Previous contributions from:

Miriam Raven

“Magdala: A love story that has no end” – a novel by Valerie Gross

This novel is such a treat that it’s a reader’s joy and a reviewer’s problem: for me, it was so gripping, absolutely fascinating and at the same time very romantic that I couldn’t put it down. And in order not to spoil this reading pleasure for anyone, I’d prefer to just leave you to explore its imaginative depth and see for yourself what happens.

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“In All Ways”, by Jim Malachi

Sometimes, I have to admit, I’m a bit sceptical of the hype about sacred sexuality as the ultimate way to spiritually bring together the masculine and feminine so that all live happily ever after … it doesn’t seem so easy in a patriarchal society where gender inequality is inherent in all structures and makes itself felt in the workplace and in the family, in the media and in relationships. Apart from doubting the apparently “easy” solution, I also sometimes worry about the role of the woman in sacred sexuality – and I mean today, not in times when Priestesses held a sacred and revered role for the whole of society.

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“14 Steps to Awaken the Sacred Feminine: Women in the Circle of Mary Magdalene”, by Joan Norton & Margaret Starbird

14 Steps to Awaken the Sacred Feminine: Women in the Circle of Mary Magdalene cleverly combines theory with practical steps, such as meditations, questions and prayers to invite the sacred feminine into women’s everyday lives. So if you want to know how to really make contact with Mary Magdalene, this might be the book for you.

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“Conversations with the Goddess”, by Dorothy Atalla

This book is a surprise. It does not fulfil any expectations a reader might have – and this is a good thing. In hybrid ways and by an eclectic combination of personal spiritual encounters, visions of a Goddess past and a Goddess future, and theoretical critiques of texts dealing with the archetypal feminine in a psychological and evolutionary perspective, the book leads the readers to new approaches to the divine feminine.

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Joan Norton: The Mary Magdalene Within. New York: iUniverse, 2005. (73 pages)

Sacred whore, priestess, lover of Jesus, key to the divine feminine – the controversial figure of Mary Magdalene has been rediscovered as a central figure for an understanding of Christian wisdom. Both in academic research and in fictional retellings of her story, Mary Magdalene has touched scholars and believers, Goddess people and Christians alike.

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