing through those draining spring and summer months. In essence, Halloween is the celebration of death. Thus, death gives us life! All is cyclical.