Mythic Wisdom: A Greek Author’s Perspective

Connecting the past with the present has always been a powerful experience for me, maybe because I live in a land rich in history. In this blog I am going to explore a variety of topics, which I find deeply meaningful: women’s roles, gender and sexuality issues, activism, goddesses and gods, etc. By examining myths, symbols, and archetypal figures, I feel that we gain a fresh perspective on our lives and society. Ancient history, art, and literature can become amazing sources of inspiration. By learning from the wisdom of the past, we can transform ourselves and the world we live in.

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Food for the Soul: Three Goddess Anthologies

With the holidays coming in just a few weeks, I bet you're thinking of the presents you'd like to buy--whether for loves ones or for yourself. For me there's no gift better than a good book. Books are food for the soul, precious companions on our life journeys. Honoring the magical number three, as well as the multitude of voices that speak about the Sacred Feminine, allow me to share with you my three favorite anthologies:

 

1. She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism and Spirituality?

Co-edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill

Mago Books,  June Solstice, 2015

Website: http://magobooks.com/update-on-mago-books/she-rises-vol-1/she-rises-why-goddess-feminism-activism-and-spirituality/

I'm a proud contributor of this fascinating anthology, which is described as "a guidebook to the consciousness of the Great Goddess." It features 92 contributors from around the world! She Rises includes a wonderful variety of short writings, poems, essays, artworks, and research papers. My contribution is the article "Riding the Rainbow with the Sacred Feminine."

 

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2. She Is Everywhere! Volume 3,

Co-edited by Mary Saracino and Mary Beth Moser

iUniverse, 2012

Website: http://sheiseverywhere.net/

This anthology is an amazing compilation of womanist/feminist essays, poems, and artwork. It features contributions from an international community of women and men who honor the Sacred Feminine. Being one of the contributors, I'm proud to say that She Is Everywhere! Volume 3 has also been awarded the 2013 Enheduanna Award for Excellence in Women-Centered Literature. My essay, "Orphic Mysteries and Goddess(es) of Nature," includes an English translation of the Orphic Hymn to Nature, one of the most impressive ancient Greek poems honoring the Goddess.

 

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3. Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-Shape Our World

Edited by Karen Tate

Changemakers Books, 2014

Website: http://www.changemakers-books.com/books/voices-sacred-feminine-conversations-reshape-our-world

This was such an inspiring book that I felt the need to review it. Allow me to share with you my review, which was recently published in SageWoman:

How often do you come across a women’s spirituality anthology that includes an interview with a world-famous thinker like Noam Chomsky? Yet Chomsky is not the only important contributor. Karen Tate has achieved to bring together all sorts of powerful voices that discuss religion, politics, activism, and the Sacred Feminine. She weaves a rich tapestry of interviews and essays based on her weekly Internet radio show that bears the same title as the book:

“With the logo of a woman reaching out for an apple, a metaphor for Eve reaching for the Tree of Knowledge, my weekly show challenged listeners to fear not and taste the forbidden fruit! To rethink, reclaim and embrace the age-old knowledge that’s been denied us for too long. … I wanted my listeners to understand what denying the feminine face of god, whether the Great She be deity, archetype or ideal, has cost humanity – particularly women! I wanted them to know how the world might change if these ideals were once again a part of our culture and psyches.”

Rev. Dr. Tate is no newcomer to the Sacred Feminine. She has written three more books exploring its diverse dimensions. SageWoman named her one of the Top Thirteen Most Influential Women in Goddess Spirituality and a Wisdom Keeper of the Goddess Spirituality Movement. In the beginning of the book, Karen describes her own journey of self-discovery. Then she offers us a true banquet of perspectives and ideas in the words of the show’s guests. You’ll certainly recognize some of their names: Selena Fox, Joan Norton, Charlene Spretnak, Ava, Barbara G. Walker, Tim Ward, Riane Eisler, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Starhawk, Lydia Ruyle, Layne Redmond, and many others.

These thinkers challenge us to reflect deeply upon the world and ourselves. They bring to surface hidden truths, ranging all the way from myth and ritual to American politics, economy, and businesses. I recommend reading each piece separately, then devoting some time to its consideration. This isn’t a book you’ll read overnight, but a treasure-trove you’ll come back to time and again. Its almost 400 pages contain many gems of wisdom!

 

Each of these three anthologies has special gifts to offer as we walk the path to personal and social transformation. Now, more than ever, we need the power, passion, and wisdom that the Sacred Feminine can bring to our lives.

 

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Harita Meenee is a Greek independent scholar of classical studies and women’s history. Her graduate studies were in the field of archetypal and women’s psychology. She works as a writer, translator and editor while also being a human rights activist. Harita has presented cultural TV programs and has lectured at universities in Greece and the US. She is the author of five books, as well as of numerous articles and essays published in Hellenic and international anthologies and magazines.

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