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Maiden, Mother, Crone: The Myth & Reality of the Triple Goddess [Paperback]

D.J. Conway
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Book Description

June 8 1995
The Triple Goddess is with every one of us each day of our lives. In our inner journeys toward spiritual evolution, each woman and man goes through the stages of Maiden (infant to puberty), Mother (adult and parent), and Crone (aging elder).

Maiden, Mother, Crone is a guide to the myths and interpretations of the Great Goddess archetype and her three faces-so that we may better understand and gracefully accept the cycle of birth and death.

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, author D.J. Conway has studied the occult fields for over 35 years. Her quest for knowledge has covered every aspect of Paganism and Wicca to New Age and Eastern philosophies; plus history, the magical arts, philosophy, customs, mythologies and folklore. In 1998, she was voted Best Wiccan and New Age author by Silver Chalice, a Pagan magazine. She lives a rather quiet life, with most of her time spent researching and writing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Goddess in all her aspects explained July 1 2003
Format:Paperback
Ms. Conway is one of my favorite authors and with this book she really hits home. She expains the three aspects of the triple Goddess in detail, complete with myths and lore. The untrue myth that the dark goddess is all about gloom and doom is completely shattered in the section on the Crone. The Goddess is to be respected in all her aspects and is essential to birth, death and rebirth. This book also contains meditations to meet with and understand all three of the Sacred Mother's faces. A definite keep in my library!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing that hasn't been done better elsewhere Oct. 14 1999
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This book might -- MIGHT -- be of use to the beginner or the casual practitioner, but anyone who has been involved in paganism or wicca for any length of time will not find much here that hasn't been covered elsewhere. And, I am sorry to say, covered in more depth. The illustrations are nice, though, and for someone who is not very familiar with wicca or paganism this might be helpful, but ONLY as a start down the path. If you're further on down the Way, there's not much of any interest here, sad to say. And what is it with Llewellyn and spelling errors? This book is loaded down with them. People, Microsoft Word includes a spellcheck function - USE IT.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly researched; waste of money Oct. 9 1999
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I understand that D.J. Conway is a highly popular author in the Llewellyn stable, however, I don't think she could research her way out of a paper bag.
I used to own a metaphysical bookstore, and was very dissapointed when this book came out. I was hoping for a well-researched and documented work on the Goddess, and found instead a book filled with incomplete information.
The author didn't take much time to research her subject. This is patently obvious when she makes the statement that there are no surviving Goddess traditions in African religion. This is a patent fallacy; a not very close look at West African traditions will reveal not only a surviving tradition of female Divinity, but a thriving tradition that spread with the African diaspora to the Americas, and the Carribean during the slave trade.
If you want a serious book about the Goddess, do yourself a favor and buy Janet and Stewart Farrar's book, "The Witches' Goddess." That book is well-written, interesting to read, with solid research behind it. Another excellent book on the subject is Patricia Monaghan's "The New Book of Goddesses and Heroines." This book is also well-researched and written in an engaging, lively style.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yet another bad book by D.J. Conway Feb. 14 1998
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Maiden, Mother, Crone suffers from the same lack of direction and rather shallow research that other books I've read by Ms. Conway suffer from. The first part of this book is simply a disorganized collection of very brief notes on a number of Goddesses from various cultures.
Many fascinating deities and archetypal goddesses are provided no more than a sentence
or at best a short paragraph. There is no attempt to organize or compare these varies
figures by cultures or similarities or to draw any conclusions about the mythology of the
goddess whatsoever. Part two of the book is simply a dictionary of symbols that seems to
have been included to simply fill space. If you are interested in comparative mythology or
in increasing your knowledge of various deities there are numerous other books of better
quality out there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Reference Guide June 6 1998
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Format:Paperback
I began this book with high hopes but alas, by the end, was a tad dejected. So I did the Lemon=Lemonaide thing. I grabbed my trusty high-lighter and went to town. To the authors credit, Maiden, Mother and Crone does give us bits of information on a wide range of religious cultures, giving us a look at the Goddess, her functions and her followers from every continent. This book has a million footnotes, most of which lead you to an author and title of some reference book, so I walked away with lots of suggested reading. Other than that, I'm afraid this one has little depth and is now in my Donate-to-the-Library pile.
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