When we connect with the stories of the goddesses, we connect with their energy and wisdom. We can use the goddess myths to dive deeper into transformation, knowledge, and growth [ – ] thought that doesn’t mean that the goddesses existed. Some had roots in real people, such as Aradia as La Bella Pellagrina, but most exist in legend.C. Ara Campbell, How to Use This Book
It’s Dahlia, and I thought we’d welcome April in with another book review. We all love reading around here, and try not to turn down chances to learn something new – about ourselves, about the world, or both.
While C. Ara Campbell’s Dark Goddess Magick isn’t the sort of book I likely would have picked up on my own, it was actually rather interesting. As the opening quote suggests, one of the things I found most interesting about it is this assertion that, by tapping into the myths and the archetypes surrounding these goddess figures, we can expand our expression.
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The ‘dark goddesses’ were often repressed – pushed down in history, because they not only dealt with ‘darker issues’ such as fear, rage, abandonment, and healing, but also (I feel it’s fair to say) because they were women, or woman-aligned, figures who were strong, and intelligent, and capable, and powerful. They made waves, knew things, demanded space.
And I think, honestly, that’s a big part of why anything that was considered witchcraft was (and in some ways still is) so demonized, especially by larger oppressive power structures throughout history.
Witchcraft as a whole, at least how I see it, is a path of care and connection and knowledge and standing in your own power. Knowing yourself.
Which, of course, is a direct threat to anything that benefits from you not caring, not connecting, not knowing, and generally not believing you have any say in the matter at all.
Needless to say, there’s a lot to unpack here, but I’m glad that this book showed up in our lives when it did, because I finally feel clear-headed enough to consider these sorts of overarching themes in our lives.
Campbell even opens with pointing out all the ways women (and anyone read/socialized as female) are told not to take up space or feel their emotions. ‘Swallow your anger.’ ‘Stop crying.’ ‘Keep your voice down.’ On and on.
Divided into 20 sections with visualizations, spells, recipes, and rituals, Campbell introduces us to several of these ‘dark goddesses’ from all over the world – from the Greek myths of Hecate and Persephone, to Kali of Hinduism, to the Sumerian Inanna and Ereshkigal.
While there likely isn’t enough information here to satisfy someone looking for any kind of deep-dive, this broader overview style of approaching things definitely has its merits. This would be a great way to start on a path of learning more about other cultures’ deities, through whatever lens is most comfortable to you.
Having read through the entire thing, I think we overall feel most connected to Hecate, Aradia, and Persephone. Something about the themes of teaching, seeing, and transformation, I think.
TL;DR – A good entry-level/overview book. Recommended for beginners and anyone with an interest in other cultures/religions. Good jumping-off points for further research.
- TITLE: Dark Goddess Magick: Rituals and Spells For Reclaiming Your Feminine Fire
- AUTHOR: C Ara. Campbell
- PAGE COUNT: 192
- PUBLISHED: September 14th, 2021
- GOODREADS: [here]
- RATING: ★★★★
Light magick is wonderful, but sometimes it’s not enough when navigating your way through challenging circumstances. The potent shadow goddesses you meet here, however, can guide you through the darkness. Dark Goddess Magick introduces twenty of the most powerful shadow goddesses and [gives] guidance on how to connect with them.
Authored by C. Ara Campbell, creatrix of the wildly popular Goddess Circle school and community, each dark goddess entry includes spells, rituals, invocations, visualizations, and practices to utilize the goddess’ magick and wisdom for embodying strength, setting boundaries, and transforming your life.