Another deeply insightful and timely post by Anna Nimm!
“This is a story about suffering trauma, falling into the pit of powerlessness and despair, rising out of it through anger, and the eventual reconciliation that doesn’t simply recapture the power that was lost but transcends it. ” … “Upon second sight, it appears to me that Maleficent is a story about the golden shadow, an allegory of developing from childhood into adulthood, and of how the self integrates and eventually overcomes experiences of loss, pain and trauma.” … “Owning one’s shadow leads to integration, to a kind of sovereignty or self-mastery that arises from being able to balance the contradictory forces and energies within the self.” Once again, unpacking a fairy tale brings great reward. Thank you, Anna Nimm!
Originally posted on Profane Light:
Aurora, the dawn, the princess of light and goodness who is blessed by fairies to always have a smile on her face, has a dark, malefic shadow. When Aurora meets Maleficent (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYemY3xFsB), she says, “I know who you are. You’ve been watching me my whole life. Your shadow has been following me ever since I was small.” She invites the shadow to come out from the dark forest so she can look upon her face. Maleficent answers “then you’ll be afraid.” In this teaser clip (which doesn’t correspond to the actual timeline of events in the film), when Maleficent steps out from the darkness, a wall of thorns rises up around the enchanted forest, separating the shadow world of dark, mythical creatures from the human kingdom of light. It sounds like a perfect Jungian account of our first encounter with the shadow – when we first get a glimpse of…
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