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Owning Your Feminine Shadow: A Conversation with Lisa Marchiano

Could cultivating your shrewdness, cunning, desire, sexuality, rage, and ruthlessness help you reclaim your vital spark?
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Jungian analyst, author, and podcaster Lisa Marchiano returns to Begin Again to discuss her latest book, Vital Spark: Reclaim Your Outlaw Energies and Find Your Feminine Fire. In this lively conversation, we discuss:

  • My experience of the book as a process

  • What is the vital spark and how we know we lost connection to it

  • Lilith, the feminine shadow and feminine wholeness

  • Shrewdness, disagreeableness, trickster, desire, sexuality, rage, authority, ruthlessness, and why we might fear developing our Lilith qualities

  • Ruthlessness and lying as essential to survival

  • The problem with innocence

  • Envy and how to protect yourself from envy attacks

  • Snow White and mothers who envy their daughters

  • Bluebeard as the inner predator

  • Why sexuality is so important for women


Connect with Lisa Marchiano further:

Our interview on motherhood

Lisa’s website

Spinning Straw: Lisa’s fairy tale community for women

This Jungian Life

Music (CC BY 4.0): Jazz Jamboree On The Ivories by Sascha Ende


💭 I would love to hear from you:

What did you love about this conversation? Was there anything that surprised you? How do you feel about the dark feminine qualities and which ones do you find easy to own? Which ones do you resist?

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