Cakes for the Queen of Heaven: An Exploration of Womenęs Power Past, Present and Future

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iUniverse, May 10, 2006 - Self-Help - 193 pages
Cakes for the Queen of Heaven explores the relationship between women's religious history and the personal issues that arise in women living in this patriarchal society. Women struggle with issues of body image, troubled mother-daughter relationships, sexual freedom and access to power. We need to know that there was a time when the female body was sacred; that there once was a long-lasting religion in which the chief divine actors were a mother and her daughter; that in very ancient times women had significant power in their societies; that although patriarchal societies have oppressed women for centuries, there have always been strong and talented women. Our female history has been erased and trivialized for too long. In this book we meet ancient goddesses and their stories from around the world, real women in ancient Sumer, in Greece, in Judaism and in Christianity. In Cakes for the Queen of Heaven the past is before us, the women are there, and they help us change our lives.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
7
How to Experience this Book
17
ONE Reclaiming Our Female Bodies
19
TWO Reclaiming Our Sexuality
31
THREE Reclaiming Our Power as Women
47
FOUR Reclaiming the Power of Money
55
FIVE Reclaiming MotherDaughter Relationships
67
EIGHT Discovering the Voices of Women in Judaism
99
NINE Gnostic Christians as Kindred Spirits
111
TEN Mary
123
ELEVEN Witchcraft
133
TWELVE Future Fantasies
149
APPENDIX
155
Notes
157
Bibliography
167

SIX Why Did It Happen? The Shift From Goddess to God
77
SEVEN Reclaiming the Female Presence in Judaism
89
About the Author
179
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Dr. Shirley Ann Ranck is a Unitarian Universalist minister, a Crone of wisdom and power who has touched the lives of many women. Trained in education, psychology and ministry, she has drawn upon all these disciplines to create the female spiritual journey contained in Cakes for the Queen of Heaven.

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