Goddess in the Office: A Personal Energy Guide for the Spiritual Warrior at Work


Wise, whimsical, witty, and when it's called for, deliciously wicked, America's favorite witch stirs up an empowering brew for working women everywhere.

From receptionist to CEO and everyone in between, what woman wouldn't want to improve something (or many things) about her hectic seven-day work week?

In this gift-worthy guide, Z. Budapest combines down-to-earth tips and traditional magic to help women employ...

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Wise, whimsical, witty, and when it's called for, deliciously wicked, America's favorite witch stirs up an empowering brew for working women everywhere.

From receptionist to CEO and everyone in between, what woman wouldn't want to improve something (or many things) about her hectic seven-day work week?

In this gift-worthy guide, Z. Budapest combines down-to-earth tips and traditional magic to help women employ their powers to:

• get a raise  • increase productivity
• repel sexual harassment  • protect computer data and much more
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062500878
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,434,449
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.25 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

I was born in Budapest on January 30, 1940, on a terrible north-wind-whipped morning. My mother, Masika, then only twenty-five years old, had great trouble delivering me, so I was born by cesarean section. Mother was a famous sculptor who also happened to be a psychic, medium, and palm reader. She came from a long line of witches in the herbalist tradition. Her sister continued the line, becoming a pharmacist.

The Hungarian revolution in 1956 changed my life. I escaped to the West and went to school in Innsbruck and Vienna, and later at the University of Chicago, studying languages. I married and had two sons.

I studied with Second City, then with Viola Spolin, the mother of improvisation, and later at American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York.

In 1970 I discovered the Women's Liberation Movement, which led to another huge change in my life: I became a conscious woman. Feminism gave me so much. I decided to contribute seriously by connecting witchcraft with feminism, thereby sparking the women's spirituality movement. I wrote the first feminist witchcraft book, The Feminist Book of Lights and Shadows, which later became The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries; I followed this with two other books, Grandmother of Time and Grandmother Moon.

When I am not working on a new book I like to work with women at weekend workshops, retreats, and witch camps, where we practice the remembered arts of witchcraft in safe circles of women. We use tools of dance and chanting, candles, and incense to lift our spirits. We take part in guided meditations and pay visits to our ancestors and the Wild Woman. We practice using aromas and Bach remedies for inner balance.

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Chapter One

Welcoming the Wild Woman

Wild Woman Comes to the Office

You have probably heard a lot about the wounded child within, the Goddess/God within, the animus and anima within, the ego and the id. It's pretty crowded in there! The Goddess within is a difficult image, because you search for this luminous perfect woman inside yourself, shining and omnipotent, and often you can't quite identify with her -- she is too perfect. However, during my meditations I have encountered again and again a natural creature I call the Wild Woman. Perhaps she is a form of Artemis, the soul of the wild who roams through the woods as well as guiding the moon across the skies. Her image is inside our psyches for sure.

Wild Woman represents our bodies, our genetic past, our gender and instincts, and our right brain. She is the creature at whose whim we fall in love with totally inappropriate individuals or totally appropriate ones. This creature is preverbal; she only howls or moans, grumbles, or blissfully purrs. She is ancient; mine looks like a female Chewbacca from Star Wars. If she is happy, we have a lot of psychic and physical energy; if she is unhappy, we have barely enough energy to climb out of bed in the morning. If she is not in the mood to go on living, we can die without even getting sick first. So of course one must find out what it is that she needs to thrive.

This all-powerful entity is bored to death with our modern jobs. She sleeps throughout the day on her bed, unruly, woolly, and needy. She demands attention, so we give her coffee and doughnuts and sweetsof all kinds, which work on her for a while, but not for long. She wants to be touched, made love to, entertained, and instructed. By the time we get home from work, she is on the warpath. She is hungry, tired, mad, and withdrawing. We resign ourselves dutifully to start dinner and take care of the kids (well, she comes out for kids, as well as pets).

The best thing to do for her is to take a brisk walk after work. She comes out of her stupor for Nature. She likes eveningtime outdoors best. She likes the moon and the stars, company, and good food. She likes shopping, because it reminds her of ancient foraging.

Wild Woman is not a workhorse. She is not even civilized. She is all the genes from the far-away ancestors her immortal body knows. She carries in her body memories of your grandmother's walk or her auburn hair, or your mother's entrancing eyes. She remembers the skinny feet of your greatgrandfather on your father's side. You need her to go on with vigor for you to have enough energy to live, laugh, and love well. You and she are the most recent sprout of your ancestors on the Tree of Life, the last little green leaf on the edge of the bough. However, there is also a trunk, as well as all the other branches and leaves on the Tree. Those represent our ancestors. We are all part of the same life force. The Wild Woman controls everything important, from healing to ecstasy.

The Wild Woman loves a ritual, the chanting and the humming, the shared breath. She loves dancing on bare earth, large and small bonfires, and billowing incense climbing to the sky. She wakes up for play, shopping, physicality, fun, and love. It is difficult to go to work with a creature like that controlling you.

We all do it -- but it's not easy.

We need to get closer to this mighty ancient creature and make her our friend. We need to discover how we can incorporate her into our daily lives and gain more confidence, have more energy, and gain access to our psychic powers.

The Wild Woman lives inside us all, but many of us were raised to be self-sacrificing women who find it hard to do things "just for ourselves." If you work with your Wild Woman, she will become your ally, a source of instinctive wisdom and energy. Every woman's Wild Woman is unique.

When you enter your workplace, your Wild Woman has a hard time adjusting. She is thrown from her warm bed into a steel building, where her blood's electricity is immediately disoriented.

The natural air she breathes is replaced by the air conditioning or heating system, her eyes no longer see enough relaxing greenery, the telephone's incessant ringing jars her nervous system, and the impersonal behavior of others alienates her. Then, to top it all, she has to do work-related tasks that have nothing to do with the great outdoors.

What would a Wild Woman appreciate in your office? What can you do to make her feel more grounded?

When you enter your office, take five minutes to establish your Wild Woman in your work area. Create a place where you put your special belongings or pictures. Wild Woman likes to watch over your things. Make a little nest of tiny, almost invisible things that are precious to you. One woman actually uses a real nest that she bought in a gift shop and that she filled with tiny semiprecious stones. She places her earrings there, too, because while she is working they interfere with her use of the telephone. Your special place can be just a spot on your desk or hidden on your bookshelves. Such an arrangement is not likely to attract the attention of your coworkers because it's small and unobtrusive. This is certainly better than having somebody ask you about the miniatureStonehenge you have built on your windowsill, leaving you in your three-piece power suit muttering under your breath about your "Wild Woman" needing attention!

This power spot can be a picture on your wall -- something with woods or waterfalls, a picture of a mother holding a child, madonnas, rocks, the moon, or even food. Your WildWoman would love these images. Imagine her curled up inside this nesting, grounding place, and take a deep breath three times to signify that it is done. It is important to always make a green environment in your space, however small. Green plants are the best grounding.

Goddess in the Office. Copyright © by Zsuzsanna E. Budapest. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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