like the puffin book of Marion for initiates : ) After "Coming Home to Myself", it was as if I'd visited the country a few times by now and the unfamiliar language, being a bit more familiar now, could reach me.
The main focus of the book is on the Goddess mentality, and its effects on our subconscious and behaviors in today's patriarchal world. One of my favorite section on the studies for men was the symbolism of The Horned God. Woodman explains, "The Horned God, moreover, is an archetypal figure quite unlike most masculine images as they appear in our culture. Patriarchy, with its unrealistic faith in the goals of this life, is built upon the denial of transformation and death." Another favorite part of the book for me I will share (there were many) was the discussion of the Crone, represented as the elderly wise woman. Woodman talks about how valuable the Crone is for everybody but especially young teenage girls as they have no wise women in today's world to teach them and thus they are forced to become a product of consumerism. Woodman turns to mythology and the study of Hera as a great Crone example: "Hera's jealousy (towards Zeus) consumed her life. Once Hera let this Crone energy in, had accepted that part of herself that is bound by no relationship, she returns to Zeus. She was ready for the deep marriage for which is had always longed." Women need this book in order to get to the root of their own insecurities that we all have. I hope the messages of this book come to light for everybody in the future and everybody, men and women, would benefit from the healing benefit of its teachings.
Marion Woodman writes this book to promote the idea that feminism needs to be brought to consciousness,our soul. Another example might be you, thinking about a career in writing children's books and you discover a writer-in-residence in your community who welcomes people to consult with her for free. Woodman says we need to stop dwelling in the past or the future and enter "now". That I understand, but I think I needed to read a primer on the subject first. At the root of this book, is Kali, the Black Madonna (the Goddess of the Dance), a figure who apparently occurs in contemporary dreams. After struggling to finish this book, I am convinced that we need to take the time to play and express ourselves, be it in writing, art, music, travel, dance, or outdoor activities.
The cover of Dancing in the Flames by Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson features a naked goddess.
Birth does not exist without women, or without death- Enter the Dark Goddess, with her roots steeped in pagan spirituality and the new moon. This examination of the dark goddess throughout many contexts is brilliant.
However, I feel that I'm not doing the book any justice by pushing through without fully understanding the phrasings =( Does anyone perhaps have a suggestion for a "lighter" version of this subject matter that I can start with which might help me grasp the wording when I re-attempt this book later?
Among her collaborations with other authors she wrote with Thomas Moore, Jill Mellick and Robert Bly. Her brothers were the late Canadian actor Bruce Boa and Jungian analyst Fraser Boa.