We are eachcrowned twice in this lifetime, teaches the legendary Jungian analyst Marion Woodman. Much is written about the promise of the first crowning, at birth. But what of the second, which comes only after a lifetime of experience? This is the “crown of age, ” she says, a symbol for the culmination of our inner and outer development as human beings.
On The Crown of Age, Woodman examines what it means to pass through life’s manycrossroads and thresholds, emerging as an elder, the embodiment of wisdom, wholeness, and truth. Mining the riches of her own life, including a battle with cancer that nearly ended it, Woodman illustrates the paradox of growing old: that while our physical strength wanes, our spiritual strengthblossoms, petal by petal. With poetic insight she describes the archetypal passage in a woman's life from mother to virgin to crone, and the preparation of our souls for the great crown we receive only when life ends.
The Crown of Age is a crowning achievement in Marion Woodman’s long and celebrated career as a writer, teacher, analyst, and now, trusted elder.
About the Author:
Marion Woodman is a writer,international teacher and workshop leader,and Jungian analyst. With over a half-million books in print,she is one of the most widely read authors on analytical and feminine psychology of our times. Marion Woodman is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. Her bestselling book Addiction to Perfection is considered to be a landmark study on the spiritual and psychological roots of addiction in women. Some of her other books include The Ravaged Bridegroom; Leaving My Father's House; The Maiden King; and The Pregnant Virgin.