Reviewed by Wendy Stokes
This book has been glowingly reviewed and praised by Jean Houston, Barbara G Walker, Zsuzsanna Budapest and many other 'greats' of the women's spirituality movement of our time. I opened it with considerable excitement to drink in it its beauty and riches and enjoy its poetry, delight and magic. The author provides here a useful manual to explore the many aspects of the Sacred Feminine and to access inspiration, encouragement and empowerment, not just on a personal level, but also to create a "Wisdom Circle", a community in which rituals can be held to further explore this dynamic and transformational spiritual path specially for women.
It is not realistically possible to exclude spirituality from politics because politics is the way in which we are governed and also conditioned. Under patriarchy, women have been in a subservient role to men. Men have acted as intermediary between themselves and a male, authoritarian Godhead who applauds hierarchy and oppression. Under patriarchy, there is no suitable role model for spiritual leadership by women. Yes, theology, not theology! Rev Tate, an ordained minister, tells us about the goddess as deity, archetype and ideal, and through devotion to the Divine Female, we can reshape our personal and societal values and culture. She explains how we can create our own services and rituals to honour the goddesses of the seasons or specific goddesses for particular purposes, such as fighting injustices that are inflicted on our sisters around the world. These can be simple acts of devotion, with lighting a candle and reciting an opening prayer, then providing readings, affirmations, meditations, chants, storytelling and the sharing of experiences. Beautiful prayers are provided with meditations and other useful material to support the work of the group. Rev Tate guides us in the conservation of our unique planet’s precious resources - a political stance which is at the heart of goddess and Earth based spirituality.
Whether you are called to teach, write, campaign, heal, inform and raise awareness or give of your time, skills or monetary capacities, the path of the goddess is one of the most important and enjoyable a woman can take. This book will help to awaken you to the goddess by creating a group for ceremonies and meetings to honour the goddess in all her many forms.
Heed the calling! Trust the journey! Make a difference!
The book is described as concerning "issues of human rights, environmentalism, economic sustainability, spirituality, feminism, and how ideals of the Sacred Feminine offer an alternative to the exploitation of patriarchy and domination of predator capitalism ... today men and women are realizing how the ideals of the Sacred Feminine are what we need for a sustainable future, for freedom, justice, women's rights and equality."
Also see documentary: Femme, Women Healing the World by actress, Sharon Stone.
Other titles by Rev Dr Karen Tate:
Sacred Place of Goddess 108 Destinations
Walking an Ancient Path: Rebirthing Goddess on Planet Earth and various anthologies.
Karen Tate has a radio programme titled: Voices of the Sacred Feminine, visit this link:
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