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The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects

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This fascinating guide to the history and mythology of woman-related symbols features:

Unique organization by shape of symbol or type of sacred object

21 different sections including Round and Oval Motifs, Sacred Objects, Secular-Sacred Objects, Rituals, Deities' Signs, Supernaturals, Body Parts, Nature, Birds, Plants, Minerals, Stones and Shells, and more

Introductory essays
Paperback, 576 pages
Published November 2nd 1988 by HarperOne (first published January 1st 1988)
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Angie Curtis
This is more a reference book than a book that you read cover to cover but it's full of symbols, and sacred objects. she covers what they are their meaning, what they were used for and their relation in mythology. Lots of interesting and useful information.
Jan 22, 2008 brass rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: deep lezzies
the daughter's father got this for me in my deep woo phase.

it has saved me from inking some fucked up shit on my person.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
I bought Walker's Women's Rituals hoping to find a way to incorporate a form of spirituality without abandoning the rational. I found appealing her contention that spiritual can celebrate the real and natural. In the end, I didn't find doing such things as sewing a priestess robe or creating an altar was for me--but before that I found myself buying this book too--and I still keep it on my bookshelf. I suppose because I do find the material intriguing and entertaining. It's exhaustive and thorou ...more
Linda Robinson
This massive compilation of symbols that used to belong to women and the goddess is going to be on my shelf. Walker doesn't take up room with justification for interpretation - history is in the potsherd. Consider that the ubiquitous modern use of "god" and male sacred imagery claims preeminence in antiquity, although the masculine role in procreation wasn't known for thousands of years. So, what felt weird at 8 years old in church still feels wrong. How could there be so many creation myths tha ...more
Denise M
Another excellent resource from Barbara walker of information for anyone looking into female history, culture, sub-culture and anything goddess-related. A useful mind expanding tool. More affordable, inspiring and healthier than any drug. Go and blow your mind! Again and again! I've always liked dictionaries and encyclopaedias because there is always something new to discover in their pages. This book fed me for several years.
This is another Barbara G. Walker book that I read many, many years ago. This is an EXCELLENT reference book! My edition is so old until the pages are turning brown. THIS is an added writing by Barbara G. Walker that makes-up my PERSONAL 'FEMININE' BIBLE! THANK YOU...
Terri Kempton
We were recently looking for sigils and this was a handy reference text. Lots of interesting stories and histories - but also lots of silly line drawings to justify the writing of descriptive text. Would make a nice book to check out of the library as needed.
i love flipping though this book at random and finding a new way to see objects. a few days after reading about 'holey stones' my son brought me one from the beach. i have found a new appreciation for objects all around me that i had stopped really seeing.
i read her "myths and secrets" book first, and found this book to be a little repetitive of much of the topics she'd addressed in the other book (not sure which she had written first, actually)...

still a good book.
It is a dictionary and it reads like one.
Not sure why I read it instead of looking up the info I wanted, but it is full of wonderful info.
Loved everything about this book. I can't say I've 'finished' reading it because I suppose I'll be referring to it again and again.
Jul 15, 2011 Gwnhwyfer marked it as looks-interesting
From the bibliographies of Ellen Dugan's Garden Witchery (2003) and Green Witch's Herbal (2009). Recommended read.
Eileen Fikes
Jul 29, 2007 Eileen Fikes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to know more
I fucking love this book...The symbols are very the information..
Willa Grant
A classic of Women's studies- I still like to look at this one after 20 years-
It's a very good reference book.
trade paper very good condition
i think every one should read this.
informative. good reference book
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Barbara Walker studied journalism at the University of Pennsylvania and then took a reporting job at the Washington Star in DC. During her work as a reporter, she became increasingly interested in feminism and women's issues.

Her writing career has been split between knitting instruction books, produced in the late 1960s through the mid-80s; and women's studies and mythology books, produced from t
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