Apr 4, 2023
Dr Sharon Blackie is an award winning writer, psychologist and mythologist. She's the author of the best selling, If Women Rose Rooted and more recently, Hagitude: Reimagining The Second Half Of Life. I love both books. They completely re-envision how women fit in the world. Hagitude is a wonderful analysis of how women used to be in later life, before the modern era, and the inspiration we can take from that. Sharon is focused on the development of the mythic imagination, and on the relevance of myth, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, cultural and environmental problems that we face today.
We talk about:
- Why she wrote Hagitude
- What is it about the hags and mythology that delights Sharon
- Sharon’s favorite character, the Cailleach
- What mythic imagination is
- The things Sharon hates about how old women are currently presented
- How the second half of life is about turning inwards
- The importance of listening to your body
- How if you don't stop, you don't make space for a new story to grow
- What women can do to change the narratives of older women
- The nature of an elder woman’s wisdom
- Baba Yaga
- The intersection of sexism and ageism in patriarchal religions
- What Sharon discovered about herself by writing Hagitude
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