Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God

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Quest Books, May 1, 2001 - Social Science - 463 pages
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Anyone interested in the feminine face of God throughout the ages will find Sophia an illuminating experience. Caitlin Matthews' scholarship connects us to past, present, and future in the very depths of our femininity. ----Marion Woodman, Jungian analyst and author of Bone: Dying into Life. Sophia, or "wisdom" in Greek, has been revered in many forms throughout history--from the Dark Goddess of ancient Anatolia; to her Egyptian, Greek, Celtic, and Cabalistic manifestations; to her current forms as Mary and the orthodox St. Sophia. In the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, Sophia sits with God until the creation. Then she falls into matter and becomes manifest in every atom, permeating all things "like the sparks that run through charcoal," as Matthews says. While God is "out there," the Goddess is "in here"-- the mother-wit of practical inspiration and compassion at the heart's core. This definitive work comprehensively establishes a realistic Goddess theology for Westerners in the twenty-first century: grounding spirituality in daily life and the natural world; learning to work playfully and play seriously; ending the gender war to enjoy sacred marriage.
 

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Contents

Earth Mother
12
Am Black but Beautiful
35
Woman Clothed with the Sun
60
Isis of Corinth
61
Against Wisdom Evil Does Not Prevail
74
Cave of the Nymphs
84
Wisdom Has Built Her House
93
TheShekinah
107
The Black Virgin
196
The Grail Goddess
209
Philosophia
238
Alchemical Virgin
258
Wisdom Enthroned
298
Madonna Oriflamma
305
Mother of the World
317
Tau Rosamunde Miller
346

Sophia
135
Achamoth
152
Mother of the Ogdoad
172
Glossary of Specialist Terms
381
Bibliography
405
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Caitlin Matthews is a world-celebrated teacher of Western spirituality and author of over thirty books. With her husband and frequent coauthor John Matthews, she founded the Foundation of Inspirational and Oracular Studies, in their native Great Britain. Their books have been translated into many languages including French, Italian, German, Czech, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese and Russian. The material in these books is based upon practical knowledge which they teach worldwide. They have made numerous appearances on television in the UK and US, and have been advisors on several series, including HRH Prince Edward's Crown and Country. They live in Oxford where Caitlín has a shamanic practice dedicated to midwifing the soul.

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