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My dear Lady (and of course, Gentlemen) friends:

In case you haven’t been aware, the time you are seeing and living in now is a surge of girl power 10x expression and cultural revolution across the board, the likes of which hasn’t hit the scene since the bra burning Women’s Lib Movement of the 60’s. We are warriors sans spears soaring in spirit, numbers and greater influence picking up and globally where the footsteps of the then technology, those archetypal women and a now a few legends left off fifty years ago. And talk about kicking it old school –the archetypes that moved women then go back even further.

Before Carl Jung, before the 1500’s when the word “archetype” even came into existence and even some 300 years before Christ, the patterns of who we are today were being set in place by the Greeks and their myths.

And that’s where Persephone comes in. And why I’m delighted to write about Persephone and the newest book by depth psychologist and all things archetypes scholar, Carol Pearson. It’s called “Persephone Rising, Awakening the Heroine Within.”

Do you know the story? A Twitteresque version: In the upper world, Zeus and the goddess Demeter have a beautiful, joyous daughter named Kore, who, as a young woman, is one day carried off to the Underworld by the handsome god Hades. When Demeter, who is the goddess of grain, realizes that Zeus himself has given Hades his blessing for this nonsense, she is enraged and stops the crops from growing. Meanwhile, Hades charms and courts Kore, who, although traumatized from her abduction, manages to use the powers garnered from both her father and mother to become goddess of the Underworld and changes her name to Persephone. She falls in love with Hades, but she misses her mother in the upper world, who is nonstop on the no crop until Zeus finally relents. Hades agrees to let Persephone go but first she eats a few pomegranate seeds, signifying that she will return. Back home, Demeter and Persephone are overjoyed to be together and Zeus declares that the cycles of the seasons when Persephone is in the Underworld will be Fall and Winter, and Spring and Summer when Persephone returns to the upper world. There, she gives birth to her own son, Dionysus, the god of joy and dance.

While the myth itself may be ancient, the metaphor of this heroine’s journey resonates as this gifted author discovered with women today more than ever.

Can you relate? Who hasn’t been abducted? Carried off by the hope of true love or a disappointment of that love never found? Taken below the depths by the death of a family member? Or a disappointing job or an illness that knocked you off your feet. If it wasn’t an actual abduction, it was sure something you didn’t really understand at the time you were getting yourself into. And then, like Persephone, what followed or what is now following is your unique journey back. This is your story of incorporating your powers and strengths, overcoming, changing and growing to a new way of being and rising. Always rising. And a whole bunch of “ouch” along the path to getting there.

This is your heroine’s journey. Our archetypal Persephone journey.

Which is why this beautifully written, fun and instructional book is a must read to help you activate the archetypes of Demeter and Persephone to help transform yourself and to leverage your gifts so you can become the hero of your story. Once this epic, ancient Greek myth is understood and applied to your life you will have new navigating tools for getting the hell in and out of hades.

Onward!

CC

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Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within

Persephone Rising is a revelatory modern manifesto that speaks to the heroine in every woman, offering potent strategies—drawn from the archetypes inherent in the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone—to forge lives of greater happiness and fulfillment.

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books-persophone-rising

Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within

Persephone Rising is a revelatory modern manifesto that speaks to the heroine in every woman, offering potent strategies—drawn from the archetypes inherent in the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone—to forge lives of greater happiness and fulfillment.

Purchase Now Learn More