The Dark Goddess Archetype
By Anthony Jackson
The Dark Goddess Archetype In this context I’m using archetype as an aspect of one’s personality or psyche. Of all the archetypes the Dark Goddess archetype intrigues me the most because it is the most neglected and mysterious archetype. The Dark Goddess Archetype is a females shadow and the shadow aspect of a male’s anima. This aspect of our psyche has been disregarded because it has and is thought to be evil and negative. Most do not want to acknowledge their shadow or dark side. We would like to think we don’t have weaknesses, insecurities and fears but we all do. If we acknowledge this part of our psyche we can begin to see our faults and then begin to work on ourselves. I have used my three favorite dark goddesses to represent three aspects of The Dark Goddess Archetype. Lilith – she represents liberation, freedom, lust and enjoying life. The first step in shadow work is to stop feeling guilty about “sins” and societies moral standards. Liberating yourself from this mentality gives us the freedom to move on. Kali – the goddess of death and destruction. This is the death and destruction of our weaknesses, addictions and delusions. Kali symbolizes seeing life as it really is and understanding life and reality can be harsh and developing the strength to overcome it. The Morrigan – as a shapeshifting battle goddess the Morrigan is symbolic of the individual’s inner struggle to transform past trauma and mistakes into the greater self.
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