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Iron John, as articulated by Sophie Strand, is a mythic archetype encapsulating the wild, untamed aspect of the masculine psyche, often neglected in the mechanized throes of contemporary existence. Drawing from ancient folklore, Iron John represents the primal, earthy spirit and the essential call for a return to holistic, embodied wisdom. In her evocative prose, Strand elucidates how Iron John catalyzes a deep, transformative journey where one must delve into the rich soil of their subconscious, fostering growth through trials that unveil the raw, authentic self. By tapping into this deep reservoir of wilderness and emotional richness, Iron John becomes a guide—urging individuals to reconnect with nature, intuition, and the profound, sometimes hidden, dimensions of their souls.

See also: sacred masculine, divine feminine, mythic masculine, myth, trauma, men's work

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