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Women Who Run with the Wolves

Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

By Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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Format: Paperback, 608 pages
Published In: United States, 01 November 1996
Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Though the gifts of wildish nature come to us at birth, society's attempt to "civilize" us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become over-domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and cantadora storyteller, shows how woman's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the bins of the female unconscious. In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Estes uses multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from over twenty years of research that help women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype. Dr. Estes collects the bones of many stories, looking for the archetypal motifs that set a woman's inner life into motion. "La Loba" teaches about the transformative function of the psyche. In "Bluebeard," we learn what to do with wounds that will not heal; in "Skeleton Woman," we glimpse the mystical power of relationship and how dead feelings can be revived; "Vasalisa the Wise" brings our lost womanly instincts to the surface again; "The Handless Maiden" recovers the Wild Woman initiation rites; and "The Little Match Girl" warns against the insidious dangers of a life spent in fantasy. In these and other stories, we focus on the many qualities of Wild Woman. We retrieve, examine, love, and understand her, and hold her against our deep psyches as one whois both magic and medicine. In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Estes has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and lifegiving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.

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About the Author

Clarissa Pinkola Estes is an American poet, author, and spoken word artist.

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"Women Who Run with the Wolves isn't just another book. It is a gift of profound insight, wisdom, and love. An oracle from one who knows."--Alice Walker "I am grateful to Women Who Run with the Wolves and to Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. The work shows the reader how glorious it is to be daring, to be caring, and to be women. Everyone who can read should read this book."--Maya Angelou "An inspiring book, the 'vitamins for the soul' [for] women who are cut off from their intuitive nature."--San Francisco Chronicle "Stands out from the pack . . . a joy and sparkle in [the] prose . . . This book will become a bible for women interested in doing deep work. . . . It is a road map of all the pitfalls, those familiar and those horrifically unexpected, that a woman encounters on the way back to her instinctual self. Wolves . . . is a gift."--Los Angeles Times "A mesmerizing voice . . . dramatic storytelling she learned at the knees of her [immigrant] aunts."--Newsweek "The work of Clarissa Pinkola Estes, rooted in old and deep family rites and in archetypal psychology, recognizes that the soul is not lost, but has been put to sleep. This volume reminds us that we are nature for all our sophistication, that we are still wild, and the recovery of that vitality will itself set us right in the world."--Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul -Women Who Run with the Wolves isn't just another book. It is a gift of profound insight, wisdom, and love. An oracle from one who knows.---Alice Walker -I am grateful to Women Who Run with the Wolves and to Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. The work shows the reader how glorious it is to be daring, to be caring, and to be women. Everyone who can read should read this book.---Maya Angelou -An inspiring book, the 'vitamins for the soul' [for] women who are cut off from their intuitive nature.---San Francisco Chronicle -Stands out from the pack . . . a joy and sparkle in [the] prose . . . This book will become a bible for women interested in doing deep work. . . . It is a road map of all the pitfalls, those familiar and those horrifically unexpected, that a woman encounters on the way back to her instinctual self. Wolves . . . is a gift.---Los Angeles Times -A mesmerizing voice . . . dramatic storytelling she learned at the knees of her [immigrant] aunts.---Newsweek -The work of Clarissa Pinkola Estes, rooted in old and deep family rites and in archetypal psychology, recognizes that the soul is not lost, but has been put to sleep. This volume reminds us that we are nature for all our sophistication, that we are still wild, and the recovery of that vitality will itself set us right in the world.---Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul

EAN: 9780345409874
ISBN: 0345409876
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Dimensions: 17.27 x 10.41 x 2.79 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Ann on
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Great book that every woman should read at some stage in their lives. Archetypes that confirm what women already know about themselves but have forgotten or suppressed.
Heather on
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I enjoyed the writing style - a nice change from the dry style books of this nature so often adopt. It is interesting to read the traditional tales and have their deeper meaning uncovered by a story teller. I especially liked the unravelling of the tale of Bluebeard, and the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I would recommend this book - it is quite different to anything I've read for a long time.
Anonymous on
 
Since starting to read this book I found more and more women who have done so before me. It has elucidated so many journey experiences and offered so many clarifications to those experiences and for me this book has fallen into my hands at just the right moment. The best clarification has been the role of wolf and black dog, both of which I've experienced and worked with along my path but now I can relate these aspects to very clear and logical, sound reasoning which is a God send when managing depression and trauma from childhood. This book created a visual for me which made reading so much easier and the comprehension fast. All I can say is Thanks!
Krystie on
 
This is the first novel I've read since I was a young girl and it's had me absolutely engrossed. This amazing book by Dr Estes' is both poetic and deeply profound. I personally identify with it on many levels and strongly recommend this empowering book to all women. Brilliant reading.

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