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A collections of essays from modern day Priestesses on their experiences of trance work|
Priestesses Pythonesses Sibyls - Women who speak with and for the Gods
Author: Sorita d'Este
Category: Women, Goddess, Priestess Level: All
Priestesses Pythonesses Sibyls lifts a veil to reveal the mystery of trance as experienced by female magickal practitioners today. Through happiness and sorrow, myth and legend, art and poetry, through ritual and dance each woman expresses her own unique and personal transformative experiences of trance. Whether through trance possession, mediumship, Drawing Down the Moon, oracular or mantic states, dance, dreams or formal ceremony the experiences and knowledge gained during trance states can bring dramatic changes to one's life. The practices represented in this volume are drawn from the experiences and research of more than twenty women from around the world, each providing a unique vision of their own experiences of the Divine.
The book begins with "Ecstatic Histories" a section of three scholarly essays. The first, Mantic Voices by Sorita d'Este provides an overview of the role of mantic priestesses in the major oracles of the ancient world, with a consideration of the resurgence of the role of the priestess in the modern Western magickal traditions. This is followed by Caroline Tully's The Pythia exploring the history and role of the Oracle at Delphi and Kim Huggens' Silent Priestesses which looks at female priests and prophetesses in early Christianity.
Then in "Sacred Utterances", the second part of this anthology, eighteen modern day Priestesses, Pythonesses and Sibyls share their own personal experiences, wisdom and research on the practice of trance. These women come from a wide spectrum of magickal and pagan traditions, including Goddess Spirituality, the Western Mystery Tradition, Thelema, Wicca, Candomble, Voudou and Seidr. Sharing, sometimes for the first time, deep spiritual experiences and insights gained through the work they have performed as Priestesses serving in their own unique way, they provide the reader with insights into their practices which could not be found anywhere else. This section includes essays by authors such as Janet Farrar, Naomi Ozaniec and Vivienne O'Regan, Wiccan Priestesses Galatea, Diane Champigny, Yvonne Aburrow, Emily Ounsted and Sorrell Cochrane, and Priestess of Avalon Jacqui Woodward-Smith. It also includes Seidr practitioner Katie Gerrard, Priestess of Apollo Bolina Oceanus, Cathryn Orchard a Priestess of the Gnostic Catholic Church, Voudou hounsi bossal Sophia Fisher, Orixa devotee Andrea Salgado-Reyes, Teacher and Priestess Connia Silver, and dancers Mari�lle Holman and Nina Falaise.
Unique, powerful and insightful, this book expresses the liminal world of trance in an accessible way for the first time.
Author's Notes: This is a ground-breaking anthology exploring the magick of trance, as experienced through dance, divine inspiration, Drawing Down the Moon, dreams, formal ceremony, mediumship, possession, oracular and mantic states by twenty-one female magickal practitioners from the paths of Goddess Spirituality, Thelema, Western Mystery Tradition, Wicca, Candomble, Voudou and Seidr.
From the first to the last word, this anthology provides an
exceptional and matchless collection of perspectives from the modern
sisterhood of priestesses, diverse in their beliefs but united in
their roles, offered in honour both of the deities they serve and the
traditions they represent. I am truly honoured to have been the nexus
for this project and to have been able to bring the voices of these
remarkable women together for you the reader.
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