The Moon and the Virgin: Reflections on the Archetypal Feminine

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"Nor Hall has culled new flowers from old vines, well-weathered. The myths and their figures are familiar - the moon, the mother, the old wise woman, Amazon, Aphrodite, Psyche and her search - but her way of being with her symbols is fresh, bold, and especially sensitive. Jung, Olson, Brown, Duncan have taught her the art of psychic speech. So, here is a psychology book saved from the blight of psychological jargon, because, as she says, 'I refer to myths and fairy tales as essential psychic facts . . .' It's a book that lets us read those facts." - James Hillman

"This is an original contribution to the psychology of women. A 'feminine mode of knowing' stressing awareness of the interdependence of all things underlies Hall's approach and makes her scholarly book a rewarding adventure." -Publisher's Weekly

"[In] sensitive essays that meander through a wide intellectual landscape, Hall sees the various images of the Feminine as clustering around four poles: the Mother, the Amazon, the Hetaira, and the Medial Woman. By retelling and analyzing stories . . . she wants to flesh out these four archetypes and in the process help people recover some of the meaning and modes of existence which have been suppressed by the patriarchy . . . She does it gracefully, with a broad array of quotations and good literary sense . . . Stimulating." -Kirkus Reviews

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Nor Hall writes with a strikingly original perspective on women in myth and literature, examining and giving new meaning to the underlying archetypes. She explores such principles as androgyny and virginity, freeing them from the limited social context in which we have trapped them, and argues the necessity of feminine rituals in history.

In her search for the original forms of the feminine, Hall has insisted that imagination is as valuable a tool as reason. She guides the reader on a journey through myths and symbols, confronting these not in the rational mode of the language itself, but on the deeper level of the unconscious life. Hall views the process as a modern form of the rites of passage, in which the initiate loses a part of herself, in groping through darkness toward this part acquaints herself with Mnemosyne, the memory of dreams, and thus is born a new way to the world.

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