The Woman S Dictionary Of Symbols And Sacred Objects

Author : Barbara G. Walker
ISBN : 9780062288875
Genre : Reference
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This fascinating guide to the history and mythology of woman-related symbols features: Unique organization by shape of symbol or type of sacred object 21 different sections including Round and Oval Motifs, Sacred Objects, Secular-Sacred Objects, Rituals, Deities' Signs, Supernaturals, Body Parts, Nature, Birds, Plants, Minerals, Stones and Shells, and more Introductory essays for each section 753 entries and 636 illustrations Alphabetical index for easy reference Three-Rayed Sun The sun suspended in heaven by three powers, perhaps the Triple Goddess who gave birth to it (see Three-Way Motifs). Corn Dolly An embodiment of the harvest to be set in the center of the harvest dance, or fed to the cattle to `make them thrive year round' (see Secular-Sacred Objects). Tongue In Asia, the extended tongue was a sign of life-force as the tongue between the lips imitated the sacred lingam-yoni: male within female genital. Sticking out the tongue is still a polite sign of greeting in northern India and Tibet (see Body Parts). Cosmic Egg In ancient times the primeval universe-or the Great Mother-took the form of an egg. It carried all numbers and letters within an ellipse, to show that everything is contained within one form at the beginning (see Round and Oval Motifs).
Category: Reference

Nietzsche S Gay Science

Author : M. Langer
ISBN : 9780230281769
Genre : Philosophy
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A step by step illumination of the intricacy, 'logic', and importance of one of Nietzsche's richest and most complex works. In a clear and accessible manner the author explains the interconnectedness of The Gay Science's seemingly unrelated sections. Throughout she provides critical commentary, background information, and translation corrections.
Category: Philosophy

The Crone

Author : Barbara G. Walker
ISBN : 9780062288882
Genre : Social Science
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A probing account of the honored place of older women in ancient matriarchal societies restores to contemporary women an energizing symbol of self-value, power, and respect.
Category: Social Science

From Girl To Goddess

Author : Valerie Estelle Frankel
ISBN : 9780786448319
Genre : Social Science
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"An extremely useful primer of women in myths and legends...Frankel has done wonderful work in retrieving and retelling these stories."--Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction "Frankel's book is so enthusiastically written, so thoroughly researched, and so articulately argued...leaves the reader anticipating each exemplary tale, and longing for further discussion."--Mythprint "I recommend From Girl to Goddess highly. Frankel's truly global choice of tales and her analysis of them is outstanding. It is a book to turn to for deepening one's understanding of myths and stories about women and their underlying structures."--Mythlore "Explores the heroine's journey and how it differs from the hero's by examining women's mythology from all over the world."--Livejournal.com "Gathers stories from around the world representing the heroine's journey."--Reference & Research Book News "Ever since...my first novel, I have wanted this book."--Romance Writers of America "Frankel draws a connection between the heroines in contemporary fantasy fiction for children and young adults to the heroines from world mythology."--Children's Literature Association Quarterly Many are familiar with Joseph Campbell's theory of the hero's journey, the idea that every man from Moses to Hercules grows to adulthood while battling his alter-ego. This book explores the universal heroine's journey as she quests through world myth. Numerous stories from cultures as varied as Chile and Vietnam reveal heroines who battle for safety and identity, thereby upsetting popular notions of the passive, gentle heroine. Only after she has defeated her dark side and reintegrated can the heroine become the bestower of wisdom, the protecting queen and arch-crone.
Category: Social Science

