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Journey to the Dark Goddess will lead you on a powerful, healing path. In the stories of ancient Goddesses you will hear your own soul, calling out to you. The Dark Goddess is the creatrix of healing, change and renewal. She offers connection with the core of yourself. If you have been unable to shake off depression, or fear its return; if you have inexplicable 'blank patc ...more
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Published May 25th 2012 by John Hunt Publishing (first published May 16th 2012)
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Jane Meredith Hi - it's not unsuitable - it depends what you want to read. The myths explored are those of Persephone (Greek), Inanna (Sumerian) and Psyche (also…moreHi - it's not unsuitable - it depends what you want to read. The myths explored are those of Persephone (Greek), Inanna (Sumerian) and Psyche (also Greek) and there are outlines for rituals you can create yourself, to follow the journeys of these goddesses, as they journey into the underworld and out again.
It is not an anti-Christian book - but it is written from a mythological and pagan perspective.
If the Christian reading it is looking for answers concerning depression, dark or difficult times, initiation or a way to discover inner, personal truth - well, it's a thesis from a different perspective.(less)
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Arietta Bryant
This is a book which is long overdue, being one which takes the sometimes scary concepts of looking within oneself, of the long dark night of the soul and of the Dark Goddess herself and puts them in an accessible but beautifully written book.

I could not put it down and devoured it in a couple of days. I then went back and read it again in a more piecemeal fashion, dipping in and out of gloriously enveloping and descriptive stories of ancient Goddesses and Jane Meredith's easy to follow rituals
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Nimue Brown
May 28, 2015 Nimue Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the most helpful spiritual book I have ever read. You don't need to be a goddess worshipper to find this text enormously helpful - but if you are it will likely have extra resonances for you. This is a book about turning crisis into an art form, taking control of your experiences so that you can learn and change and progress rather than being stuck in a dark place. It's a handbook for entering (because sometimes you really have to) and getting out of the underworld - not in the usual se ...more
Keair Snyder
May 13, 2015 Keair Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If this is a journey you are thinking of making, this book will be an invaluable tool for it. I recommend it to anyone who is feeling pulled to do this or anyone who wants to deeply understand the purpose of the darkest moments of life.
Rachel Patterson
I have always been drawn to the Dark Goddesses so knew that this book would be perfect for me and my intuition wasn't wrong. This is a wonderful book that will have you nodding in agreement to the introduction and making connections with all that Jane Meredith describes. The book contains a journey, laid out in four sections with all the information and directions that you need to take that journey...to reclaim your soul. It is powerful and emotional but will bring you wonderful and amazing resu ...more
Althea
Mar 11, 2017 Althea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author has an interesting point about the value of approaching the 'underworld' in our lives willingly, rather than waiting to be dragged down. Underworld here is used as both a broad metaphor for difficult times in our lives and as a literal, though mythic, place. But the connection between that idea and the specific rituals she suggests isn't fully fleshed out.

An editor would have improved the reading experience considerably. Most pages have at least one sentence with confusing comma plac
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Keely
Jul 22, 2013 Keely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pagan-related, 2013
When I stumbled across this book, I already had that feeling that something was wrong in my life. I wasnt happy and the things I enjoyed doing I didnt care about anymore or had to force myself to do just to stay in routine. I was just existing and that was it. I ultimately felt the Dark Goddess breathing on my neck and was scared because I knew the walls of illusion that is my life were getting ready to crumble, and I knew there was nothing I could do to stop it.

I started reading this book on a
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Jennifer
Jan 25, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The timing for the opportunity to review this couldn't have been more perfect. Even better, it truly is all that it claims to be. As soon as you start to read, you feel as though you are getting ready for a true adventure. She prepares you with tips, amazing insights, and hands you a few ways this journey may happen. I very much appreciated the stories from different Goddess perspectives.

One of the most important statements within this book is "in entering the Underworld at all, some part of us
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This is a must-have books for anyone's collection, whether they are Pagan or not. At some point in your life, you will make a descent to the Dark Goddess. Whether this is by choice or not is irrelevant. It is also a descent that people will resist and fight but will ultimately lose as they travel downwards. This is a journey that everyone NEEDS to make, to see their soul complete. Without darkness there is no light and life should be about balance.

I have made my own descent many times, the first
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K.S. Thompson
Jan 23, 2014 K.S. Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: awakening
Interestingly, this book comes highly recommended by Emma Restall Orr who wrote “Kissing the Hag”, which I read last fall. As it turns out, “Journey to the Goddess” is the perfect follow-up.

I follow the Avalonian path, which this book clearly is not. However, I didn’t allow that to stop by from really hearing what the author had to say. I came up against a bit of resistance, but pushed through that. I felt that the information was important and that resistance meant a breakthrough was just aroun
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Althea Flame
Feb 14, 2016 Althea Flame rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book on my wishlist for quite some time before I decided to buy it and I must say it came exactly at the right time. It wasn't what I was expecting at first, but so much better. It is very insightful, inspiring, and valuable for any woman, who feels there is something "off" in their lives. Just by reading the book I already changed my perception. It is not the last time I will be reading this book since I definitely want to do the rituals. I am glad I read through the whole book fi ...more
Letitia
Jan 18, 2015 Letitia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: occult
I was particularly drawn to this book, having a deep affinity with the Dark Goddess for most of my life.
I'm so glad I read it, it is just one of those amazing books every woman should read.
Journey To The Dark Goddess had been an invaluable help in my quest to embrace the Dark Goddess, as well as to truly know myself.

I now have a full and complete ritual of descent to the underworld, which I intend to put to use very soon, thanks to this book.

Absolutely wonderful book and a new favorite of mi
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Kay
This is the first pagan self-help book I've read (or even seen actually). As a general rule, I'm not a fan of self-help books. I think the author makes a lot of good points, though it's unclear how some of her advice is to be carried out. The author primarily focuses on three myths: Inanna, Persephone, and Psyche. I like how she imagines their stories in addition to using them to illustrate her points. The rituals are by far the most valuable part of this book (for me).
Shonna Hill
Interesting, but not what I expected. I thought this book would be more generally about using trance states and inner journeying in shadow work, but it is more focused than that, outlining a rather specific series of rituals. I found it more instructional than creatively inspiring.
Jennifer
May 30, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful life changing book. I think every pagan, wiccan, and new age woman should read this.
H.K.
Jan 31, 2015 H.K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very powerful and insightful book. I will be revisiting the book to use as a workbook for the rituals, but I'm glad I read this before I attempted them. It's still a fantastic resource.
Amanda
Jul 04, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic!

Great information and powerful set of rituals for transformation and working with the Dark Goddesses. I'd recommend to any woman.
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Jane Meredith is an author and ritualist. Her books include Journey to the Dark Goddess and Circle of Eight: Creating Magic for Your Place on Earth. Jane's passions include magic, trees, rivers, dark chocolate and participative ritual.

She offers distance and in-person courses worldwide, her calendar can be found at http://www.janemeredith.com/southeast.... She keeps a blog on Local Magic at: http
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