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Home > Books & Reviews > Pagan > Ariadne's Thread Search

Book Review:
Ariadne's Thread: A Workbook of Goddess Magic

Author: Shekhinah Mountainwater
Trade Paperback, 382 pages
Publisher: Crossing Press
Publication date: September 1991
ISBN: 0895944758
Price & More Info: Click Here

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 be taken.

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

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