"Splendidly written.... Using the labyrinth as a metaphorical container we are given a vision of how a deep Feminine wisdom is contained in its numinosity. By walking its sacred path on our inner journey we connect with a Feminine power so necessary to our ailing world. A very important work!" —Jean Houston, Ph.D., author of The Search for the Beloved
"As our culture moves deeper into bewilderment and fear, more people are looking into their own unconscious for symbols of support. The labyrinth with its ancient roots spiralling deeper into our psyches than Christian roots, brings patience, balance, and strength to continue the journey. Sylvia Senensky opens a gateway into its magnificent depths." —Marion Woodman, Jungian analyst, author of Bone: Dying into Life
The thirteenth-century Chartres Cathedral labyrinth and its historic precedents are popular today as metaphors for the spiritual journey. In this book, Jungian analyst Sylvia Senensky probes the inner depths of the labyrinth as a source of archetypal feminine energy—the womb, the cave, the domain of the Goddess, the core of the earth, the encounter with planned chaos and the consequences of the ignored shadow. Senensky draws on powerful personal experiences, the stories of women she has worked with as clients and workshop participants, and a rich literature of myth and fairy tale that includes Theseus and the Minotaur, Demeter and Persephone, Inanna, and Vassilissa the Beautiful. Poems and quotations also serve as examples.