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An Archetypal Perspective
Silvia Brinton Perera

For people who have had to do battle with their own addictions or with those of loved ones or clients CELTIC QUEEN MAEVE AND ADDICTION offers the promise of understanding how that battle is suffered fought and won. Drawing on twenty-six years of experience as a Jungian analyst supervisor teacher and writer Sylvia Brinton Perera shows us how the imagery of ancient mythology illuminates the depths of the psyche. Maeve whose name means the inebriated one represents the profoundly human and archetypal need for experiences of ecstasy and sovereignty. Initiations involving her drink were sacred in Celtic society. Unlike the ancient Celts we rarely experience a sense of sacred ecstatic participation in the larger matrix that Maeve symbolizes. Through the ages images of the goddess-queen have come down to us in fragmented and diminished forms. We have also unconsciously torn parts of her rites out of their sacred context. We thus often find ourselves askew and addicted. Sylvia Brinton Perera retrieves the pattern of Maeve's wholeness to understand better what we need for healing our addictive behaviours. When in the grip of addiction we meet the great Irish Goddess in the guise of the inebriating one the loathsome hag the devouring maw and the starving Sheela-na-gig. But Maeve is also a battling goddess the maternal queen and the land itself and represents the principle of progress the sacred vessel and the mother of early infancy who mirrors holds and contains our raw unmediated desires. Written with passion and clarity CELTIC QUEEN MAEVE AND ADDICTION invites us to comprehend the wildness of the Celtic imagination and the watery depths of the psyche with a psychoanalyst who has accompanied many suffering the dislocations of modern life.

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  • Published : 08/07/2004
  • ISBN : 9780892540570
  • Format : Paperback
  • Imprint : Nicolas Hays Inc
  • Size (mm): 152 x 229
  • Category: Psychology
  • Pages : 510
  • Edition :