The Power of the Crone

Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype

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Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés Presents Part Two of Her Masterwork on the Dangerous Old Woman

“Dear brave souls, I warmly invite you to come be at the fireside with me and the Dangerous Old Woman and the Power of the Crone. Who is the crone? She is the most dangerous, the most radical, the most revolutionary woman in existence. Whether in fairy tales or in consensual reality, the old one goes where she wants to and she acts as she wishes; she lives as she chooses. And this is all as it should be. And no one can stop her. Nor ought they try.”—Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD

When Does Wisdom Come?

Entering the terrain of wisdom occurs at any age. We sometimes step, sometimes stumble, and other times are pulled into the territory of the Crone when the need for a deeper, larger understanding of our most meaningful paths in life can no longer be denied, and when the gifts that are hidden in our challenges must be brought forth.

On The Power of the Crone, Dr. Estés presents volume two of the Dangerous Old Woman, with six sessions of original stories, psychological commentary, and blessings. Join her to meet Las Cacareas (The Old Cacklers), La Misteria (The Seer), La Arbolaria (The Spellbreaker), and the wisdom-wielding Crone in many more of her guises.

Fulfilling the Callings of Soul

Says Dr. Estés: “If you weep, the Crone will move closer to you. Laugh, and she wants to hear the joke. Dance, and she wants to dance with you and in you. She has help for the hurt and for the one poisoned by bitterness. She can pull the thorn from the breast, and tattoo your scars with flowering boughs.” This is the power of the Crone, ready to assist each of us to “fulfill the callings of the souls on this earth—with verve, with style, with critical insights, with wisdom, and with love.”

Stories, Poems, and Blessings Include:

  • “The Littlest Giantess”
  • “The Orcharder Who Tried to Deform the Trees”
  • “Backwoods Woman … When the Old Woman Comes to Shake You Awake”
  • “Don’t Make Creator Too Small”
  • “The 13 Phases of the Cycle of Life-Death-Life”
  • “The Unrepentant Trees”
  • El Mano and the Monster”
  • “When ‘The Great They’ Say ‘Stop Acting Up’”
  • “The Girl Who Had No Story”
  • “The Checker-Barked Cherry Tree”
  • “Jack and the Beanstalk”
  • “The Sitar Player”
  • “The Rhymer’s Advice”
  • “Father Bring Me Fire”
  • “Gratitude Is an Emotion of the Heart”

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An Opportunity To Respect And Learn From The Wise Old Woman (Crone) Review by Jack Hovenier

‘The Power of the Crone’ is the second volume of Dr. Estés’ five-volume audio masterpiece known as ‘The Dangerous Old Woman.’ To the uninitiated it is difficult to describe the wisdom, insight, inspiration, and stories in each volume of this series.

With the myriad skills of a therapist with decades of experience, and a depth psychologist and Jungian analyst at the top of her game, Dr. Estés deftly blends well-known stories, personal family legends and insight into a series of audio recordings that engage and inspire the listener.

As is usually the case with great work, teaching happens at many levels. Although Dr. Estés is a certified Jungian analyst, that label is too limiting. While Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell raised awareness of Archetypes, many cultural stories, legends, myths and wisdom have passed on from our ancestors for millennia. Often practitioners of depth psychology become Jungian analysts as a result of their education and studies. Dr. Estés seems to have been born to become one of our generations greatest oral and written story tellers, commune with Archetypes, Saints and Angels, as well as maintain a relentless desire to help, inspire and advocate for others.

One of the greatest gift of this series is its ability to guide the listener to discover who they really are, nurture and empower their “Original Voice,” and cast off social, cultural and personal bindings that separate the listener from his or her destiny and birthright.

Volume Two further initiates the listener into the Mystery of the Power of the Crone. The stories and commentary in this volume often teach that each of us is born gifted, all are unique and one-of-a-kind and that none of us are destined to experience a “normal” life. The story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ is one of the best versions told, ‘La Calavera: The Life-Death-Life Force’ is a moving story of Mystery, Death and the depth and temptation surrounding us. The blessings offered by Dr. Estés at the end of each segment are powerful and seem an initiation or offering to help the listener integrate what was taught.

While it is easy to think these audio recordings are intended for adults, they are easily accessible to adolescents and young adults. Like the best timeless wisdom teaching, they contain messages for listeners of any age or stage of growth and development. For the observant listener, the art on each recording cover is a symbol for the series.

Don’t hesitate to buy this outstanding volume and series. Whatever you pay for the recording, and invest in time listening, is an extraordinary value sure to pay rich emotional, mental, physical and spiritual dividends.

(Posted on 12/25/2016)

Food for thought, elixir for the soul Review by clare

Another fabulous collection of stories, commentaries, and Blessings.
Heartfelt thanks Clarissa.

