3 Darker Fairytales and their Message, Depending on Where You are in Your Journey

‘Dr. estes collects the bones of many stories, looking for the archetypal motifs that set a woman’s inner life into motion’

Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With The Wolves

As Pinkola Estes says in the opening line of her seminal book, Women Who Run With The Wolves, ‘Wildlife and the Wild Woman are both endangered species.’ And it is perhaps due to this very fact that the book has been so wildly popular.

According to Waterstones, the book was barely reviewed when it came out, but grew to be a worldwide bestseller, and now belongs on every bookshelf to be read on moonless nights. Jungian Analyst and storyteller, Dr Estes draws us in with hand-me-down tales, which shiver with semantics and not only reframe the cultural narrative of the woman, but also relay deeply personal stories which all of us can relate to.

But what do the darker tales have to teach us? As someone who is bleeding from the heart, or perhaps haemorrhaging so badly they’re attracting predators left, right and centre, this book and it’s divine stories can be a healing bath.

A tonic for the wounded wolf, to be thumbed through and lapped up in all its deliciousness. As a bridge between spirituality and psychology, we can delve into the female subconscious and find our own tale rippling through the pages of time.

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