Author: Judy Harrow, et al
Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Citadel Press
Publication date: February 2003
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Personal relationship with Deity is a subject that has not been explored much in current Pagan literature. Devoted to you: Honoring Deity in Wiccan Practice, by Judy Harrow, addresses this need and gives the reader information and advice on how to seek relationships with the gods.
Although the book’s title implies a Wiccan perspective, the contributors include two Wiccans and two Reconstructionists. This was an unexpected delight, since Reconstructionist religions are rarely mentioned in Wiccan literature.
Four deities are the focus of the four chapters: Anubis and Gaia (Wiccan), and Brigit and Aphrodite (Reconstructionist). Each chapter begins with a summary of the various myths surrounding the deity. The chapter then goes on to list correspondences associated with that deity and ways to become more attuned to that deity’s presence or energy. A sampling of rituals to attract that deity’s presence end each chapter.
I like this book because it is well referenced and provides interesting perspectives. Being a Reconstructionist, I was especially drawn to the chapter on Aphrodite. However, someone who views deity from more of an ecological perspective rather than an historical perspective should be equally pleased with the chapter on Gaia.
This is the first book I have read that focused solely on one’s relationship to the gods. You will find no magic spells in this book. I only have one complaint; in the introduction and first chapter, there is mention made of Paganism as a single religion. I found this odd, since the authors certainly are aware of the various religions that exist within Paganism. However, this complaint is mitigated by the introduction, which does a good job of recognizing the significant differences of viewpoint regarding Deity.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to seek a personal relationship with the gods. Also, anyone who already has such a relationship is bound to find new inspiration in the wealth of information provided by this book.
Reviewed by SashaPablo