The Goddess Celebrates

An Anthology of Women's Rituals

Author: Diane Stein

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780895944603

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 259

View: 3705

A collection of writings on ritual by women who are reclaiming Goddess centered spirituality - Z Budapest, Starhawk, Carol Christ, Uzuri Amini, Shekhinah Mountainwater, Penina Adelman, Jeannine Parvati Baker, Claudia L'Amoreaux, Marion Weinstein, Norma Joyce, Jay Goldspinner, Antiga & Caridwyn Aleva. ..".this collection will be greatly appreciated by women looking for guidance in making their own rituals and will stimulate discussion among the growing number of readers interested women's spirituality." - Booklist "Rituals and commentaries sure to spur others to join the fun and profundity of Goddess religion." - WATERwheel "This is an enjoyable and insightful collection full of information and creative ideas useful to anyone working with rituals." - Elisa Robyn, editor Owl Feather Diane Stein is author of All Women Are Healers: A Comprehensive Guide to Natural Healing, Casting the Circle: A Women's Book of Ritual, Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art and several other books. She also recently released a children's story entitled Rachida Finds Magic: A Girl's World Tale. She is a strong voice in the women's spirituality and health movement.
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The Faces of the Goddess

Author: Lotte Motz

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195089677

Category: Religion

Page: 280

View: 5134

The author examines the myths surrounding goddesses from Mexico to Japan and from the ancient Greeks to modern-day Eskimos in an attempt to refute the widespread notion that early humans worshipped a nurturing, maternal Mother Goddess. UP.
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The Goddess in Every Girl

Develop Your Teen Feminine Power

Author: M. J. Abadie

Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co

ISBN: 9780892819096

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 272

View: 8393

Helps teenage girls make direct contact with their inner Goddess energy. • Includes guided meditations, visualizations, journaling exercises, Goddess games and rituals. • Represents a culturally diverse selection of Goddess personifications including Egyptian, Afro-Cuban, Asian, North American, Greek, and Roman. • Complete astrological tables for Sun, Moon, Venus, and Mars enable girls to find their personal goddess allies. • Written by the author of Love Planets (more than 50,000 sold) and Teen Astrology. In The Goddess in Every Girl, M. J. Abadie teaches teens to get in touch with their own personal Goddess energy and allies. To the young woman seeking external inspiration for her journey of self-definition, gaining a "big-picture" perspective from the feminine divine can be an incredibly validating experience. To date, though, no book on the market relates these myths of female power to the teen experience. In The Goddess in Every Girl, complete astrological tables for Sun, Moon, Venus, and Mars let girls look up their own personal goddess allies in the areas of life purpose, emotions and body awareness, love nature, and energy and passion. With more than 50 activities, such as a guided journey to the Goddess center, directions for keeping a Goddess journal, breathing exercises, meditations, and instructions on how to create a sacred ritual space, The Goddess in Every Girl shows teens how to build a personal pantheon for their own empowerment and self-transformation.
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The Goddess' Guide to Love

Timeless Secrets to Divine Romance

Author: Margie Lapanja

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 9781573241434

Category: Self-Help

Page: 176

View: 2282

The mysteries of the immortals are revealed in this spirited guide to the irresistible playground of love. Features powerful love spells, recipes for practical seduction, and timeless secrets of the sensual arts. 30 illustrations.
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Embracing the Witch and the Goddess

Feminist Ritual-makers in New Zealand

Author: Kathryn Rountree

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415303583

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 223

View: 7263

Embracing the Witch and the Goddess is a detailed survey of present-day feminist witches in New Zealand. It examines the attraction of witchcraft for its practitioners, and explores witches' rituals, views and beliefs about how magic works. The book provides a detailed portrait of an undocumented section of the growing neo-pagan movement, and compares the special character of New Zealand witchcraft with its counterparts in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia. Kathryn Rountree traces the emergence and history of feminist witchcraft, and links witchcraft with the contemporary Goddess movement. She reviews scholarly approaches on the study of witchcraft and deals with the key debates which have engaged the movement's adherents and their critics, and ultimately presents what Mary Daly declared was missing from most historical and anthropological research on witchcraft: a 'Hag-identified vision'. Based on fieldwork amongst witch practitioners, Embracing the Witch and the Goddess is an important contribution to the emerging profile of present-day witchcraft and paganism.
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Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power

Author: Laura Amazzone

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761853146

Category: Religion

Page: 276

View: 3687

This book takes us on a pilgrimage to explore the Goddess Durga in ancient and contemporary culture. The mythology, rituals, philosophy, and spiritual practices of this distinctly female-centered and millennia-old tradition of Durga offer female potential and empowerment, focusing on peace, healing, spiritual liberation, and realization of inherent divinity.
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Spiral Dance, The - 20th Anniversary