(Posted on 8/12/2016)

Amazingly insightful Review by Eofawn

I listened to this audio collection while driving to work over the course of two weeks and had I not checked it out from the library, I would listen to it with much greater regularity. It speaks to the truth of the matter an lets you know you are alive even with all your uniqueness and differentness. Quite inspiring! I will certainly model the story telling for my own child. It is a powerful way to teach lessons.
Thank you so much for sharing of yourself Clarissa!

(Posted on 7/16/2015)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Lucinda M

I love listening to Clarissa's stories. She is an amazing story teller and draws you in. I have ordered a lot of her cd's and I am enjoying them & her wisdom. Very well done.

(Posted on 1/28/2014)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by candi B

Clarissa is my favorite wise women. I feel fortunate that she has been sharing her stories and wisdom for so many years of my life. I am a Crowned One, at age 70 and living my life more fully, I am sure because of all the wonderful audio tapes of Clarissa's that I've listened to countless times.
With this series of CDs the first is somewhat difficult to hear, but the rest are fine.
Bless you Clarissa and thank you Sounds True for making it available within my budget.

(Posted on 1/9/2014)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Kathleen

Excellent, clear, profound guidance.

(Posted on 1/8/2014)

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(Posted on 1/2/2014)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Estella D

Excellent-filled with luscious stories and wisdom!

(Posted on 12/27/2013)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Laura C

This is the second Clarissa Pinkola Estes audio program I have listened to, and I think i'm hooked. I feel like she is sitting right here at my kitchen table talking to me. Her approach (telling us how she heard the story and from whom), her gifts as a storyteller, and her inspiration-which includes powerful insights that I realize I knew all along but had forgotten- are real expressions of the living, creating power of the crone. Many thanks.

(Posted on 9/30/2013)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Valerie M

I love how she expresses herself!!

(Posted on 1/23/2013)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by jean c

These readings were so powerful that I could only listen to them one at a time and then wait many days to digest them

(Posted on 1/2/2013)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Crista D

Helps us to connect with and value the wisdom of the elderly who have seen life.

(Posted on 1/1/2013)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Martha C

love, love,love CPE!

(Posted on 12/31/2012)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Laura J

The Power of the Crone is truly remarkable . I have enjoyed all 6 CDs very much and love Clarissa Pinkola Estes way of weaving the stories and wisdom into a whole dimension of thinking. I appreciate the point of view and am now hoping to and looking forward to becoming a powerful crone myself!

(Posted on 12/27/2012)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Sharon

Wonderful, wonderful. I have the first two volumes of this set and I have listened to them once and now I'm doing it all over again. In time I will collect them all. Dr. Estes is a very special person and I learn so much from her and it's such an enjoyable journey.

(Posted on 12/19/2012)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Mary M

I listen to her audio books over and over. Since I am a
crone, I find her stories applicable and helpful, as If
I need permission to be me, oh thank you DR. ESTES.
I highly recommend them to every one no matter the
age. She is the best story teller with a wonderful sense of humor.

(Posted on 12/19/2012)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Lori Garcia

Wonderful and insightful. I've always appreciated the wisdom of the elder women in my life. After listening to The Power of the Crone, I appreciate these blessed and wonderful people even more!

(Posted on 12/2/2011)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Linda VandenBrook

Joyous Body is fabulous. I am completely satisfied with the content and the beautiful way that Clarissa brings the listener to enlightenment. I have most of her CDs and have used them both personally and professionally. I wish that there was a way to let the artist know just how valuable her works have been in my life.
Linda V

(Posted on 10/23/2011)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Gail Gates

This series is like water to a parched soul. I want my own Aunt Edna, but since I don't have one delight in hearing about her from Dr. Estes. There is something that comes loose inside of me when I hear Dr. Estes talk, and then I'm free to float on the wonders of being a woman. Can I only give five stars?

(Posted on 10/16/2011)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Joanna Groebel

I really enjoyed the content of this CD, Dr. Estes is amazing. However, it would be great if Sounds True could make the download a little more user friendly...with segments that are labeled as CD's are.

(Posted on 9/20/2011)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by Holly Choate

I'm so fond of this woman's story telling and this set is fabulous.
Thank you Sounds True and thank you Clarissa Pinkola-Estes... many voices, one journey!

(Posted on 8/13/2011)

Review for The Power of the Crone Review by yolanda robinson

Extraordinay story teller who touches the depths of my soul. I so much enjoy listening to Dr. Pinkola Estes again and again. I am grateful that she weaves so much wisdom into these ancient, archetypal tales.

(Posted on 5/24/2011)

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(Posted on 5/12/2011)



Contents 6 CDs (7 hours, 32 minutes)
Date Published May 01, 2011
ISBN-10 1-60407-432-9
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-432-1
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Code AF01888D

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Contents 1 Audio download (7 hours, 32 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published May 01, 2011
ISBN-10 1-60407-461-2
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-461-1
Product Code AF01888W