Shadow work involves getting in touch with the inner parts of ourselves that have been repressed or hidden. What many might refer to as their "dark side." It involves diving into the unconscious thoughts and memories that shapes our ways of thinking and affects our emotions and behaviors. Knowing your inner self well will strengthen your ability to remain objective during readings.
One way to get started that I recommend is by keeping a journal or diary where the entries are meant to create little reflections of yourself over time. Given this purpose, I like to call this a book of mirrors. In it, entries can include written stories, activities or exercises, or whatever you can use to personally analyse thoughts or feelings on a particular topic.
Check out the Blog section on this website for postings with more ideas for shadow work exercises that can be implemented into journaling activities. There are so many ways to which this can be applied. Exploring and understanding the hidden truths of ourselves allows us to know our true and pure intentions. This is powerful when working with energy. In my opinion, this makes Shadow work an important place to get started for any practitioner of magick.
Shadow Work is how you integrate these aspects of your unconscious psyche into your conscious experience. Removing negativity and allow the positive aspects of the shadow to express themselves. When properly used and focused, the shadow-self may have traits that you can use to further your own personal development.