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Grandmother Moon: Lunar Magic in Our Lives--Spells, Rituals, Goddesses, Legends, and Emotions Unde Paperback – December 20, 1991

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco; 1st edition (December 20, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062501143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062501141
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have had this book for 3 years, I love it and it made me an instant fan of her writing style.

Religions must relate to the age in which they belong. They need to be every bit as organic as society. There is no universal truth. Witches perhaps are one of the most acutely sensitive groups of spiritualists that will absolutely agree there is no universal path as they had been persecuted for so long by those that would and literally burned them at the stake touting such nonsense.

But when I read the reviews on here about this book, some are just abrasive and non-contributory to a forward moving objective review.

So here's my shot. About me:

I am a male, and Z. pulls no punches that men are not her target audience. But I got into spells by a friend that referred me to her books and they sung out to me.

Am I gay and a wonder woman fan who staunchly feels that the Amazon can take down superman? YES.

Am I also completely masculine human service worker with a history of helping unprivileged mothers and a skilled martial artist who has volunteered his time and assisted women in self-defense programs recover & from the trauma of abuse or rape? Yes.

Female role models have taught me the inherent strength in compassion. In peace through wisdom and strength, not the peace of the prison house that so many abused women and girls live in.

Biased? No, just more informed than the average Joe on the legitimate plights of women.

That all being said...

FLAWS

*Not as user friendly as "Grandmother of Time."

I missed the pictures in "Grandmother of time" Z. I missed the spell index as well.
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Dedicated to lunar magic, ritual, legend, and spellwork for tending our deep feelings and 13 lunar Goddess meditations.
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Recently I have gone back in the chronology of pagan and witchcraft literature to examine, to refresh my thoughts and workings as I have reached a plateau in my spiritual progress. I acquired Z. Budapest's revised classic "Grandmother Moon". Organized by the lunar calendar, each cycle includes a Goddess myth, message from an associated deity, a "moontide" section which describes a possible obstacle during the cycle, spells, world lunar festivals, a lunar herb and other folkloric tidbits told in the style Budapest is best known for: through connections in her personal anecdotes. Each moon is named for the energy, coinciding with the common names from almanacs and "old wives tales".

The introduction gave me a revelation I was not expecting. Z discusses a possible explanation for the separation of the humanoid primates we once and the up-right, speaking homosapiens we eventually became; suggesting this shift occurred not by the once thought agricultural revolution but when we ceased being entirely solar creatures and transformed into the lunar beings we are now. Something I have never thought of: Why are human women the ONLY mammals which bleed monthly? Early humans would seasonally go into heat, much like modern primates. At some point this changed...our bodies began to synchronize with the tidal lunar energy, bringing an ebb and flow of magical energy into the microcosmic world of our ancient ancestors. From a biological perspective this gave our species a better rate of growth, since we could ovulate more frequently. With this came a surge in population growth, which also meant more people to help feed and care for the rest. Whilst women were connected with the mysteries of blood and birth, men were kinda left behind in a physical sense,.
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One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is Z.'s anecdotal style. Her life story would make a fascinating read. She always manages to tie a spiritual lesson in with the story she tells, however, and to connect it to the subject she is discussing in the book. I also really like the way the book is organized by season, then by Goddess message, the zodiac message, moontides, moonspells, holy days of the moon season, and then a story. It is similar to _Grandmother of Time_, but more focussed on the feminine energies of the Moon.

When one reads Z.'s books, her vast knowledge of not only Goddess lore and European folk traditions, but knowledge gained from the wealth of her 70+ years of experience on this planet emerges. _Grandmother Moon_ is no different.
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Always take Z with a grain of salt. I only bought this book because I needed it for a course I was taking. If you can get past Z's man-bashing and hatred towards males, then you will enjoy it. Though it is really very hard to get past it.
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The spiritual comments are marvellous, but the factual content is dodgy. Z. seems to think that a woman will always get her period at the same phase of the moon. But the typical 28-day menstrual cycle is *shorter* than the moon's cycle of 29 1/2 days, so it won't stay in step. (Besides, many women's cycles are a few days shorter or longer than the average.) Z. also says the Earth and Sun are getting closer together at the Northern Hemisphere's summer solstice; that's actually close to aphelion. (It's the tilt of the Earth's axis that causes the seasons, not our distance from the Sun.) And as for astrological birth control, and garlic juice as a cure for cancer...! An inspiring book - but take it with a grain of salt.
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