Every woman has a wild woman within her. This wild woman can act as a source of wisdom, courage, strength, playfulness, perseverance, discernment, courage, joy, and freedom. By reconnecting with her — or bringing her out into the open more intentionally — we can heal many areas of our lives and finally overcome difficult and long-standing challenges.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes wrote the ground-breaking book Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype back in 1992 (pictured below in its most natural setting, surrounded by rocks, sticks, trees, and forest).
In this powerful book — which I consider mandatory reading for every woman (and man!) — Pinkola Estes defines the wild woman as:
“a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, a visionary, an oracle, an inspiratrice, an intuitive, a maker, a creator, an inventor, and a listener who guides, suggests, and urges vibrant life in the inner and outer worlds.”
“both friend and mother to all those who have lost their way, all those who need a learning, all those who have a riddle to solve, all those out in the forest or the desert wandering and searching.”
We disconnect from or reject our own wild nature (and inner wild woman) for many reasons: cultural conditioning, familial beliefs, upbringing, educational conditioning, religious beliefs, trauma, abuse, self-neglect, self-hatred.
We also disconnect from this wild woman out of fear — fear of what will happen if we let her out, fear of how we will have to change to heal ourselves, fear of all the repressed desires and impulses and dreams wild woman will make us suddenly remember. Essentially, fear of our own power and our own depth.
But, as Pinkola Estes explains, with wild woman as our “ally, leader, model, [and] teacher” we are able to “see not through two eyes, but through the eyes of intuition which is many-eyed.”
Reconnecting with this wild woman allows one to “establish territory, to find one’s pack, to be in one’s body with certainty and pride regardless of the body’s gifts and limitations, to speak and act in one’s behalf, to be aware, alert, to draw on the innate feminine powers of intuition and sensing, to come into one’s cycles, to find what one belongs to, to rise with dignity, to retain as much consciousness as possible.”
It is therefore in our best interest — and in the best interest of our daughters, sons, friends, partners, and everyone else we come in contact with — to find, explore, and realign with this inner wild woman. A good place to start, or to continue this healing work, is to try out my Wild Woman Tarot Spread. Feel free to use your favorite Tarot deck or to experiment with an Angel or Oracle deck. Whatever resonates with you is absolutely what you should do!
- How can my wild woman help me on an emotional level?
- How can my wild woman help me on a physical level?
- How can my wild woman help me on a mental level?
- How can I express my wild woman’s feminine energy?
- How can I express my wild woman’s creativity?
- What is my inner wild woman trying to tell me right now?
Begin with these 6 cards but feel free to add more if you want to delve deeper as you go along. And I highly recommend you check out the book that inspired this spread, if you haven’t done so already. May your wild woman rise once again, strong, untamed, powerfully aligned, and with the clearest vision of what your life needs right now.
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