Women Who Run with Wolves
Women Who Run with the Wolves
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has become a classic analogy for tapping one's feminine creativity, thanks to the work of Jungian analyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
My creative wildness began clamoring for attention in 2004. I had locked it tightly away during graduate training that emphasizes disciplining the mind and requires disciplining the body for long periods of reading and research.
Estes classic Women Who Run with the Wolves (Ballentine, 1992) turned the key in the lock. Estes provided a wholistic perspective that made sense of ideas about women and creativity and reclaiming a sense of self in later life that had been burbling inside me for three years. I reported on the main points in my personal blog.
Wolves uncovers the feminine wisdom of folk tales, using Jungian interpretation. These cultural relics explain what happens to women when we cut off pieces of our creative spirit, and they show how we can reclaim our life force. The stories provide heroic examples of feminine power to inspire and guide us. I recommend this book as a starting place for rediscovering the joy of fashion as artful self-expression.
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Here are some other books about Jungian archetypes, goddess lore, aging and creativity. They are flagstones on the path that lead me to launch Fashion After 50. To read my reviews, follow these links:
- Caroline Myss,audio presentation,Exploring the Archetypes for Life Lessons, 1995
- Kathrin Asper's The Abandoned Child Within, 1993
- Nancy Bost Millner's Creative Aging: Discovering the Unexpected Joys of Aging through Personality Type, 1997, and Robert Raines' A Time to Live: Seven Steps of Creative Aging, 1997
- Jean Shinoda Bolen's Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women Over 50, 2001
- Elinor W. Gadon's The Once and Future Goddess, 1989
- Shelly Branch and Sue Callway, What Would Jackie Do?, 2006