“Goddess Consciousness: Women’s Mysticism and Sacred Arts”, by Marlaina Donato
Reviewed by Laura Slowe
Marlaina’s style of writing is friendly and approachable, assuming no prior knowledge or experience in the sacred feminine. She uses a conversational tone, which gives an aura of having her in the room with you as you read. This is much more than just a “how-to” book, it is an introductory guide that reads like a one to one conversation with a mentor. Each chapter is laid out clearly, and every section of reading has an interactive portion – be it a meditation, recipe or visualization. This is a book that wants you to stop reading it and to involve yourself in the learning process.
As she guides you through her book, Marlaina covers a wide variety of subject matter from reclaiming your inner energy, honouring the inner and outer temple (our bodies, ourselves) and life ceremonies, to divination, Goddess symbols and herb lore. She does not overwhelm you with information or instructions, giving enough to whet your appetite on a topic, so you can move on to seek out further knowledge in your own time. Her resource lists and bibliography are wonderfully laid out and direct you to suppliers and other writers in a very easy to reference way.
I cannot recommend this book enough, especially if you are the start of your journey with the divine feminine or if you are a teacher or circle facilitator. Even if you are not beginning your spiritual journey, there are still things that you can take for your own path and personal development. I know that the chapter on altar creation, and the section on morning and evening practises will be getting a thorough re-reading in my home!
One of the first things I noticed about this book (after the title) was the user friendly font, formatting and quality of the paper and binding- an area where many books fall down, putting the reader off before you have even begun to read. This book is lovely. Despite the size, it is light and airy, with a lovely binding that makes it easy to open and easy to leaf through. The font is clear and the formatting is beautiful. The only thing I would say, which may seem like a criticism, is that I personally would have preferred to have a little more artwork or illustrations. That is, as I said, a personal thing and not a reflection on the book at all!
Marlaina Donato is a writer, teacher, musician, artist and therapist hailing from the United States. She has over 27 years of experience, study and celebration of the sacred feminine, as well as facilitating circles, retreats and courses. For more information about Marlaina and her work, please go to http://www.marlainadonato.com/.