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A classic from the day it was published in 1991, Sophia: The Goddess of Wisdom is an intensely scholarly yet highly poetic work. Modern history (his story) may have buried the Great Goddess under suffocating layers of denial and revisionism, yet as we move deeper into the "sophianic millennium," scraping away the fallow ground of patriarchy, She emerges anew. Author Caitlin Matthews unveils the veiled Black Goddess (the primal manifestation of the Divine Feminine) in her many hiding places over the last several thousand years. Disempowered and hacked to pieces, she has survived in the major Western religions, philosophies, and mystery schools in many guises. With the aid of the author's trained and intuitive eye, the reader tracks Her faint footsteps through the long dark night of the feminine soul. Along with The White Goddess by Robert Graves, this book is a must-read for those who wish to understand why the Goddess fled, where She went, and how we can reaffirm Her as the giver of practical and spiritual wisdom--celebrating Her primacy in the manifestation of all things. --P. Randall Cohan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Caitlin Matthews is internationally renowned for her research into the Celtic and ancestral traditions. She is the author of 36 books, including "The Celtic Tradition, The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom", and "Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom". She is co-founder of the Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies, which is dedicated to oral, shamanic, and sacred arts. Caitlin Matthews has a shamanic practice in Oxford, England, and teaches worldwide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 463 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books; Revised edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835608018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835608015
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book treats the Divine Feminine in various guises in many cultures. I found this book extremely uplifting and inspiring. The subject was treated in a profound manner, affording many deep spiritual insights. I was especially interested in what she had to say about the divine feminine in the Hebrew tradition. Ample annotations are given for further study.
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Have an interest in the re-emergence of the Goddess energy in our world? Caitlin Matthews has done an incredible job of connecting the aspects of ancient scriptural writings and the modern day Women's Movement to bring about a look at the sacred through what has been missing in our religious culture for centuries -- a feminine aspect. I have been totally fascinated by this book.
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A friend asked me to read this book so we can discuss it. If it weren't for my promise, I would have stopped midway through the first chapter. The author is passionate about her topic; this is clear. But she opens her research files and drops everything she has ever learned or discovered in our laps, helter skelter. The chaotic river of names--in particular multiple names for one supposed entity--from a variety of ethnicities and legends is enough to drown the best swimmer. She makes adamant statements, some of which are merely her opinion yet presented as historic truth. This books cries out for an editor, a substantial glossary of proper names, and a team of proofreaders (one example will suffice: on the title page, the publisher's location is missing the closing parenthesis). Sloppy, narcissistic work. Freshman college English students learn what this writer needs to be told: don't let your sources write the paper for you, and be sure to introduce every person you quote, explaining why the reader should care what the source has to say. Matthews has filled this book with lengthy quotations from other sources without introduction or explanation, merely the requisite endnote.
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This is only one of several books about the little understood divine feminine, the feminine side of God. to the modern christian the Shekhinah is a mystery, the holy spirit is a mystery. this is do to the modern church lack of study into the history of the subject.
there is no mystery as to the glory filling the temple, or the baptism of the holy ghost. what we refuse to consider is what They believed, (Both the Jews and the early church or why.) We have been molded into a modernistic mindset. Ont his subject I also recommend On the wings of Shekhinah, the Cosmic Shekinah, Was God a Woman? When God was a woman, Did God have a wife? the latter two are scholarly works with an impeccable approach to the subject.
Whether you're a believer or not, it will enrich your life on both a personal and spiritual level. through this I hope you can gain the insight to delve deep not into the mysticism, but the beliefs of the early church for knowing your roots is to know yourself and where you're going.
For those who are Christians, there is no mystery we cannot find the answer to, for those who are a student of religious history or history in general, you will find the true roots of modern beliefs and through this one can find out why our beliefs on some important subjects has changed through the years.
In the Bible there are several hundred references of God in the feminine sense verses the masculine sense. (See the names of God.) We assume yet often our assumptions are based not on research but philosophy. I encourage you to start on a journey of self exploration based on historical beliefs and fact. When one starts this journey, you might be amazed that the early church did believe in the (SOPHIA).
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I've been studying the Sacred Feminine for almost 20 years and this is the most complete book I've found until now.
Wonderful book, very profound and rich. We feel the dedication and the passion of the author for the subject.
Lots of information displaced in a very interesting sequence. She starts from the Black Goddess and take us through a journey to Sophia and all Her Mysteries. It is not a book for fast reading, it takes attention and dedication, but it deserves!
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I am so sorry I didn't read this book sooner. Caitlin Matthews has more information on Sofia than I could of hoped for. Bless her for sharing her knowledge. An excellent read, destined to be a classic if not already. Truly a book for all women. Thank you Caitlin Matthews.
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I really wanted to like this book, I really did. Im glad I only paid $7 for this. It is a complete jumbled mess. Extremely hard to follow, tons of paragraphs upon paragraphs, full on pages top to bottom full of words, that don't ever get to a solid point. Complicated myths after myths that do more to stray you from the point more than anything. Sprinkled amongst is the desperation to relate these myths and goddesses to Sophia, Sophia in this book seems more like an idea rather than an actual Goddess. Its really tedious to read. REALLY TEDIOUS. I found myself skimming the pages even whole chapters for something to catch my eye, I would read that, then she would pile on more useless unrelated tedious information after it, only giving you a small taste, then back to skimming through more tedious subjects. It does not flow, its hard to retain any useful information, or even get anything out of it. I found myself reading then skimming and in my head saying "blah blah blah blah, oh something interesting! blah blah blah skipping this subject, skipping that, oh h*ll no I'm not going to spend 3 hours trying desperately to grasp her point on that subject, what is her point? blah blah blah oh something interesting! blah blah blah blah" Not trying to plug someone elses book but Tricia McCannon's "Return to the Divine Sophia" was way more enlightening and comprehensible than this hot mess.
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