Hidden Passages: Tales to Honor the Crones

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Hidden Passages is a collection of eight finely crafted stories about strong, loving women in the midst of their crone years, celebrating life and sharing their wisdom, courage, and passion with other women, old and young. Vila SpiderHawk's stories celebrate crones in a way that makes the reader feel and remember their own memories of women in their lives.
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Overview

Hidden Passages is a collection of eight finely crafted stories about strong, loving women in the midst of their crone years, celebrating life and sharing their wisdom, courage, and passion with other women, old and young. Vila SpiderHawk's stories celebrate crones in a way that makes the reader feel and remember their own memories of women in their lives.
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If...Journal - Lillith Lewis
In Vila SpiderHawk’s /Hidden Passages/, rich imagery awaits the reader in each delightful chapter. Her wonderfully human characters experience the transformations of life with honest emotions. As an example, any adult will recognize the loving trepidation and poignant devotion of a daughter when she suddenly realizes that she sees signs of old age in her mother. Wonderful relationships grace each story. Many types of love and many facets of life flow through these pages. The powerful, lov
Vanilla Heart Publishing - Smoky Trudeau
It isn't news that older women are often portrayed in a negative light in our youth-centered culture. Some of us-those of us who have marked 50 or more birthdays-have even played a role in that, believing in our youth that we should "Never trust anyone over thirty."
But there is a far older adage we live by these days: "With age comes wisdom." In Hidden Passages, a collection of eight short stories, author Vila SpiderHawk celebrates women who have reached their crone years and are living the
Smoking Poet Magazine - Zinta Aistars
Perhaps it is my own "crone years" creeping up on me, but there seems to be a healthy change in how we look at women in and beyond their midlife years. In a youth-obsessed society, at least in the United States, so much of the current dictates point towards a Quixotic pursuit of the impossible, that is, finding the fountain of youth through plastic and cosmetic surgery, an endless array of surely useless creams and lotions, Botox shots and facial peels, diets that lead to eating disorders, and a
My Space - Rosemary Nissen-Wade
I had overdue library books to finish so I was delaying starting your book - but then yesterday I couldn't resist having just a little peek at the first story. And that was it! I couldn't put it down! It's beautiful! It's as perfectly crafted as poetry and it's utterly accessible to the reader, and it lifts my spirit and fills my heart, and I want to devour it fast yet I hope I never get to the end... Thank you!

— Rosemary Nissen-Wade, author of Secret Leopard
Facebook - Michael Gleason
The subtitle of this book, "Tales to Honor the Crones", gave me a false impression. A collection of stories about crones should be about the end of life, but these stories are full of life. They are vivid, arresting, and entertaining.

Oh, there is death and loss, but there are also children scrambling up trees. There is somber reflection but there is also joyful discovery and anticipation. There is the certainty of lives running their allotted course as well as the wonder of new life bu
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892718570
  • Publisher: Spilled Candy Publications
  • Publication date: 11/18/2005
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Vila SpiderHawk and her husband share a log home of their design in the woods of Pennsylvania where they live with their four cats and enjoy frequent visits with their many woodland friends. SpiderHawk is an avid gardener and a passionate cook as well as a dedicated author.
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  • Posted August 13, 2009

    WONDERFUL BOOOK!

    I could not put this book down! Even as I finished a story, I simply had to go on to the next. SpiderHawk's characters are like friends! You really care about each one of them. And her stories are loaded with surprises! You never know what's going to happen next! As for her writing style, well, she is a master of the English language. I can't recommend this book highly enough!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    Whispers of the Goddess

    The book, 'Hidden Passages: Tales to Honor the Crones' by Vila Spider Hawk, offers a journey rich in symbolic language. The stories are written with the rhythm of ancient folktales, yet any modern woman will be able to recognize the fierce and tender narrative as part of her own cycling heartbeat. In the chapter, 'Mima Po', a young girl learns to recognize love and friendship as acts of magic through the patient guidance of a wise elder. Later in the book the finger of the Goddess beckons a maiden, mother, and a crone through the labyrinth of life and death. They discover both powerful inner strength and the importance of the fine threads that bind them together as a family. 'Gita's Journey' brims with grief so real and sharp it tumbles and spills in the reader's mind until the edges are worn smooth. Echoes of the Goddess, in all her aspects, whisper through every page. Eight women eight stories. In many cultures the number eight is sacred, denoting transformation, immortality, and the ever evolving cycles of life and death. The anthology embraces these themes with passion. The author honors women of all ages, including the crones that mentor them. Reverence and remembrance of the three faces of the Goddess, are the keys she gives the reader to unlock the hidden passages in one's own life and discover the wisdom that dwells within.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    Hidden Passages ~ Vila SpiderHawk

    There is an excess of books about women and craft on the market. To wade through the lists to find a genuine voice that speaks into the heart is a daunting prospect. That is why I find myself in joy at encouraging each true heart to read Vila SpiderHawks¿s Hidden Passages `Tales to Honor the Crones¿. Here are eight stories that make a journey of depth and light around the Wheel of Life each engaging the light that is the gift of wisdom from our crones. This book shows the magickal presence of the Goddess in such mundane events as ¿It was still dark when Mother and Grandmother and I went to the market.¿ (Maiden, Mother, Crone Cara) which evolves into the real-dream of maturation. Here we see and feel deep inside ourselves that where a woman walks, there comes the potential for awakening wisdom and compassion that speaks to the hidden longings that are universal hearts beating as one. We see and feel that potential for joy and love in our own heart no matter the individual path we are on. The Tales in Hidden Passages brought laughter and tears as I identified with each woman and felt the resonance of her journey within myself. Vila SpiderHawk's writing is clear and articulate while creating character and mood that makes each of these stories a stand alone experience and the whole brings delight to any reader! ----------- Christine E. Fisher, Many Feathers, Crone, Shaman, Therapist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

    GREAT BOOK!!

    I have to add my two cents as I was enthralled when reading this totally awesome book which searches, explores and understands the soul of womanhood, while offering insight into the human spirit as well. It is an exiting ride, through many countries and many eras that portray amazing knowledge of the history, traditions, rituals and cultural mores of those times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

    Hidden Passages, Hidden Treasures

    Hidden Passages: Tales to Honor the Crones, is a simply wonderful collection of eight stories about girls, mothers, and grandmothers that honors older women. The tales cover different eras and cultures, taking the reader to unexplored heights and depths. SpiderHawk is a gifted writer. She weaves stories that warm the heart, teach, entertain and surprise. This is a book not to be missed, a must read for women of all ages, and a great gift for the women in your life.

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