The Goddess and the Bull defines and describes the aspects of the Mother Goddess as an archetype. Through this study, the role of the feminine comes to light as one of the most important facets of the Minoan-Mycenaean culture. By examining the feminine emphasis in the Bronze Age world of religion and science, the study of the Goddess changes our views of ancient cultures such as this one. The relationship between the Goddess and the Bull forms the basis of the study of the astronomer priestesses of the Minoan-Mycenaean culture. Their relationship and the iconology that surround it, reveals their interest in cycles of the moon, the sun, and the stars. The Bull also becomes an icon of regeneration and resurrection by measuring its progression through the night sky in cycles of time beyond the year. Amazingly, the Minoan's scientific observations are based on information from as far back as the Paleolithic and Neolithic Eras, which has been transferred to their culture through the celebration of the Goddess and her consort and son, the Bull.
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About the Author
Helen Benigni graduated with a Ph.D. in American Literature from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1989. She is Professor at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia where she teaches composition, literature, and comparative mythology. The first book she wrote is entitled The Myth of the Year: Returning to the Origin of the Druid Calendar (2003). She is the author of The Goddess and the Bull. Barbara Carter graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado in 1967 where she also did extensive graduate work. She is responsible for the astronomy, the calculations and contributing ideas for both The Myth of the Year and The Goddess and the Bull. Currently, she is a professional astrologer and owner of Grouse Haven Astrology in Elkins, West Virginia.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface Chapter 3 The Doors of Precession Chapter 4 The Astronomer Priestesses of the Bronze Age Chapter 5 The Goddess and the Bull Chapter 6 Time-Keepers Part 7 Appendices Part 8 Bibliography Part 9 Index Part 10 About the Author