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Who's who in Women's Spirituality


women's spirituality
Women's spirituality loosely covers those subjects first introduced in the late 1960s: not only the radical idea that women might be people, but the notion of the Feminine Divine. This Goddess-centric spiritual movement is termed "Dianic".

Readers of women's spirituality can expect to see Goddesses, female saints and hermits, feminine imagery, witches, and blessed bees.

Below are the esoteric authors to which I tend to look when I need a women's spirituality fix.

These books can be difficult to find since many are out of print. Some great places to buy used books online include:

Z Budapest

Z Budapest (30 January 1940 - ) is the founder of the Susan B. Anthony Coven #1, the very first Dianic coven. She is an activist for women's liberation, and is the last person in the United States to be put on trial for witchcraft when she read fortunes for an undercover police officer. Although she was found guilty, local ordinances against fortune-telling were removed from the law books as a result of her trial.

Her books include:

grandmother moon Grandmother Moon: Lunar Magic in Our Lives—Spells, Rituals, Goddesses, Legends, and Emotions Under the Moon (HarperSanFrancisco, 1991): Perhaps better used as a monthly reference guide than a book to read straight through, but thoroughly enjoyable to read.   the grandmother of time The Grandmother of Time: A Woman's Book of Celebrations, Spells, and Sacred Objects for Every Month of the Year (HarperOne, 1989): An excellent reference to daily celebrations throughout the year.
the goddess in the bedroom The Goddess in the Bedroom: A Passionate Woman's Guide to Celebrating Sexuality Every Night of the Week (HarperSanFrancisco, 1995): Another cute little book with appropriate love spells for each day of the week.   the goddess in the office The Goddess in the Office: A Personal Energy Guide for the Spiritual Warrior at Work (HarperOne, 1993): Cute little spellbook for getting through the workweek. I love the sketches in the margins.
the holy book of women's mysteries The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries: Feminist Witchcraft, Goddess Rituals, Spellcasting and Other Womanly Arts (Wingbow Press, 1989): Formerly published in 1975 as a two-volume set entitled The Feminist Book of Lights and Shadows. While there is a lot of inspiration here, parts of the book are quite dated. Z seems to have a somewhat appalling grasp of history in places. There is (or should be) a difference between historical record and "making it up as you go along".   summoning the fates Summoning the Fates: A Woman's Guide to Destiny (Three Rivers Press, 1999): An inspirational and thought-provoking guide to life phases.

Note: I don't recommend her recent self-published books including recent revisions of her older works. They are in serious need of a good editor.

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