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Feasts of Light: Celebrations for the Seasons of Life based on the Egyptian Goddess Mysteries Paperback – March 1, 1999
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A priest in the modern day, Egyptian-based Church of the Eternal Source advises, "Cultivate an Egyptian frame of mind and schedule celebrations according to the magic of your own locality." In this light, author Normandi Ellis has constructed a reader-friendly guide to the Egyptian goddess mysteries, that we might develop our own celebrations of the sacred events that bless our lives. Referring to herself as an "Episcopagan," Ellis believes commemorating the divinity inherent in everyday happenings is something sorely missing from modern life. A renowned expert in Egyptology, Ellis attempts to fill this gap by demonstrating what the ancients celebrated as sacred, thereby helping us to bring the divine home again. Each of the 50 festivals is prefaced with a list of suggestions of occurrences we could celebrate, and suffixed with ways we might celebrate them. This book is a lovely and loving introduction to one of the more fascinating ancient spiritual traditions, replete with sparkling relevance for today's spiritual seeker. --P. Randall Cohan
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At least once, the author talks about the Triple Goddess, which is not a native concept to ancient Egypt in any way. She also talks about the Zodiac, which is more Greek and Roman in nature. I also didn't really like her tendency to equate Isis with just about every goddess, but at the very least such theology was native to ancient Egypt at some point.
I cringed when the author mentioned Taweret. Taweret is a fearsome deity who is virtually always shown snarling. The author swept this interpretation to the side, instead going for a "mother in labor" angle. That's all well and fine, but to look at Taweret in that manner takes away a lot of her power and charm. Indeed, Taweret is shown pregnant, but that doesn't mean she's also being shown in labor!
I also didn't like how the suggested celebrations were so human-centered. I was hoping for something more devotional.
An eclectic pagan or someone working in a Wiccan framework will, more likely than not, LOVE this book. It's obvious the author is very fond of these goddesses and it shines through in her writing. But if you're a Recon, that passion just won't be enough.
The book gets four stars because it will surely be incredibly useful to others. But because of the rather frequent inaccuracies, I had to lop off a star.
Anyway, one day women will no longer be identified as negative or passive and women like Normandi Ellis and myself are who will make a new view of women possible. Feast of Light is a great book that I haven't finished reading yet. It's incredibly well written and she speaks on experiences I had myself. She really hits home and inspires us to see women differently than we do. Women have been underrated for too long although they are the inspiration who keeps us all going, but that's due to change in time but we have to work to make positive change possible.
We can't wish our way into betterment. We have to plant seeds for it. I discovered this book at the library doing research into ancient Egyptian culture, and to my surprise this awe inspiring work of Normandi Ellis.
Times are tougher than ever now.
So please do yourself a favor and get this book. We all need a spiritual cleansing and uplifting.
The reader is guided through an effortless tour of truth not available outside the work of Normandi Ellis. Not unlike most travels, the experience will make it hard to return to the mundane world, and inspire future travels to new worlds beyond. Be certain to buckle your seatbelt; the ride is like no other.
As books on Egypt go, this author is without rival. This is equally true for her other works on the subject. Normandi Ellis is easy to recommend as an insightful scholar and author.