Jungian Psychology tells us that the human mind is unable to perceive its own shadow aspect – the unconscious ‘dark side’ of the personality. Jung also believed that this shadow side is where ‘the seat of creativity resides’. In other words, our creative impulses are connected to aspects of our personalities we’d prefer not to acknowledge.
Unfortunately, there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. – Carl G. Jung
Jung was an enthusiastic believer that astrology is a valuable adjunct to psychology, and Jungian Psychology is based on a correlation between astrological archetypes and the human mind.
We think it’s time to bring our darknesses into the light and be the fully rounded people we were meant to be. Let’s take a dark journey through the zodiac signs and have a quick, slightly tongue-in-cheek, peep into your deep, secret shadow side. Just a warning: it’s not pretty.
Remember that your personality is reflected not only by your Sun sign, but by your Moon sign too.
Aries March 21 – April 19
Aries can be an impulsive maniac. Casting caution to the winds, Aries charges right in. Mistakes, misunderstandings, and upsetting others are regular features of the Arian’s life. Aries believe they know best. All of the time. Even when they don’t have a clue, they have an opinion. And they are going to share it.
Taurus April 20 – May 20
Taureans secretly desire to be waited on. They would love to have their own personal slave attend to their every need. They are the lazy daisies of the world. They live to experience pleasure and hedonistic luxury. They are also the worst people to have an argument with – their ability to dig their heels in and not give an inch is legendary.
Gemini May 21 – June 20
Gemini has an underhand, Malfoy-like side. They are consummate manipulators and splendid liars. They are usually scared of commitment, and will slide away like slippery slitherers unless pinned down. If a Gemini could, they’d have multiple relationships and no responsibilities.
Cancer June 21 – July 22
Cancerians are clingy and emotional. Sensitive is their middle name. There’s no getting away from it. Independence is not a word that makes an appearance in their vocabulary too often. Their family, partners, parents, children are extensions of themselves, and they find it tough to envision the time when their kids will leave home. Once they’ve made a friend, they won’t let go. So think twice; do you really want to trade lemon drizzle cake recipes with a Cancerian?
Leo July 23 – August 22
Leos think they rule the world and the world revolves around them. They can’t help it; they see themselves as the royal family of the zodiac. They may make self-depreciating remarks, but believe it, Leos are in love with themselves. We’re keeping this short just to annoy them.
Virgo August 23 – September 22
Virgoans are perfectionists and arch-critics. When you are talking face-to-face with a Virgo, you bet your life they are studying you intently for blemishes, a spot on your shirt or some other undesirable flaw. They like to clean. A lot.
Libra September 23 – October 22
Librans like things to flow along nicely. They cannot bear it when other people mess up the smooth running of a Libran life. They hate to feel out of balance. But don’t expect Libra to make much effort to put it right. They’d rather someone do it for them. Librans are very keen on fairness, but mostly when it applies to themselves.
Scorpio October 23 – November 21
Scorpios know what they want, and they aren’t afraid to use any means to get it. They would murder their grandma if she stood in their way. Their dark scheming and darker deeds know no boundaries. Scorpio hides bodies in the cellar, practices Satanism in the dining room, and you really don’t want to know what happens in the bedroom. Cross a Scorpio and regret it for the rest of your life. Revenge is a dish best served at any temperature and in any flavor.
Sagittarius November 22 – December 21
Sagittarians get bored. Easily. They need to be engaged with life, doing new stuff, having fun. And they usually do – to the detriment of everyone else. Responsibility is a dirty word to a Saggie. Another little quirk of theirs is ‘honesty’, or to give it another name, ‘tactlessness’. They say whatever pops into their head, it just comes straight out regardless of its possible effect.
Capricorn December 22 – January 19
Capricorns are control freaks to the nth degree. They would never dream of ‘letting go’. They must direct operations, have everything go their way, and people must pay attention, for goodness sake. If a Capricorn decides to give you advice, you’d better listen up because they’ll be asking questions later. Did you ever see a Cappie dance like no-one’s watching? No? Didn’t think so.
Aquarius January 20 – February 18
Conform to rules? Me? The Aquarian is a rebel at heart and has so much to say that they don’t really know what they are trying to say. Aquarians see themselves as standing out from the crowd, but they don’t realize they are meekly following another mob. And while they are trying to be all eco-hippy rebellious and free, they don’t notice that they are as judgmental as the next person.
Pisces February 19 – March 20
Pisceans take ‘going with the flow’ to the next level, except that would be too difficult. Their passivity is boundless. They are so wrapped up in their own heads that they fail to notice when someone close needs support. Not that Pisces could give it to them anyway. When a Piscean gets angry, just watch out, they might hit you with a wet lettuce leaf.
Okay, well, we’ve been a little bit rude, but it was all in good fun. Only take it seriously if you think you should.