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Path of the Goddess: At the dawn of religion, God was a Woman. The Divine Feminine is known by innumerable names and symbol-rich manifestations across the world's cultures. Throughout the ages the Goddess has been honored and worshiped as the Virgin Mary, Isis, Inanna, Asherah, Diana, Kuan Yin, Kali, Oshun, Athena, Pele, Sarasvati, Demeter, and White Buffalo Calf Woman, to mention just a few. Many conceptions of the Goddess are mysterious and seemingly paradoxical. Yet at its source, the Divine Feminine is one. Goddess Power takes you on a fascinating and, at times, surprising journey into the enduring essence of the Divine Feminine.
Inside this book you will learn:
- How the Goddess path offers an empowering message and inspiration
- The importance of re-establishing a healthy balance and integration of both the "masculine" and the "feminine" archetypes
- That the notion of God as archetypal "Sky-Father" is fairly recent in Western culture
- Why the wisdom of the Goddess/Sacred Feminine has been ignored, distorted, and oppressed for centuries
- How archetypes, mythic narratives, and qualities of Goddesses are alive within you and how they reveal intimate truths about yourself and others
- How Goddesses can serve as empowering guides in your personal and professional life
- Why especially black Goddesses/dark-skinned Mothers (e.g., Kali or Black Madonna) are a powerful symbol and catalyst for change in our times, both individually and collectively
- And much, much more!
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About the Author
Isabella Price, MA, is an international speaker, author, and higher education professional at JFK University where she teaches World Spirituality courses. Isabella is the author of the leading-edge book series One Truth, Many Paths on the world s wisdom traditions, which includes her book I Am With Her on the Sacred Feminine. For over 25 years, she has been successfully teaching classes and workshops at JFK University, the California College of the Arts, and numerous other educational institutions and religious venues. She has traveled extensively and participated in numerous rituals from diverse wisdom traditions. She holds an MA in the humanities (global history and comparative religion) from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is also a certified SQ21 Spiritual Intelligence coach and teaches meditation to veterans suffering from PTSD and other community members. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Anodea Judith, PhD, is the founder and director of Sacred Centers and a groundbreaking thinker, writer, and spiritual teacher. She holds master and doctoral degrees in psychology and human health. Anodea spends much of her time teaching, offering workshops and trainings across North America, Central America, and Europe.
Table of Contents
Integral Theory 20
Incorporating Myth into Integral Philosophy 21
Incorporating the Sacred Feminine 21
The Three Pillars of One Truth, Many Paths 22
Pillar One - Ethical Systems and Precepts 23
Pillar Two - The Esoteric-Mystical Core 23
Pillar Three - Universal Symbols and Archetypes 24
Additional Dimensions 26
One Truth, Many Paths 26
An Overview of My Journey 27
An Overview of Goddess Worship 31
Goddess Belief Systems and the Body-Mind Split 35
Controversies on the Evolution of Goddess Worship 37
Goddess Worship and Integral Theory 41
Goddess Worship and Spiritual Visionaries 45
What is the Divine Feminine? 47
Prehistoric Manifestations of the "Great Goddess" 51
The Paleolithic Mother Goddess 51
The Neolithic Lady Bird Goddess 54
The Neolithic Serpent Goddess 61
Goddess-Centered Spiritual Beliefs as a Celebration of Life 65
Inanna/Ishtar in Ancient Mesopotamia 69
The Sacred Marriage Rite of Inanna and Dumuzi 69
Sacred Marriage Rites and "Temple Prostitution" 76
Sacred Marriage Rites and the Soul's Union with the Divine 78
Male and Female Archetypes and Subtle Energies within Conceptions of the Divine 81
The Descent of Inanna to the Underworld 84
The Descent of Dumuzi to the Underworld 87
Myths of the Sacrificed King, Sacrificial Lamb, Good Shepherd, and Horned God 88
The Journey of the Sacrificial God / Consort of the Goddess 89
Isis: Goddess of a Thousand Names 93
Isis in Egyptian Cosmology 93
Isis as the Great Mother and Facilitator of Civilization 97
Conceptions of Women in Isis' Egypt 100
Symbolic Aspects of the Goddess Isis 101
The Mysteries of Isis and Osiris 103
