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Goddess / Sacred Feminine

The Cult of the Black Virgin.
Begg, Ean.
London: Arkana, 1985
ISBN: 0140195106

Why do some of the most famous statues of the Madonna in Western Europe and more than 450 images around the world have faces and hands that are black? And why is such a surprising phenomenon so little known? Ean Begg's groundbreaking investigation of the subject is now updated to include a substantial new foreword, appendix, and a comprehensive directory to help readers locate sites where black Virgins can be found.

Goddesses in Everywoman.
Bolen, Jean Shinoda.
San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1984
ISBN: 006091291X

I discovered this book only recently, in a small town in Colorado. And what a book it is!! Bolen masterfully weaves her insight into classical women in mythology to portray all of the sides of woman. She explores each archetype, it's strengths, weaknesses, and how archetypes work together. I saw in myself many godesses.. Hestia & Demeter, as well as ones that I would like to have a stronger role.. Aphrodite. When I read about the Persephone archetype, it was like reading a biography of one of my dearest friends. Truly an insighful and powerful book! lburden@hotmail.com

Crossing to Avalon : A Woman's Midlife Pilgrimage
by Jean Shinoda Bolen
Harper SanFrancisco,1995
ISBN: 0062502727

Bolen's magnificent autobiographical tale, set against the backdrop of the sacred sites of Europe, tells the story of her quest at midlife to discover the legacy of women's spirituality. I am only 25 years old but did not let the "a woman's midlife pilgrimage" phrase on the cover stop me, and I was definitely not disappointed. This book struck a chord by bringing to light many things that ring true. An excellent help for any woman who has ever in her life felt that something wasn't quite right, or "isn't there more than this?" (and who hasn't?) I would recommend this to every woman (and even men), no matter if we realize yet that what we've been searching for is the Goddess. I felt a kinship with the author when she mentions her divorce, and I feel a little better understanding toward childbirth and menopause. An excellent step toward our much-needed realization that we are WOMAN and are all beautiful.

The Chalice and The Blade
Riane Eisler
Harper Collins Publishers, London, 1990.
ISBN: 0062502891

Some books are like revelations, they open the spirit to unimaginable possibilities. The Chalice and the Blade is one of those magnificent key books that can transform us and...initiate fundamental changes in the world. With the most passionate eloquence, Riane Eisler proves that the dream of peace is not an impossible utopia. -- Isabelle Allende

 

Once and Future Goddess: A Symbol for Our Time.
Gadon, Elinor W.
Wellingborough: Aquarian, 1990
ISBN: 0062503545

A richly illustrated testament to the reemergence of the goddess in art and in the lives of contemporary women and men. 200 black-and-white photos; 50 color photos.

Goddesses in Art
by F. Lanier Graham
Artabras
ISBN: 0896600688

An extraordinary range of images, from prehistory to the 1990s, represents female deities of all types and temperaments from a worldwide array of cultures. Goddesses in Art offers an abundance of images of the goddess as the ultimate creator and destroyer of life, as fertility figure, and as ruler of love and war. 170 illustrations, 165 in full color.

Goddess: Mother of Living Nature.
Getty, Adele.
London: Thames & Hudson, 1990
ISBN: 0500810338

Beginning with the Paleolithic Age and drawing on ancient Greek, Chinese, Native American, and Near Eastern cultures, Adele Getty portrays the myriad historical and mythological perspectives of the female archetype. Illustrated.

See also Adele Getty's other book A Sense of the Sacred

Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe: 6500-3500 BC : Myths, and Cult Images
Gimbutas,Marija.
London: Thames & Hudson, 1984
ISBN:0062512439

The Language of the Goddess.
Gimbutas, Marija & Campbell, Joseph
San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1989
ISBN:0520046552

Age of the Great Goddess - Audio Cassette
Marija Gimbutas
1994
ISBN:1564551369

 

From the Realm of the Ancestors : An Anthology in Honor of Marija Gimbutas
Marija Alseikaite Gimbutas (Editor), Joan Marler (Editor)
1997
ISBN:1879198258

The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations of the World's Sacred Feminine.
Iglehart Austen, Hallie.
Berkeley, CA: Wingbow Press, 1990
ISBN: 0914728695

Austen gives a tremendous overview of the various female deities from throughout the world making sure to hit every continent/region. Obviously in order to include so many goddesses, it was necessary to keep goddess descriptions to a page which leaves you wanting to know more about the goddess' place in the society that she was worshipped. It was empowering to read about them and their powers over life and death, especially in this modern world that so often forsakes the strength of it women. The illustrations and pictures are for the most part quite vivid and detailed making the book very visually pleasing and interesting.

 

Kali: Feminine Force.
Mookerjee, Ajit.
Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 1988
ISBN: 0892812125

The Great Cosmic Mother : Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth.
by Monica Sjöö & Barbara Mor.
San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987
ISBN: 0062507915

The Spiral Dance : A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess
by: Starhawk
ISBN: 0062508148

When God Was a Woman
by Merlin Stone
ISBN: 015696158X

Here, archaeologically documented is the story of the religion of the Goddess. Known by many names, she reigned supreme in the Near and Middle East. How did the change in women's roles come about? By documenting the wholesale rewriting of myth and religious dogmans, Stone details an ancient conspiracy that laid the foundation for one of culture's greatest shams--the legend of Adam and fallen Eve.

Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood: A Treasury of Goddess and Heroine Lore from Around the World.
Stone, Merlin.
Boston: Beacon Press, 1979
ISBN: 0807067512

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