Book Title: Eyes of the Gorgon: Endometriosis, Mythic Embodiment, and Freedom
Year Published: May 2019
Pacifica Program: Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology
Eyes of the Gorgon: Endometriosis, Mythic Embodiment, and Freedom
Jaffa Frank transmutes her decades of suffering from endometriosis by engaging the mythic imagination to craft a narrative of hope and empowerment. Firmly grounded in the physical realities of the disease, she evokes its archetypal wisdom as a visitation of the Gorgon Medusa revealing healing and wisdom, even when medical cure is unavailable. Frank mythopoetically weaves together threads of endometriosis, Medusa, and Athene on the loom of her own lived experience of the disease, imaginative and embodied reflection the weft and warp of a life tapestry. By personifying endometriosis as Medusan, pathology is rendered sacred. By contemplating what it means to be human in embodied relationship with the divine, Frank provides a mythos of healing while living with chronic illness.
About Dr Jaffa Vernon Frank
Dr. Jaffa Vernon Frank is an archetypal mythologist, a licensed mental health counselor, and an unintended priestess of the goddess of endometriosis. Dr. Frank holds a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and an MA in Counseling with an emphasis in grief, loss, and trauma therapy from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She teaches courses in the psychology of altruism, archetypes, and the evolution of consciousness at Southwestern College in Santa Fe. Her book Eyes of the Gorgon: Endometriosis, Mythic Embodiment, and Freedom is available on Amazon.com.