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Product Details

  • Paperback: 463 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books; Revised edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835608018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835608015
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A classic from the day it was published in 1991, Sophia: The Goddess of Wisdom is an intensely scholarly yet highly poetic work. Modern history (his story) may have buried the Great Goddess under suffocating layers of denial and revisionism, yet as we move deeper into the "sophianic millennium," scraping away the fallow ground of patriarchy, She emerges anew. Author Caitlin Matthews unveils the veiled Black Goddess (the primal manifestation of the Divine Feminine) in her many hiding places over the last several thousand years. Disempowered and hacked to pieces, she has survived in the major Western religions, philosophies, and mystery schools in many guises. With the aid of the author's trained and intuitive eye, the reader tracks Her faint footsteps through the long dark night of the feminine soul. Along with The White Goddess by Robert Graves, this book is a must-read for those who wish to understand why the Goddess fled, where She went, and how we can reaffirm Her as the giver of practical and spiritual wisdom--celebrating Her primacy in the manifestation of all things. --P. Randall Cohan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hello! I'm Caitlin Matthews. I live in Oxford, England with my partner, John Matthews and assorted cats who, despite our best efforts, can't abide each other and live on different floors of our small house.

I'm primarily known for being the author of many books including Singing the Soul Back Home, Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain, Psychic Shield, and Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom. I write in the fields of metaphysical non-fiction, poetry, fiction, folkstory and myth, as well as writing books for children. I'm known for my research into the Celtic and ancestral traditions, and the ways in which I provoke exploration of the creative metaphysical field, and how we can apply it to our spiritual path.

My latest books include The Celtic Wisdom Oracle, which is about the ancestors and my Enchanted Lenormand Oracle, with Virginia Lee, is published in 2013.

With John Matthews, I've written the Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom, the Arthurian Tarot and Walkers Between the Worlds, as well as the StoryWorld series of cards and books for storytellers of all ages, which started coming out in 2009. Our latest collaboration is The Steampunk Tarot: Wisdom from the Gods of the Machine where retro-history meets alternative futures in the world of the Imperium whose dynamic vehicles and wisdom is depicted on the cards. This has its own dedicated website on which I also write a monthly tarot blog.

Although I'm the author of over sixty books, most of my work is oral rather than written. As a teacher of ancestral, shamanic and metaphysical traditions, I go all over the world, working with communities and spiritual institutions. With John Matthews, and my dear colleague Felicity Wombwell, I co-founded The Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies, which is dedicated to the mythic, oracular and sacred arts. Our FiOS shamanic training programme teaches students the ancestral wisdom and healing arts as living sacred traditions in which we still engage.

As a singer, I play Celtic & medieval harps, sruti and psaltery. My CDs include Deep Well in the Wild Wood: Songs from the Place Beyond and the latest, Earth's Own Heart: Songs from the Faery Hills is forthcoming. I was the Pictish language originator and song-writer of Song of the Exile for the 2004 Jerry Bruckheimer film King Arthur and I appear frequently on international radio and television.

For the last 23 years, I've had a shamanic practice in Oxford dedicated to healing soul sickness and ancestral fragmentation. I use my voice to help open the way between the worlds, to sing the soul's essential nature, tracking it through the client's story and bringing it homeward, with the help of spirit allies who have chosen to work with me.

I'm currently working on The Book of Ancestral Welcome: a book to help us come into good relationship with our ancestors. I believe that being in commuinion with our ancestors and gifting spirits is essential for the wellbeing of our world, and lies at the root of war and peace.

If you want to know more about my courses, events and forthcoming books, you are cordially invited to visit

For new readers of my work, there is no 'one book' that conveys all that I teach, but the following practical books may be a helpful guide for you to begin somewhere:

Walkers Between Worlds - for a grounding in where our spiritual traditions arose.
Singing the Soul Back Home - for a guide on how we come into come relationship with our gifting spirits
Celtic Visions - for understanding of the Celtic seership traditions
Psychic Shield - for those who need a friendly guide to how the universe and ourselves rub off each other and how we can do it more harmoniously

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By a reader from New York on November 14, 2005
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This book treats the Divine Feminine in various guises in many cultures. I found this book extremely uplifting and inspiring. The subject was treated in a profound manner, affording many deep spiritual insights. I was especially interested in what she had to say about the divine feminine in the Hebrew tradition. Ample annotations are given for further study.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2004
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Have an interest in the re-emergence of the Goddess energy in our world? Caitlin Matthews has done an incredible job of connecting the aspects of ancient scriptural writings and the modern day Women's Movement to bring about a look at the sacred through what has been missing in our religious culture for centuries -- a feminine aspect. I have been totally fascinated by this book.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Markwell on February 10, 2006
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I am so sorry I didn't read this book sooner. Caitlin Matthews has more information on Sofia than I could of hoped for. Bless her for sharing her knowledge. An excellent read, destined to be a classic if not already. Truly a book for all women. Thank you Caitlin Matthews.
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36 of 51 people found the following review helpful By JOY on January 5, 2001
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The book is loaded with good information regarding the proper role of Sophia in relationship to God and to the earth. Filled to perfection of truths, that one would not have to study further. It is written very well, and very easily understood. It is remarkable how much truth she gathered with the world trying to suppress the female deity of the Godhead. All efforts to abolish the authority of Sophia were defeated upon the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran. The writings of Jesus in the "Pistis Sophia", G.R.S.Mead, would never be accepted by churchs because they told the whole world "Jesus never wrote a book". Please read "She Who Is", Elizabeth Johnson, and "Prayers to She Who Is", William Cleary. Also, The Goddess Re-awakening" Shirley Nicholson. Of course, the writings at Qumran are in the book "The Nag Hammadi Library", James Robinson, don't skip the writing "Sophia of Jesus Christ" in this book. The woman Sophia is the Bride of God, only Bride.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By NJEJ on October 18, 2012
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A friend asked me to read this book so we can discuss it. If it weren't for my promise, I would have stopped midway through the first chapter. The author is passionate about her topic; this is clear. But she opens her research files and drops everything she has ever learned or discovered in our laps, helter skelter. The chaotic river of names--in particular multiple names for one supposed entity--from a variety of ethnicities and legends is enough to drown the best swimmer. She makes adamant statements, some of which are merely her opinion yet presented as historic truth. This books cries out for an editor, a substantial glossary of proper names, and a team of proofreaders (one example will suffice: on the title page, the publisher's location is missing the closing parenthesis). Sloppy, narcissistic work. Freshman college English students learn what this writer needs to be told: don't let your sources write the paper for you, and be sure to introduce every person you quote, explaining why the reader should care what the source has to say. Matthews has filled this book with lengthy quotations from other sources without introduction or explanation, merely the requisite endnote.
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