A passage from the book “Women Who Run with the Wolves” by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes:
So what compromises the Wild Woman? From the viewpoint of archetypal psychology and as well as in ancient traditions, she is the female soul. Yet she is more; she is the source of the feminine. She is all that is of instinct, of the worlds both seen and hidden-she is the basis.yal heart. She is the Life/Death/Life force, she is the incubator. She is intuition, she is far-seer, she is deep listerner, she is loyal heart. She encourages humans to remain multi-lingual; fluent in the languages of dreams, passion and poetry. SHe whispers from night dreams, she leaves behind on the terrain of a woman’s soul a coarse hair and muddy footprints. These fill women with longing to find her, free her, and love her.
She is ideas, feelings, urfes, and memory. She has been lost and half forgotten for a long, long time. She is the source, the light, the night, the dark and daybreak. She is the smell of good mud and the back leg of the fox. The birds which tell us secrets belong to her. She is the voice that says, ‘This way, this way.’
She is the one who thunders after injustice. She is the one who turns like a great wheel. She is the maker of cycles. She is the one we leave home to look for. She is the one we come home to. She is the mucky root of all women. She is the things that keep us going when we think we’re done for. She is the incubator of raw little ideas and deals. She is the mind which thinks us, we are the thoughts that she thinks.
Where is she present? Where can you feel her, where can you find her? She walks the deserts, woods, oceans, cities, in the barrios, and in castles. She lives among queens, in the factory, in the prison, in the mountain of solitude. She lives in the ghetto, at the university, and in the streets. She leaves footprints for us to try on for size. She leaves footprints wherever there is one woman who is fertile soil.
Where does she live? At the bottom of the well, in the headwaters, in the ether before time. She lives in the tear and in the ocean. She lives in the cambia of trees, which pings as it grows. She is from the future and from the beginning of time. She lives in the past and is summoned by us. She is in the present and keeps a chair at our table, stands behind us in line, and drives ahead of us on the road. She in in the future and walks backward in time to find us now.
She lives in the green poking through snow, she lives in the rustling stalks of dying autumn corn, she lives where the dead come to be kissed and the living send their prayers. She lives in the place where language is made. She lives on poetry and percussion and singing. She lives on quarter notes and grace notes, and in a cantata, in a sestina, and in the blues. She is the moment just before inspiration bursts upon us. She lives in a faraway place that breaks through to our world.
Each and every one of us is the evidence of not only Wild Woman’s existence , but of her condition in the collective. We are the proof of this ineffable female numen, Our existence parallels hers. The fact that we are bereft in her absense, that we long and yearn when we are separated from her; these are the manifestations that she has passed through this way…