Guide to the Goddess

Guide to the Goddess

The following reading list was submitted by Ghanima Gaditana (with a few additions by Habibi staff). Although this list is, of course, incomplete and does not imply endorsement of the works included, we hope your enjoyment and knowledge will be increased.

Achterberg, Jeanne, Woman as Healer, 1991, Shambhala Publications, Boston.

Adler, Margot, Drawing Down the Moon, 1979, Beacon Press, Boston.

Berger, Pamela, The Goddess Obscured: Transformation of the Grain Protectress from Goddess to Saint, 1985, Beacon Press, Boston.

Bolen, Jean Shinoda, Goddesses in Everywoman: A New Psychology of Women, 1984, Harper Colophon, NY.

Budapest, Z., The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries, Vol I & II, available from author, 2927 Harrison St., Oakland, CA 94611.

Budapest, Z., Grandmother of Time, 1969, Harper & Row, San Francisco.

Christ, Carol, Diving Deep and Surfacing, Women Writers on Spiritual Quest, 1979, Beacon Press, Boston.

Christ, Carol, & Judith Plaskow (eds.), Womanspirit Rising, 1979, Harper & Row, San Francisco.

Daly, Mary, Beyond God the Father, Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation, 1973, Beacon Press, Boston.

Daly, Mary, Gyn/Ecology: The Metaphysics of Radical Feminism, 1978, Beacon Press, Boston.

Davis, Elizabeth Gould, The First Sex, 1971, Putnam, NY.

Dinnerstein, Dorothy, The Mermaid and the Minotaur: Sexual Arrangements and Human Malaise, 1976, Harper Colophon, NY.

Eisler, Riane, The Chalice & the Blade, 1987, Harper & Row, NY.

Estés, Clarissa Pinkola, Women Who Run With the Wolves, 1992, Ballantine Books, New York.

Gadon, Elinor, The Once and Future Goddess: A Symbol for our Time, 1989, Harper & Row, NY.

Gilligan, Carol, In a Different Voice: Psychologoical Theory and Women’s Development, Harvard Univ. Press.

Gimbutas, Marija, The Culture of the Goddess, 1992 Harper & Row, NY.

Gimbutas, Marija, The Language of the Goddess, 1989, Harper & Row, NY.

Gimbutas, Marija, Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe, 6500-3500 BC, 1982, Univ. of Calif. Press, Berkeley.

Goldenberg, Naomi, Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religions, 1979, Beacon Press, Boston.

Graves, Robert, The White Goddess, 1966, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, NY.

Griffin, Susan, Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her, 1978, Harper Colophon, NY.

Hardings, Esther M., Woman’s Mysteries: Ancient and Modern, 1971, Harper & Row, NY.

Harrison, Jane Ellen, Themis: A Study of the Social Origins of Greek Religion, 1963 (orig. pub. 1911), Merlin Press, London.

Laura, Judith, She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother: Myths Rituals, Meditations & Music, 1989, Crossing Press, Freedom, CA.

Leland, Charles, Aradia: Gospel of the Witches, 1974, Samuel Weiser, NY.

Mackey, Mary, The Year the Horses Came, 1993, Harper & Row, San Francisco.

Olson, Carl (ed.), The Book of the Goddess, Past & Present, 1989, Crossroad, NY.

Pagels, Elaine, The Gnostic Gospels, 1979, Random House, NY.

Reed, Evelyn, Woman’s Evolution, 1975, Pathfinder Press, NY.

Rush, Anne Kent, Moon, Moon, 1976, Random House, Berkeley.

Sjöö, Monica, & Barbara Mor, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth, 1987, Harper & Row, San Francisco.

Spretnak, Charlene, Lost Goddesses of Early Greece, 1978, Moon Books, Berkeley.

Spretnak, Charlene (ed.), The Politics of Women’s Spirituality: Essays in the Rise of Spiritual Power Within the Feminist Movement, 1982.

Starhawk, The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, 1979, Harper & Row, San Francisco.

Stein, Diane, The Kwan Yin Book of Changes, 1985, Llewellyn Pubs., St. Paul, Minn, 55164.

Stone, Merlin, When God Was a Woman, 1976, Dial Press, NY.

Stone, Merlin, Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood: Our Goddess and Heroine Heritage, 2 vols, 1979, New Sibylline Books, Village Station, NY 10014.

Walker, Barbara G., The Skeptical Feminist, Harper & Row, San Francisco.

Walker, Barbara G., The Women’s Dictionary of Symbols & Sacred Objects, 1988, Harper & Row, San Francisco.

Walker, Barbara G., The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths & Secrets, 1983, Harper & Row, San Francisco.

Weinstein, Marion, Positive Magic, 1978, Pocket Books, NY.

Weinstein, Marion, Earth Magic, PO Box 1202, FDR Sta., NY, NY 10022.

“In the hall of creation, O Divine Mother, everywhere I hear the rhythm of Thy footsteps, dancing wildly in the booming thunder and softly in the song of atoms.” Parmahansa Yogananda, Metaphysical Meditations.

As Ghanima, Melissa Miller has been dancing for over twenty years. She studied ballet for seven years, and has also studied movement and analysis (Labanotation), modern dance, tap, and traditional hula. Her other major obsessions are Balkan dance (35 years), Balkan music (25 years) and Scandinavian dance (15 years). She has taught a weekly Oriental dance class for over twenty years in the San Jose area, and has taught workshops around the United States. Ghanima was a member of Jamila Salimpour’s legendary Bal Anat Ensemble in the 1970s. She performs at restaurants, nightclubs, and private parties throughout the San Francisco Bay area, as well as around the U.S. and overseas. She has made several research trips to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, and North Africa, and leads tours to Turkey, focused on women’s spirituality: “On the Trail of the Great Goddess.” She holds a BA in Russian from the University of California at Berkeley and a California Standard Secondary Teaching Credential. She graduated from Santa Clara University in June, 1995, with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology; she currently works as a psychotherapy intern at a community mental health clinic, as well as at the EMDR Research Institute at MRI in Palo Alto.

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