Marion Woodman

The Owl Was a Baker's Daughter: Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa, and the Repressed Feminine--A Psychological Study


Chapter 1: Experimental Background

Chapter II: The Body and the Psyche

Chapter III: Three Case Studies

Chapter IV: Loss of the Feminine

Chapter V: Rediscovery of The Feminine


In a culture where the symbolic world tends to be forgotten, the woman who orientates her life around food is particularly vulnerable to obesity. Her gnawing spiritual emptiness she will vainly attempt to fill with the concrete form of the symbol. The gnawing will grow into a constant anxiety. In “The Symbolic Life,” Jung wrote:

Only the symbolic life can express the need of the soul – the daily need of the soul, mind you! And because people have no such thing, they can never step out of this mill – this awful, grinding, banal life in which they are “nothing but.” In the ritual they are near the Godhead; they are even divine.” (98-99)

A psychological study of eating disorders


Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness


Dark, earthy, and immensely powerful, the Black Goddess has been a key force in world history, manifesting in images as diverse as the Indian goddess Kali and the Black Madonnas of medieval Europe. She embodies the energy of chaos and creativity, creation and destruction, death and rebirth. Images of Her, however, have been conspicuously missing in the Western world for centuries—until now, when awareness of the Goddess is re-arising in many spheres, from the women's movement to traditional religion, from the new discoveries of quantum physics to the dreams of ordinary men and women. Why now particularly? The answer provided by Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson is bold and thrilling: the reemergence of the Divine Feminine in our time indicates our readiness to move to an entirely new level of consciousness. The reemerging Goddess calls for a shattering of rigid categories, a willingness to hold opposition. She calls us to marry reason and order to creativity, and to embrace the chaos that can ultimately lead to wisdom and transformation on personal and global levels.