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Mythic Archetypes

The Dangerous Old Woman: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype [6 audio CDs, running time 7 hours] by Clarissa Pinkola Ests (Sounds True)

Did you know, you were born as the first, and the last and the best and the only one of your kind, and that eccentricity is the first sign of giftedness? These are two of the crone truths I have to offer you. from the book

If readers have any doubt, come to the fireside of The Dangerous Old Woman for the soul-healing wisdom that will ignite creativity and support readers highest calling in life. Three decades in the writing, The Dangerous Old Woman presents part one of Clarissa Pinkola Ests' masterwork. In six inspire 'til you're on fire sessions, Ests animates the archetypal patterns of the Wise Woman through her original stories, poetry, and blessings.

According to Ests, everyone is born with two forces that give them every lens they need to see who they really are: the wild and ever-young force of imagination, which contains intuition and instinct, and the wise elder force of knowledge, which holds boundaries and carries the heart of the visionary. Through stories and insights, Ests illustrates why this twofold way of being old while young, and young while old is the secret to holding and replenishing the center, thus living wildly and wisely ensouled amidst life's travails and triumphs.

"If you are not free to be who you are, you are not free," says Ests in The Dangerous Old Woman she who stops at nothing to nourish, protect, and guide readers in the offering of all their creative gifts. Stories, poems, and blessings on this 7 hour audio CD package include:

  • "The Angelic Ten": Old Guidance for One's Sanity
  • "Standing in My Danger": The Good Meaning of the Word "Dangerous"
  • "Snow White": When Gifts Have Been Poisoned
  • Grandmother Wisdom: "Los Cinco Espiritus, The Five Women Spirits"
  • "The Vashinger and the Return of the Vampires"
  • "The Ruby Red Fox": About Seduction
  • "Las Tres Osas, the Three Old Re-Weavers of Torn Lives"
  • "The Man Who Hated Trees": Nature, the Unrepentant Mother
  • "The Jealous Girls and the Old Woman Under the Lake"
  • "When a Good Mother Dies": What Gifts Ever Remain
  • "The Precious Museum Tree": The Hidden Life
  • "What Did You Dream? What Did You Dream?"

Ests is an internationally recognized scholar, award-winning poet, diplomate senior Jungian psychoanalyst, and cantadora (keeper of the old stories in the Latina tradition). Author of the bestseller Women Who Run With the Wolves, she is deputy managing editor and columnist writing on politics and spirituality at TheModerateVoice.com. Her column El Rio Debajo del Rio runs at National Catholic Reporter, NCRonline.org.

The Dangerous Old Woman is both inspiring and captivating. Ests helps readers begin and deepen the work of bringing each persons one-of-a-kind legacy into the world following the trail blazed by the Dangerous Old Woman.




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