Seeking out the presence of the Goddess from pre-Christian spirituality to the present day, this book draws mainly on sources from within the Western tradition. Caitlin Matthews reveals the many images of the Goddess as the Saviour Goddess, the Gnostic Sophia, World Soul, apocalyptic Virgin and many others. In doing so she shows how the foundation mysteries of the Goddess underlie the esoteric streams of orthodox religions and traces her hermetic presence in Qabala and alchemy. In conclusion, the author tracks her appearance in the realms of Goddess religion, feminist theology and the New Age.
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A classic from the day it was published in 1991, Sophia: The Goddess of Wisdom is an intensely scholarly yet highly poetic work. Modern history (his story) may have buried the Great Goddess under suffocating layers of denial and revisionism, yet as we move deeper into the "sophianic millennium," scraping away the fallow ground of patriarchy, She emerges anew. Author Caitlin Matthews unveils the veiled Black Goddess (the primal manifestation of the Divine Feminine) in her many hiding places over the last several thousand years. Disempowered and hacked to pieces, she has survived in the major Western religions, philosophies, and mystery schools in many guises. With the aid of the author's trained and intuitive eye, the reader tracks Her faint footsteps through the long dark night of the feminine soul. Along with The White Goddess by Robert Graves, this book is a must-read for those who wish to understand why the Goddess fled, where She went, and how we can reaffirm Her as the giver of practical and spiritual wisdom--celebrating Her primacy in the manifestation of all things. --P. Randall Cohan
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