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The Horse Goddess

Author : Morgan Llywelyn
ISBN : 1429983469
Genre : Fiction
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Troy is in crumbling ruin and Athens is rising far to the south. It is a time when mortal men and women are becoming gods and goddesses as news of their extraordinary adventures sweeps across the land. In this world, Epona, a woman whose life is celebrated in legend, meets Kazhak, a Scythian warrior and prince. Their stormy love affair sends them sweeping across eighth-century Europe, pursued from the Alps to the Ukraine by Kernunnos--a mysterious Druid priest known as the "Shapechanger." At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Category: Fiction

Oh My Goddess Omnibus

Author : Kosuke Fujishima
ISBN : 9781506705323
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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"The demonness Mara descends with a plot to possess the body of Keiichi's little sister, Megumi, which leads Skuld to build a new character, Mini-Banpei RX, to combat their rival. Then, at a mountain resort, the ghost of a long-dead maid takes form, and Mara strikes back by conjuring a trio of killer ninja masters"--
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Celtic Horse Goddesses

Author : Amy Morel-Berthier
ISBN : OCLC:795314878
Genre : Goddesses
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The symbol of the mythological, equine female might have changed over time, among the Celts. The earliest known horse goddess, Epona, appears to have been a simple, fertile deity with primarily domestic concerns. However, the Welsh Rhiannon and the Irish Macha, apparently euhemerized horse goddesses known to us from medieval, literary sources, are complex figures who are both degraded because of their fertile, equine aspects. Other Irish figures, who may have horse associations, are portrayed as overly promiscuous. As the traditional stories of the Celtic divinities were not recorded until the coming of Christianity, we cannot be sure of how much the medieval scribes altered their content. By comparing Celtic narrative traditions with Greek, Indian and Norse literature and mythology, we can attempt to illuminate how mythology might have altered over time, even in pre-Christian Ireland and Wales. In Greece, equine divinities fell prey to euhemerization and negative portrayals, while Norse divinities are known to have altered greatly over time. Neither phenomenon owes anything to a major change of religion. Might negative attitudes to the horse goddess have emerged in Celtic society, even during the period of oral transmission? We see Greek and Indian firgures who are demeaned by their equine associations, primarily through childbirth, like the Celtic figures, Macha and Rhiannon. The equine mother is always a bad mother; the antithesis of the stereotypical, nurturing female. The evidence for the sacrifice of the mare in an Irish inauguration ceremony can be compared to the sacrifice of the stallion, documented much earlier in India and the Norse world. I suggest that, because society came to view the equine female as inappropriate and threatening to male power, the Irish ritual represents the reversal of mythology, whereby the male re-establishes dominance over the female. I propose that the humiliation of equine females in narrative tradition reflects this same reversal. Early Greek examples exist of males destroyed by equine associations. These may reflect the original, seasonal pattern of the death and rebirth of the horse god, which patriarchal societies may have found threatening. I explore these possibilities with the aid of psychological analyses of social attitudes to the equine female.
Category: Goddesses

The Goddess

Author : David Leeming
ISBN : 9781780235387
Genre : Religion
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For as long as we have sought god, we have found the goddess. Ruling over the imaginations of humankind’s earliest agricultural civilizations, she played a critical spiritual role as a keeper of nature’s fertile powers and an assurance of the next sustaining harvest. In The Goddess, David Leeming and Christopher Fee take us all the way back into prehistory, tracing the goddess across vast spans of time to tell the epic story of the transformation of belief and what it says about who we are. Leeming and Fee use the goddess to gaze into the lives and souls of the people who worshipped her. They chart the development of traditional Western gender roles through an understanding of the transformation of concepts of the Goddess from her earliest roots in India and Iran to her more familiar faces in Ireland and Iceland. They examine the subordination of the goddess to the god as human civilizations became mobile and began to look upon masculine deities for assurances of survival in movement and battle. And they show how, despite this history, the goddess has remained alive in our spiritual imaginations, in figures such as the Christian Virgin Mother and, in contemporary times, the new-age resurrection of figures such as Gaia. The Goddess explores this central aspect of ancient spiritual thought as a window into human history and the deepest roots of our beliefs.
Category: Religion

