Marion Woodman interview archive

It has been said that Marion Woodman is “one of the wisest women in the world.” She is a brilliant Jungian analyst, mystic, healer, writer and international speaker. It is true that her work is inspiring, healing and whole-making. To share a glimpse into the world of Marion Woodman, I searched the web and gathered links to every interview I could find. If you know of any others, please let me know and I will update the list. Otherwise, do enjoy these, they are wonderful…

Marion Woodman: “When I say the feminine, I don’t mean gender. I mean the feminine principle that is living—or suppressed—in both men and women. The feminine principle attempts to relate. Instead of breaking things off into parts, it says, Where are we alike? How can we connect? Where is the love? Can you listen to me? Can you really hear what I am saying? Can you see me? Do you care whether you see me or not?”

Empowering Soul Through the Feminine

Inner Man, Inner Woman
December 1993 – M.E.N. magazine

An Interview with Marion Woodman
November 1995 – M.E.N. magazine

The Dark Goddess Returns

Marion Woodman Profile
May 13, 1996 – Maclean’s magazine

An Interview with Marion Woodman
November 1, 1997 – The London Free Press

Abandoned Soul, Abandoned Planet

Robert Bly and Marion Woodman
Over a Decade of Magic in Working Together

1998 – M.E.N. magazine

Marion Woodman Interview
November 1998 – Yoga Journal

Slow Down and Meet Your Sacred Feminine
January 1999 – New Times

Taming Patriarchy
The Emergence of the Black Goddess

Fall/Winter 1999 – EnlightenNext magazine

Conscious Femininity
A Speech by Marion Woodman

September 2004 – 3rd Annual Women & Power Conference

Men Are From Earth, And So Are Women
Marion Woodman on the Inner Marriage of the True Masculine and the True Feminine

August 2006 – The Sun

I had a marvellous dream about a metaphor machine…
2007 – Ascent magazine

Marion Woodman video interview
2009 – PBS “Life (Part 2)”

8 Ways of Looking at Power
The Power of the Feminine

September 2009 – O, The Oprah Magazine

Jungian Analysis, Eating Disorders and the ‘Great Work’
May 21, 2010 – Huffington Post

* Marion Woodman books, audio-books, lectures and DVDs
* Marion Woodman Foundation website

The Myth of Sophia; Fall of the Psyche

The myth of Sophia is “an allegory for the fall of the psyche/soul into identification with the body and its redemption from the evils of incarnation through the saving power of Consciousness, represented by the psyche’s true lover [Christ].” A version of this story was originally part of the early Christian mythos but was removed by the Literalist Church, keeping the masses ignorant of one of the true purposes of religion — to reawaken us to the divine Consciousness/Holy Spirit within all life.

an excerpt from The Exegesis on the Soul:

“In olden times wise people gave the psyche a feminine name, because she is feminine in nature. She even has a womb [because she gives birth to thoughts and action]. Originally she was a virgin, living alone with her Father. But when she was born into a body, she fell into the hands of bad men who passed her between them. Some raped her. Others seduced her with gifts. She became a prostitute, although she secretly hoped that each man she embraced would be her husband. Afterwards she was always filled with regret, but as soon as she escaped from one man, she just ran to the next. Each of them made her live with him and service him in bed, as if he were her master. Overcome with shame, she no longer dared to leave her abusers, even though they lied about respecting her and were constantly unfaithful. Eventually they all abandoned her completely. She ended up like a forlorn widow without assistance or sustenance. They left her with nothing except the results of having sex with them: dumb, blind, sickly, feeble-minded children.”

“Then her Father visited her and saw her sighing and suffering with remorse. She begged him, ‘Save me Father. Look what has happened to me. I know I ran away from home, but please bring me back to myself again.’ She began raging and writhing like a woman in labor trying to give birth. But a woman doesn’t have the power to beget a child alone. So her Father promised to send from Heaven his first-born son, her brother, to be her bridegroom. She gave up whoring and washed off the foul odors of her former abusers. She prepared herself in the bridal chamber, filling it with sweet perfume, and waited for her true husband. She no longer frequented the marketplace, having sex with whomever she fancied. She waited for him, anxiously asking, ‘When will he come?’ She was frightened because, since she had left her Father’s house, she couldn’t remember how her brother looked. Yet, like any woman in love, she even dreamt about her lover at night.”

“Eventually her bridegroom came to take her as his bride, just as her Father had said he would. Their e marriage was not like the earthly type in which, after sex, the man and woman behave as if some irritating physical burden has been relieved and turn over without looking at each other. In this marriage, the two united to share a single life. Gradually she recognized her bridegroom, which filled her with happiness. She wept and wept when she remembered her former widowhood. She made every effort to make herself beautiful, so that he would be pleased to stay with her. She knew she must forget all her false lovers and devote herself to her true king. And so they both enjoyed each other, and when they made love she received his seed and bore good children.”

Notes on the story:

“As long as the psyche keeps running about everywhere copulating with whomever she meets and defiling herself, she suffers her just deserts. But when she perceives the straits she is in and weeps before the Father and repents, then the Father will have mercy on her. He will make her womb turn inwards again, so that the psyche regains her true nature. When the womb of the psyche turns inward, it is baptized. It is immediately cleansed of external pollution, just as garments, when dirty, are put into the water and turned about until their dirt is removed and they become clean. The cleansing of the psyche is to regain the newness of her former nature. That is her baptism.”

“It is fitting that the psyche regenerates herself and becomes again as she formerly was. This is the resurrection from the dead. This is freedom from captivity. This is the upward journey of ascent to Heaven. This is the way back to the Father.”

The allegory of the fallen psyche is also in the myths of Aphrodite, Eros and Psyche, Demeter and Persephone, the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene, etc.

(source: Jesus and the Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians)