“Woman Down” Mixed media on paper.

I spent my morning eyeballs deep in art, which pleases me to no end. I have been feeling a little lack of mojo taking hold, and I really wasn’t sure I had it in me to film, but I did the usual – sat down, set an intention, and went for it.

A few weeks ago, I came across a story on the web about a patient, then peer, then intimate (lover? victim?) of Carl Jung, and I was a little bit slain by it. I admire Carl Jung a great deal. I consider him a part of my spiritual lineage. When pressed about just how much into the ‘woo woo’ I am, I tell people, a little cheekily, that I’m a Jungian Witch, by which I mean that I believe in synchronicity (a term coined by our man, Carl), and that I work with archetypes, but I’m pretty skeptical and wary of the rest. One of my life goals is to own a copy of The Red Book. So, you know. I’m a fan.

But, today? Today, I’m feeling a bit sideswiped, because apparently, there was this whole side of his history that I had no awareness of – that he was deeply influenced by this woman, that he experienced intense countertransference with her, that his relationship with her was a large part of the schism between he and Freud, because Freud was like “Dude, this is not cool” and Jung was like YOLO.

And this poor woman was only until very recently not much more than a lurid footnote in the annals of history, when in ACTUAL fact, she was a physician and one of the first psychoanalysts, who’s analysands include Jean Paiget.

So, you know. Whoa.


I sometimes feel like being a woman is a little like being an orchid in the arctic. I really have no idea how the fuck we even survive without going stark raving bat crackers. It reminded me of the song “Woman Down” by Alanis Morissette, because yup. There’s another one. Woman down.

Just thought I’d share.

P.S. This is a ‘paint over gesso transfer” that I am featuring on Patreon this month. Do join me if you like. 

About The Blog Along

Every year, twice a year, once in April, and again in September, I blog every day for a month, and invite others to do the same. We have a Facebook group, and in that group the only rule is that for every link you post to your own blog, you go off and read three other blogs and leave a comment. This is simply a way to ensure that a community happens rather than just a ‘promo’ group. You’re welcome to join in as long as you are willing to read and comment on three blogs for every blog you post. Click here to join us!  If you’re too busy for that, you’re welcome to just blog on your own for a month. Easy peasy. No one is keeping score. There are no prizes except that you get to build your own readership by regularly populating your blog with good content.

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