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Prayers, poems, and songs to the Goddess from around the world and across the ages have been collected and adapted for the modern devotee in The Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit. Author Patricia Monaghan offers a disparate meditation for each day of the year, including February 29--April 5 is a Lithuanian folksong; August 6 a quotation from Proverbs; October 17 a Korean shaman's chant. After each prayer there is a two-paragraph "thought for the day" in which Monaghan offers the reader philosophical observations or helpful advice designed to assist living and growing in the spirit of the feminine. The very pretty purple and gold-embossed cover makes it an excellent nightstand adornment, and the gentle meditations are a stress-reducing way to begin or end your day by honoring Her and Her spirit in yourself. --P. Randall Cohan

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I'm sure you remember the story of the three blind men and the elephant. They each touch a part of the elephant and think that their description is complete. However, the only way to truly know what the elephant looks like is to take all of their descriptions together.

Similarly, to know the goddess, it helps to see a wide variety of her many different faces. The Goddess Companion by Patricia Monaghan will help you explore a different facet of her glorious diversity every day. Each daily prayer, from ancient and traditional sources, and the accompanying reading, will allow you to meditate upon the divine lessons within our most powerful human experiences: creation, celebration, birth, beauty, abundance, loss, love, worship, and all the cycles of the seasons and our lives.

The Goddess Companion fosters the connection between self and spirit, clearing a sacred space in your thoughts for new insights to take root and grow. When you take time each day to read these lyrical ancient prayers, you will recognize daily opportunities for spiritual change—and you will honor and nurture the divine feminine that dwells within. You must get The Goddess Companion
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1st edition (November 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567184634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567184631
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now here is a goddess meditation book with some depth! The daily poems and songs from ancient texts are rich in beauty, pointedly as diverse as the goddess herself. They are a wonderful source for personal and communal ritual. What I love the most is Monaghan's own reflections. It is so rare to have a poet scholar with the emotional depth, wisdom and incisive mind that strips away illusion to find both the succulent fruit and the flesh stripped bone. Life is beautiful and hard. For me, a meditation book needs to touch where my life touches. This one does. I cheat. I prowl around this book, not being obedient to the prescribed day. February 26 is one of my favorites. "I have eaten from her drum./ I have drunk from her cymbal./ I have carried her sacred objects./ I have prayed in her secret chamber." ( Greek initiate prayer). Monaghan writes, " The silence of the centuries tells us as much as a written script might about the mystery of life and death. The goddess reigns over them both. She is both our speech and our silence." Many have written using Monaghan's works as their source. In this book we have the real voice. I recommend The Goddess Companion very highly.
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Patricia Monaghan's new book has become a part of my everyday life, just as it is designed to do. With poems for 366 days selected from an extraordinary range of traditions, Monaghan's book provides daily nourishment and inspiration. Her meditations on the poems provide a model for how we may connect more deeply with them. The collection of poems is also a wonderful resource for ritual and liturgy. Though there is a poem for each day of the year, I also enjoy opening the book at random, trusting that just the poem I need in that moment will be there.
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This fine book stays by my altar and I cherish the time I spend reading it each day. I'm very grateful for the incredible research Patricia Monaghan put into the book and also for her personal wisdom that brings such rich understanding of the meaning of the Divine Feminine in everyday life. To have these powerful meditations with which to begin my day is a great gift. The meditations about Brigid were especially precious to me when I was in Ireland in February. This book is an awesome collection of Goddess lore and wisdom from all around the world that feeds my spiritual needs and brings me great joy.
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I have gone almost a full year (the complete book) with this book providing me with comfort, inspiration, and food for thought each day. I have another book which claims to offer Goddess inspirations in the same day by day format, but it doesn't touch this one, which obviously comes from a learned, thoughtful, spiritual, experienced writer. I read quotes from each book each day, but I save this one for last, because it is by far the best. The quote from a folk song or classical work followed by an insightful elaboration on the theme is always just enough - not too long, not too short. Thank you, Ms. Monaghan, for enriching my life each day.
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This is by far the best book I have seen of meditations on the female aspect of divinity. Monaghan has done careful research and culled authentic prayers and poems to Goddesses from cultures as diverse as that of ancient Sumer to the American Indian. Each prayer is placed on an appropriate day in the wheel of the year, along with the author's insights into women's lives today and the search for the spiritual self in which so many are engaged. Educational, inspirational, and beautifully written, this book is a treasure for those who meditate as well for those those who simply want to learn more about Goddess Spirituality.
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This book provides a perfect way to give yourself a nice morning ritual or meditation. It provides a daily poem or song on a variety of female dieties, along with a short reflection on how it is applied to daily life. I like that Monaghan includes Goddesses from a variety of cultures from all over the world. Her love of the feminine spirit definitely shines through. Another special feature is that you can use the index in a variety of ways. It has listings sorted by diety, or by subject matter, also by country, that way, you can find what you need when you have a specific purpose in mind. Highly recommended.
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Patricia Monaghan's newest release, The Goddess Companion, is a treasure for anyone wishing to contemplate the goddess in all her aspects. Beneath each day's prayer or chant Monaghan offers her personal meditative thoughts stimulated by the goddess invocation. This blending of the personal with the universal transforms GODDESS COMPANION from a devotional prayer book into a meditation vibrating with the rich rhythmns of Monagnan's spirit. Rather than simply offering the reader a holy book in praise of the goddess, Monaghan has chosen to imbue the volume with her personal magic, creating a wisdom-book worthy of our daily contemplation.
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I've had this book for about a year now, and have kept up on the daily readings. The problem here is that this devotional has no depth whatsoever. Day after day we encounter trite topics and even repetition of thought such as: "Scientists believe that human's seek love because of the nurturing our mothers give us while we're infants. Yet love can upset our world as easily as a child upsets a wagon... perhaps this is why the love Goddesses are so wanton... but wouldn't our lives be dull without love?"

Of course, I paraphrase a bit above, but that is the gist of what we find in the goddess companion, and believe me, that's probably one of the more weighty topics in this book. If you're looking for a devotional that has a bit of spiritual meat to it and will give you some thought provoking gems to ponder during your day, then this is not the book for you. But if you like bland, clichéd and shallow... then this volume will certainly be an invaluable companion.
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