Women's Mental Health and the Shadow Wound
The Cave of Shadows is the residence somewhere within your psyche and body of all those disowned, disavowed roles in you.
They reside – pushed into the dark as things that are fear-full, provocative or unacceptable somehow.
A cordial meeting with the Keeper of the Cave is a necessary venture if you wish to become intimate with the unconscious in your life. It is the work of a lifetime to bring the shadows of the unconscious into consciousness. Only then will we have a choice.
We meet the 'Keeper of the Cave' at the entrance to The Wheel of Woman’s Life - that seasonal cycle that has mirrors and layers depicting the movement of the sun, the moon, the seasons, the menstrual cycle and indeed the movement and rites of passage of a woman’s life.
I meet the 'Keeper' at the time of Samhain (also known as Halloween). That point in the south west of the wheel that is the darkest and also the point that my ancestors (in Ireland) believed was the New Year beginning.
I meet her there. You may meet her elsewhere in this organic measurement of time, this wheel.
Samhain is marked in Australia at the beginning of May- it is the time when the veil between the worlds is at its’ thinnest and so makes sense to me that the Cave of Shadows would be at its’ most accessible.