Fairy Tales Are Our Wise Guides

“Because matrilineal lines of initiation—older women teaching younger women certain psychic facts and procedures of the wild feminine—have been fragmented and broken for so many women and over so many years, it is a blessing to have the archaeology of the fairy tale to learn from. We can reconstruct all we need to know from those deep templates or compare our own ideas on women’s integral psychological processes to those found in tales. In this sense, fairy tales and mythos are our initiators; they are the wise ones who teach those who have come after.”

 

–Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves

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Wellcome Library, London.
Colored Lithograph.

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