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You Are Woman, You Are Divine: The Modern Woman's Journey Back to The Goddess Paperback – September 23, 2015
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A compelling read that is as thoughtful as it is thought-provoking. It is one of those unusual books that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after it is finished and set back upon the shelf.
― Margaret Lane, The Midwest Book Review
Beautiful and radiates peaceful support for the Divinity in all of us. Written specifically for today's woman. Starr provides eloquent examples and clear instructions on rituals, meditations, and affirmations that will reopen your connection to the Sacred. -- Courtney Lindemann, New Age Journal
Renée is truly a modern goddess. In the years I have worked her, she has inspired me to develop and hone my inner goddess - becoming more confident, stronger, and courageous, but in the most feminine of ways. I highly encourage every woman to read this book! -- Raquel Allegra
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Renée Starr is a mythologist, sacred storyteller, life coach, and artist. A seeker of ancient Goddess and lunar wisdom for the modern woman, she offers classes, workshops, and Goddess Circles, as well as a variety of women’s retreats through her branded movement, Back to The Goddess. Her passion is to assist women everywhere to awaken to their sacredness, their inner goddess-self and rekindle a relationship with The Divine Feminine. She has her own line of herbal, ritual and Goddess products. See www.BackToTheGoddess.com.for more information.
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It's a must read for all women!
In part 1, we are introduced to the history of the Divine Feminine. Looking back on the earliest of ancient depictions, the woman was portrayed as a divine incarnation and was regarded as the purest embodiment of the mystery of creation. When discussing today’s world and the emergence of the Divine Feminine, Starr powerfully states, “The world is out of balance today. This is because women are out of balance—and women have a profound effect on the equilibrium of life.” What a way to open Chapter One! If we are to return to our sacred selves as women, we must first remember what that means and abandon all of the ideals that have steered us away from that space. By reinstating our feminine power, we are thus resetting the fragile energetic balance of today’s world.
Part 2 provides an in depth look at what it means to restore your Divinity, along with an introduction to the 7 Goddesses: Lilith, Yemaya, White Tara, Radha, Kassandra, White Buffalo Calf Woman, and Eve. Each Goddess is honored in her own chapter. Within each chapter you will find the mythology behind the Goddess, as well as the crystals, herbs, oils, and sacred rituals that allow her to manifest within you.
Goddess Lilith is known, and by some feared, for her power and unapologetic sexuality. Lilith teaches that our feminine essence is sacred in and of itself: the way we smell, speak, walk, dress, interact with others, etc. Lilith can be called upon to reawaken the intensely sensual, erotic, and enchanting part of us that has laid dormant for much too long.
Goddess Yemaya is best recognized as the Mother of Creativity. Yemaya is said to dwell within the most infinite, creative place of your feminine being. She teaches women how to abandon their fears and flow through their passion and inspiration with acceptance. Yemaya encourages you to liberate yourself from all expectation and just breathe deeply into the journey itself.
Goddess White Tara is the goddess of stillness, peacefulness and compassion. She teaches the immense value of slowing down and being still in each and every moment. Release all perceptions of time and expectation, and just BE in your heart, feeling each moment as it occurs. This is probably one of the toughest concepts for today’s woman to master because we live in a society that thrives on real-time, fast-paced interactions and decisions. Today, women have very little opportunity to just do nothing. I feel that the majority of you will find tremendous peace in aligning with the Goddess White Tara. This chapter offers some wonderful meditations for stilling the mind and body.
Goddess Radha is called upon to restore passion and Divine love. She teaches of the Dance of Love to help women achieve the deep, all-encompassing passionate interaction that we all crave from our relationships. Starr states that in order for a woman to feel truly desired, she needs to feel celebrated, adored, cherished and (most importantly) she needs to know that she is the object of her lover’s deepest passion. Sounds about right, doesn’t it?
Goddess Kassandra is best known as the goddess of intuition and letting your inner voice be heard. She is famous for foretelling and warning of the Trojan War. Starr writes, “Your intuition is a source of great strength and power.” Whether you hold a belief on the metaphysical or not, there is no denying women’s intuition. This in itself is an indication of how naturally women are able to connect with their inner voice. It is a strength that is uniquely feminine and Kassandra can help you be diligent about embracing and encouraging it.
Goddess White Buffalo Calf Woman is the goddess of wisdom. She helps women know the truth of their own hearts and their own minds. She teaches that embracing your feminine power, means not being afraid to share your wisdom with those around you. It is our duty as women, to share our innate knowledge with the world.
Goddess Eve is the Mother of Life and the goddess of awakening. According to Starr, Eve’s most heartfelt message to women is to “awaken first yourself and then awaken others.” I think we all have a deep understanding of what this means. Even for those not on a spiritual path, we are taught from childhood that we must first love ourselves before we can let anyone else love us. The rituals and meditations in Eve’s chapter will help you to awaken to your exquisiteness and accept yourself with compassion.
Last but not least, we have Part 3: Remembering. This chapter is very much about taking what you’ve learned and applying it in a way that honors your needs and desires. While just about everything in our society has changed, what makes us women has not; we still contain our innate wisdom and natural ability to nurture; we still carry the spark of life within our wombs; we still desire passionate, divine love and inspirational interaction with our partners. Remembering these facts becomes an integral part of bringing the Goddess energy into everyday life.
This book offers guidance from point A to point B of your awakening. Within these pages you will find your past, present, and future in terms of your evolution as a woman. You will receive the tools necessary to reconnect to the lost feminine energy within you, gain insight through thoughtful journaling opportunities, and learn to build a sisterhood of goddess support around you. Any woman who is feeling disconnected from the Divine feminine will find this book extremely valuable.
Section one of the book talks about the author’s ideas about the divine woman and her own journey on this particular path. There is a lot of information contained in this first section and in reading it, you will easily be able to tell whether this book is something that you could apply to your life without reading having to read any further. This is quite helpful, as a lot of books of the same genre often have to be read to the end before you discover whether or not there is anything you can use in there or not. It then moves on to describing what exactly the divine woman is, something that, again, is very helpful as it defines very well what the author is attempting to help the reader achieve.
Section two is the most in-depth part of this book and compiles the stories of the different goddesses that the author is focusing on and which element of divinity the reader can take from each of those goddesses. It not only tells the story of the goddess but how to make items that will help the reader in their quest.
There is a lot of new age thinking in this book, which means that it is a book that has a very niche market of those who will find it useful and helpful. It’s well written and easy to understand, which is exactly what a reader needs in a book that is describing techniques of self-discovery.
A lot of it is information you can find online, but most of it is not. Plus, it’s all compiled here in one neat source–You Are Woman, You Are Divine (I think I like saying that). You’d think it was a textbook the way mine is highlighted and the notes that I’ve taken from it. While this book is timeless, I think right now is the perfect time for it.
In droves, women are moving out of religious spaces and into more personal and simplified spiritual ones. We’re reclaiming our personal power and re-prioritizing the voices of our intuition. We often keep tangible items like crystals and oils and sage to remind us of and to help us access our power and voice. In doing so, we’re beginning to honor our natural rhythms and yearnings.
Are you the budding, the blossoming or the rooting woman? You’ll have to read the book to find out 😉