The Book of Goddesses: Invoke the Powers of the Goddesses to Improve Your Life

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Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of love . . . Gaia, the ancient Greek earth mother . . . Xochiquetzal, the Aztec goddess of flowers, dance, and song . . . Parvati, the Hindu goddess of fertility . . . Venus, the Roman goddess of love . . . This enlightening book describes 25 female deities as they are worshipped by different cultures, and explains the powers attributed to them. It also presents more than 50 rituals that readers can perform for their own personal benefit. Love, bereavement, prosperity, healing, protection, and even waking refreshed are among the many subjects of these rituals. Whether seeking personal inspiration or exploring the theologies of diverse and distant cultures, readers will find a fascinating mix of mythology, history, folklore, and practical advice brought together in a lavishly illustrated format. More than 300 full-color drawings, art reproductions, and photos in all. Extra Feature: Six sealed pages present rituals claimed to have extraordinary power and effectiveness.

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Since the dawn of time, humans have worshipped the feminine face of the divine. Nowadays, many women still feel drawn to goddesses--after all, they often embody admirable priorities, such as respect for nature, protection of children, living with compassion, expression of healthy sexuality, and the pursuit of wisdom. This elaborately illustrated Book of Goddesses offers readers brief summaries of famous goddesses from all traditions and regions of the world, including goddesses of the ancient Aztecs, Celts, Greeks, Egyptians, Hindus, and Tibetans. The idea is for readers to choose a goddess they most identify with, and then flip to the second half of the book where they'll find rituals specific to the goddess of choice. The listing of rituals cover many situations, including infertility, strength during divorce, and generating sexual passion. It even includes a ritual from Ishtar for keeping a lover faithful. (Be prepared to snatch a lock of hair from your partner.) --Tara West

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