“The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul-place.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés,
Our life stages are reflected in nature, in the progression of seasons, in the lunar rhythms, the high and low tide of the oceans, in the very earth cycles of Gaia.
Autumn is at once a time of letting go and gathering. A natural, organic period of pauses, inner reflection, and a shift in focus to what is sacred, what is important, what will sustain our vitality for this stage of life. Our understanding of life is finite now. The physical acts of blood and creation in the mother/creatrix stage are becoming more distant, giving way to other creations and birthings of our Selves and for our Selves. This is not the stage of matron … perhaps for our Mothers or Grandmothers, they accepted that role. For women today, we understand that the finite nature of life means that we need to work harder to imbue it with meaning, to embody our souls in the expression of living with every moment that we breathe.
“Bone by bone, hair by hair, Wild Woman comes back. Through night dreams, through events half understood and half remembered…” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés
There is a moment when we slip from the balance of light and dark headfirst into the unknown, the wild, the “give me more for me” phase. A wild time, a juicy time. The call of Wild Woman. She is the fearless sister of the Queen, ready to take the weight and experience of life and make something happen. Renewed passion for living, looking to feather her empty nest, and ready for serendipitous adventures, Wild Woman can be a great ally in the Autumn season and the Autumn phase of life as we sit in our holy transitions.
Wild Woman will yield eventually to Wisdom Woman with the coming Winter, but until then, she brings a new verve and vitality gathered from the first half of life’s experiences. She knows what she does NOT want and is making a plan to get what she DOES want. This is not just freedom … this is liberation.
Madame Trudeaux is my theme song for my Wild Woman … what’s yours?
Journal Prompts: How do you feel about the archetype of Wild Woman representing the Autumn phase of life? Does this ring true for you? Do you see shades of Wild Woman reflected in the women around you – or Matron – or Queen? How would you characterize the wildness of youth versus the wildness of age?
**This article is an excerpt from Seasonal Soul: 22 Days of Autumn which has just been re-opened for Autumn! Join us for more – registration closes in November!