Quotes for Artemis Women

All quotes taken from the Introduction of ARTEMIS THE INDOMITABLE SPIRIT IN EVERYWOMAN by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.

"In mythology, Artemis is the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Moon, known as Diana to the Romans." (pg. ix)

"Artemis is an archetypal predisposition toward egalitarian-brotherly relationships with men, a sense of sisterhood with women, the ability to aim for a distant target or rise to a challenge, and a preference to be in nature rather than cities." (pg. x)

"Atalanta exemplifies the indominitable spirit in competent, courageous girls and in the women they become.  This indomitable spirit refuses to give up on what she knows to be true for herself.  These women have grit and the passion and persistence to go the distance, to survive and win."  (pg. xi)

"All archetypes are potentially active in every person – as lived out in us, projected onto others, or recognized when encountered in ancient myths or contemporary films." (pg. xiii)

"Artemis embodies the virgin-goddess archetype, a woman who is one-in-herself psychologically.  She may or may not be a virgin physically; she may be of any age.  The archetypal part of her maintains autonomy in her inner life, even when it is not allowed outward expression." (pg. xv)

"Stories are wonderful vehicles for images, feelings, atmosphere, and depth because they lead the readers or the audience to identify with and learn from the characters.  We begin with our own experience and make a connection; something rings true and illuminates something important that we didn't recognize before about ourselves…The ability to imagine ourselves as the main character, or even as all the characters, in a story, with no consideration as to the gender of that character makes us aware of the universality of the masculine and feminine in us all.  This ability lets us recognize the qualities that are human and not gender-based."  (pg. xvii)

"… the meaning of Artemis as goddess of the moon, which is an affinity for mystical and meditative experiences, a sensing of subtle energies, a capacity for inner reflection."  (pg. xviii)

"Artemis is one of the three goddesses of the moon.  She is the archetype of the waxing (or young and growing) crescent moon.  Selene is the archetype of the full moon, while Hecate is the archetype of the waning crescent moon."  (pg. xviii)

"Artemis, Athena, and Hestia make up a second important trinity; they are the three Virgin Goddesses…Intelligent strategy is Athena's gift, introverted centeredness is Hestia's." (pg. xviii)

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