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The shadow archetype, described by Jung’s philosophy, is the characteristics of ourself we most detest, projected onto another person of the same gender, as “the shadow cast by the conscious mind of the individual contains the hidden, repressed, and unfavorable (or nefarious) aspects of the personality.”” However, more than simply the inverse of the heroine, this shadow has hidden positive qualities as well, often strong and assertive where the heroine is silent and passive. And as the dark mother or witch-queen is the heroine’s shadow, the daughter also represents the shadow for the mother – her flaws and unfulfilled desires made manifest. In her battle to achieve a higher consciousness, the heroine pits herself against this shadow, and must integrate it into the self. To Jungian scholars, though the shadow has been buried in the underworld, it has much to offer the questor. –From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey through Myth and Legend by Valerie Estelle Frankel

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a modern myth using the dark mother archetype.

Journaling Prompt: What myth about a dark mother did you hear growing up? What did it mean to you?

Art Prompt: Dark mother

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a classic myth the incorporates the dark mother archetype.

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