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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1St Edition edition (July 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738710806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738710808
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Michelle Skye (Massachusetts) is a Pagan Priestess with over ten years' experience following the Path of the Wise. An active member of the Wiccan and Pagan communities, she teaches classes, leads workshops, and has founded Massachusetts Pagan Teens and Sisterhood of the Crescent Moon. Her articles have appeared in Circle Magazine and SageWoman, and she's a regular contributor to Llewellyn annuals and Renaissance Magazine.

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starting on your journey

Hail and welcome! May your path to the Goddess lead you where you need to go. This
book, Goddess Alive!, is a celebration of the many faces of the Goddess, focusing exclusively
on the Irish, Welsh, and Norse cultures. Through ritual, invocation, guided
meditation, and hands  -on activities, you will welcome these goddesses into your life,
allowing their lessons to guide you and their energies to transform you. The heart of
your experience with each goddess will be the guided meditation, during which you
will meet, get to know, and talk to her. Guided meditation is a relatively easy activity
that everyone can enjoy. You do not need to have any prior meditation knowledge or
skill in order to experience a wonderful, fulfilling, and magical journey. In fact, I believe
that guided meditation is one of the best ways to introduce the body, mind, and spirit to
meditation as a life practice. All you need to do is sit back (or lie down), relax, and allow
me to guide you through the labyrinthine passages of your mind and heart to the center
of the universe, to the center of the earth, to the divine energy as manifested in the Great
Goddess.

Throughout time, ancient peoples have worshiped the image of the Goddess, as protector,
provider, and creator. She is the grain that feeds our bellies, the midwife who
helps us birth, and the water that sustains our lives. She is the sun, the moon, the earth
beneath our feet. She nurtures animals and babies, giving of her warmth and love. Yet
the Goddess, like us, is not one -dimensional. When provoked or wronged, displays of
her power can be as violent as lightning and as wrathful as a woman scorned. She has
gone to war and returned, covered in mud, the blood of her enemy on her spear tip. She
has rejected society's rules, to live as a woman alone, without husband or fealty, dominant
in her own right. She has learned and excelled at skills considered to be “manly”
or “masculine.” She is herself-caring, powerful, loving, strong, determined, nurturing.

The duality of the Goddess allows us to look into our deeper selves and know that
there is both darkness and light within us. We learn, through her example, that both are
equally important to achieve balance in ourselves, in nature, and in the universe.
In this book, you will meet thirteen different goddesses from the ancient Irish,
Welsh, and Norse pantheons. Some people view these culturally specific goddesses as
facets of the all -powerful Great Goddess, who, along with the Great God, is the energy
of the divine. Others see these goddesses as separate entities, complete and whole unto
themselves. Whatever your beliefs, know that each goddess has a different energy and
has a specific lesson to teach you. Be open to that lesson, to the teaching of the divine
female spirit. This knowledge will lead you closer to your true self and the path you are
supposed to walk. Do not run from it, but embrace it and begin.

in the beginning

In order to truly experience the guided meditations in this book, you must be able to
perform and master a few necessary skills. Just as you cannot run without first learning
to crawl and then to walk, you cannot pathwork without accepting into yourself several
abilities that are indispensable for the journey. So take out your magical, meditative
backpack and prepare for the trip!

The first activity of extreme importance when meditating is grounding. Grounding
focuses your mind, body, and spirit on exactly where you are in the world. It helps you
connect to the energies around you and to the energies of Mother Earth, on whose body
we live and breathe. Grounding helps you tap into her power, allowing it to buoy and
strengthen your own innate energy.

There are many different ways to ground. Perhaps you've grounded without even
knowing it. When your day at work has been awful or you're feeling a little sad or depressed,
have you ever reached for bread, crackers, oatmeal cookies, or something else
made from a grain product? Have you walked outside barefoot (or even with shoes on)
and felt lighter and more focused afterward? These are two of the simplest methods for
grounding, for connecting yourself to the earth and to your place and location in the
world. They help alter your mind, bringing you to a relaxed state, which is extremely
important in order to fully experience a guided meditation.

