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About reading at Country Bookshelf, Oct. 1

Come if you can...Oct. 1 reading at Country Bookshelf, 28 W. Main St., Bozeman.
I will discuss my new book, Your Soul at a Crossroads ~ with steps you can take not to lose it. This book is part memoir and part depth guide to finding the right path in relationships, work, health, and nature. Exercises enable you to find your inner wisdom and personal meaning. The book also contains chapters on dreams, rebirth symbols, & myths. This is Valerie's 10th book. The beautiful Country Bookshelf is Montana's largest independent bookstore, located at 28 W. Main in Bozeman.  Read More 
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rebirth and renewal symbols

For my book on rebirth, I've compiled a list of important symbols. Here it is. I'd love your feedback of any kind.

Vessel—The vessel is the womb, from which all birth proceeds. The female body is such a container. The uterus and the oven are both vessels. Pottery/vessels used for the gathering of food and water from early cultures had breasts. The funereal urn is also a vessel. Projected outward, it symbolizes the world, the cosmos.
In Christianity, the vessel became the baptismal font and the chalice of the Last Supper.

Vulva—The vulva, yoni, or vagina is the place of putting in the semen, which jumpstarts procreation and birth. The vulva is also like rich soil desirable for sowing of the seed. Grain is the fruit of the earth; hence, the Feminine principle has always been associated with food and nourishment. Births and harvests have been celebrated in all cultures since earliest domestic times. Plants, flowers, and trees bear seed and thrive, depending on fertile soil, clean air, and water.
A symbol for the vulva or vagina is the triangle.  Read More 
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The Book of Symbols

The Book of Symbols, decades in development, will finally be available in November by Taschen. I contributed several entries, e.g. on the horse, eagle, and cave. It contains transformative essays and images to aid you on your path. Get the book at your favorite book venue or at www.aras.org.
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Archive of Archetypal Symbolism

A rich resource is the Archive of Archetypal Symbolism. At the Jung Institutes in NYC and L.A. are files of images with information on their symbolic meanings. They also have a newsletter. See http://aras.org/. I'll build a live link to the right.
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