Books by Dr. Bolen

Moving Toward the Millionth Circle

Moving Toward the Millionth Circle: Energizing the Global Woman's Movement

Moving Toward the Millionth Circle is a sequel to Dr. Bolen’s popular The Millionth Circle (1999) with a slightly different focus.  Her first book describes how real change happens when a critical number of people adopt a new perspective with how-to sections on ways to create women’s circles with a sacred center.  While still about women’s circles, her new book focuses more on activism and how these circles can help to sustain and support (and be a sanctuary for) women working for change in their lives and in the world.

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Like a Tree

Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and
Tree People Can Save the Planet

The book is printed on recycled paper and the publisher
will donate a tree for every book sold. 

Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet will appeal most to people who realize that they are "tree people." It is poetic and educational, inspirational, spiritual, and down to earth, covering the subject of trees from anatomy and physiology to trees as archetypal and sacred symbols.

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Urgent Message from Mother

Urgent Message from Mother:
Gather the Women, Save the World

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"Mother" is Mother Earth, mother instinct, mother archetype, mother goddess, the sacred feminine. Women as a gender have qualities and priorities that the world needs to end the violence that traumatize children and has made cycles of conflict and fratricidal wars inevitable. A call to save what we love, inspiration from examples, how evolutionary social changes come through grassroots movements. Conari Red Wheel, 2005.
ISBN 1-57324-265-9.

Selected by Spirituality & Health magazine as the Best Women's Spirituality book of 2005!

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Close to the Bone


Close to the Bone:
Life-Threatening Illness as a Soul Journey

A life-threatening illness is not just a crisis for the body, the soul is deeply impacted. This remarkable book has accompanied people through the psychological and spiritual terrain in which they find themselves, much of which is felt through emotionally evocative metaphors and myths. It is as if the earth gives way under us, and we are in the underworld. Like abducted Persephone or Inanna, this is a soul journey that can take us (and those who love us) to the underworld and back, transformed.  There are soul decisions as well as medical decisions to be made. Cancer and other life-threatening illnesses can be a turning point, much like a midlife crisis. Who and what matters to us, and who we matter to can become clear.  Sometimes the stories we hear and believe truly become life-saving when the mind and body, immune system and psyche come together. To seek I-Thou relationships, do affirmations or visualizations, ask others to pray, and seek the best medical treatment are choices that matter. The last chapter on “Musings” is for anyone who wonders about the meaning of life, what might determine when we die, or the possibility of an afterlife.

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Crones Don't Whine

Crones Don't Whine:
Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women

A new perspective on the "crone" word. Thirteen defining crone qualities that when taken to heart and cultivated, support authenticity, integrity and soul growth. Also, "Exceptional Men can be Crones." "Crones Together can Change the World," and "Musings."  Conari/Red Wheel/Weiser, 2003.
ISBN: 1-57324-912-2

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Goddesses in Older Women

Goddesses in Older Women:
Archetypes in Women Over Fifty

Archetypes of wisdom, compassion, outrage, sensuality, and healing humor in women over fifty. Includes section on the Goddesses in Everywoman--growing older, on the archetype of the wisewomen or clan mother circle, Act 3 in women’s lives and third wave feminism. Energies and images of empowerment, individuation and meaning in the third phase of life. HarperCollins, 2001. ISBN 0-06-019152-X; pb, 2002.
ISBN 0-06-00992923-5.

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The Millionth Circle

The Millionth Circle:
How to Change Ourselves and The World

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The Essential Guide to Women’s Circles. Inspired by The Hundred Monkey, the allegorical story that sustained the early anti-nuclear activists. A visionary, activist, spiritual “how to” about circles with a spiritual center. Inspiration for The Millionth Circle Initiative and The World Day of Circles of Compassion-November 2,  as part of The Millionth Circle Movement ( Conari/Red Wheel/Weiser, 1999. ISBN 1-57324-176-8.

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Crossing to Avalon

Crossing to Avalon:
A Woman's Quest for the Sacred Feminine

Personal account of pilgrimage to sacred sites, commentary and reflections upon my own spiritual journey, midlife, and goddess spirituality as embodied experience of divinity, which differs from transcendent experiences of god; midlife, individuation, quest for meaning. Grail legend, Handless maiden: archetypal patterns.(HarperSan Francisco, 1994)  HarperCollins pb, ISBN 0-06-250272-7. (10th Anniversary Edition, 2004)

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Goddesses in Everywoman

Goddesses in Everywoman:
Powerful Archetypes for Women

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Foreword by Gloria Steinem. Introduced Greek goddesses as personification of archetypal feminine patterns that have a powerful effect on shaping personality, behavior, and meaning, which are in turn supported or suppressed by family and culture. Living a meaningful life, individuation, and a sense of the sacred are related to the archetypes in us. (Harper & Row, 1984) HarperCollins pb. ISBN 0-06-091291-X (20th Anniversary Edition, 2004)

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Gods in Everyman

Gods in Everyman:
Archetypes that Shape Men's Lives

The major Greek gods as male archetypal patterns which shape personality and relationships, favor or handicap the achievement of power and success in a patriarchal society, and are sources of meaning as well as pathology. (A one volume "gods and goddesses in everyperson" would have been a conceptually more accurate, because women and men are likely to have at least one active archetype in the other book), (Harper  & Row, 1989) HarperCollins, pb IBSN 0-06-097280-7

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Ring of Power

The Ring of Power:
Symbols and Themes in Wagner's
Ring Cycle and in Us

The Rhinegold, Valkyrie, Siegfried, and Twilight of the Gods as mythic stories of archetypes, dysfunctional family dynamics over three generations, and the destructive effect of power on the psyche, on relationships, and as a ruling principle in patriarchy. Possibilities of “Freeing ourselves from the Ring Cycle” and “Beyond Valhalla: A Post-Patriarchl World”(HarperSanFrancisco, 1992). Nicolas-Hays, pb, ISBN 0-89254-043-5.

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Tao of Psychology

The Tao of Psychology:
Synchronicity and the Self

About synchronicity and spiritual sense of connectedness to the Tao which can be felt or sensed in synchronistic moments; Tao as the invisible underlying oneness, Self as equivalent in meaning. (Harper & Row, 1979) HarperCollins, pb.ISBN 0-06-250081-3. (25th Anniversary Edition, 2004)

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