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

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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 ce ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 6th 1997 by Shambhala (first published 1996)
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Pauline Esson
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has been nothing short of life changing for me.

Initially hard to get into, I put it down for a while and found, what was for me, an easier introduction to Marion Woodman's work,
"Coming Home to Myself"
That felt so much more accessible... like the puffin book of Marion for initiates : )

After "Coming Home to Myself", it was as if I'd visited the country a few times by now and the unfamiliar language, being a bit more familiar now, could reach me. Which it has done, in a big way.

Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is rich and deep and thought provoking and very important and necessary. I am so thankful that I stumbled into the works of Marion Woodman.

Woodman is a Jungian analyst and author. A great deal of the studies of this book are from Carl Jung and they are really beautiful. But she also explores other topics such as mythology, ancient history and quantum physics. This is one of those books that you need to savor when you read, and make notes, and ponder the message of what she is saying wi
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
A bit heavy on the psychological lingo (given the authors are Jungian psychologists, not a surprise) but otherwise a lovely exploration of the resurgence of the Goddess in individuals and the collective unconscious. I underlined/highlighted a lot of things that resonated!
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Marion Woodman writes this book to promote the idea that feminism needs to be brought to consciousness,our soul. This in turn would bring about about a new understanding of the Masculine.
Her reference to the 11th century "burning at the stake" of over two million "witches",(the most gifted women of the time), reminds us how emergence of feminism threatened the patriarchal world at that time. We are still reeling with the effects of that, and are dealing with the same issue, more so in some coun
Eleanor Cowan
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The cover of Dancing in the Flames by Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson features a naked goddess. She is quite awake and consuming the hot flames that surround her whilst dancing in their light. The authors warn us that the sleep of the goddess is a special time and not necessarily an unconscious one. When she rises, refreshed, ready, and truly awake now, it is in the trinity of virgin, mother and crone, each with her own job to do, her own aspect that transforms, ultimately, into the whole pers ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Utter claptrap. After reading this I remain deeply skeptical in regard to anything related to Jungian philosophy. Patient dreamt of a mountain that was really a giant vulva. Of course they did. Patient made remarkable progress in only eleven months but will need many more years to complete the transformation. Of course they will. To add insult to injury the authors invoked quantum mechanics.
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book. I have read it at least five times now, at five important moments of change and transformation in my life and have gotten new insight each and every time. This is one of the treasured books in my library.
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Birth does not exist without women, or without death- Enter the Dark Goddess, with her roots steeped in pagan spirituality and the new moon. The opposite of the mother of the full moon. This examination of the dark goddess throughout many contexts is brilliant.

Understanding your darkness and your feminine is critical for everyone- men and women. This one may be a little too pagan for everyone's tastes, but open, curious minds will love it. I found this at the Gypsy Market bookshelves and before
Jan 17, 2011 added it
Being new to this whole genre of "Jungian" theory...I am defintely struggling through the unfamiliar terminology. I've made it about halfway through the book, and I find the subject matter itself very interesting. After a considerable amount of effort and time on my part to grasp the meaning of the jargon, I have been able to ascertain at least some parts of the message. However, I feel that I'm not doing the book any justice by pushing through without fully understanding the phrasings =( Does a ...more
Carol Watt
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading Marion Woodman's 'Conscious Femininity', I felt sure that I'd enjoy this book but maybe not quite as much. I was wrong, I was absorbed by it from start to finish. In the process I've pieced together some unconscious inner processes and dream images, propelling a shift in my inner perception. Another important book by Marion Woodman.
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Marion Woodman book, and I was captivated. When the student's ready, the teacher comes. I've known that this year (2012) is my time to begin the work of integrating my body, and she's the helper I've received for this part of my journey. Her focus on the body and its integration is so helpful to me, and this book put me on a path of reading most of her work. I'm grateful.
Rebecca Wright
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If for no other reason this book will make you think...about yourself and your place in life. The Dark Goddess transforms us even if it is only to broaden out minds to the possibility of change in our lives and in the world.

Highly recommended.
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This book is one of my all-time favorites! Using examples from goddess mythology the world over Woodman teaches us not to fear our destructive natures; in fact, she exhorts us to allow ourselves to be engulfed in the transformative flames!
Dec 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is a life-changing book! Just be ready to face your true self.
Amazing personal journey work, exploring the unconscious through dreams, archetypes and even string theory
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Daniella Matutes
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rich and deep knowledge of the Dark Goddess. Like a dark, epic dream... offers so much clarity on application of these themes in modern life.
Kate Robertson
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Excellent but somewhat hard to read.
Sharon Morgan
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible insight into the feminine in the unconscious and how that transforms our consciousness.
Jen Francis
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really loaded with pschological and hocus pocus jargon, so mostly rating on a jist of the book but its message stays with me in a theory and a feeling. I liked it, felt informative and reflective.
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Too repetitive, some interesting theories about how our unconscious drives our choice of partner at different points in our life.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Though written in the late 1990s, this book still has a timeless resonance to it. I read this book on and off for over a year, but found it helpful and personally relevant whenever I would dive back in. I enjoyed the weaving of dream experiences, quantum physics, and spirit world/deities, and felt the authors did a great job juxtaposing all of these different facets of understanding. A little heavy on the dream examples (I could have used just one or maybe two to illustrate each concept) but und ...more
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Marion Woodman was a Canadian mythopoetic author and women's movement figure. She was a Jungian analyst trained at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland. She was one of the most widely read authors on feminine psychology, focusing on psyche and soma. She was also an international lecturer and poet. Her collection of audio and visual lectures, correspondence, and manuscripts are housed at ...more