A week ago, I started a read-along for this book, Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D. on Instagram. It’s a very popular book, and I have been wanting to read it for a long time, so I was glad when many other readers decided to join me.
The read-along is going to be held over the course of four months, from December 1st, 2015, until March 31st, 2016, so there’s plenty of time to jump in if you’re interested. There’s a very flexible reading schedule for it, or you can make your own schedule that works better for you.
We’re only one week into it, and we’ve already got lots of discussion and discoveries out of it. If you read the tarot as well, there’s even a tarot spread that Victoria Wilson @eternal.athena.tarot, who is reading along with us, has created for Chapter 1 of the book.
Here is my own “La Loba” Spread tarot reading:
Knight of Pentacles – The Knight of Pentacles is steady and stable, sure of where he stands and what his purpose is. He didn’t get there quickly though, he had to experience many battles before he arrived to where he is now. It might be weird that my wild woman is represented by a court card is that seen as somewhat practical and safe, but I also think that when you know what you stand for, what your beliefs and values are, you are more able to fight wildly and passionately for them. It’s when you’re not sure that you fight half-heartedly. I won’t say that I know exactly where I stand all the time, but with every battle, I become surer and more passionate about the things I believe in.
2. Where do I gather my bones?
8 of Pentacles – @eternal.athena.tarot and @leanna_k_christie talk about bones gathering as a kind of soul retrieval, I will use a different analogy; I feel like I’m gathering bones to build the skeleton that makes me who I am. The 8 of Pentacles being where I should gather my bones… my whole life has been a constant experiment and discovery of who I am and who I want to be, and I do it by trial and error, practice, accumulating skills and working on them, keeping the ones I want and discarding the rest. I’m nowhere near done, and the more bones I gather, the more I realize that many of these bones aren’t mine, and I need to keep gathering until I find the right ones.
3. How can I express her?
7 of Swords – the number 7 has often represented spirituality for me, and Swords represent thoughts, ideas, and words. Spiritual writings, that’s how I want to express my wild woman.
Thank you, Victoria, for this thought-provoking spread. ?
Over the next few months, I will be sharing many of my thoughts on the book both here and on Instagram. If you would like to participate in the read-along, or follow the dedicated posts on Instagram, just search for the #wwrwtwreadalong hashtag. It’s a no-pressure book club and discussion, so you can post as much or as little as you want. You don’t even have to finish the book, just read whatever you can, or whichever parts interest you most.
You can also read-along with me here, and post your thoughts in the comments or on your own blog if you want. I look forward to reading your thoughts!