This is a deck of 52 square cards, comprising 40 ShadowLight cards and 12 ‘Unity’ cards. Each card has on one side a Crystal Skull, set into an encircled Flower of Life against a background of one of five different colours (Red, Gold, Green, Violet and Magenta). The other side is numbered, and has, in the case of the ShadowLight cards, two words – one ‘Shadow’ word eg Victim, and one ‘Light’ word, eg Empower. The Unity cards show the same word, eg Protection, twice, in both Shadow and Light. All the cards have a Crystal Skull, set against a black background for the ShadowLight cards, and a white background for the Unity cards.
The cards are contained in an attractive little box with a snap-shut lid. Also included is a guide booklet explaining the concept and symbology of the cards, the Shadow self, Crystal Skulls, and uses of the cards – asking questions, creating mantras and affirmations.
I have never previously felt drawn to working with Crystal Skulls; however, I was aware of White Elk Woman as an acknowledged expert on them and as a wonderful teacher and healer. So it was with an open and positive mind that I opened the pack and used the cards. The suggested methods of use are simple – either shuffle the deck and let one or two cards fall out, or spread the cards out with the lovely Flower of Life and Crystal Skull image face up and choose the card/s which ‘call’ to you. Focus on a relevant issue or question.
The results were, for me, both enlightening and thought-provoking. Two cards, each showing a Shadow and a Light concept, answered, in a very simple yet profound way, my question (one of the suggested questions: What Shadow have I brought with me from my childhood?)
I kept the ShadowLight Cards on my bedside table overnight; the dream which I can remember was, I feel, an important one for my learning. It featured a past relationship, and also building new dwellings on an ancient site.
The concept of the Shadow Self features in Jungian psychology, and as a psychotherapist I have often found it an important concept for clients to work with: ‘Who is that scary person who keeps appearing in my dreams?……..Oh, it’s my (Shadow) self !’ The Shadow is not to be spurned, but accepted and loved. These cards can, I think, assist in this process of self-understanding, acceptance and love and also open up paths to spiritual dimensions.
As the publishers, on their website, write of these cards: ‘Work with your shadows to help resolve deep issues which are holding you back.’
Published by Mystic Mouse Publishing
Reviewed by Annie Prosser