The return of the divine embodied as female on diverse spiritual paths is celebrated in this Third Combined Edition of She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother, which includes myth-like stories, personal and seasonal celebrations, and meditations.
She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother continues to be treasured for its innovative multi-traditional perspective and the beauty of its language. Originally published by Crossing Press in 1989, this 2010 Combined Third Edition has all material from the first edition, including 30 songs with notated music for 26 of them. (The four songs for which notation is not included in this edition have well-known melodies. The 1999 second edition had notation for only 11 of the songs.) This new edition also includes material added in the second (10th Anniversary) edition, such as guided meditations for each of the seasonal celebrations and an entirely new section, “Reflections on Seasonal Celebrations,” with background information on holidays of a number of different traditions. There are also some changes and additions found only in this edition, such as an alternative “Hail Mary” in one of the “Modern Myths,” and other material modified or added
to keep pace with the evolution of Goddess thought.
Judith Laura’s approach in She Lives! remains unusual among Goddess spirituality books. Its material doesn’t fit neatly into any one category, such as Pagan. Rather, especially in its myth-like stories, it describes how female divinity might return to people on diverse paths, and addresses a variety of issues in a number of different religions and in secular settings. Its seasonal rituals contain aspects of Pagan, Jewish, Christian and other traditions. One of the earliest writers to see the connection between what is commonly called belly dance and Goddess heritage, Laura includes this and other folk dance forms in her rituals and meditations.
"This beautifully written book contains a variety of treasures"-Leni Austine, SageWoman
"Songs, chants, and meditations round out this wonderful book that should be on every Goddess-loving person's bookshelf."-Marisa Young, The Beltane Papers.
Judith's myths are gentle, but powerful. They make you smile. They give you goosebumps."-Women's Spirituality Book Review
Table of Contents Introduction
--Women's Celebrations: Menarche, First Orgasm, Menopause
--Men's Celebrations: First Seed, First Union
Seasonal Rituals: Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer
Reflections on Seasonal Rituals
"For just as they have made the male god to rule over Our Great Mother,
so they have justified their rule over you. Know from this that personification is political.
And thus the yoke of your oppression is their denial of She who is the source of all life. . . .
I will be with you and all who return to me, for as you liberate me, so shall you be set free,and the balance of the universe be restored."