This book is of great practical value in discovering and celebrating the transforming energy of the Feminine Principle of Divinity Part I covers the myriad faces of the Goddess revealed, including Her presence throughout history Her Earth and Moon symbolism Her Madonna and Magdalene disguises Her revelation within the psyche Her relationship with women Her influence today and much Part II covers ritual invocations of the Goddess inguises from Ishtar to Isis, from Hecate to Aphrodite, from Epona to Ma at Part III gives an alphabetical listing of thangoddesses including a brief history and the main correspondences of each This is an important work by the Farrars providing an indepth exploration of the Goddess in her many aspects at a time when Western culture is awakening to the influence of Feminine Divinity, both individually and collectively Over , sold


10 thoughts on “The Witches' Goddess

  1. Liz Derrington Liz Derrington says:

    Difficult to know how to rate this one There were parts that I very much enjoyed and appreciated, but others that rang somewhat hollow Specifically, while I appreciated the attempts to include non western traditions, some of what was included didn t match up with things I already knew for perhaps the most blatant example, the lwa are not considered gods goddesses in the Vodou tradition That said, I think this book makes for a fairly good beginning to intermediate reference guide.


  2. Steve Cran Steve Cran says:

    The past 2,000 years the world has been dominated by patriarchal religions that have suppressed the feminine divine impulse This century has brought about a new awareness of the divine feminine principal Wicca a fast growing religion based on ancient principals is spearheading the awareness.But what exactly does the feminine divine principal mean Ancient Paganism had a plethora of God and Goddesses how does the concept of only one God and goddess come about Dion Fortune one time said that al The past 2,000 years the world has been dominated by patriarchal religions that have suppressed the feminine divine impulse This century has brought about a new awareness of the divine feminine principal Wicca a fast growing religion based on ancient principals is spearheading the awareness.But what exactly does the feminine divine principal mean Ancient Paganism had a plethora of God and Goddesses how does the concept of only one God and goddess come about Dion Fortune one time said that all Goddesses are one one Goddess and all God are one God In effect all the Goddesses are masks of the great mother goddess and all gods are a mask of the male god who is both the consort and son of the great mother goddess.The Farrar husband and wife team dive into ancient texts, mythology and scholarly studies to examine the goddess and her role in both ancient and modern life Everything from early Mesopotamian texts all the way to Celtic texts are analyzed and studied This is no Wicca 101 book but a comprehensive study of the Goddess and her many masks which encapsulate her many aspects.The book is divided into three parts The first part talks about the Goddess concept in general Early mankind is discussed and how the women were revered for their ability to have children The role of men was not realized yet But as history moved forward the role of man became realized and slowly but surely man came to dominate as violent behavior and war fare became the norm Patriarchy came supreme and the feminine was suppressed But even as Christianity dominated the femine could not be entirely expressed The virgin mary become the epitome of the mother Goddess in fact many believe that the virgin mary churches and statue may have been Isis statues that were taken over by Christianity The role of the dark goddess, the moon and Jungian archetypes are discussed in depth.The second part of the book examine thirteen goddesses up close a full story is given about them and a ritual honoring them.From the Middle East come Isis and Ishtar Isis having an Egyptian ritual peculiar to her taken from the book Egyptian magick by Wallace Budge Believe me this is Egyptian not Wiccan Ishtar was the Babylonian queen of heaven who descended to the world of the dead to rescue Dammuzi her consort.speaking of descents to the lower world There is a ritual for Demeter and Kore Remember that Demeter has a daughter that gets abducted to the underworld There is also a section for the lovely Aphrodite showing how she evolved from a Middle Eastern beginning into her Greek form as the Goddess of love.Lilith and Eve have a ritual dedicated to them as well The ritual itself was rather comical involving a Jewish husband and a Christian wife Good for laughs at least Epona was a Celtic horse Goddess that came to be revered by the Romans, in fact she was the only Celt deity to be honored by the Romans arianrhod mother of llew Laws also has a ritual dedicated to her as well Of course there are a few others like Hekate, Maat, Brigid and Aradia but I will let the reader explore that for him herself.The third section of the book is a glossary of all the Goddesses world over It makes for slow reading, but it is a great reference if you are trying to choose a deity to work with for a ritual I mean if you are going to ask for money then you want a Goddess who deals with money right The book is well researched with a good bibliography in the back for further reading These are not fluff book but books that are based on solid research at the beginning of the section is an inventory of perfume and incense recipes that you can choose to make This get s 5 out of 5


  3. Jio Butler Jio Butler says:

    Overall, a good read I learned a lot However I was disappointed in a way to find that around half of the book was just a list of worldwide goddess aspects This could be useful to some, but I d rather the second part a detailed history of some of thepopular goddesses, plus rituals to accompany was extended to some of theobscure but interesting deities.


  4. Dunori Dunori says:

    Very detailed info too detailed some might say even about the Goddesses of various cultures around the world from a Wiccan perspective It in a way disclaimers that the content is very detailed but also explains why Those reasons why were somewhat motivational for me to finish the book even though I can t honestly say I enjoyed it that much If you re a fan of Killah Priest which I am and ever found yourself uncertain of some of what he was talking about in his lyrics, this book might cause Very detailed info too detailed some might say even about the Goddesses of various cultures around the world from a Wiccan perspective It in a way disclaimers that the content is very detailed but also explains why Those reasons why were somewhat motivational for me to finish the book even though I can t honestly say I enjoyed it that much If you re a fan of Killah Priest which I am and ever found yourself uncertain of some of what he was talking about in his lyrics, this book might cause you to say Ohhhh a few times when if reflecting on those lyrics.The last chapter is a long list of all the Goddesses the authors are familiar with and I told myself it is a great resource for choosing a name for my daughter should I have one some day


  5. Denielle Denielle says:

    This book while very informative is very outdated Part 1 discovering the goddess Was packed with many names and places that blend together and hurt your head Part 2 invoking the goddess Was much better as it told individual goddess stories Part 3 goddesses of the world Was a cross references and different spellings of over 1000 goddesses A lot to absorb.


  6. Chris Presta-Valachovic Chris Presta-Valachovic says:

    A great resource research book that should be on every Pagan s shelf along with the Farrars companion book, The Witches God , and I highly recommend it for F SF writers, too The book lists Goddesses from around the world, their forms, their features, what they cover it s NOT white Euro centric at all Please note, this book is NOT a be all, end all reso A great resource research book that should be on every Pagan s shelf along with the Farrars companion book, The Witches God , and I highly recommend it for F SF writers, too The book lists Goddesses from around the world, their forms, their features, what they cover rule over, and other traits I don t know if this is completely comprehensive, but Farrar does cover a huge range of cultures and deities it s NOT white Euro centric at all Please note, this book is NOT a be all, end all resource, nor does it go into any depth about the various goddesses it s basically just a Who s Who listing of names basic traits, enough to give you a starting point for further, deeper research


  7. Sybil Sybil says:

    Definite must read for all withes along with it s brother.


  8. Priscilla Priscilla says:

    A great reference book for all Witches


  9. Jessica Jessica says:

    I need to re read this I haven t read it for some time but it is a glorious testament to the power of the feminine in creation and life, in nature and society.Good read.


  10. Freder Freder says:

    Not what I was looking for, unfortunately I need a reference book about the goddesses, not a quasi political tract about the difference between boys and girls.