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Be A Goddess: A Guide to Magical Celtic Spells for Self-Healing, Prosperity and Great Sex Paperback – February 3, 1998

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NEW AGE DeGrandis "knows her stuff."--Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance

"I loved it. . . . An important book. . . . A well written and superb step-by-step introduction to Celtic Shamanism."--Margot Adler, author of Drawing Down the Moon and Heretic's Heart

Mysticism can be practical: good magic gets your house cleaned, creates abundance, and helps conjure your own brand of bewitching sexuality. So says Francesca De Grandis in this down-to-earth and entertaining guide to the goddess magic of Celtic shamanism--and she should know. De Grandis has led countless students to profound personal transformation and inner wisdom through her step-by-step program of spells, rituals, and meditations. This is serious shamanic training at its playful best!

Be a Goddess! shows you how to:

cast spells for the good things in life-fun, fine food, a happy home, and romance, love your body and be cleansed in spirit, take a magical bath for the sheer pagan pleasure of it, gain the passion, sensuality, and unique individuality of Celtic shamanism, drink from The Cup of Love, a powerful love spell, and get just about anything you want--boom! flash of smoke!--by using The Spell Itself.

With this book you can gain the wild, natural power of goddess spirituality, learn to use the simple, potent magic of the Faerie folk, and become a goddess for life.

About the Author

Francesca De Grandis, daughter of a Sicilian witch, completed a rare seven-year training to become a Celtic Shaman in the Faerie tradition. She runs her own school, The Third Road, where lawyers and bike messengers alike come to learn and be enchanted by the magic and mysticism of Goddess Spirituality. She lives in San Francisco.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (February 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062515055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062515056
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francesca De Grandis `Be a Goddess' The Third Rd tradition is an immensely transforming experience for the wayfarer, journeymen or seeker on the way to finding their initial starting point or for those with an inherent deeply resonating connection in a Celtic Shamanic Magical Discipline. Francesca brings together a broad range of powerful practises for the aspiring spirit, which is truly reaching out to be connected and transformed in a down-to-earth, practical everyday application of knowledge. She is real, accessible, encouraging, has a great web site, and `there' for you. For prospective readers, I know there is a tendency when flicking through a book to be cautious and sceptical of current works that involve the terms - magic, shaman, guides, spirits, beings and fairies. To immediately disregard that which we do not understand, because of connotations & misrepresentation in a `Oh I know here we go off with the fairies again, when will these authors get a life!' `I am looking for a real discipline not delusion!' type of inner voice.
Well I understand this, as I have been the world's greatest sceptic. But now I am the world's greatest eclectic! So, if you truly have a `desire' to reach into your `Self' and find the inherent beauty and magic of the human state, and `desire' to abide in a clarified, empowered, sacred space within you daily - this course will lay down the essential approach and inner housekeeping required for a life time discipline of worship, humility, enchantment, passion and fantastic super sweaty sex.
I have researched over 50 books on magic, shamanism, witchcraft, ritual, healing, energy and pain management. All due to the need to find the essence of transpersonal medicine (Body, Mind, Emotion and Soul healing) from ancient healing arts.
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This book is great if you have no prior experience with any kind of withcraft. I have always been interested in the supernatural, but a bit scared to practice it. Well not any more as this book has taught me a lot about ethics when using magic. This is truly good, clean and safe magic. There is nothing to be afraid of - just enjoy being special. And that is what this book does - it makes you realise that you are special in and of yourself. Furthermore, I felt like this book was written especially for me. I could just relate to so many of the things she wrotes and it often made me laugh. I am glad that my first contact with witchcraft was through "Be a Godess". I fell like it has given me a safe and solid base in withcraft and I still use the book regularly. To me this book is magic - in and of itself.
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Yesss, "Be a Goddess" definately changed my life! I had always been longing for the presence of the loving goddess and had no idea how I could "reach" or "find" her. After starting the work in Be a Goddess I realized she had been with me all the time - was I so blind? I remember myself crying hard to feel her wrapping her arms around me and just didn't realize she did...all the time!
Working with "Be a Goddess" is highly recommended! The pace of the book is quite good. One can integrate the work on the chapters perfectly into a busy everyday life.
Thank you, Francesca de Grandis!
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If this book were titled "fantastic and fun exercises to improve your self-esteem" perhaps more people would expect and appreciate what they get. This is not a reference on Celtic myth or historical Celtic religion, although bits are included for flavor, updated with the author's interpretation. This is not a book for the physical practice of basic Wicca, although some of the attitudes you can pick up here will affect your religious beliefs more deeply than correspondences or ritual specifics.
I love the "prayers" and meditations, and really found my confidence and happiness much improved. The exercises helped me change my relationship with the Divine from the judeochristian victim model to the Goddess participant and friend model.
And by the way, improving your self esteem does lead to prosperity and great sex.
The word Celtic can be used broadly or loosely, and the Celts adapted across time and geography. There are many unknowns, and many more debates in Celtic study. A tenet of Wicca/Goddess study is that you can appropriate what you will from history and build on it yourself to come up with your own beliefs and rituals that are meaningful for you. If you need to go through and change every instance of the word Celtic in this book to Francesca's neo-celtic eclectic, do it without rancor. But still try the exercises, and see if they don't make you happier. That's the point.
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The one thing I liked about this book is the author's partial down-to-earth emphasis on having one's spiritual practice be connected to the hum-drum mundane elements of daily life for the sake of making them sacred. I think this is a real strong suit for this book, and DeGrandis' other writings: the practicality of them for the modern practitioner, most especially for women seeking a pathway of empowered spirituality in a culture that still disempowers the feminine. From this vantage point I think the book serves a purpose. However, putting on my Celtic scholar's and practitioner's hat, I'm afraid the down-to-earth style then goes out the window and some real misleading inaccuracies take place that I think really have the potential to stand as a liability for those individuals seeking the facts about the Celtic traditions. This largely lies in the fact that DeGrandis, like so many others, links Wicca (a 1950's invented-religion based on largely English and Anglo-Saxon sources) with Celtic traditions, which to belabor the point here, have nothing to do with Wicca (see an excellent article on the web written by respected Celtic scholar Ian Mac'an'Tsoir on "Why Wicca Is Not Celtic".) Wicca as an influence is a valid path for many. I'm not knocking this at all, and have immense respect for those individuals who embody that path. However, if we are to make an honest assessment of it we must realize that it draws as much on Roman, Greek, Germanic, and Egyptian goddess worship, as anything else. Wicca (the modern path) is mildly modeled after the more ancient expressions of witchcraft in England, which is an authentic tradition hailing from Anglo-Saxon roots. However, it is not 'Celtic' and I feel that DeGrandis' insistence on linking Wicca with Celtic tradition is misleading to the modern reader.Read more ›
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