Book Review: Dark Goddess Magick: Rituals and Spells for Reclaiming Your Feminine Fire by C. Ara Campbell
Publisher: Fair Winds Press.192pages.9.14.2021
…. Deep transformation occurs when we connect to the ancient wisdom of the dark goddesses. Through her practices and rituals, we can reshape our world. By embracing our darkness and dancing with our shadows, we embrace the truth of all that we are. The wisdom in these myths aids us in finding our truth….C. Ara Campbell
Dark Goddess Magick: Rituals and Spells for Reclaiming Your Feminine Fireby C. Ara Campbell is a thoughtful book that expands on the traditional Goddesses associated with darker magick and introduces the reader to a darker side of many others normally favored for their gentler and more nurturing nature. Twenty (20) Goddesses grace this book from a variety of pantheons and cultures which offers up the theme of dark and powerful energy residing throughout. These include Hecate, Kali, the Morrighan and Lilith; as well as Aradia, Spider Woman, Yemaya and Persephone. Persephone is a perfect example of thinking outside of the usual attributes of being the “victim” and in this writing she becomes the transformer and bridge between the worlds of separation, loss and love.
Each of the twenty (20) sections is dedicated to a single Goddess and is formatted in the same way for all, making this title a very user friendly book suitable for both the beginner and the more experienced practitioner. By the time you have arrived at the third or fourth Goddess, the expectations and patterning of what will be revealed of their mysteries has been established giving the journey through this reading a very cohesive and organized approached around what can often become very chaotic subject matter.
A beautiful and compelling color image graces the page that introduces each Goddess and Ms. Campbell offers a listing of the epithets by which She may be known and an invocation specific to the energy of She who is the focus. An invocation to the deity is the first offerings towards learning more. Following a brief introduction to the Goddess and Her attributes, the reader is guided through a brief visualization taking the reader on a visioning unique and distinct to the energies that may be accessed in working with that Goddess. These would be useful as stand alone contemplatives that the reader could incorporate into their personal practice and /or for ritual workings.
Ms. Campbell goes on to provide basic information about the Goddess’ energy and the needs for which that particular Goddess may be called upon. A listing of correspondences and associations that can be employed to enhance the projection of Her energy is provided and these included crystals, colors, archetypes, symbols and more. These add another layer to the building of a conscious identity of the Goddess for the reader to pursue and explore.
An additional component that Ms. Campbell has added is that of an affirmation for each of the Goddesses. This lends a very personal approach and encourages a deepening of connection to that Goddess immediately. It is a very simple and practical way of experiencing the gifts of Dark Goddess energy and allows the reader to become a co-creator in whatever outcome is desired…
…I make decisions that are in alignment with my highest good and deepest truth. I honor my own path forward. I make choices that honor my needs and desires. I am a channel for divine wisdom and magick… Hecate Affirmation
Practical application of what has been learned is provided by way of a ritual aligned with Dark, New or Full lunations. Spell work follows; these often being suitable to incorporating into the ritual aspect and I appreciate that the supplies required for these are easily obtainable and few in number. This encourages the reader to be more spontaneous in trying out what is being presented without concern over having to gather a laundry list of items and engages both those new to the path and the more adept in a personal experience of the Goddess’ energy.
All in all, each section is comprehensive yet simple and concise in what is offered as some of the many ways to access the magick of the selected Goddesses.
Would I Recommend:
Dark Goddess Magick: Rituals and Spells for Reclaiming Your Feminine Fireby C. Ara Campbell is an excellent resource for the practitioner who wishes to attune to a power that is more fierce in its nature and provocative in what it arouses in its seeker. A Glossary, Resources listing and Index at the end of the book provide the perfect “go to” for quick reference and reinforcement of the material previously presented. Additionally, the inclusion of so many Goddesses that may aid in the work of a type of magick that is truly transformative by virtue of its disruptive and re-organizing flow is in support of the concept that one size does not fit all. Traditionally, these as well as those Goddesses of a lighter nature have often been categorized under the same archetypal energy and attributes. Dark Goddess Magick: Rituals and Spells for Reclaiming Your Feminine Fire offers the resounding reply to that sentiment and demonstrates that the individuality of all beings, God-Goddess-Human or otherwise is both unique and very specific in its outcome in alignment with their deeper mysteries.
About the Author: C. Ara Campbell
C. Ara Campbell is a visionary writer, author, and founder of The Goddess Circle. She is a soul guide, cosmic channel, facilitator of The Inner Priestess Awakening Online Journey and Relationship Empowerment & Sacred Love Online Journey, and author of The Astro Forecast Publication. She is also a purveyor of rare and high vibration crystals in her popular Etsy Shop. Ara is a modern day mystic dedicated to the rising feminine, and connecting others with their gifts and healing using the natural world.
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