Tag: Reviews

Myths Shattered and Restored: A review

This book is a fantastic resource for me, providing both information and inspiration. If I have any complaint at all, it’s this: I can’t seem to finish it! This is certainly not because of the quality of the writing or the interest the book holds, but rather that every time I open it something I read sends me off on a journey, chasing up a reference or turning to The Civilization of the Goddess to check a thought or idea.

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Review: “The World Is Your Oracle: Divinatory Practices for Tapping Your Inner Wisdom and Getting the Answers You Need”, by Nancy Vedder-Shults

Nancy Vedder-Shults’s The World Is Your Oracle is a beautiful, insightful, and compassionate guide to “divination” — listening to the sacred voice within to bring into consciousness the wisdom your soul already possesses. Our modern world teaches us to ignore the tremendous understanding and knowledge we all have about ourselves and each other and about how we should live our lives.

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Review: “Healing Through the Goddess”, by Lynne Sedgmore, illustrated by Susie Jones

This anthology of poems and other works expresses Lynne’s own journey round the wheel of the year and her own growth into a Priestess Healer in so many ways – from Beginnings, which describes the feelings and re-membering as everyone comes together for the first time, to the final Invocation, calling in the Motherworld. Between these two are works that both evoke the call of the Goddess and praise Her. In Returning, we see the beauty of Her return to the land:

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“Isis Oracle” cards by Alana Fairchild

My favourite oracle deck! We are invited to ‘Awaken the High Priestess Within’ but the card deck can be used by males and females alike. The book has black and white illustrations of the cards, all with wonderful titles, such as “Enter the Chamber of Healing”, “Lady of the Stars”, “Serpent of Fire”, “Temple of Black Obsidian”. Each card has a substantial write-up and offers an in-depth understanding of the card, a practical healing ritual and a poetic incantation.

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“Dreams of Gaia” cards, by Ravynne Phelan

The deck is designed for self awareness communication with the ‘Divine Gaia’, the Great Spirit of the natural world. As you work with the cards, a yes or no andwer is not provided as there are no definitive answers in life. This deck is more about learning about the self and about life itself, and when the cards speak, they provide options and possible solutions. Keeping a journal is suggested for best results.

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“Goddess 2.0: Advancing a New Path Forward”, edited by Karen Tate

In her latest inspiring anthology on the Sacred Feminine, Rev. Dr. Karen Tate (author, speaker, radio show host and sacred activist) has curated a powerful, transformational and ultimately hopeful collection of voices for the Feminine Divine. From the core of sacred feminine liberation theology and the revolutionary work of Riane Eisler we find a moral compass for the years ahead.

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“The language of Ma the primal mother: The evolution of the female image in 40,000 years of global Venus Art” by Annine van der Meer

“Venus” is the operative word here – the name was originally given to those figurines dating from the Palaeolithic, the vast majority of which portray women.  In the early days of such finds they were, perhaps ironically, named “Venuses”, as many would be considered most unattractive by more modern Western standards.  Or perhaps it was because of the often exaggerated sexual or fertility characteristics, but in either case the name tells us more about the archaeologists of the time than it does the figurines themselves, not to mention that the assumption seems to have been that the figurines were made by men, for their use and enjoyment, and certainly not by women, for their own purposes.

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“Crow Moon”, by Anna McKerrow

Goddess Pages readers will know Anna McKerrow as a poet (see her “Aphrodite”, and “Sea Mysteries”), and she has now written this exciting and magical novel for young adults.

Set in a disturbingly not-very far-distant future, Britain is suffering the effects of a worldwide lack of resources and energy, and is at war to try and secure supplies.  However, the south-west peninsula, basically Devon and Cornwall, has split off and is trying to be self-sufficient and non-polluting, in stark contrast to the rest of the country. 

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