Tracking the Wild Woman Archetype: A Guide to Becoming a Whole, In-divisible Woman

Stacey Shelby (Author)


Who is a woman before socialization? Why do we struggle in relationships? Why do we suffer? How can we find abiding peace?

By midlife, a woman may become conscious of some of the ways culture has overdomesticated her, and she may have become aware of her own wild, instinctual animal nature. The wild woman archetype within a woman's psyche is an expression of her innate, soulful essence. Many women within patriarchy become socialized in a way that leads them to be overly "civilized" or overly "domesticated" almost from birth and that domestication affects how they express their sexuality and conduct relationships. When a woman becomes conscious of the wild woman archetype, she then becomes free to explore sexuality and relationships on her own terms. Paradoxically, the struggles experienced in relationships and with sexuality may be the catalysts that bring her into deeper engagement with psyche and into the realm of the wild woman archetype. This is explored as a process of psychological development that occurs at midlife in relation to Carl Jung's notion of individuation. The psyche has an impetus towards unification and wholeness--towards becoming an in-divisible whole.

Relationships can serve as the alchemical vessels of a woman's psychological transformation. Tracking the Wild Woman Archetype finds that the paradoxes and impossibilities of love serve to create a more profound woman who is more conscious of the manifold world of unconscious archetypes. It tracks the process of individuation and alchemical transformation through the study of texts, the author's lived experience, and imaginal ways of knowing, such as dreams, synchronicities, and active imaginations.

Product Details

Chiron Publications
Publish Date
January 22, 2018
5.98 X 0.56 X 9.02 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Stacey Shelby, Ph.D, is an author, speaker and depth psychotherapist. She is also a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) in Canada, a certified clinical dream tender, and she has studied in shamanic and yoga traditions. She has a thriving clinical practice in Squamish, British Columbia, where she works with adults in various stages of personal transformation. She is gifted at working with the symbolic language of the soul and she is dedicated to honoring the soul as it presents in the lived experience of daily life.


Chapter 1 The Base Metal 9

Coexist with Bears 10

The Wild Virgin to The Wild Woman 12

The Goddesses 17

Alchemy 22

Bear 29

Chapter 2 The Wild Woman Archetype 31

Initial View 33

Lions and Tigers and Bears, and a Surfng Yogini 42

Peaks and Vales 50

A New Paradigm 52

Artemis 57

Re-View 64

Chapter 3 Women's Psychological Development 65

Initial View 70

Individuation 79

Sacred Experience and Sufering 83

Psyche and Eros 87

A Human Ending as a New Beginning 91

Feminine 101

Open to Life 108

Re-View 110

Chapter 4 Relationship 111

Initial View 113

Wild Motherhood, Feminine Feminists, and the Old Paradigm 117

Love as the Alchemical Vessel 120

Personifying and Projections 131

A Circle of Love 139

Re-View 147

Chapter 5 Sexuality 149

Initial View 152

Claiming the Body Afer Separating 156

Claiming Sexuality 161

Female Phallus 165

Pleasure, Play, Paradox, and Longing 175

Sacred Sexuality 180

Re-View 184

Chapter 6 The Gold 187

The Wild Woman 190

Perfection versus Wholeness 198

Show Up and Surrender 201

Projection 203

Relationship and Sexuality 207

Aferword 211

References 215