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Product Details

  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Crossing Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895944758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895944757
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Using the figure of the ancient goddess Ariadne as a metaphor, Mountainwater unravels the mysteries of a woman-centered spirituality. She offers gentle guidance through the cycles of a woman's life; the phases of the moon; the yearly nature holidays; and the aspects of divination. She concludes each chapter with suggested exercises, meditations, and reading lists. Her capably organized and well-written book encourages women to find their own spiritual path. The reading lists lack complete citations; still, a very good, practical book on women's spirituality and goddess worship. Recommended.
- Gail Wood, Mont gomery Coll. Lib., Germantown, Md.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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It is a wonderful, inspirational, warm-hearted, spiritual work of Goddess.
Julie Birch
I stumbled onto this book in a [bookstore] about 2 years ago, and it is now very well worn (and read).
Kimberly E. Upton
I would recommend that anyone interested in a truly Feminist study begin with this book.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has been on of my overall favorites for Dianic witchcraft and "womyncraft" since 1991. It takes the reader through the very basics of witchcraft and energy work and leads them through ritual, tool, and spell design. Has an overly feminist tone, and a definite lesbian lean to it, but still an excellent book!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "songflower" on April 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book at the library and then later just went ahead and bought it. I love Shekhinah's earthy, mystical, poetic approch to the Craft, and her love of the Earth and the Goddess shine through. I do agree with one reader, however, in that some of the material is outdated. A lot has changed since the 1970s and early 80s and I would love to see a second (or third) edition of this book come out. I practice mainstream Wicca, but my heart lies with the earthy Goddess religions and I consider myself a Goddess-worshipper more than a Witch. If you are is looking to include the God in ritual, as I do, then you may want to check out or buy a book on Wicca that includes Him as a supplement to Ariadne's Thread. Otherwise, happy reading!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "rainhawk" on February 8, 2001
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This is a wonderful book, whether you are just beginning to learn about the Godddess, or have been on the path for years.Chock full of information, Mountainwater also gives you activities and excercises to help you better understand the chapters. Make your own book of shadows, lunar calendars, decorate your altar. This is not the old "wicca" 101 book. This is Goddess Study...and it will REALLY make you think.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on June 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
i enjoyed this book for several reasons. it had an easy to follow, step by step guide to exploring feminist wicca, with helpful activities and projects to get you started, and i particularly liked the chapters on plant magic (which borrowed lots of interesting snippets and suggestions from other books), and her section on divination and tarot. far less militant than Z. Budapest, she takes a more fair and accepting approach to men, and is at pains to state that feminist wicca & matriachy etc is not just a role reversal of patriachy and the 'men good women bad' mindset. she finds things to celebrate in all woemn's aspects, and her interesting bright and dark maiden proposal (about two seperate sides to the maiden goddess) adds to our perception of the goddess (though she emphasises the dark maidens dependance on the bright maiden-she should have pointed out that a purely rational non-intuitive personality is just as undesirable as a passive personality, and the bright maiden needs to learn from the dark maiden and vice versa). by the way, if you havent heard of this proposal and dont know what on earth im going on about, the book goes into some detail to explain.
there were some faults. the authors poetry got quite 'amateurish', 'worthy' & irritating, and several (not all) of her illustrations for the tarot set were childlike and poorly drawn (this wasnt personally my favourite style but each to their own). her introductory stories (involving adraine and various goddesses) to the sections of the book seemed contrived, but it was original and evidently done in good faith, and meant something to her so i guess it depends on the reader.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly E. Upton on March 31, 2002
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This is one of my all-time favorite Goddess books. There is truly something for everyone in this book--even men! This book can be used alone, or with a group--either way, the poignant questions and activities will elicit wonderful response. I stumbled onto this book in a [bookstore] about 2 years ago, and it is now very well worn (and read). If you are looking for answers to life's questions, this is a good place to start.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "leimu" on April 22, 2001
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This was a very refreshing read, making me feel good about being a woman! I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this. The book is written in 13 chapters, and at the end of each are projects to do and questions to think about. I think this is a wonderful method of study. Many diagrams are shown, and the poetry is wonderful, though some phrases did crack me and my boyfriend up ("my bowels know thee" and "my stomach partakes of thee") :D And I cannot help but think that this book is maybe a little *too* feministic, and instead of presenting both sexes as equals it rises women high above men. But if that doesn't turn you off, it certainly didn't on me, this is a fantastic read and highly recommended! This isn't for an absolute beginner though, and to completely understand you should have some basic knowledge.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sobeit on November 28, 2005
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This is a book that written for women who are interested in Goddess Spirituality and are seeking a direction in which to start to put together a Spiritual practice. Shekhinah has developed and continues to develope a feminine way of approaching the Divine. While the book may appear to gender biased to some, it is only because it is intended for women to be reading and using it. Here is a book of Spirituality created for women only. I have had my copy of Ariadne's Thread for many years and cannot give it enough praise. While I was searching for answers I stumbled across this book on a store shelf and it was like finding a beacon of light in the unknown territory of Goddess Spirituality. Shekhinah emphasizes the flowing cycles of feminine energies even in the structure of the book's layout. The chapters are referred to as cycles and they move effortlessly from one to the other and back around again. Here is a study book that you can keep using over and over and over again. Every time you move through it you find a new layer of insight to learn from. This book could be termed as the 'Bible' of Goddess spirituality for women.
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