Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit Paperback – Nov 8 1999
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Prayers, poems, and songs to the Goddess from around the world and across the ages have been collected and adapted for the modern devotee in The Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit. Author Patricia Monaghan offers a disparate meditation for each day of the year, including February 29--April 5 is a Lithuanian folksong; August 6 a quotation from Proverbs; October 17 a Korean shaman's chant. After each prayer there is a two-paragraph "thought for the day" in which Monaghan offers the reader philosophical observations or helpful advice designed to assist living and growing in the spirit of the feminine. The very pretty purple and gold-embossed cover makes it an excellent nightstand adornment, and the gentle meditations are a stress-reducing way to begin or end your day by honoring Her and Her spirit in yourself. --P. Randall Cohan
About the Author
One of the leaders of the contemporary earth spirituality movement, Patricia Monaghan (1946 - 2012) had spent more than 20 years researching and writing about alternative visions of the earth. Raised in Alaska, where much of her family still lives, she considered herself blessed to have learned the ecology of the taiga, the subarctic forest, in her youth. She was a writer and reporter on science and energy-related issues before turning her attention to the impact of mythic structures on our everyday lives.
The worldwide vision of the earth as feminine--as a goddess, called Gaia by the Greeks--led her to recognize the connection between ecological damage and the oppression of the feminine in Western society. Much of her work since that time had explored the question of the role of feminine power in our world, in an inclusive and multicultural way.
An avid traveler, Patricia had researched earth spirituality and goddess worship on three continents, and traveled widely in Europe, especially in Ireland. She held dual US/Irish citizenship and edited two anthologies of contemporary Irish-American writing.
Patricia was member of the resident faculty at DePaul University's School for New Learning in Chicago, where she taught science and literature. She passed from this world in November 2012 and is survived by her husband, Dr Michael McDermott.
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Top Customer Reviews
Given Monoghan's research and studies, I was disappointed with the lack of depth provided--I expected much more information about the goddesses or rituals.
Overall, not a bad book. I just think it could be done a bit better.
Most recent customer reviews
Very inspiring and a great book for a daily meditation that connects something mythological to each day. This book changed my life my reading it everyday.Published on Nov. 21 2012 by JanetRignall
This is one of the mose beautiful books I have read. I love the verses and teh paraghraph that puts them in modern day terms of just explains teh meaning they had for the ancient... Read morePublished on June 25 2003 by Kitty
This book provides a perfect way to give yourself a nice morning ritual or meditation. It provides a daily poem or song on a variety of female dieties, along with a short... Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2002 by School Faery
This fine book stays by my altar and I cherish the time I spend reading it each day. I'm very grateful for the incredible research Patricia Monaghan put into the book and also for... Read morePublished on April 6 2000 by Jo Wharton
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