Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Goddess Archetypes in Everywoman

I came across this link while perusing this blog's stats. (You just never know what you will find.) However, since the link is to an interview with author Jean Shinoda Bolen, and discusses her very interesting book, Goddesses in Everywoman: a new psychology of women, I thought it merited its own post.

The interview is short, but worthwhile. Here's an excerpt:

MISHLOVE: You know, Freud once wrote towards the end of his career that in spite of all his investigation into the psychology of men and women he was never able to answer the basic question, what does Woman want? It seems as if in your psychology of the goddesses, you really are addressing that question. These goddess archetypes represent the different things that women want.

BOLEN: Yes. And it varies from woman to woman, that's the other thing.

MISHLOVE: And varies from time to time for a single woman, also.

BOLEN: Yes, because at different times in your life a goddess pattern will be much stronger. For example, if you're a teenage girl, it could be that you are a horse-crazy Artemis, who just wants to go ride horses, be a backpacking Girl Scout in the wilderness. Or you could be an Aphrodite that is really boy crazy. Or you could be a scientific-minded, chess-playing Athena, or a meditative Hestia, or something like that. And it's pretty clear at that time that there's one or two goddesses that really run the show for a while. And then, come your adult years, it may be that you will get married, and Hera will get a vote, or may not. It may be that you'll have a baby, and Demeter, the mother, will be evoked; or it might not. You know, when Demeter is not evoked, it can be very sad. I had a number of people say to me, "Go see Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People. Then you'll realize what my mother was like." Basically what they were saying is: "I had a mother who was my biological mother, but at some deep level she didn't bond with me, and I knew it." And what is said is that often the woman knows it too. She may know that she felt it for another child, and isn't bonded at this deeper level with this particular one.

However, you may also want to check out Bolen's own site: jeanbolen.com for information about the Millionth Circle initiative, and her other books, especially this one:

Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World "Gather the women, save the world" is a message from Mother Earth, Mother Goddess, Mother archetype. The words evoke an intuitive recognition, a wisdom whose time has come. Women as a gender, not every woman but women generally, have a wisdom that is needed. This is a call from the Sacred Feminine to bring the feminine principle which most women and some men embody into consciousness and culture. When there is a critical mass and the tipping point is reached, gender balance ends patriarchy,and peace becomes possible.

[Image: Hestia]


Blogger Stephanie said...

I loved this book and have been meaning to read it again. Another one to add to the collective library.

12:41 PM  

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