Although the simple grounding methods work wonders when your everyday life
feels a tad out of control, a more detailed grounding method is necessary when entering
into a journey or guided meditation. Since our goal when grounding is to connect to
the earth's energies, take a few minutes right now to close your eyes and think of a plant.
It can be a flower, an herb, or a tree-anything to which you feel an emotional attachment.
I use a willow tree when I ground, but any green, growing vegetation will work,
even seaweed or grass.

Once you've decided on a plant, close your eyes, breathe deeply, and feel your spine
lengthening, burrowing into the soft, rich soil. It is becoming the stem, the stalk, the
trunk of your chosen plant ally. As you breathe in, envision the energy of the earth filling
your body, and as you breathe out, release any stress, fear, anxiety, and worry, pushing
them into the soil. As your spine lengthens and burrows farther and farther into
the earth, know that any negativity that is released into the earth will be recycled into
positive energy. Continuing to breathe in and out, notice that your spine has branched
out and started to form roots in the earth. The roots grow, drawing more and more of
the earth's energy into your body and releasing more and more of your worries and
fears. When you feel that all your negativity has been released and that your entire body
is filled with the earth's energy, feel the energy inside your body leave through the top of
your head and, like the branches of a tree, the petals of a flower, or the leaves of an herb,
arch back down to the ground, creating a circle of energy. Now, the earth's energy is entering
your body through your spine, mingling with your own energy, and then leaving
through the top of your head, arching back down to the ground, creating a connection
between you and the earth. After several minutes of this, you should feel completely
relaxed and at ease. You are grounded!1

If grounding connects you to where you are in the world, then the next exercise,
centering, connects you to who you are in the world. Centering focuses your mind, body,
and spirit on acknowledging and accepting yourself as an individual, as a divine creation,
and as a conduit for divine energy, knowledge, and will. It helps you see yourself
as a perfect and whole human being, with all your faults, your assets, your weaknesses

1. This grounding technique is a modified form of the Tree of Life exercise explained in the book The Spiral
Dance
, written by Starhawk (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1989), p. 58.

and strengths. In essence, centering allows you to come to terms with the whole you,
stripped of pretense and false fronts. You will get to know and receive yourself in your
entirety, while focusing on the positive traits that you bring to the people around you
and to the world as a whole. As with grounding, there are many different techniques
that can focus your attention on yourself as a manifestation of the divine. The following
technique is the one that I use and have taught to others with great success.

Close your eyes and breathe deeply in and out. Focus your attention on the center of
your body, near your heart, right in the middle of your breastbone. This is the location
of your heart chakra, one of seven energy points in the body that help keep the body's
systems running together efficiently. The heart chakra helps create a balanced emotional
center, allowing you to nurture healthy relationships with others and with yourself. It
is usually visualized as a ball or disc of green or pink light. Once you have the chakra
visualized, feel it spinning in a clockwise direction. If you looked down at your chest, it
would spin from right to left. The clockwise -spinning chakra indicates a healthy, open
chakra that is working at an optimum level. If your chakra is spinning slowly, not spinning
at all, or spinning in the opposite direction (counterclockwise), then you are probably
experiencing some emotional or relationship problems or have experienced them
in the past. Work with the chakra so that it is spinning in the clockwise direction easily,
without a struggle. Do not go on to the next step in the centering process until your
heart chakra has a strong color and is effortlessly spinning in the clockwise direction.

After you have aligned your heart chakra, feel the energy of the chakra spreading
throughout your entire body in the form of either a green or pink color. It flows from
your breastbone down through your belly, out to your ribs, and up to your throat and
shoulders. The energy continues to ebb and flow, down your thighs, down to your elbows,
around to your back, and up to your face. The colored energy maintains its path,
pouring into your fingers, your legs and toes, and your head. Just when you feel that
you can hold no more of your heart chakra's energy, it radiates out of your body in
shining pink or green light and, just as quickly, collapses in up...