The Healing Power Of The Sacred Woman

Author : Christine R. Page
ISBN : 9781591438021
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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How to enhance well-being by reconnecting to sacred womanhood • Shares ways to embody the power, wisdom, and compassion of the Great Mother • Reveals a woman’s purpose is to give birth not only to new life but also to new levels of consciousness • Shows how female illnesses represent a disconnection from our true identity as women Four thousand years ago, women were seen as living representatives of the Great Mother, whose cyclical and potent energy gave birth to all existence. Today, this sacred awareness has been lost or distorted, causing a collective amnesia among women around the world. However, there is one symbol of the Great Mother’s loving presence that has remained unchanged for tens of thousands of years: the physical body. Its curves, sensuality, softness, and monthly flow are constant reminders of this deep loving connection. When illness appears, especially within the breasts and fertility organs, a woman is being reminded to return to her pure and sacred identity, where death and birth are essential for growth and love flows without expectations. Combining more than 30 years’ experience in health care with in-depth research into the history and mythology of the divine feminine, Christine R. Page, M.D., reveals that women are the foundation of the birth of new levels of consciousness, without which the evolution of humanity will become barren and dry. Yet, such birth can occur only when women have the courage to reject the beliefs and images of the feminine imposed upon them four thousand years ago and reclaim their true identity. Through a fascinating journey into the body, Dr. Page shows the importance of self-love and self-respect and explains how sex is a natural process of unification where women take the lead, similar to the ancient sacred priestesses. Dr. Page reminds women to reconnect to the potent and creative energy of Mother Earth, which gives power to the intuitive voice of the heart and nurtures new seeds of inspiration and enlightenment through the womb.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Wheel Of Change Tarot

Author : Alexandra Genetti
ISBN : 9780996384803
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Originally published as a boxed set in 1997, The Wheel of Change Tarot companion book is now available separately. Ten years in the making, The Wheel of Change Tarot is a unique and brilliant creation. Although it follows the ancient tradition of the Tarot, it has many new features. This collection of 78 original watercolor paintings contains scientific, natural, historical and modern images. Based in a Pagan-oriented worldview, the underlying wheel of the year, and its cycles and seasons, form a backdrop for the varied layers of symbolism. The beautiful watercolors are full of detail and are painted in rich saturated colors, making the images vivid and exciting. The Wheel of Change Tarot is based in the broad scope of human experience and is multicultural. In each of the four minor suits the "face" cards - Queen, Knight, Princess and Prince - are each of a different race. Symbolically this represents the fact that all people are made up of the various traits of the four suits. The multiculturalism in the Wheel of Change cards appears both in the Major Arcana and in the Minors, where images from all over the planet are included. With these extensive and varied images The Wheel of Change Tarot is inclusive; it therefore brings in both the individual experience of a broad range of people and the ancient histories of these people. Another new feature of these cards is the broad historical period which they cover. The Ten of Cups shows an archaeological dig in Europe while the Four of Swords shows the ancient burial practices of the Egyptians. Many other images of the ancient historical and pre-historical period can also be seen in the cards. Also included are images that are exclusively from the present – such as the Two of Swords, showing a common pair of scissors symbolizing the simple magic involved in such a tool. Alexandra believes that the common idea that only symbols from our past are legitimate needs to be examined carefully, as we must begin to accept the trappings of our society and to understand our complex relationship with them. The Wheel of Change deck is a conscious attempt to unite the world of nature and the world of our minds and to bridge the gap that ultimately divides us from our selves. Our understanding of modern science is included in many of the images. The Two of Disks expresses the complex relationship between the sun and the earth and the concept of time shown in the analemma (the infinity symbol seen on globes), while the Ace of Swords pictures the full spectrum including the infrared and the ultra violet, showing our scientific understanding of electromagnetic radiation. Also included in these cards is a powerful message of environmentalism. The strongest of these is the reinterpretation of the Justice card, which is usually interpreted as balance and is associated with the sign Libra, the scales. In Alexandra’s new version she has painted a representative balance of all the species on earth: the fish in the sea and the creatures of the earth and the air. Included in the print version of the book are descriptions of the symbolism and reading interpretations for each of the 78 cards, as well as black and white images of each one. There are also many new spreads for doing both simple and sophisticated readings, a solitaire game designed to help beginners familiarize themselves with the Tarot, and guides to astrology and symbolism that will help readers develop their own philosophical system. Also included in the book is a new and completely original underlying pattern for the cards of the major arcana. Titled "The Tarot Tree", it helps people learn and understand the archetypes more easily and completely, and establishes several profound interrelated groupings, which lead to a new understanding of the structure of the major arcana. In addition, there is a philosophical commentary by Stanley V. McDaniel, professor emeritus, Sonoma State University, with whom Alexandra studied in the 1970s.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Amazon