A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 20th Anniversary Edition

Author: Starhawk

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062516329

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 9459

The twentieth anniversary edition of The Spiral Dance celebrates the pivotal role the book has had in bringing Goddess worship to the religious forefront. This bestselling classic is both an unparalleled reference on the practices and philosophies of Witchcraft and a guide to the life-affirming ways in which readers can turn to the Goddess to deepen their sense of personal pride, develop their inner power, and integrate mind, body, and spirit. Starhawk's brilliant, comprehensive overview of the growth, suppression, and modern-day re-emergence of Wicca as a Goddess-worshipping religion has left an indelible mark on the feminist spiritual consciousness. In a new introduction, Starhawk reveals the ways in which Goddess religion and the practice of ritual have adapted and developed over the last twenty years, and she reflects on the ways in which these changes have influenced and enhanced her original ideas. In the face of an ever-changing world, this invaluable spiritual guidebook is more relevant than ever.
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You Are Woman, You Are Divine

The Modern Woman's Journey Back to the Goddess

Author: Renee Starr

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 099079248X


Page: N.A

View: 6709

The modern woman often does not know herself as a goddess; her feminine energy is out of balance and her divine essence has yet to awaken. But the time has come, right now, for women to know that being female is special, sacred, and divine. This inspiring, poetic and magically potent book will entice women of all ages to explore and activate their relationship with the divine, feminine and most sacred part of themselves-the goddess within. In You Are Woman, You Are Divine, Back to the Goddess founder Renee Starr takes women on an enchanting, empowering journey, offering ancient wisdom in a fresh, modern way to help woman reclaim all the beauty, grace, and strength that being female is. In Part 1 of the book, she leads readers back through history to revisit the reverence for women that every ancient culture possessed. From the dawn of pre-history, women were perceived as holy, sacred, and divine incarnations of the Great Mother Goddess. Powerful figures full of strength, wisdom, and leadership, women were the keepers of the human race, from which all life flowed. In Part 2, Starr retells in mesmerizing narrative seven of the greatest goddess myths from ancient cultures around the world: Ancient Egypt, Africa, India, Tibet, Ancient Greece, Lakota, and the Judeo-Christian Bible. Each myth presents a quality that modern women can restore back into their lives: Lilith (Power), Yemaya (Creativity), Tara (Stillness), Radha (Passion), Kassandra (Voice), White Buffalo Calf Woman (Wisdom), and Eve (Awakening). Accompanying each myth are anointing, bathing and lunar rituals, instructions for altars, invocations, meditations, and more to deepen their connection to their own inner goddess and inspire living as a goddess on earth. In Part 3, Starr shows women how to integrate the teachings of The Divine Feminine into everyday life, honoring the sacredness of their body and how to be in energetic, feminine balance. The book offers fresh, new ways for women to embrace their ancient and sacred traditions. It uplifts the spirit of any woman-from young womanhood to her elder, wise-woman years. It honors the Feminine spirit that all women can celebrate in themselves to rebalance the world. Readers will live more fulfilled lives and feel more confident, free and feminine...becoming the goddesses they were meant to be. Beautifully designed & illustrated; includes a foreword by Raquel Allegra, noted fashion designer."
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The Spiral Dance

A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 10th Anniversary Edition

Author: Starhawk

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062125222

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

View: 8211

The twentieth anniversary edition of The Spiral Dance celebrates the pivotal role the book has had in bringing Goddess worship to the religious forefront. This bestselling classic is both an unparalleled reference on the practices and philosophies of Witchcraft and a guide to the life-affirming ways in which readers can turn to the Goddess to deepen their sense of personal pride, develop their inner power, and integrate mind, body, and spirit. Starhawk's brilliant, comprehensive overview of the growth, suppression, and modern-day re-emergence of Wicca as a Goddess-worshipping religion has left an indelible mark on the feminist spiritual consciousness. In a new introduction, Starhawk reveals the ways in which Goddess religion and the practice of ritual have adapted and developed over the last twenty years, and she reflects on the ways in which these changes have influenced and enhanced her original ideas. In the face of an ever-changing world, this invaluable spiritual guidebook is more relevant than ever.
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The Goddess in You

