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Motherhood is the true hero's journey - which is to say that it can be as harrowing as it is joyful, and enlightening as it is exhausting. For Jungian psychoanalyst Lisa Marchiano, this journey is not just an adventure of diaper bags and parent-teacher conferences, but one of intense self-discovery.

In Motherhood, Marchiano draws from a deep well of Jungian analysis and symbolic research to present a collection of fairytales, myths, and fables that evoke the spiritual arc of raising a child from infancy through adulthood.

Divided into three major segments similar to the stages of a hero's initiatory journey, (Descent, Sojourn, and Return), Motherhood charts how events like pregnancy, the calamities of childhood, and the empty-nest experience are all parts of an odyssey to which every mother receives an invitation. Here, Marchiano emphasizes that when you take up that invitation, it will lead to an adventure into the wild frontier of your own soul. And once you return from this inner journey, you'll possess the treasured knowledge need to clarify your values, embrace your disowned parts, and claim the mantle of motherhood in the full bloom of your empowerment.

©2021 Lisa Marchiano (P)2021 Tantor

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I am grateful that i found this book

Beautifully written about patterns in our psyke Women can be facing by being mothers. The author lead me through the book with her warm understanding of herself, the subject and, it felt, me and every mother. The shadow aspects of mothering was beautifully woven into the text and explained by using stories and fairytales. The text is smooth and easy to understand - even if English is not my first language. I feel this book is an important contribution to give value to mothering.

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The book I didn't know I needed!

So relatable.
Felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster and a therapy session in one. Would recommend to any mother.

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Highly recommend!

This book not only for mothers or mothers to be. Highly recommend to anyone with a mother or a mother figure in their life. The narrators voice makes it soothing to listen without putting you to sleep. Listening to this book makes me want to buy it so I can highlight, mark, and come back to again and again.

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loved it a different look at motherhood and changes mothers go through or have you been gone through