Gathering the Wild Woman

Pamela Phelps

Phillipsport, United States

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Reference to the word WILD here does not imply out of control, but rather the original sense of the word meaning to “Live a natural life”, with innate integrity and healthy boundaries.

The Wild Woman in all of us is the natural psyche, the force within, the far woods within each woman, it is the knowing of our soul.

When we loose touch with our wild woman, we are not allowed full development, instead we stayed locked in to the sanitized rules culture and centuries have passed on of “How we should be as women”

La Loba is the million year old woman who lives within us, beneath, yet on the top side of the earth. We are surrounded by her, her need to be free, to “Run With The Wolves”. She shows us what it means to not be withered and grow old, but to be wizened. She is the finder of wolf bones and incubates them through the instinctual nature within us.

The metaphors of of the wild woman show the process for bringing women to their full wildish senses. She must have freedom to speak, to move, to be angry, and to create. She at all times knows about both life and death.

She is the keeper of the soul, for without her we loos our shape. She is the soul maker, the wolf raiser, the keeper of all things wild within.

If you are seeking to discover your wildish side, my suggestion to you is go gather old bones, for in those old bones are the stories of the self lying in wait to be told in each of us today!

Composed in Photoshop with layers, backgrounds, textures, effects, filters, and lighting.
Inspired through the readings of “Women Who Run With the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Vintage woman image is a copyright free purchased image.
Wolves courtesy of Itsdura
Background courtesy of Fairygoodmother
Textures courtesy of Lenabem-Anna

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