Awakening Aphrodite, Archetypes and Activism
Amy Fournier interviews Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen
You can listen to them discuss a wide range of topics in this special episode! The conversation begins with the recent Chinese New Year of the Water Tiger and the optimism it symbolizes as we simultaneously transition from the patriarchal Piscean Age into the egalitarian Age of Aquarius. We dive into the history of humanity and the origin of the goddess and Jean illuminates the unique artistic aspects of human societies and civilizations.
Together, we debunk myths about mythology and relate ancient Greek tales of gods and goddesses to the psyches of people like you and I in the modern day. In honor of the Aphrodite archetype in me (and for the title of the show!) Amy asks Jean some deeper questions about the this alchemical goddess of love and how we can invite more Aphrodite energy into our lives. She illuminates the truth that the sacred feminine archetype is in all things: from the awe humanity experienced upon seeing the Earth from outer space for the first time to the liminal gray areas we each must navigate when making a major life decision or transition in life. We conclude with tips on balancing masculine and feminine energies to live our purpose in harmony. Enjoy!
Facing the Unknown Wilderness of Great Change
with Jean Shinoda Bolen
"Loss that changes your life comes in many forms: loss of job, loss of a belief, loss of your own health, loss of meaning, loss of a person who was central to your life. Whatever your loss, it is most important to realize that what is mourned and lost is also a sense of your old self. Who am I now that I don't have the relationship or work or beliefs or geography that defined me?
"Wilderness is a metaphoric landscape; it is where you are in your life when you are in between one major phase or identity and the next. It's a time to make your own way, when you do not know what will come next or how you will change. It is a time of transition. It may be a time to trust instinct or deep curiosity. You may find an important part of yourself in this wilderness, or lose your bearings and become lost."
with Jean Shinoda Bolen
As storytellers, we have always used myths and archetypes as tools to deepen our human experience. Ancient folks used symbols and paintings on the wall. Although some argue that we are living at a time where there is an “absence of myth” we still use different mediums to relay stories be it through literature or TV shows.
How about in your life? How are you showing up and experience your life? Do you often wonder what type of mythological character you embody?
In this episode we talk to Jean about how to find purpose in the second half of life, discovering our inner archetypes, and how children can carry the un-lived parts of their parents.
I responded to this invitation to be interviewed, intrigued by the name of the series and found I dropped in to a "soul space” with the two interviewers (a man and a woman) in a spontaneous conversation. The result was a three way conversation that drew out of me talk on subjects such as: What really matters. Poetry. Positive marginality. Living our personal myth (individuation); which is about who we were meant to be, the possibilities that allow or oppose development, family, culture, and the time in which we are living. ~ Love, Jean