By Barbara Ardinger
This is a instruction manual on easy methods to practice sacred ceremonies within the culture of Goddess spirituality in one's own residence with traditional home goods. An annual cycle of celebrations is integrated, as is recommendation on easy methods to manage an altar and use easy instruments. the writer, a practitioner of Wicca (witchcraft), expounds the life-affirming, eco-feminist values of that culture. feedback for rituals and ideas for inventing one's personal are given. Poetry and advantages mix in a name which helps get together of the Goddess picture in way of life. those rituals are own, relocating rites which rejoice love and peace, and which act as meditations for contemplating new rituals, outdated traditions, and the process women's lives.
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We’ve worshipped and played together at large and small, planned and spontaneous rituals, and we’ve learned what the practice of the presence of the Goddess really is. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS My good friends Gloria Feman Orenstein, Elder High Priestess Marsha Smith Shaw, and Clarissa Ingabetsen have given me hours of wonderful conversation, good ideas, and endless support. I’ve also done some extraordinary rituals with them. My literary agent, Judy Semler, works hard on my behalf and is a true friend besides.
That’s what I am. Nevertheless, an individual’s unique experiences reflect the whole and contain universal elements, so I know that my life experiences and yours share common ground. This book is not all totally original thought, of course, and I happily acknowledge my debts to the ovular works in women’s spirituality: Starhawk’s Truth or Dare, Carol Christ’s Laughter of Aphrodite, Riane Eisler’s Chalice and the Blade, and several books by Z. Budapest, Barbara G. Walker, and Mary Daly. Are men invited to participate in these women’s rituals?
It’s also pretty safe to say that those who call themselves Wiccans generally tend to be closer to ceremonial magic in their rituals than most who call themselves Witches are, Witches being famously eclectic. But these distinctions are not universal. I know several male Witches (male Witches are never called warlocks or wizards) who are as devoted to the Goddess as I am, and many people who prefer “Wicca” simply because it sounds more respectable. ” It gets people’s attention. ” By saying I’m a Witch, I can help restore honor to the thousands or millions of alleged witches who were burned by the Christian Inquisition during the European Renaissance.
A Woman's Book of Rituals and Celebrations by Barbara Ardinger