Meet the Mother Shadow in Grief

Edy Nathan
1 min readMay 7, 2022
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Now that we have met the universal Mother Archetype and the derivatives, we look to the Mother Shadow. Archetypal shadows refer to the part of the unconscious mind that consists of what we don’t want to see or engage with. The Shadow is much like a diamond in the rough. It’s raw and embedded with history. It’s yet to be cut into brilliance.

The Mother Shadow

The hungry and devouring Mother is an all-consuming figure. The Mother Shadow is illuminated in both the feminine aspect of the self and the masculine aspect of the self. Experiences of insatiable thirst or hunger carry components of fear, loneliness, and dependency. How do the forces of this Shadow rule and create boundaries that seem to address safety, yet merely conspire to control and keep you down? The need to control everything is part of the Mother Shadow and can affect how you handle the dance of grief and how you disengage from its grip.

The Shadow’s essence is filled with your instinctual nature, your weaknesses, and your wishes. Next, we explore how the Mother and Mother Shadow work together.

Edy Nathan

Author of “It’s Grief: The Dance of Self-Discovery Through Trauma and Loss” | Blogger for Psychology Today, Thrive Health | Psychotherapist |📕