The Women's Wheel of Life: Thirteen Archetypes of Woman at Her Fullest Power

The Women's Wheel of Life: Thirteen Archetypes of Woman at Her Fullest Power

by Elizabeth Davis, Carol Leonard
     
 

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Maiden, Mother, or Crone-where does a woman in her forties fit in?

Women who have turned to feminist spirituality for appreciation of women's ways of knowing have struggled with the confining concept of the Triple Goddess. Though no longer raising children, a woman may not yet be ready to be a "wise old woman." The Women's Wheel of Life offers a new archetype for

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Maiden, Mother, or Crone-where does a woman in her forties fit in?

Women who have turned to feminist spirituality for appreciation of women's ways of knowing have struggled with the confining concept of the Triple Goddess. Though no longer raising children, a woman may not yet be ready to be a "wise old woman." The Women's Wheel of Life offers a new archetype for this woman-the Matriarch.

The Matriarch is the Queen of the Harvest-reaping the rewards of sustained work and effort, at the height of her sexual and professional power. Elegantly self-possessed, fueled by an intensity and direction, she is poised to rekindle the passions, dreams and spiritual pursuits of youth. She represents the challenge facing midlife women today-how to reap the harvest of one's work and make time for new creative and personal explorations.

The Matriarch is but one of thirteen empowering archetypes presented in this book. From Daughter to Blood Sister, Mother to Amazon, Sorceress to Crone, this groundbreaking work reveals the grand pattern of women's lives, rich and complex, beautiful and mysterious.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Elizabeth Davis's first book, Heart & Hands, is often considered the bible for practicing midwives. Now Davis has teamed up with fellow midwife Carol Leonard to attend to all stages in a woman's life, by imagining and exploring 13 positive archetypes. Among the archetypes presented in The Women's Wheel of Life are familiar ones like the Crone and the Maiden, but also new ones, such as the Matriarch and the Priestess, that apply to women in midlife. (Viking, $22.95 256p ISBN 0-670-86227-4) Appearing on the heels of two popular films about Scottish history, Braveheart and Rob Roy, Stuart Reid's 1745 offers a military history of the attempt by Bonnie Prince Charlie and his House of Stuart to regain the throne of England and Scotland. The text covers the prince's 10-month campaign, which climaxed250 years agoin the Battle of Culloden, which was the focus of Reid's Like Hungry Wolves. Illustrations. (Sarpedon, $24.95 264p ISBN 1-885119-28-3)
Library Journal
Steeped in New Age rhetoric and references, this work targets the true believer. Authors Davis and Leonard have drawn inspiration from their experiences as midwives, as participants in "women's circles," and as students of tribal beliefs to devise a system that identifies 12 stages in a woman's life. These archetypes correspond to general goddess stereotypes and may be understood through instinct rather than reason. Women move from one phase to another using a 13th or transformer stage. The authors encourage those in this position to consult tarot cards, runes, or the I Ching to facilitate the transition. Throughout the book are testimonials given by individuals, identified solely by age, who share the same jargon and perspective. Only libraries desperate to fill gaps in their New Age or occult collections should consider this cultish manual.-Rose M. Cichy, Osterhout Free Lib., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615394688
Publisher:
Bad Beaver Publishing
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
1,031,911
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Davis and Carol Leonard, licensed midwives with sixty-five years' combined experience as health care providers and healers, developed the Wheel as a synthesis of their work in women's health, spirituality and psychology. The Women's Wheel of Life draws on more than a hundred interviews with women of all ages who have found the Wheel to be an inspiring and revolutionary path for more powerful living.

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