Author: Shekhinah Mountainwater
Trade Paperback, 382 pages
Publisher: Crossing Press
Publication date: September 1991
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Ariande's Thread is a workbook of Goddess Magick and Worship. This
book has three sections called Gathering, Spinning and Weaving. The
first section deals with the preparation of the Goddess path. The
second section deals with holidays and rituals. The third deals with
divination and magick. This book is somewhat difficult to review. I
liked and disliked it. It is very hard to decide how this book should
The reasons I like it are numerous. Mountainwater is a great writer.
Her poetry and rituals are the most beautiful I've read. Another
great thing about this book are the exercises she gives at the end of
each chapter. They are thought provoking and very useful, and her
writing keeps you interested. I was not bored with this book.
The reasons I disliked it are numerous as well. Her history is
horrible. She believes the 9 million dead of The Burning Times is
true. She believes women can become immaculately conceived by
exposing her genitals to the full moon. She's very anti-male, and states that patriarchy is the reason for society's problems. There are other
fallacies which made me rethink my position on this book.
If one is looking for ideas for rituals, a book full of exercises and
questions to think about then this is the book for you. However,
critial thinking is definitely a must here. She has very outlandish
theories and thoughts. Overlooking the faults of the book isn't hard
when you have wonderful rituals and poetry contained within it.
Reviewed by Seraphina