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The Double Goddess


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Maps of Archaeological Sites of Ancient Goddess Cultures

Introduction: What Is the Double Goddess?

1: Power of Two: The Legacy of the Double Goddess
Biology Is Destiny: All Women Are Twins
The Divine Two-in-One
Mirroring Her, Mirroring Time
Dark-Light Goddess Spirituality
Siamese Twins: Merged Double Goddess Images
The Double Axe: Shorthand for Women
The Double Axe and Female Rule
Long Female Lineage of the Double Axe

2: Authentic Female Sovereignty: Chains and Doubles
The Double Goddess Shrines of Catalhoeyuk
Women Sharing Power: The Queens Ruled Together
The "Two Ladies": A Euphemism for Ruling Queens
African Queen-Mother and Queen-Sister: Egypt's"Mighty Ones"
The Two Heras

3: Shaman Women and High Priestesses
Cemeteries and Shaman Women
Yoginis, Bee Priestesses, and the Magic Soma
Medea and the Golden Fleece
The Eternal Power and Prestige of Gold
The Trance-Induced Stare of the Eye Goddess
Island Sanctuaries of the Aegean
Mediterranean "Wild Women"
Enheduanna, the Shaman-Priestess of Inanna
Iron Age Shaman Women
Scythian Shaman-Priestesses and Tibetan Dakinis: Is There a Direct Connection?

4: Amazons in the Aegean and Beyond: A Bronze Age Female Lineage
The Trojan Women
Early Amazons Ruled in Dual Queenship
The Amazons Enter History
Destruction on the Mainland and Migration to the Islands
Amazons in the Greek Argolid: The Warrior Goddess Emerges
Amazon Hoards in Bronze Age Europe?
Eurasian Amazons
Amazons in China?
African Amazon Warriors
Standing Her Ground

5: Sacred Sexuality and Shape-Shifting
The Shape-Shifting Shamanistic Female
Emptiness and Female Shamanism
Roots of Tantra: Priestesses and Goddesses
Can Contemporary Women Rediscover the Ancient
Sexual Rites?
Lesbian Sexuality: Women-Loving Women
Shape-Shifting Contemporary Shaman Women
The Shamanistic Fluidity of Gender

Conclusion: Acknowledging, Developing, and Sharing Our Power
Fighting Back

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About the Author

Vicki Noble is a healer, teacher, artist, and cocreator (with Karen Vogel) of the bestselling Motherpeace Tarot deck. Her other books include Shakti Woman; Motherpeace: A Way to the Goddess Through Myth, Art, and Tarot; and Rituals and Practices with the Motherpeace Tarot. She lives in the mountains near Santa Cruz, California.


"Vicki's voice is unique and authentic in the women's spirituality movement." * Olympia Dukakis, Academy Award-Winning Actress *
"Noble's research is painstakingly detailed and will be sure to engage readers interested in women's spirituality." * Mimi Davis, Library Journal, September 2003, Vol.128 No. 15 *
"Vicki Noble rekindles the forgotten lineage of female-to-female transmission--the sacred flow of energy between women that has never been possessed by the patriarchy nor by any male." * Mary Daly, author of Gyn/Ecology and Quintessence *
"A truly international collection of artifacts reflecting the power of ancient women . . . beautifully places each image in its historic context, affording an understanding of these ancient matristic cultures." * JEANNINE DAVIS-KIMBALL, PH.D., Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads *
"Vicki Noble's observation that, in many instances, matriarchal figures are depicted as bonded with other women in groupings of two or more . . . is original and brilliantly thought-provoking. She has, in fact, opened a new window on prehistoric societies." * EVA KEULS, PH.D., author of The Reign of the Phallus *
"The Double Goddess: Women Sharing Power is Vicki Noble's most important book to date." * Monica Sjoo, Goddessing, Issue #19, Winter/Spring 2004-5 *
"Vicki is herself a great healer and is very experienced in how women's "heat," magnetically flowing energies finely tuned to each other, can bring about miracles." * Monica Sjoo, Goddessing, Issue #19, Winter/Spring 2004-5 *
"I highly recommend this book as an essential piece of Goddess scholarship and religion." * Madelon Wise, MatriFocus, Imbolc 2005 *

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