Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women over Fifty

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Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women over Fifty


Bolen, Jean S., Adair, Andrea, Herizons


HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS, 2001

Whether we are seeking a deeper sense of ourselves or are just interested in learning more about goddesses, Goddesses in Older Women lets us do both. Jean Shinoda Bolen looks into the spirituality movement to suggest that spirituality is feminism's third wave.

She writes that a sign of this is the "growing number of grassroots women's circles that have a sacred dimension." Whereas the first two waves of feminism were about personal choices and what women knew rather than what they were told, this third wave allows "women's spirituality to grow into consciousness." Bolen's book is not solely about this third wave, however it was the aspect that I found the most interesting.

Bolen explores archetypes and myths that women may encounter as they embrace the crone stage of their lives. In the crone stage for instance, emerging archetypes have vitality within them as women may have more time and feel freer to explore their feelings and thoughts than they did when they were younger. …

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