Author : Barbara G. Walker
ISBN : 0062509446
Genre : Fiction
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Now in paperback--Thelma and Louise-style action and scathing feminist wit reverberate through this explosive novel--the adventures of a woman warrior/time traveler on a mission from the Goddess. "A good yarn with an intriguing time/place dilemma".--Library Journal.
Category: Fiction

The Dark Side Of Christian History

Author : Helen Ellerbe
ISBN : 9781626756243
Genre : Religion
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Over a period of nearly two millennia, the Christian Church has oppressed and brutalized millions of individuals. Meticulously researched and courageously written, "The Dark Side of Christian History" by Helen Ellerbe examines the Church's devastating impact upon human freedom, dignity and spirituality. Written for the lay reader, this controversial book is especially relevant today as the religious right is attempting to assert greater influence in American politics and society. "The Dark Side of Christian History presents a compelling argument that the Church's desire to control and contain spiritually motivated its persecution of heretics, its burning of libraries, the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the witch-hunts. This dark Christianity hass left a legacy, a world view, which permeates every aspect of Western society. It is a legacy which fosters sexism, racism, the intolerance of difference and the desecration of the natural environment. -- Midwest Book Review
Category: Religion

The Woman S Encyclopedia Of Myths And Secrets

Author : Barbara G. Walker
ISBN : 006250925X
Genre : Social Science
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Do You Know... where the legend of a cat's nine lives comes from? why "mama" is a word understood in nearly all languages? how the custom of kissing began? whether there really was a female pope? why Cinderella's glass slipper was so important to the Prince? The answers to these and countless other intriguing questions are given in this compulsively readable, feminist encyclopedia. Twenty-five years in preparation, this unique, comprehensive sourcebook focuses on mythology anthropology, religion, and sexuality to uncover precisely what other encyclopedias leave out or misrepresent. The Woman's Encyclopedia presents the fascinating stories behind word origins, legends, superstitions, and customs. A browser's delight and an indispensable resource, it offers 1,350 entries on magic, witchcraft, fairies, elves, giants, goddesses, gods, and psychological anomalies such as demonic possession; the mystical meanings of sun, moon, earth, sea, time, and space; ideas of the soul, reincarnation, creation and doomsday; ancient and modern attitudes toward sex, prostitution, romance, rape, warfare, death and sin, and more. Tracing these concepts to their prepatriarchal origins, Barbara G. Walker explores a "thousand hidden pockets of history and custom in addition to the valuable material recovered by archaeologists, orientalists, and other scholars." Not only a compendium of fascinating lore and scholarship, The Woman's Encyclopedia is a revolutionary book that offers a rare opportunity for both women and men to see our cultural heritage in a fresh light, and draw upon the past for a more humane future.
Category: Social Science

Women S Studies

Author : Linda A. Krikos
ISBN : 1563085666
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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A team of subject specialists has taken on the immense task of documenting publications in the area of women's studies in the last decades of the 20th century. The result is this truly monumental work, which maps the field, covering thousands of titles and Web sites in 19 subject areas published between 1985 and 1999. Intended as a reference and collection development tool, this bibliography provides a guide to women's studies information for each title along with a detailed, often evaluative review. The annotations summarize each work's content, its importance or contribution to women's studies, and its relationship to other titles on the subject. Most reviews cite and describe similar and contrasting titles, substantially extending the coverage. Core titles and titles that are out of print are noted, and reviews indicate which titles are appropriate as texts or supplemental texts.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines