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Ring of Power
Symbols and Themes, Love vs. Power in Wagner's Ring Cycle and in Us
Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD
ISBN: 9780892540433
Book (Paperback)
6 x 9
272 pages
January 15, 1999


"Thank goodness for this book…Jean Shinoda Bolen draws attention to a surprisingly neglected theme in our culture--given its seeming attraction to Jung's work--the mid-life transformation of our transcendent symbols of man as hero and patriarch, and to the role of femininity as s catalyst to this process." --Janet Sayers, San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal

"This is a very readable, useful book for those working on self-examination and change, and is highly recommended for collections of both scholarly and popular psychology." --Marilyn E. Schafer, Library Journal

"Intriguing and illuminating." --Alix Madrigal, San Francisco Chronicle Review

"Rich in revelations. Each chapter is a fascinating journey into our psychic world and into the story of our relationships." --Isabel Allende
A vivid grasp of the story and the characters in *The Ring of Niebelung* brings Richard Wagner's mythic four-opera cycle to life. The Ring Cycle has a hold on our imagination like no other operatic work because it is archetypal and has the power of myth as well as music to reverberate in the psyche. Bolen shows how myth illuminates psychology, and more - Ring of Power goes beyond the psychology of the individual, revealing dysfunctional families and patriarchal institutions. Bibliography.

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 was inspired by her book and led to her advocacy for a UN 5th World Conference on Women Photo credit: P. Tesler
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