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Journey to the Dark Goddess: How to Return to Your Soul Paperback – May 16, 2012
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Five thousand years ago, Inanna, the Queen of Heaven and Earth, dares to journey to meet Ereshkigal, the Queen of the Underworld. Jane Meredith wisely guides us today on this crucial, mysterious and challenging journey (the descent and the ascent) that every one of us must take as part of our initiation into becoming human. The reward is to know our selves and so, to be able to care for others. This is a wise, wonderful and inspiring book. Thank you, Jane. (Diane Wolkstein, Author, Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer) Like others before her, Meredith challenges the reader to face the darkness within themselves and within nature more broadly. That her challenge is so comprehensive makes this a book worth reading. (Emma Restall Orr, Author of Kissing the Hag)
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Jane Meredith is passionately involved in ritual, mythology and evocation of the divine feminine. She holds workshops worldwide and is the author of Aphrodite's Magic. Her website is: www.janemeredith.com
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I probably spent 4 years looking for a book along these lines. I've read all kinds of books and been to a good share of hippie-dippy bright and shiny workshops while living in Southern California the last bunch of years. None of them had the depth I was looking for. I'm not wiccan nor practiced in ritual but found the instructions easy to navigate. The entirety of the book contains the kind of wisdom I've been waiting for for a long time.
Warning: This is not the kind of fluffy self-help book you'll find on the shelves of a chain book store. It's not meant to destress you, or make you happier about your life right now. The exercises and rituals are meant to turn your world upside down a little bit (or in my case a lot) so you can re-emerge your true self.
I was so inspired by the book I sought out her website and joined her online/ phone course. I can't recommend it enough.
I am not interested in doing all of the individual rituals and practices contained in the book, except for the core rituals themselves: that of the descent and ascent of Inanna, as well as listening to the dark goddess while in the underworld. Jane explained how many readers of this book may have already been in the underworld for many years when coming to this book, and so the only thing left for them is to find where they are in their descent, and complete the journey. I am one of those. I was able to follow the map of Inanna's descent and realize where I am in the process. This is extremely helpful to me! I can now complete the death process and begin my ascent!
Jane Meredith aptly points out society's unhelpful perspective of despair as failure or a roadblock toward wholeness. On the contrary, she compares the "journey to the dark goddess" to the stages of the moon: 1. feeling the pull towards the dark (waning moon), 2. being immersed in darkness (new moon), 3. venturing out of the darkness (waxing moon), 4. experiencing the brightness of life as an integrated whole (full moon.) Using three myths, her experiences in a group as well as her own personal accounts of this journey, Jane Meredith gives ritual ideas, poetic examples of this process and "mapping" suggestions (recording one's experience) to help the reader navigate their own dark times with compassion. She inspires these spiritual pioneers to allow darkness to come when the soul alerts us that it's time to go down deep.
One of my favorite aspects of this book is that it doesn't discount the severity of depression. Jane Meredith gives "trigger warnings" before explaining the nuts and bolts of certain rituals, emphasizing the importance of self care and creating a support system to check-in with during this process. To me, this means doing the difficult work while also being kind to oneself and realistic about potential outcomes.
This book is not just for witches or pagans! The enclosed exercises and stories are applicable to people from all walks of life. A must read!
I came across this book at a time in my life when nothing was going right, there was destruction all around it seemed. I needed to get to the bottom it seemed. I was being beckoned to the underworld. My journey is still going on, it is never ending.
Jane Meredith is an amazing writer. She is well informed and does her research She definitely has a gift.
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