Minoan Crete - The Flowering of Goddess Culture 113
Minoan Civilization and Culture 113
A Peace-Loving Culture and Society 115
What Led to the Decline of Minoan Culture? 116
Minoan Ceremonial Worship 117
Manifestations and Symbols of the Minoan Goddess 119
Correspondences Between Minoan Religious Practices and the Greek Oracle at Delphi 123
The Double Ax, Tree of Life, Bullhorn, and Other Minoan Religious Iconography 124
Symbolic Connotations of the Minoan Bull Dance Ceremony 127
The Role and Status of Women in Minoan Civilization 128
Was Minoan Civilization a Matriarchy Ruled by a Queen-Priestess? 130
Symbolic Connotations of the Labyrinth in Minoan and Classical Greek Mythology 132
The Slaying of the Great Goddess in Classical Greek Mythology and Beyond 133
The African Goddess Oshun - Dancing River of Life 139
Yoruba Civilization and the Ways of Spirit 140
Oshun - Goddess of Many Titles, Moods, and Functions 145
Oshun's Role in the Cosmological Vision of the Yoruba 146
Oshun - River Mother and Fertility Icon 148
Oshun Iyalode 151
Oshun - The Supreme Enchantress 152
Correspondences between Oshun and the Roman Catholic Virgin Mary 153
Yoruba Religious Beliefs and the Development of Santeria 154
The Sensual and Spiritual Power of Oshun's Dance 157
Gender and Power as Expressed in the Worship of Oshun 158
The Virgin Mary - Return of the Goddess? 165
What Do We Know about the Mother of Jesus? 167
The Virgin Birth 169
The Assumption 175
Mary as the "Queen of Heaven" 178
The Black Virgin 184
Mary Magdalene: Forgotten Bride of Christianity? 191
Mary Magdalene in the Canonical Gospels and in Traditional Christianity 192
Mary Magdalene's Portrait in the Noncanonical Gospels of Early Christianity 198
Mary Magdalene as Beloved 202
Shaktism: The Celebration of Mahadevi in India 211
Kali - The Dark-Skinned Mother Adorned with Skulls 216
Shiva and Shakti: The Archetypal Union of the Feminine and Masculine 220
What People are Saying About This
"An empowering message and inspiration that can be drawn from the Goddess so humanity might evolve toward higher awareness."
• Karen Tate, author of Walking an Ancient Path and Goddess 2.0
"I Am (With) Her is a fascinating “herstory” of the Divine Feminine, rich in heart, depth and wisdom. Isabella Price’s intelligent and well-researched book offers us an empowering message of hope and inspiration that provides a pathway toward a new, more integrated and healthy partnership between the feminine and the masculine. This is a necessary and urgently needed guide to move us toward the next stage of our collective evolution."
-Katherine Woodward Thomas, New York Times Bestselling Author of Calling in "The One"
"Isabella Price’s I Am (With) Her is an important book for the emergence of a balanced and embodied consciousness, highlighting the importance of the Divine Feminine. With solid research into history and mythology, this book is an essential bridge that weaves the fabric of reality back into its essential wholeness. True integration combines masculine and feminine in a way that understands the contribution of both. I Am (With) Her embodies that understanding in a style that is fresh, rich, and immediately accessible."
-Anodea Judith, PhD, bestselling author of Wheels of Life; The Global Heart Awakens; Eastern Body, Western Mind; Creating on Purpose; Chakra Yoga
"This book speaks to a whole new generation of women who seek to know the energies of the Goddess or Divine Feminine. Isabella Price has done her homework. She knows the power of the Goddess in ancient cultures, and she shares the her-story revealed by modern women of the Goddess movement (Merlin Stone, Marija Gimbutas, Riane Eisler). Bless her for carrying on this sacred lineage of priestessesancient and modernaround the world."
-Vicki Noble, co-creator of Motherpeace Tarot, author of Shakti Woman and The Double Goddess
"Isabella Price distills and synthesizes a vast cross-culture scholarship on the goddesses, making this growing body of scholarly work accessible for a popular audience. She bridges ancient beliefs and practices from the Goddess traditions to postmodern sensibilities, always writing in a respectful voice. Her perspective on Goddess spirituality is guided by the moral fruits that these spiritual teachings inspire, with an eye towards the highest values of the human spirit, including creativity, vitality, nonviolence, collaborative partnership, humane behavior and reverence for the Earth."
