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Product Details

  • Paperback: 331 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062517155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062517159
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Goddess Initiation is both "a self-help program and a Celtic shamanic journey," writes Francesca De Grandis. The month-to-month chapter format reads like a yearlong self-improvement project. Each chapter contains a month's worth of spells, practical exercises, rituals, and prayers that guide readers toward the goddess initiation. De Grandis (Be a Goddess) offers a well-rounded lesson plan that emphasizes creativity, career success, increased sexual passion, and the clarification of one's calling or "priesthood." "For example, one reader's priesthood might mean being a stay-at-home mother who devotes her time to raising her children, while another woman might minister by recycling or saving the rain forest," explains De Grandis. Goddess Initiation is based on De Grandis's work as a teacher at The Third Road in San Francisco, where she specializes in Celtic mysticism. Count on plenty of faery talk, a healthy dose of woman-to-woman humor, and an entirely enchanting, down-to-earth narrator. --Gail Hudson

From Publishers Weekly

When you combine goddess worship with New Age methods of learning self-love, the logical outcome is a book on how to worship yourself as a goddess. In this sequel to her popular Be a Goddess! De Grandis offers comprehensive month-by-month instructions on achieving the internal power, serenity and creativity of a deity in one short year. A witch of Sicilian descent practicing Celtic shamanism, De Grandis uses classic therapeutic techniques for building self-esteem and reducing negativity. More a guide to internal work than a spell craft manual, her meticulous approach should appeal to seekers who like their path to be carefully laid out and well traveled.

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Customer Reviews

Very readable and very do-able.
Tricia McVey
What you will find is a rigorous training program in how to embody magic in a mundane world.
Scott Schulz
Thank you, Francesca, for another fabulous self-help book.
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74 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Scott Schulz on October 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am an initiate of Francesca's Third Road Tradition and I offer three separate and equally valuable reviews of her new book.
A Standard Review:
Goddess Initiation (hereafter GI) by Francesca De Grandis is a year-long course of self-empowerment culminating in an initiation into the Third Road tradition of witchcraft. GI is unusual in Wiccan literature in that one's first impression on reading it is that it is simply a self-help book. You won't find endless lists of candle color correspondences, Wiccan tools (athames, pentacles, etc.), and sabbats. What you will find is a rigorous training program in how to embody magic in a mundane world.
Based on the oral tradition that she has taught for many years, GI largely consists of chapters which each contain one month's worth of lectures, assignments and rituals and which culminate in a self-initiation ceremony at the end of one year's work. GI also includes three introductory chapters, a post-initiation chapter (titled "So what if you're an initiate? Go wash your dishes and call your mother") and a couple of appendices pointing you to further resources.
Francesca's lectures provide the intellectual framework for increasing your psychic abilities. She includes frequent examples which are usually made up to protect her client's identities but which accurately reflect her many years of experience as a professional shamanic counselor and teacher. She is quite clear and precise in her discourse.
Her assignments are often shockingly simple (month one includes finding a notebook which will become your Book of Shadows), but equally often quite profound in what they reveal to yourself about yourself.
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73 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
I didn't care much for DeGrandis's first book, but I thought the ideas behind this one were good and wanted to give it a try. I ended up reselling it almost immedately.
It's not that I think it's terrible; it's certainly more unique than much else that's out right now in the Pagan genre. There were just a lot of little quibbles I had with her information, style, and substance that made it hard to get through the book.
First of all is her apparent lack of credible scholarship; she calls her tradition Celtic and Faery but gives you no reason to believe it's either other than her word. (Oh, and all the Victor Anderson anecdotes) The Fae are only involved directly in one of the rituals; the same with two Celtic deities. Other than that her system is very generic despite her claims to authenticity as a "Celtic shaman" (whatever that means these days).
Secondly is the infomercial-like tone of the whole book. Almost every paragraph has an endorsement of her self-created tradition; the reader is repeatedly but subtly advised to read her other book, visit her website, buy her album. Every chapter is punctuated with testimonial-like stories about her clients/students, to the point that I expected someone to pop out and yell, "But wait! For just ...plus shipping and handling, you can get..."
Third, she uses the words Wicca, Witchcraft, shamanism, Faery Wicca, and others interchangeably, and that is a bit grating to those of us who think there is an actual difference among these words. Many will agree that the word Wicca, for instance, describes a particular religious path with particular tools, beliefs, and methods; there are things about her tradition that are definitely *not* Wiccan. For the beginners out there, if you read this book please read others. Lots of others.
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106 of 127 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a member of a Goddess-centered women's circle and am always looking for good materials for our group. When I read the reviews of this book I decided to order it, thinking that the invocations, prayers, and exercises would be great new resources. Sadly, this book just does not measure up to the many other excellent Goddess books out there.
First of all, the very fact that the author has sought and obtained a service mark for her "Third Way" is grating. Right off, this smacks of an unpleasant commercialism. By and large, I have noticed, bona fide spiritual systems and guides are not that concerned with protecting their intellectual property rights through trademarks and service marks. They are more concerned with getting their message to as many people as possible. Throughout the book, I get the sense that the author is extremely interested in taking credit for starting a wholly new and revolutionary system, and in getting the recognition she feels is her due.
Second, the author claims to have spent seven years in intense study of Celtic shamanism. What on earth took so long? Med school is four years, and there is a LOT more material. Let's face it, her "system" is neither Celtic nor shamanism. It is a shallow amalgam of several other spiritual systems mixed with some pop psychology. True Celtic spirituality, what little we know of it, is quite different from the facile and purely American ideas she brings forward. And shamanism's core lies in the trance journeys that seem to be mere afterthoughts here.
De Grandis keeps saying that God tells her things--in particular, things that people who come to her for guidance should do.
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