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Magic and the Power of the Goddess: Initiation, Worship, and Ritual in the Western Mystery Tradition [Paperback]

Gareth Knight
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Book Description

March 27, 2008
A manual of magical and mystical techniques for contacting the Goddess within

• Draws from two thousand years of source material to demonstrate the ongoing reality of the feminine power and its relevance for today

• Includes rituals, exercises, and techniques for evoking the Goddess

• Explains how the dynamics of the sacred or magic circle serve as a guide to living harmoniously

In this wide-ranging view of magic and ritual, Gareth Knight demonstrates the presence of the Goddess throughout Western esoteric traditions. From Greek myths and the Mysteries of Isis to the emergence of the cult of the Blessed Virgin and seventeenth-century Rosicrucian spiritual alchemy, he shows how the Goddess--the elemental consciousness of Earth--has revealed herself in different times and places.

Honoring her many guises, Knight explores the powers of the Goddess as maiden, mother, initiator, protector, sorceress, and faery queen. Guided meditations on each of these qualities lead the practitioner into direct contact with the potent healing energy of the Divine Feminine. The author also offers rituals, exercises, and other practical tools for integrating the Western magical tradition with worship of the Goddess. He shows how we, and our planet, have suffered due to the repression of the feminine principle. For our own health, and that of our environment as well, we must recognize the power of the Goddess within to reconstitute and guide our existence.

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"This book is must-reading for those interested in goddess power. Well-written, it will educate you and entertain you at the same time! Congratulations to the author, Gareth Knight, on a job well-done." (Lee Prosser, ghostvillage.com, Sep 2008)

"Over the years, Gareth Knight has been very much an innovator and opener of new ways in the Western Mysteries. At a time when this stuff was generally reserved for secret lodge meetings and when many groups frowned upon individual thought and inner work, he was one of the first to encourage people to meet and practice magic in living rooms and public workshops. Magic and the Power of the Goddess--perhaps the best in the list of impressive titles that have flowed from Knight's prolific pen--is very much an expression of this original, initiating spirit." (Colestone Y.H. Brown, reviewer, May 08)

"If you've got the intellect and self-discipline to pursue this branch of magic, you'll find the work in this book enormously rewarding." (Barbara Ardinger, PanGaia: A Pagan Journal for Thinking People, Summer 2008)

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In this wide-ranging view of magic and ritual, Gareth Knight demonstrates the presence of the Goddess throughout Western esoteric traditions. From Greek myths and the Mysteries of Isis to the emergence of the cult of the Blessed Virgin and seventeenth-century Rosicrucian spiritual alchemy, he shows how the Goddess--the elemental consciousness of Earth--has revealed herself in different times and places.

Honoring her many guises, Knight explores the powers of the Goddess as maiden, mother, initiator, protector, sorceress, and faery queen. Guided meditations on each of these qualities lead the practitioner into direct contact with the potent healing energy of the Divine Feminine. The author also offers rituals, exercises, and other practical tools for integrating the Western magical tradition with worship of the Goddess. He shows how we, and our planet, have suffered due to the repression of the feminine principle. For our own health, and that of our environment as well, we must recognize the power of the Goddess within to reconstitute and guide our existence.

GARETH KNIGHT has spent a lifetime unearthing and teaching the principles of magic as a spiritual discipline and method of self-realization. He was trained in the esoteric school founded by Dion Fortune and has been actively involved in the Western magical tradition since the early 1960s. He is the author of thirty books, including Tarot and Magic and A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism. He lives in England.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books; 3 edition (March 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594772355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594772351
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ground-breaking Book May 9, 2008
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Originally published in 1985 as "The Rose Cross and the Goddess," then later substantially revised and expanded under the title "Evoking the Goddess", this latest edition has a new preface by the author.

In many ways, this book was, and still is, ahead of its time. For it presents the Western Mystery Tradition not as an inalterable secret "system" controlled by a hierarchy of reticent adepts, but as a dynamic, living approach to sacred lore. It is a way of transformation and spiritual service that is applicable to any religious or mythological tradition, yet is bound by none.

The book is divided into two main parts, which taken together provide a rare opportunity to work magic from beginning exercises to advanced levels of service. Indeed, the book could well be taken as a course of training in and of itself and I would certainly wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in the Magical Way.

There are times in this book, particular in the practical segments, where Knight's literary style, already accomplished and impressive, seems overshadowed by yet a greater voice. A poetic muse or spiritual contact seems to speak with unusual power from those passages.

In the chapter headed "The Faery Queen and the Magic Mountain,' Knight remarks more fully on an important theme running through the book. This is "the democratization of the Mysteries," which he rightly links to the power of the Goddess. He mentions the current spate of books and workshops on once secret doctrines and practices as evidence of this process

The book closes with a chapter on the Initiation of the Earth, in which Knight gives visionary examples of how this new priest and priestess-hood is undertaken in the context of the Goddess and sacred sites. Effective participation in this kind of spiritual service requires, the author tells us, "breadth of vision and largeness of soul" ~ a phrase which aptly sums up this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a book for the ages November 19, 2010
By Bokhara
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If you want a readable, down-to-earth book on the overall topic of "The Goddess" this book
should be at or near the top of your list. It is a shame that many of those who will read this work
will not themselves have anything near the practical, "hands on" experience Knight has had.
Since the Rishi first taught, thousands of years ago, knowledge concerning the feminine and masculine
aspects of all causation, has anyone seriously set pen to paper to clarify and simplify this topic
for esotericists? Certainly Gareth Knight has now done so. We owe him a big "Thank You".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A breathtaking work May 30, 2015
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I could almost say never mind the rest of the book - Knight's retelling and explanations of "The Chymical Marriage of Christian Rosencreutz" alone is worth hundreds of times the price of admission here. If you're a serious student of the Mysteries, this is one of the most important things you'll ever read.
However that would be silly of me as this book is packed with wonderful information from start to finish. Knight is rightly lauded for his indispensable "Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism" but this book has to be right behind it in terms of importance (if not necessarily scope).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars February 27, 2015
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Beautiful book about feminine Mystery, power and transformation!!!
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New title for a previous book May 4, 2008
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Previously published as The Rose Cross and the Goddess, this is an updated version. Lots of Goddess information and mythic descriptions. I guess you could call it a text book of the Goddess, all of which makes it a bit of a grind to read. It comes across rather dry because it is so chock-full of myths and characters. Worth having as a reference.
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