by Virginia Beane Rutter, M.A., M.S.
This moving and provocative study explores why woman-to-woman psychotherapy is so powerfully transforming. At its core is the archetype of the mother-daughter relationship. Under the millennia of patriarchy, women have historically been alienated from their mothers, and consequently from themselves, from their own empowered femininity. With insight and understanding, Beane Rutter connects the practices, myths, and archetypal images of cultures past and present to the life experiences, dreams, and therapeutic processes of three contemporary women. She traces the emotional, physical, and spiritual journey of the “cultural heroine” who, through her individual transformation, healing, and self-awareness, courageously takes up the task of all women.
A fine contribution to the study of women’s rites of passage.
JOSEPH HENDERSON, M.D., AUTHOR OF THRESHOLDS OF INITIATION
Beane Rutter takes us directly into the heart of the feminine realm. Drawing from Native American and ancient cultures in which respect for female strength and power flourished, she illustrates how these capacities can be awakened in contemporary women. This quiet and wise book lights a candle in the darkness of patriarchal culture that illuminates a pathway for all women toward our unique, authentic, and ever-changing female selves.
SUE NATHANSON ELKIND, PH. D., AUTHOR OF SOUL-CRISIS
… Beane Rutter’s innovative use of uniquely feminine experiences and carefully tailored individual rituals to augment the effectiveness of this newly developed branch of psychotherapy [is truly exciting]. An important addition to the field.
DON SANDNER, M.D., AUTHOR OF NAVAHO SYMBOLS OF HEALING
Beane Rutter weaves the threads of three women’s lives through the ancient feminine mysteries. We regain a sense of the traditional connection that binds us through our bodies to a sacred, meaningful community of women of all time.
BETTY DESHONG MEADOR, PH.D., AUTHOR OF UNCURSING THE DARK
Virginia Beane Rutter, MA, MS, is a psychotherapist and Jungian analyst on the faculty of the C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco. She studies ancient myths and rites of passage through art, archaeology, and psychology, and in the unconscious material of the women and men in her clinical practice. Her recent article, "The Archetypal Paradox of Feminine Initiation in Analytic Work," appears in Initiation: The Living Reality of An Archetype (2007). She has a private practice in Mill Valley, California.