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Artemis
The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman
Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD
ISBN: 9781573245913
Book (Hardcover)
Conari Press
$22.95
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
272 pages
September 1, 2014


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"Whether or not women know it, Artemis is the archetype or goddess who can inspire us to be activists in the world. In Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, Jean Shinoda Bolen provides ancient and modern ways to be our authentic, courageous, and passionate selves. Jean herself is an Artemis.” —Gloria Steinem

"Artemis is emerging in the popular culture as a new source of strength, power and integrity. She is the protector of life, the activist who never gives up, the idealistic heroine who cannot be subdued. In this beautiful, inspiring book, Bolen shows how a woman can draw upon her courage and her passion to change the world." ─Isabel Allende, author of House of the Spirits and most recently, Ripper

"In the lineage of Joseph Campbell, Bolen weaves a powerful and vivid connection between ancient myth and our post-modern world. With her unique voice as a psychiatrist and her work inspired by her work in Jungian psychology, she gives us many models of perseverance in an age fought with challenges, especially for women and girls. Within these pages you’ll find many images and stories that will lead you to the power of your own imagination." ─Justine Willis Toms, Co-founder, host 'New Dimensions Radio', author of Small Pleasures: Finding Grace in a Chaotic World

"Once again Jean Shinoda Bolen inspires us with her magical ability to connect our daily behaviors and realities with archetypal stories and patterns. Like Goddess in Every Woman, I couldn't stop reading Artemis. It left me with a much deeper understanding of what women face around the world, as well as food for thought to reflect upon the daily realities of female empowerment. I couldn't recommend it more." -Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International
In Jean Shinoda Bolen’s best-selling, game-changing Goddesses in Everywoman, myths came to life in a whole new way that resonated with our own lives. Even fictional character Bridget Jones was reading that book.

Now comes Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, a groundbreaking new book that explores the archetype of the activist. Indomitable means untamed, unsubdued. It is the one-in-herself quality in girls and women who will not be victims, no matter what. To bring the Artemis archetype to life, Dr. Bolen delves deeply into the myth of Atalanta, the famous hunter and runner in ancient Greek mythology, a mortal woman who is identified with Artemis the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Moon. Atalanta began life abandoned and left to die because she was born a girl. She faced the Calydon Boar and drew first blood; she was the runner who would demand to be beaten in a footrace by the man who could claim her as his bride. Atalanta exemplifies the indomitable spirit in competent, courageous girls and in the women they become. This is grit, the passion and persistence to go the distance, to survive, and to succeed.

Dr. Bolen paints a vivid picture of Artemis women in current media, including Princess Merida from the animated film Brave and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. In all these examples and those of real-life women who grow into their Artemis spirit, she provides the means through which readers can navigate their own personal exploration to become their authentic selves. Bolen dedicates this book to women and girls who embody the archetype of Artemis, who discover her uncrushable spirit in themselves or others.

Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. She is the author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don't Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, Like a Tree, and Moving Toward the Millionth Circle. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing's "Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award." She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She was in three acclaimed documentaries: the Academy–Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film Women—For America, For the World, the Canadian Film Board's Goddess Remembered, and FEMME: Women Healing the World. The Millionth Circle Initiative www.millionthcircle.org was inspired by her book and led to her advocacy for a UN 5th World Conference on Women http://5wcw.org. Photo credit: P. Tesler
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