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I would highly recommend it to not only the folklore buff, but to all those interested in furthering their own spiritual practice.
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I also like that Michelle Skye takes her stories from both the celtic and norse traditions.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. Webster on August 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Being a male in the Pagan community is sometimes difficult. Many Pagan books are geared to the female (and rightly so) but they are also mostly written FOR the female to read. NOT so with this book!! Michelle Skye has a wonderfull writing style that is extremely informative as well as 'Multi-genedered'. We men also worship our Goddeses, and it's a refreshing change to read such a WONDERFUL book that is writen for ANY person to read.
WELL DONE!!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Joseph VINE VOICE on May 12, 2008
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As a folklore writer, I am always interested in acquiring new research materials for my library. As I already have a pretty extensive library, when I first saw "Goddess Alive!" by Michelle Skye I wondered if it could possibly offer me any information I didn't already have access to.

I was pleasantly surprised. The first section I turned to was the chapter on the Valkyries. I was so pleased to find that this chapter not only contained information about the Norse Goddesses who escort the slain battle heroes to Valhalla, and the Norse Goddess Freyja, but it also had some information on Brunhildr (sometimes spelled Brynhilde) that I'd never seen before. The names of the Valkyries are also given.

Goddess Alive! features 13 goddesses from Norse and Celtic folklore. They are connected to either seasonal dates or moon phases.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Ryan on August 2, 2007
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I have to be honest, this isn't a book I'd typically pick up. The search tags include terms like "witchcraft", "Pagan rituals" and other terms, when really women, historical power, goddesses and learning from one's surroundings should be included. It's like a meditation or relaxation; a way to take a step back for a few minutes and re-examine oneself. The connections Michelle Skye makes to historical goddesses and their sources of power/ links to mother nature etc. are fascinating. I read a few lines, and despite my typical fantasy/literature/classical reading tendencies, found myself fascinated with the background and author's approach. I now own a copy : ) I love the way traditional ceremonies are examined in a new light. In today's world people are often too concerned with moving forward, quickly, rather than looking back and making connections. This book urges readers to ground themselves in the tradition of the past, while using that basis to move forward intelligently and in an informed way. The language is beautiful, painting a picture with every syllable, and the goddesses are beautifully illustrated. These images and female figures are strong, once again urging readers to examine (wo)mankind's role and goals in life and the potential outcomes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Davis on July 31, 2007
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I got a sneak peek of this book when I saw it as a friends house. I read a bit of it and was hooked. My friend said that she would loan it to me but I wanted my own copy. SOOOO I ordered it and I would highly recommend this book!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Luna Rose on August 16, 2007
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When I was able to sit down and read this book, which I've heard was coming for quite a while, I was immediately drawn into a universe of many of the Goddesses I know and love. Being able to travel with Them through Michelle Skye's immensely eloquent writing was a Goddess-send. I have been waiting for a book which would allow me to learn more about the Goddesses and also a way to meditate with Them and become more attuned with Them.
As a Pagan women, I guide my family in honoring the cycle of our year and the different cycles of the moon, and being able to associate a Goddess with each turn of those cycles is amazing. What an incredible tool to bring our beloved Goddesses back into our homes.
When I finished reading, I heard myself say "finally"! Finally an author who really understands! An author who understands that the majority of Pagan women and men need and WANT and CRAVE a way to connect to our roots... to the Goddesses of old. I truly believe it is Michelle Skye's calling to share the stories of the Goddesses with us ALL.
Thank you Michelle for your book and I will wait anxiously for the arrival of your next work of art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nanny Acorn on August 8, 2007
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I'm really impressed with this book.So much information on each of the goddeses.The author shows you what these individual goddesses are all about by taking you on a personal journey to meet them.
There is so much more to this book than can be easily conveyed.
I'm certain that anyone who is interested in developing a more real and intimate connection with the celtic and norse goddesses will be right at home with this book.
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