A native Texan, Betty moved to California by way of Arizona, where she had taught kindergarten on an Indian reservation as well as at an inner-city Head Start program. In California she began a doctoral program in psychology, created by the late Carl R. Rogers and based on his “person-centered” approach. Betty completed her dissertation under Rogers tuteledge, and was fortunate to continue to work with him at the Center for Studies of the Person that he founded and where she served a term as its director.
Betty discovered Jung in the late 1960s quite by chance having been asked to “fill in” at a two week residential eclectic dream seminar. Jung’s theories and methods were one of the several subjects presented. The connection Jung makes between one’s psychological evolution and the myriad images in dreams and the imagination struck a strong resonant chord. In the early 1970s, Betty began training to be a Jungian analyst. As she was ending this process, she found the ancient Mesopotamian goddess Inanna in literature of the ancient Near East.
newly certified analyst, active in the Women’s Movement, she relished the myth and poetry of Inanna. She had found an outrageous, demanding, evocative, sensual female divinity who spoke a woman’s language. Her love songs were full of women’s desires, longings, demands. Inanna was not some obscure mythological figure, but the most important deity in the ancient Near East for thousands of years.
Betty’s translations of myths and poety pertaining to Inanna led her to the High Priestess Enheduanna, the first poet of record. This poetry is the core of the three books described in the following pages. Betty continues to focus on this ancient material, particularly its contrasting attitude toward women’s bodies, desires, sensuality, and sensibilities, so obscured in the subsequent civilizations in the west.
Betty is a member and past president of the C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco. Now retired, she lives on a ranch in San Diego County, where she and her husband, Mel Kettner, tend a small wine grape vineyard.
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