Author: Patricia Lemos

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910559352


Page: N.A

View: 3670

The Goddess in You is especially created for girls aged 9-14 years, offering a unique, interactive approach to establishing cycle awareness, positive health and well-being. It contains thirteen beautifully designed cycle mandalas, each illustrated with a goddess from Greek mythology. Inspired by the archetypal work of the Jungian psychoanalysts, Clarissa Pinkola EstEs and Jean Shinoda Bolen, The Goddess in You is a tool that works on many different levels. Through the charting of their menstrual cycle, girls will learn about their cyclical nature, internal rhythms and get a better understanding of their interaction with their own physical body. The goddess archetypes offer a diverse selection of female characteristics to inspire and model, helping to develop self-awareness, and self-acceptance and to celebrate the diversity of all the girls and women in each girl's life. Easy to understand and attractive to use, this powerful book celebrates what it means to be a girl growing into womanhood. - 13 double sided cycle mandalas illustrated with goddesses - Instructions for use - An introduction to the 13 featured Greek goddesses - A basic, age-appropriate introduction to the menstrual cycle - Self-care tips for health and well-being
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The Goddess Lives

Poetry, Prose and Prayers in Her Honour

Author: Agnes Toews-Andrews

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0968676561

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 82

View: 4542

A collection of wisdom, prayers, invocations and historical research based on the authors travels to the sacred sites of ancient matrilinieal cultures and her wide-ranging inner journeys, "The Goddess Lives", celebrates the path of the Divine Feminine. Ms. Toews-Andrews shares her past life expereinces in societies that honoured the Goddess such as in mythic Lemuria, and the real-time connections she has made at far-flung places such as Catal Huyuk (with Ishtar), Malta (with Ashtarte), Istanbul (with Sophia), Glastonbury and Avebury (with Mary Magdalene and the Avalon Sisterhood), Scotland (with Brede) and in Canada (with Gaia). The empowering material in "The Goddess Lives" honours women as life-givers, hearth-keepers, lovers of the sensual, priestesses, warriors, spiritual teachers, artists, community healers and peacekeepers and promotes a return to earth-connected values by adopting a localized community and economy. This book is filled with little Goddess jewels and has been embraced by many women seeking unity consciousness in an uplifting manner.The book has a chapter on never before published spiritual practises and the teachings of the 13 Spirit Grandmothers of Time teachings- ancient high level beings that birthed the Earth and all her inhabitants just before the Permian era that divided the continents.
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Author: Sue Penney

Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree Library

ISBN: 9781432903145

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 9603

Provides an introduction to Hinduism, covering the main tenets of its doctrine, its gods and goddesses, rituals of worships, temples, and the ways in which family occasions are celebrated.
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The goddess changes

a personal guide to working with the goddess

Author: Felicity Wombwell

Publisher: Harpercollins

ISBN: 9781852741112

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 175

View: 1622

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Revelry, Rivalry, and Longing for the Goddesses of Bengal

The Fortunes of Hindu Festivals

Author: Rachel Fell McDermott

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023152787X

Category: Religion

Page: 416

View: 9536

Annually during the months of autumn, Bengal hosts three interlinked festivals to honor its most important goddesses: Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatri. While each of these deities possesses a distinct iconography, myth, and character, they are all martial. Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatri often demand blood sacrifice as part of their worship and offer material and spiritual benefits to their votaries. Richly represented in straw, clay, paint, and decoration, they are similarly displayed in elaborately festooned temples, thronged by thousands of admirers. The first book to recount the history of these festivals and their revelry, rivalry, and nostalgic power, this volume marks an unprecedented achievement in the mapping of a major public event. Rachel Fell McDermott describes the festivals' origins and growth under British rule. She identifies their iconographic conventions and carnivalesque qualities and their relationship to the fierce, Tantric sides of ritual practice. McDermott confronts controversies over the tradition of blood sacrifice and the status-seekers who compete for symbolic capital. Expanding her narrative, she takes readers beyond Bengal's borders to trace the transformation of the goddesses and their festivals across the world. McDermott's work underscores the role of holidays in cultural memory, specifically the Bengali evocation of an ideal, culturally rich past. Under the thrall of the goddess, the social, political, economic, and religious identity of Bengalis takes shape.
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Ritualizing on the Boundaries

Continuity and Innovation in the Tamil Diaspora

Author: Fred W. Clothey

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570036477

Category: Religion

Page: 248

View: 1847

In his comparative study of four Tamil resettlements, Clothey examines the rituals that have traveled with these South Indian communities - Hindu, Muslim, and Christian - and how these practices perpetuate or modify the heritages these groups claim for themselves in their new environs. Clothey looks specifically at settlements in the cities of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; Mumbai, India; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Describing such settlements as communities living on boundaries, Clothey explores how their existence illustrates divisions between ethnic, local, and global identities; between generations; and between imagined pasts and uncertain futures. He contends that one of the most visible ways expatriated communities negotiate these boundaries is through the use of ritual - the building of shrines and temples, the use of festivals and performances, and the enactment of ancient ceremonies.
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Remembering the Goddess, Remembering Myself

