This worksheet is designed for you to explore the shadow aspects of the major arcana archetypes–but of course, it is not just limited to the major arcana. You can use it for the minor arcana, the courts, and oracle cards.
This is how I approach the shadow aspects of each archetype:
- Each archetype has an ideal or balanced state: this is when the archetype is at its best and optimal, in which the lessons and the traits of the archetype are positively integrated and engaged
- When the archetypal energies go into overflow or lack, this is when you step into the shadow aspects of the archetype. For example, too much Emperor energy turns into despotism. Too little turns into lethargy. Too much Death turns into a rootless identity. Too little turns into a stubborn existence.
This worksheet has room for you to note down the various states of the archetype, from ideal to the two ends of the spectrum. There are two versions:
- A full-page letter-sized version, which gives you lots of writing and note-taking space
- A compact mini version, which allows you to track 2 archetypes on one page if you prefer a tighter or more concise working space, or if you are trying to save paper