||Open Sea Press
||Jan 1 2008
The award-winning Second Enlarged Edition of this highly acclaimed book, contains all material from the original 1997 edition plus additional content, including a Foreword by Rachel Pollack. Judith Laura begins by describing modern Goddess Spirituality concepts. She then presents the first analysis of both Jewish Kabbalah and Hermetic Qabalah from a Goddess point of view that includes a re-visioning of the central kabbalistic symbol, the Tree of Life. Finally, she shows how Goddess concepts are similar to quantum physics. Includes meditations, rituals, and illustrations.
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The Second Enlarged Edition of Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century: from Kabbalah to Quantum Physics is Winner, in the comparative religion category, of the USA Best Books Awards in 2009.
'Intellectually exciting and spiritually satisfying, this new classic is highly recommended.'
-The Beltane Papers
'Her instructions for meditation and chant are at once inclusive, flexible and practical. Both the merely curious and long-time practitioners of goddess spirituality have much to learn from Laura's work.'
-Liisa Hake, Femspec
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword (by Rachel Pollack) new
Preface to the Second Enlarged Edition new
Introduction by Rachel Pollack
Chapter1. Concepts of Contemporary Goddess Spirituality
Chapter 2. Kabbalah: In Its Beginnings
Chapter 3. From Spain to Safed
Chapter 4. Qabalah
Chapter 5. Re-Visioning The Tree
Chapter 6. Taking the Quantum Leap
Appendix 1. Musical Notation for songs in rituals new
Appendix 2."Tree of Life" tarot spreads using symbolism from Re-visoned Tree new
Appendix 3. Study and Discussion Guide new
Meditations and Rituals
Transition from Transcendent to Immanent Divinity
New Moon: A Meditation on Darkness and Light
New Moon Ritual
Ritual Purification of the Tree
Permutation of Holy Names
Full Moon Ritual
Waning Crescent Moon Ritual
For more extensive Contents info, see http://www.judithlaura.com/gs21cont.html
The front cover picture shown here is from the second printing of the Second Enlarged Edition, which has a different ISBN from the first printing printing of this edition. For more book info, including excerpts and more reviews, and pictures of the covers of the original 1997 edition, the first printing of the Enlarged Second Edition (2008) and the second printing (2011) of the Enlarged Second Edition, see http://www.judithlaura.com/gs21.html
From the Introduction:
"This book offers two possibilities for beginning to deepen and focus the metaphysical base of Goddess spirituality. . . .The first, Kabbalah, in both its Jewish and Western esoteric forms, can (and should!) be analyzed anew and reinterpreted in light of our present knowledge of prehistory, Goddess religions--particularly of the Middle East--and patriarchal habits such as gender reversal. . .The second is quantum physics and cosmology, whose emerging concepts dovetail with long-held Goddess beliefs, including symbolism and understanding of the divine. Both these paths lead toward a more fully developed matrifocal mysticism...they are a spiritual gift waiting to be opened."
Excerpt from Second Edition Foreword
This remarkable book manages to say more than many works on these subjects four or five times its size. What’s more, what it says is not just clear and lucid, and stocked with information, it also is valuable for women and men living their lives today. . . .Through the principle of the spiritual is political we can come to understand the way an all-male concept of God has distorted our society and our own lives. The modern Goddess religion, based on archaeological discoveries, mythological clues, and contemporary inventions, has helped many of us overcome those distortions.. . . Because Qabalah includes Goddess imagery, and Kabbalah seems to address the idea of re-uniting male and female, they have both attracted many people who seek a traditional base for Goddess work. And yet, as Judith Laura demonstrates so precisely and eloquently, the Kabbalist traditions are not somehow magically free of patriarchal bias. They are not an absolute truth outside of culture. On the contrary, they, like all other religious traditions, are the work of humans—humans at a very intense state of consciousness, but still humans formed, at least in part, by their culture and its assumptions. . . . Esoteric beliefs usually include an assumption of privilege. They claim to come directly from divine sources, and usually ancient origins. . . .They also claim to speak of truths very difficult to grasp. All this results in texts that are mysterious and hard to comprehend, along with a readership that accepts their divine authority without question. Laura has read vast amounts of material, and then has outlined the ideas and information in clear and concise language. The wealth of information alone would make this book of great value. But she goes further, for she shows us that these ideas did not emerge from instant revelations but grew over time, and in historical settings. And then she goes further still, for she suggests ways we can rework, perhaps even restore, a genuine balance of male and female. . . .And then, so we can make use of this river of clear information, she gives us meditations and exercises to make these symbols our own. . . .she then goes on to apply those same remarkable abilities to a field at least as dense and difficult as Kabbalah—quantum physics. . . . As with Kabbalah, Laura manages to absorb vast amounts of information…and then give it out in precise details and large ideas. . . .Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century is a rare book, a kind of sacred quest of ideas. We can all give thanks that Judith Laura has undertaken it, and fulfilled it with such dedication.
--Rachel Pollack, author of Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom ,The Body of the Goddess and many other books.
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