The lesson in this is that, sometimes we "check an area" or we learn a lesson or a knowledge and we only look at the surface level but we don't look around, we don't look deep within, we don't see how it relates, we miss vital information like where it came from or why it's there or what else could be learned from it. But when we REVISIT this information or knowledge, or even skills, we might see something that wasn't so hidden but that we missed the first time because we weren't looking indepth.
But there are also non-divinatory uses of tarot cards that has long been ignored. The cards can be very practical.
When we speak of embodiment in spirituality, we speak of taking on the personality of whoever or whatever personality we want. So you could embody the personality of a vixen, or the king of swords.
The shadow is made to seem like an entity living inside of you. Like a different part of you that you have to integrate. But the shadow isn't any different from you. The shadow isn't a real, sentient being. The shadow is a collection of all the thoughts and feelings that you ignore and are ashamed of that exists within the ego. The ego being the unreal way we see the world.
For a long time, I believed in purpose. Then I listened to voices outside myself that said that purpose was wishy washy and it could be anything I was currently doing. But while I still believe that, I have come to understand that we do have purposes. We don't have to spend our entire life worried about what our purpose is and if we will ever discover it.
But the ego, and us aren't different. There is only us as our higher, divine selves, and the ego which is a collection of beliefs and perceptions, hurts, trauma and memories that has been inflicted upon us.