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For many years I have been doing shadow work, dipping into my own darkness in order to reveal what is found there and bring it into the light.
Meditation requires us to come to terms with the ways in which our lives have shaped us, and that means coming to terms with the ways we have been wounded.
Pursuing my relationship with the Goddess allows my mother to become more human. She no longer needs to stand in the place of the divine.
I was diagnosed with clinical depression at age 12 and was told that I would never get better, never. In high school, I began to experiment with the occult.
Tarot cards have an amazing power to evoke a personal response, but this seems particularly true with the 8 of Swords.
Though I never chose to go there in the first place, I can never abandon the Underworld entirely, or the gifts it gave me.