VG Reads – Women Who Run With the Wolves



There really is nothing like reading a book and when you find one that makes your heart light up and say YES, you know you’ve found a read that’s going to be a long-life friend.

As mentioned in our April Love List we have been reading and loving Women Who Run With the Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés and we are really enjoying diving into the book and understanding the Wild Woman. We thought it would be fun to share some of the many great quotes that we loved from the book, in the hopes of inspiring you.


“Relationships between women, whether the women share the same bloodlines or are psychic soulmates, whether the relationship is between analyst and analyzed, between teacher and apprentice, or between kindred spirits, are kinship relationships of the most important kind.”

(Finding One’s Pack: Belonging as Blessing – The Strong Mother, The Strong Child)


“Every new mother begins as a child-mother. A child-mother is old enough to have babies and has good instincts in the right direction, but she needs the mothering of an older woman or women who essentially prompt, encourage, and supper her in her mother of her children. For eons this role was served by older women of the tribe or village. These human “Goddess-mothers,” who were later related by religious institutions to the role of “godmother,” constituted an essential female-to-female nutritional system that nourished the young mothers in particular, teaching them how to nourish the psyches and souls of their young in return.”

(Finding One’s Pack: Belonging as Blessing – The Collapsed Mother)


“The hallmark of the wild nature is that it goes on. It perseveres. This is not something we do. It is something we are, naturally and innately. When we cannot thrive, we go on till we can thrive again. …. Women will raw doors where there are none, and open them and pass through into new ways and new lives. Because the wild nature persists and prevails, women persist and prevail.”

(Finding One’s Pack: Belonging as Blessing – Remembrance and Continuance No Matter What)


“What is the basic nutrition for the soul? Well, it differs from creature to creature, but here are some combinations. Consider them psychic macrobiotics. For some women air, night, sunlight, and trees are necessities. For others, words, paper, and books are the only things that satiate. For others, color, form, shadow, and clary are the absolutes. Some women must leap, bow, and run, for their souls crave dance. Yet others crave only a tree-leaning peace. …. Ritual is one of the ways in which humans put their lives in perspective, whether it be Purim, Advent, or drawing down the moon.”

(Finding One’s Pack: Belonging as Blessing – The Mistaken Zygote)


“But it has been proven over the centuries, that being different means standing at the edge, means one is practically guaranteed to make an original contribution, a useful and stunning contribution to her culture.”

(Finding One’s Pack: Belonging as Blessing – The Mistaken Zygote)


“Don’t waste your time hating a failure. Failure is a greater teacher than success. Listen, learn, go on.”

(Self-preservation: Identifying Leg Traps – Brutal Loss in Fairy Tales)


“The idea of instinct can be valued positively as an inner something that when blended with forethought and consciousness guides humans to integral behavior. A woman is born with all instinct intact.”

(Self-preservation: Identifying Leg Traps – Trap #4)


“Nothing makes the light, the wonder, the treasure stand out so well as darkness.”

(Homing: Returning to OneSelf – Hearing the Old One’s Call)


“If you’re scared, scared to fail, I say begin already, fail if you must, pick yourself up, start again. If you fail again, you fail. So what? Begin again. It is not the failure that holds us back but the reluctance to begin over again that causes us to stagnate. If you’re scared, so what?”

(Clear Water: Nourishing the Creative Life – Taking Back the River)


“If you’ve lost focus, just sit down and be still. Take the idea and rock it to and fro. Keep some of it and throw some away, and it will renew itself. You need do no more.”

(Clear Water: Nourishing the Creative Life – The Three Gold Hairs)


“General Wolf Rules for Life:

1. Eat

2. Rest

3. Rove in between

4. Render loyalty

5. Love the children

6. Cavil in moonlight

7. Tune your ears

8. Attend to the bones

9. Make love

10. Howl often”

(Shadowing: Canto Hondo, The Deep Song)


“If you don’t go out in the woods, nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.”

(The Wolf’s Eyelash)


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