The mask is such a powerful aspect of the seasonal celebration. It allows us to explore sides of our personalities we normally keep hidden. Like ceremony, this season promotes this exposure. What an amazing opportunity to express that part of our personality that is darker and hidden from the world—and often from ourselves. Exposing our dark side takes away its power over us.
A suppressed shadow can manifest as paradoxical. Brewing inner conflict, like a man who is a pillar of his community carrying on secret affairs, or a woman who is always giving so generously to others and unnecessarily depriving herself.