Celtic Lore Spellcraft Of The Dark Goddess

Author : Stephanie Woodfield
ISBN : 9780738730851
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Invoke the Morrigan—the Celtic embodiment of the victory, strength, and power of the Divine Feminine—and be transformed by her fierce and magnificent energy. In this comprehensive, hands-on guide to Celtic Witchcraft, Stephanie Woodfield invites you to explore the Morrigan's rich history and origins, mythology, and magic. Discover the hidden lessons and spiritual mysteries of the Dark Goddess as you perform guided pathworkings, rituals, and spells compatible with any magical path. Draw on the unique energies of the Morrigan's many expressions—her three main aspects of Macha, Anu, and Badb; the legendary Morgan Le Fay; and her other powerful guises. From shapeshifting and faery magic to summoning a lover and creating an Ogham oracle, the dynamic and multifaceted Dark Goddess will bring empowering wisdom and enchantment to your life and spiritual practice.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Celtic Symbols

Author : Sabine Heinz
ISBN : 9781402746246
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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What is it about the arts of the ancient Celts that make them so fascinating for today’s fashions and jewelry, graphic design, and even architecture? It’s as though their ancient magical powers still cast a spell over us. It’s easy to see why, when you you become familiar with the stories and the representations of the 50 most important symbol groupings. Illustrated texts reveal dozens of cultic figures featured in ancient Celtic rituals, including wild animals and birds, reptiles and fish, trees and flowers, numbers, spirals, crosses, circles, and many other designs. Each spread depicts the qualities and values they symbolize, with examples of characters and stories from ancient myths that can be incorporated into your favorite designs today.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Goddess Of The North

Author : Lynda C. Welch
ISBN : 157863170X
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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A thorough, academic look at the past, present, and future of Norse polytheism. Welch highlights many Norse goddesses as well as other divine females of the Norse pantheon - Valkyries, Norns, Giantesses, Disir - and in a straightforward manner, makes a definitive case for the primordial goddess.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The White Goddess

Author : Robert Graves
ISBN : 9780374710385
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The White Goddess is perhaps the finest of Robert Graves's works on the psychological and mythological sources of poetry. In this tapestry of poetic and religious scholarship, Graves explores the stories behind the earliest of European deities—the White Goddess of Birth, Love, and Death—who was worshipped under countless titles. He also uncovers the obscure and mysterious power of "pure poetry" and its peculiar and mythic language.
Category: Literary Criticism


Author : P. D. MacKenzie Cook
ISBN : 1905297963
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Epona: Hidden Goddess of the Celts reflects the importance of gender in ancient religion, and the author explores the primacy of the Feminine through Epona's sovereignty as Horse Goddess among the Celts; her identity as "Mistress of Animals" in her love affairs and working relationships, and the surprising role she apparently played in the ancient Greek and Roman Mysteries. P.D. Mackenzie Cook's unique study of Epona positions her in a broad cross-cultural context. The story he presents is at the same time historical, speculative, and deeply personal - at once a scholarly survey, intriguing detective story, and spiritual message to be taken to heart. The author offers fresh and original perspectives on Epona's historical origins and her "birth" in human form. He explores her early presence in southern Italy; investigates her probable identity as "Macha" in Ireland and "Rhiannon" in Wales as well as her indirect influences on the ideals of chivalry and courtly love in the Middle Ages. We are then introduced to Epona's possible presence in a set of mysterious caves in the New World, and finally to her rediscovery by present-day equestrians, and in the personal lives and accounts of modern priestesses and men devoted to her. Written by someone whose "Celtic bones" resonate deeply with Epona, his talents as scholar, story-teller and poet-seer all contribute to this, the first full-length book in English devoted entirely to this fascinating Goddess. Epona: Hidden Goddess of the Celts is dedicated to the hidden goddess in every woman, and to men who genuinely love them in all their depth, complexity and nuance.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Brady S Book Of Fixed Stars

Author : Bernadette Brady
ISBN : 157863105X
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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For the first time, this book offers astrologers: Paran Maps and Star Phases for over 60 stars; new insights into the natal use of fixed stars, as well as their use in mundane astrology; extensive appendices of Heliacal Rising and Acronychal Settinggraphs and tables so that, for any given location, the dates of these risings and settings can be found; a list of 176 stars with their 21st century Ptolemaic precessed positions versus their commonly-considered positions based on Ulugh Beg's methods.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit