THE BRIGHT SHADOW SPREAD - Created by Geraldine Amaral and Lola Lucas

This spread is based on Jung’s concept that the dark shadow has an equal counterpart: the bright or golden shadow which contains our highest potentials and abilities, the inner aspect of ourselves which is our best and brightest aspect, our finest potential. These potentials may not yet manifest themselves in our life and this spread is meant to guide you to where these higher abilities reside.

THE FIRST STEP: The Seeker begins by thoroughly shuffling the deck as she contemplates the question: "Where do my highest potentials and abilities reside?" Then the Seeker will cut the deck into four "randomly" divided piles as follows:

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Physical Realm                     Mental Realm

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Emotional Realm                 Spiritual Realm


Each pile represents an aspect of ourselves: physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.

THE SECOND STEP: Now look through each pile until you find The Sun card (which signifies the Bright Shadow). The pile in which you have found The Sun card represents the area in your life which contains your highest (as yet untapped) potential. Take a moment to contemplate this area in your life.

THE THIRD STEP: Take this stack of cards in which you found the Sun Card and set the other three piles aside. From here on, you will be using just this stack of cards.

THE FOURTH STEP: Shuffle this new pack again and cut it into three more piles. The first addresses the question: "What aids me in developing my Bright Shadow?" Chose one card to answer. The second: "What hinders me in developing my Bright Shadow?" Choose a second card. The third shows you the possible outcome once you have found and developed your Bright Shadow. chose your final card. Read the cards within each group with emphasis on encouraging the Seeker’s achievement of her highest possible potential.

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What Aids You     What Hinders You     Likely Outcome of Bright Shadow’s Development


Spread © Geraldine Amaral and Lola Lucas 2000

Page © Diane Wilkes 2000