Goddess Notes – 13 Must Read Books on the Sacred Feminine & Goddess Spirituality {Book List}

Goddess Notes - 13 Must Read Books on the Sacred Feminine and Goddess Spirituality from MotherHouse of the Goddess

Goddess Spirituality is a movement … a practice … a belief system made up of women and men from all walks of life and all types of religious backgrounds and experiences.  A belief in Goddess as the primary divinity, the Creatrix, is one of the common factors of those who identify with Goddess Spirituality.  Ways of worship, ceremonial practices and expression of Goddess Spirituality is fluid and reflects a “being-ness” rather than dogma and there are no set rules.  Goddess Spirituality can exist within traditional religious frameworks and can also exist without any framework at all.  In the end, it comes down to your personal relationship with Goddess or divinity.

For the Goddess Notes this week, I compiled a list of my well-worn and long-read favorites that will be a valuable resource for anyone who is seeking to explore Goddess Spirituality and the Sacred Feminine, as well as for those who have long walked the path.  This list is by no means complete, rather a start to connect with incredible authors and Goddess women who have blazed trails for all of us to follow.  There are several anthologies to dip into and find voices of Goddess women that resonate and inform.

We would love to know – what books would you add to this list?

Goddesses in Everywoman by Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen

The Moon and the Virgin by Nor Hall

Womanspirit Rising edited by Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd

When God was a Woman by Merlin Stone

Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood by Merlin Stone

The Politics of Women’s Spirituality edited by Charlene Spretnak

Voices of the Goddess edited by Caitlin Matthews

The Myth of the Goddess by Anne Baring and Jules Cashford

Stepping into Ourselves: An Anthology of Writings on Priestesses edited by Anne Key and Candace Kant

Sacred Circles: A Guide to Creating Your Own Women’s Spirituality Group by  Robin Deen Carnes and Sally Craig

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The Great Cosmic Mother by Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor

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  1. Arielle Gabriel says:

    I just wrote you through your other area, and wanted to add Monica Sjoo was like a mother or aunt to me when I lived in Bristol, I knew her family very well…and still in touch with Toivo in Portugal….I am a Buddhist so love the The Goddess of Mercy and her miracles….just connecting with these sites…thanks for your work…!!

    Went to a Japanese Buddhist group still in touch that did not go into Kuan Yin….so am reading a lot about her miracles…

    • Kimberly - Priestess & Founder says:

      Arielle! Thank you SO much for your comment and how tremendous that you had time with Monica Sjoo! Kuan Yin is an amazing Goddess – Goddess Ink Publishing has a new book coming out by Sandra Boucher just on Kuan Yin – here is the link: http://goddess-ink.com/kwanyingoddessofcompassion.html

    • Kimberly, thanks so much for all your work here, you know I heard a lot about ancient matriarchies from Monica being with her 24/7 and was definitely into what I think of now as Female Positivity, we also knew Penny Slinger, who combined sacred and sexual in her art and is still working in California. Apart from those two I met through the feminist movement, I lived in London with Mary Greer! Amazing synchronicity.

      I just finished my book The Goddess of Mercy & The Dept. of Miracles, about having a financial disaster in Hong Kong causing me to stay at the airport for months, after my father’s estate was defrauded, etc. There was a prayer room there, used by many. I thought up Ups and Downs of our lives, and though sad, knew some good would come of this chaos.

      Please look at my website, https://quanyin5.wordpress.com,
      I am QuanYin5 at Twitter, and QuanYin5 Publishing at Linked In, and when I finish getting out this, it is getting better, I want to cross link more with you too, and read your works…

      • Kimberly - Priestess & Founder says:

        Arielle – I love all of these synchronicities! I am going to email you – BLESS! xo

  2. Fantastic reads! Will check into them! I’ve been reading “The Healing Power of the Sacred Woman” lately and its amazing! Will definitely be adding these to my reading list ! The sacred feminine is emerging at a fast rate, empowered women change the world for the better.

    • Kimberly - Priestess & Founder says:

      Jennifer – SO delighted to have you hear and you are sooooo correct! And the power of Woman community is incredible as well!

  3. Vajra Ma says:

    tExcellent list! I have almost the same recommended list. I also highly recommend Vicki Noble’s “Shakti Woman” , Elinor Gadon’s “The Once and Future Goddess”, Starhawk’s The Spiral Dance” and Buffi Johnson’s “The Lady of the Beasts” and Riane Eisler’s “The Chalice and the Blade”

  4. Elza Kephart says:

    Women’s Mysteries, by Esther Harding, and Mysteries of the Dark Moon, by Demetra George.

  5. AK Anderson says:

    I would add “The Heroine’s Journey” by Maureen Murdock to this list.

    It’s readable and accessible, and as important, if not more, than some of these others. Also, some of these (like the Bolen work) are undoubtedly groundbreaking – but hard for a modern reader because we also have to sift through outdated gender role assumptions.

    I find the Heroine’s Journey is the book I end up loaning out and giving away more than any other in my circle.

  6. Ann says:

    The Color Purple and all poetry by Alice Walker; Everything by Barbara G. Walker, especially The Skeptical Feminist; Shaman in a Woman’s Body by Barbara Tedlock; All of Vicki Noble and Starhawk; Buffalo Woman Came Singing by Paula Gunn Allen; All of Marjia Gimbutas; All of Jean Shinoda Bolen; Luisa Teish’s Janbalaya and Carnival of the Spirit; Remedios: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriquenas by Aurora Levins Morales; Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza Fourth Edition Editionby Gloria Anzaldúa; The Future has an Ancient Heart: Legacy of Caring, Sharing, Healing, and Vision from the Primordial African Mediterranean to Occupy Everywhere and Dark Mother: African Origins and Godmothers by Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum…

  7. Laura says:

    Gyn/Ecology by Mary Daly, and although controversial today, Z Budspest’s early books.

  8. Paula Okeefe says:

    So many on your list I don’t know of! thank you! and delighted to see the Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood books here, they were huge influences on me as a young witch. I would add Robert Graves’ The White Goddess, Starhawk’s The Spiral Dance, Caitlin Matthews’ Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, Wolkstein & Kramer’s Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth, Patai’s The Hebrew Goddess, Z Budapest’s Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries.

  9. Maya Vassallo says:

    “Priestess of Avalon. Priestess of the Goddess” by Kathy Jones. She has written one of the most illuminating books on Sacred Feminine And done real acts, concretely, To re-member Her, creating the first Goddess Temple in Europe, daily working to bring Goddess back, creating a Goddess community in Glastonbury Avalon, contributing To the spiritual, mythological And archeological researches on Her, inspiring the birth of Goddess Temples And communities all over the World.

  10. Heidi Collier says:

    Women in Praise of the Sacred, 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women. Edited by Jane Hirshfield

  11. A must read book about modern day Priestessing is of course:
    Priestess of Avalon, Priestess of the Goddess by Kathy Jones.

    The book to read about reclaiming this sacred path in modern times,
    which as been a great inspiration to many to remember and reclaim their feminine
    strength and power and to bring Goddes back in the World!


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