-Karen A. Jaenke, PhD, Consciousness & Transformative Studies Program Chair John F. Kennedy University
"I Am (With) Her is a substantial, insightful, and accessible book on the wisdom legacy of the Sacred Feminine/Goddess across cultures. Isabella Price’s depth of knowledge, her dedication and passion for the Goddess steeped in her personal experience are felt throughout this treasure of a book. The wisdom of the Sacred Feminine is urgently needed in our times to restore the Earth and uplift humanity. Isabella’s I Am (With) Her offers an empowering, joyful, and inspiring vision!"
Corinne McLaughlin, co-author, The Practical Visionary and Spiritual Politics
"In I Am (With) Her, Isabella Price gives voice to a lost “herstory.” This book is a great read written with such heart and dedication to the path of the Divine Feminine. The Goddess is the essential backbone for the empowered Feminine to rise. For centuries, the wisdom legacy of the Divine Feminine/Goddess has been suppressed, ignored, or distorted. But her archetypal stories hold a golden key of how to stand in a greater truth. Isabella's profound insights and her substantial knowledge about the Goddess traditions help us to re-awaken this power in ourselves."
-Rev. Christy Michaels, MA, priestess, ceremonialist, seminary teacher at Gospel of Mary Magdalene
"I Am (With) Her is an important and insightful contribution to scholarship about the Goddess/Divine Feminine and the role of how women have shaped our civilization and history. In her book, Isabella Price traces many paths that open the door for every woman to learn and celebrate her own legacy. Isabella’s compassion and wisdom – gleaned from her many years of research and walking the path of the Goddess – surfaces on each page. She is a gifted storyteller. I Am (With) Her is a beautiful book that inspires us to remember and honor the wisdom legacy of the Goddess while also offering a new and empowering vision for our times. It is a book that I will reread and share with my students!"
-Tricia Grame, PhD, artist, curator, Women’s Spirituality adjunct professor at CIIS
"In the vast Goddess literature, I Am (With) Her stands out in several ways. With obvious appreciation and reverent delight, Isabella Price introduces us to both the lighter and darker aspects of the Goddess. Informed by her comparative, cross-cultural perspective – including Jungian psychology and integral theory – Isabella helps us relate with both discernment and devotional recognition to numerous archetypes of the Goddess. I Am (With) Her is groundbreaking, highly accessible 21st- century scholarship. I hope it finds many receptive readers!"
-Saniel Bonder, author of Healing the Spirit/Matter Split, Waking Down, The White-Hot Yoga of the Heart
"I have read Isabella Price's book I Am (With) Her with much joy. Steeped in the diverse and rich divine feminine traditions for two decades myself, I can confirm her depth of knowledge and her ability to write in an accessible and intelligent way. Each goddess deserves a whole book unto herself but Isabella Price was able to convey the essence of each in this gem of a book. I Am (With) Her reads smoothly, giving you a good taste of her manifestations, leaving you hungry for more. A worthy and beautiful book that I gladly recommend! "
-Nicola Amadora, PhD, psychologist, spiritual teacher, speaker, women’s leadership educator
So many of us have unconsciously adopted patriarchal values based on separateness, competition, domination and hierarchical power structures that have been passed down by authoritarian political, economic, and religious institutions. More often than not, we do not question these unconscious assumptions and worldviews by accepting that 'this is just the way it is and always has been.' Our assumptions shape the way we think, speak, and act in our personal and professional lives with tragic consequences up to this day? Isabella Price's book outlines a new and more holistic vision rooted in the legacy of the Sacred Feminine/Goddess traditions across cultures. The wisdom of the Goddess is urgently needed to restore and heal the Earth and yourself at this critical threshold in time and history. Isabella Price's leading-edge book offers an empowering message on how humanity might evolve toward higher consciousness, allowing you to reframe cultural stereotypes and unconscious assumptions to be better prepared for the re-emergence of the Sacred Feminine in our times.