Warriors of the Shadow

A year ago I was interviewed by Cintia Detre for her project Warriors of the Shadow: A Bold Request for Worldwide Emotional Intimacy. She describes the conception of this project as follows:

The Warriors of the Shadow project was born out of my desire to embody the alchemical procedure of solve et coagula on multiple octaves—separation and conjunction, the blade of Mars and the chalice of Venus, to confront all our fears that stand in the way of love. It touches many orders of relationships, the one with ourselves, with other humans, humanity’s relationship with nature and with the imaginal realms. As such, the project itself took on a peculiar journey, changing our relationship with space and time as we know it.

Listening back to this interview a year later, I find it prescient to hear the themes we were exploring, and how much more concrete they feel in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. Together we discussed the archetypal qualities of the Saturn-Pluto, conjunction which reached exact alignment this year, exploring the role of shadow-work, birth pain and the multiple meanings of contraction, and the importance of community while taking on our own small but essential tasks amidst the monumental work ahead.

It was an honor to participate in this conversation, and I am grateful to Cintia for the opportunity to speak about these ideas and images.

8 Replies to “Warriors of the Shadow”

  1. Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:
    I haven’t had a chance to listen to this yet, but given that I had a dream this morning about women giving birth, only to find an email from a client that her water broke right as I was having the dream … I find this post quite synchronous as Becca describes the topics:

    “Together we discussed the archetypal qualities of the Saturn-Pluto, conjunction which reached exact alignment this year, exploring the role of shadow-work, birth pain and the multiple meanings of contraction, and the importance of community while taking on our own small but essential tasks amidst the monumental work ahead.” I’m sharing now because the time seems ripe.

  2. Well done Becca Tarnas and Cintia Detre. I loved the interview! Deeply stimulating. Cerebral. The points resonated so closely with my own thinking. While I may think about archetypes and imaginal realms, I cannot explain as eloquently as you. Thanks so much for your clarity. Zib

  3. Wow! You touched on a lot of very relevant aspects of things that are presently unfolding. One line of thought that really made sense to me was:

    ‘a time period of a contraction of crises of division – there’s often a kind of other-ing that takes place – a recognition of enemies or evil or splitting off…’

    It would be interesting to know what you anticipate is going to happen next, and if you are experiencing any particular abilities (or patterns of thought) that seem to be more predominate within you in response to this global pandemic.

    1. Thanks so much for this question. I’ll be offering a workshop on Monday (announcement coming shortly) on some of the transits ahead, and also plan to write a post on that as well in the near future.

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