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Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century: From Kabbalah to Quantum Physics|
Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century: From Kabbalah to Quantum Physics
Author: Judith Laura [a Witchvox Sponsor]
Publisher: Open Sea Press
Category: Goddess Spirituality Level: All
The isbn given here is for the second printing of the Second Enlarged Edition of this book. (The first printing was dated 2008 and had a different isbn) . This Second Enlarged Edition (2008, 2011) of a book originally published in 1997 won the USA Best Books Award (2009) in the comparative religion category.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Rachel Pollack (New in this edition)
Preface (New in this edition)
1. Concepts of Contemporary Goddess Spirituality
2. Kabbalah: In Its Beginnings
3. From Spain to Safed
5. Re-Visioning Kabbalah
6. Taking the Quantum Leap
1. Music Notation for songs in rituals (New in this edition)
2.Re-Envisioned Tree of Life Tarot Spreads (New in this edition)
3. Study and Discussion Guide
Meditations and Rituals
Transitions from Transcendent to Immanent Divinity
New Moon: A Meditation on Darkness and Light
New Moon Ritual
Ritual Purification of the Tree
Permutation of Holy Names
Full Moon Ritual
Waning Crescent Moon Ritual
Comments from Reviewers and Readers
"A terrific book! Absolutely packed with information and ideas, and at the same time written so clearly that it all seems so simple and direct. As Judith Laura demonstrates so precisely and eloquently, the Kabbalist traditions are not somehow magically free of patriarchal bias. They are not an absolute truth outside of culture. . . .And then she goes further still, for she suggests ways we can rework, perhaps even restore, a genuine balance of male and female. She then goes on to apply those same remarkable abilities to a field at least as dense and difficult as Kabbalah--quantum physics. As with Kabbalah, Laura manages to absorb vast amounts of information. . .and then give it out in precise details and large ideas. "
-Rachel Pollack, author of The Body of the Goddess, Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom
"Intellectually exciting and spiritually satisfying, this new classic ishighly recommended." -The Beltane Papers
"For those of you who, like me, enjoy exploring the overlap between science and magic, this book will be a big hit. . . . The restructuring makes sense--the author spells out her conclusions quite clearly--and this brings Kabbalah within reach of women who would otherwise ignore it. The adjustment may also appeal to men who prefer a good gender balance in their magical workings."
"Well-written, brimming with great information, and peppered with meaningful rituals. Get it now!"
-James Wells, Tarot consultant/ healer/ workshop facilitator, Toronto
"Judith Laura guides the gentle reader through a personal voyage of meditation and reawakening. Her vision of the ancient traditions of Kabbalah are guided by a deep knowledge of its ancient ways; yet, she begins to explore in this book a new path, a new way out of the male-centric vision that has guided and shaped the Kabbalistic traditions for all too long. . . There is more in this book to contemplate: a history of Kabbalah from ancient to modern adaptations within the modern occult group known as the Golden Dawn; as well as her own unique re-visioning of this tradition. . . .Plus a look at the history of modern Quantum Physics as well. . . . Her vision is guided. . . by an egalitarian view of both life and the mysteries of existence."
-Craig Hickman, Wisdom of the Earth
"...I bought this book assuming that I wouldn't like it, yet I was drawn to her premise and wanted to give the book a chance. I'm very glad that I did. Her treatment of Kabbalah very obviously stems from a study in Traditional Kabbalah, which for me indicates scholarship, dedi[c]ation, and true desire to help seekers understand the subject matter. It would have been easy for Ms. Laura to use entirely hermetic sources and views in her treatment of Kabbalah, but instead she teaches from the source, from the heart of Kabbalism, and for that alone, I applaud her... Had I read [this book] several years ago, it very well may have changed my world. As it is, it is a sound, well researched, opinionated and interesting look at Kabbalah through the lenses of feminist spirituality. Job well done.
-Amber Simmons, Amazon.com
"With Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century, Judith Laura has provided an illuminating, inviting introduction and straightforward, user-friendly manual for the study of goddess spirituality and Kabbalic traditions. While her interpretations of scripture and Kabbalah will doubtless lead to disagreements with members of various schools of thought, many will find great intellectual intrigue and spiritual comfort in the sources of goddess presence in the story of creation which Judith Laura has exposed. Her instructions for meditation and chant are at once inclusive, flexible and practical. Both the merely curious and long-time practitioners of goddess spirituality have much to learn from Laura's work."
-Liisa Hake, FEMSPEC
"Exactly what it says! Points the way to a new millennium of Goddess worship."
-Marisa Young, Amazon.com Listmania! Pagan/Goddess/Feminist Classics
Author's Notes: I am also author of Goddess Matters: The Mystical, Practical, and Controversial (2011) , and She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother, now in its third edition (1989, 1999, 2010) . "Where to Buy" info same as for Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century. For more info see judithlaura.com/books.html
Where To Buy: Available at most online booksellers, and can be ordered through most brick and mortar stores through the distributors Ingram and Baker & Taylor. Links to online some online booksellers are on the author's web page given here.
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