An Encounter with Feminine Deity

Author: Robb McDaniel

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781462080656

Category: Fiction

Page: 376

View: 1054

A man wearies of his search for God within the confines of traditions steeped in western culture. His path crosses that of a friend who speaks of a creative and omnipotent Goddess, the Nurturer, Creator and Destroyer. An inner arousal of recognition sets about an awakening within a timeless place inside him. The man pursues this ancient memory of a nurturing Mother Goddess and finds that She has been awaiting his return to Her. She wakes him each morning at dawn and opens his heart to the memory of their great original union. He is compelled to write his love and adoration for Her in remembered prayers that have been too long forgotten. Soon She directs him to begin recording their dialogues, wherein She challenges the tenets of the Old and Dark Dream of fear by directing his mind to the memories of an earth not defined by borders, governments and religious institutions. Gently, She leads him from the burdensome place of fear to the light and love found in Her heart, the center of Her Womb, the place of peace.
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The Alphabet Versus the Goddess

The Conflict Between Word and Image

Author: Leonard Shlain

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101573910

Category: Social Science

Page: 496

View: 2900

This groundbreaking book proposes that the rise of alphabetic literacy reconfigured the human brain and brought about profound changes in history, religion, and gender relations. Making remarkable connections across brain function, myth, and anthropology, Dr. Shlain shows why pre-literate cultures were principally informed by holistic, right-brain modes that venerated the Goddess, images, and feminine values. Writing drove cultures toward linear left-brain thinking and this shift upset the balance between men and women, initiating the decline of the feminine and ushering in patriarchal rule. Examining the cultures of the Israelites, Greeks, Christians, and Muslims, Shlain reinterprets ancient myths and parables in light of his theory. Provocative and inspiring, this book is a paradigm-shattering work that will transform your view of history and the mind.
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The Authentic Sale

Author: Rena Cohen-First

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1504330986

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 108

View: 7406

"This [book] is about understanding where you want to be and how you want to get there by building upon your authentic behavioral style, utilizing empowerment tools, and learning about traditional sales methodologies."--Introduction.
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Given to the Goddess

South Indian Devadasis and the Sexuality of Religion

Author: Lucinda Ramberg

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822376415

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

View: 6923

Who and what are marriage and sex for? Whose practices and which ways of talking to god can count as religion? Lucinda Ramberg considers these questions based upon two years of ethnographic research on an ongoing South Indian practice of dedication in which girls, and sometimes boys, are married to a goddess. Called devadasis, or jogatis, those dedicated become female and male women who conduct the rites of the goddess outside the walls of her main temple and transact in sex outside the bounds of conjugal matrimony. Marriage to the goddess, as well as the rites that the dedication ceremony authorizes jogatis to perform, have long been seen as illegitimate and criminalized. Kinship with the goddess is productive for the families who dedicate their children, Ramberg argues, and yet it cannot conform to modern conceptions of gender, family, or religion. This nonconformity, she suggests, speaks to the limitations of modern categories, as well as to the possibilities of relations—between and among humans and deities—that exceed such categories.
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The Power of Tantra

Religion, Sexuality and the Politics of South Asian Studies

Author: Hugh B. Urban

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857731580

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 3770

In the West, the varied body of texts and traditions known as Tantra for more than two centuries has had the capacity to scandalise and shock. For European colonisers, Orientalist scholars and Christian missionaries of the Victorian era, Tantra was generally seen as the most degenerate and depraved example of the worst tendencies of the so-called 'Indian mind': a pathological mixture of sensuality and religion that prompted the decline of modern Hinduism. Yet for most contemporary New Age and popular writers, Tantra is celebrated as a much-needed affirmation of physical pleasure and sex: indeed as a 'cult of ecstasy' to counter the perceived hypocritical prudery of many Westerners. In recent years, Tantra has become the focus of a still larger cultural and political debate. In the eyes of many Hindus, much of the western literature on Tantra represents a form of neo-colonialism, which continues to portray India as an exotic, erotic, hyper-sexualised Orient. Which, then, is the 'real' Tantra? Focusing on one of the oldest and most important Tantric traditions, based in Assam, northeast India, Hugh B. Urban shows that Tantra is less about optimal sexual pleasure than about harnessing the divine power of the goddess that flows alike through the cosmos, the human body and political society. In a fresh and vital contribution to the field, the author suggests that the 'real' meaning of Tantra lies in helping us rethink not just the history of Indian religions, but also our own modern obsessions with power, sex and the invidious legacies of cultural imperialism. 'The Power of Tantra is a major scholarly treatment of a much misconstrued esoteric tradition and a well-written and illustrated guide to a dimension of Hinduism that deserves the careful research Hugh B. Urban has given it. An impressive achievement.' - Paul B Courtright, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies, Emory University
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