Calling On The Spirit Of Artemis with Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.

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The Greeks have given us a wealth of folklore and myths that are full of meaning for our lives. Among them are stories of the Goddess Artemis and her human counterpart, Atalanta. Their myths are rich with complexity, just like life itself. They give us clues as to how to navigate the zig-zags of our life path. Bolen declares, “Everybody has setbacks, everybody has suffering, everybody loses and wins at certain times of their lives.” She advises us to not give up; to call on the strengths of the Artemis archetype is to persevere without becoming bitter. Bolen encourages us to persist with what gives our life meaning and purpose. You’ll be able to find your own connection with the grit and passion of Artemis in her refusal to give up while facing formidable foes. Greek myths help to illuminate the hero and heroine buried within. They give us inspiration to live into our fullness. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known speaker. She is a former board member of the Ms. Foundation, an advocate for a 5th UN World Conference on Women, a convener of the Millionth Circle Initiative, as well as a permanent representative to the UN representing the NGO, Pathways to Peace.

She's the author of many books, including:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How babies are born with their own temperaments
  • The birth of the Goddess Artemis and her request for gifts from her father
  • Why Artemis is an archetype embodied by activists, environmentalists, feminists, and animal rights workers
  • Who is the Atalanta in Greek folklore and what is her myth
  • How does Hippomenes win Atalanta in marriage
  • What it means to have an indomitable spirit
  • How the Artemis archetype inspires us to be a strong voice for what is right and good in these troubled times

Host: Justine Willis Toms   Interview Date: 7/9/2014   Program Number: 3514

Music Included

From Album: Prayer For Compassion
Artist: David Darling
2009 Wind Over the Earth #2340
Opening Essay: Track 02 Prayer for Compassion

From Album: Full
Artist: Rachel Bagby
1993 Outta the Box #OTB-D107
Music Break 1: Track 02 Full Woman

From Album: Roots, Rock & Revolution
Artist: Emma’s Revolution
CD Baby 2007
Music Break 2: Track 06 Keep On Moving Forward
Music Break 3: Track 06 Keep On Moving Forward (reprise)