“Aristotelian” Shadow Work (And A Tarot Spread)

Jack Chanek

I spend a disproportionate amount of time on this blog talking about the Major Arcana. This is, perhaps, unsurprising–the Majors represent the big, shiny, sexy themes of human existence, so they make for great blogging material–but it’s also a bit of a pity. After all, the Minors constitute 72% of the Tarot deck. There’s a lot of good material in there that merits discussion.

In my previous post on shadow work, I casually mentioned that I think the false and unhelpful dichotomy of “light” and “dark” should be replaced by a model of shadow work based on the four elements (and, by extension, the four suits of the Minor Arcana). Each of the four elements represents a fundamental aspect of the human psyche, and a successful person needs to have qualities belonging to all of the elements. If someone has a ton of Air/Swords in their life but is…

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