Summoning the Fates: A Woman's Guide to Destiny

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The Fates, also called luck or destiny, are three goddesses who rule over the challenges and opportunities we face in our lives. So powerful that even the other gods and goddesses cannot defy them, the Fates are said to control the thread of each life. The ancient Europeans knew the secrets of communicating with the three sisters who preside over our daily lives, but such arcane knowledge has been lost in modern times.

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The Fates, also called luck or destiny, are three goddesses who rule over the challenges and opportunities we face in our lives. So powerful that even the other gods and goddesses cannot defy them, the Fates are said to control the thread of each life. The ancient Europeans knew the secrets of communicating with the three sisters who preside over our daily lives, but such arcane knowledge has been lost in modern times.

In Northern Europe the Fates are known as the Norns: Urdh, Verdandi, and Skuld. The sisters correspond to the past (what has been), the present (what is now), and the future (what must be). The three in turn rule our lives in thirty-year cycles—childhood and young adulthood are ruled by Urdh, adulthood by Verdandi, and the crone years by Skuld. The Fates are especially active at the major life turning points, when we receive new missions for our life's work. These main turning points occur in the early thirties and late fifties when restlessness with your previous life can take on a sense of extreme urgency. At such times, the Fate who oversees your next destiny is reaching out to you. Summoning the Fates is the first book to show how to interact with these primal forces to fulfill the destiny that awaits you. Z. Budapest gives spells, rituals, and prayers to bring the psychological and material support you need into your life.

Z. uses folk stories from her native Hungary and many other countries, personal anecdotes from real women, historical facts, and "fate works"—exercises that teach you how to recognize, interact with, and ultimately summon the Fates. With the Fates on your side, you will be able to understand and better your life.
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Just 23 years ago, Budapest (The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries) was arrested and convicted under anti-divination laws for telling fortunes in her L.A. candle shop. Now this matriarch of the growing movement that links feminism to witchcraftand to the elusive, transcultural religion of the Goddessdescribes the workings of the three Fates. Budapest's artist mother once gave her an altar piece depicting the Fates: the spinner, the weaver and the woman with shears. "One started the thread of life, the other developed it, the third one cut it," Budapest writes. Growing up in magic-steeped Hungary, Budapest learned to summon and honor these "raw forces of nature" that, she contends, govern lives. Blending autobiography and Hungarian folklore with ritual, the author describes the seasons and cycles of the three fates as they correspond to astrology. Hence, the fate "Verdandi" (the weaver, or Fate associated with adulthood) takes over for Urdh (the spinner) at 28, an age astrology deems governed by the "Saturn return." Budapest's rituals for summoning the "conductors of luck" combine sensuality and joy with reverence for the unknown. She writes that "divination was given to us by the Fates to keep us from losing hope." This charming book shows readers how rituals and faith can lead us inward to find the wisdom and goodness of the Goddess in our own lives. Line drawings. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609802779
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/23/1999
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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Z. Budapest uses folk stories from her native Hungary and many other countries, personal anecdotes from real women, historical facts, and "fate works"--exercises that teach you how to recognize, interact with, and ultimately summon the Fates. With the Fates on your side, you will be able to understand and better your life.

Z. Budapest is one of the founders of the Goddess Movement and a well-known leader in the feminist spirituality movement. Z. has been a ritual leader and keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences, gatherings, and workshops and has appeared on Good Morning America and other talk shows. She has been the subject of articles in Ms. magazine and the San Francisco Examiner, as well as a PBS documentary of her work entitled Gathering the Goddess. Her previous books include Goddess in the Office and Goddess in the Bedroom.

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